Pocono II: GM Racing race quotes

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Kevin Harvick -- #29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet
6th position

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RACE TODAY This is exactly what this GM Goodwrench team needed. We've struggled since we left this place in June so we were looking forward to coming back here and running well.

I wasn't so sure it was going to happen when we went down a lap early. It took forever for us to get it back, and I'm proud of the guys in the pits for sticking with me.

Once we got our lap back Todd (Berrier) made some great two-tire calls to get us back up front. The car was just too loose there at the end to make a move for the win, but I'm still happy to get some mometum back on our side with a top-10 finish.

Tony Stewart -- #20 The Home Depot Chevrolet
7th position

NEXT TO THE LAST PIT STOP YOU CAME IN AND TOOK TIRES It may have been a blessing in disguise. It allowed us to come back in and get tires. We made up a lot of spots.

RE: POINTS We might have gained a spot in the points and they say we gained on Jimmie too. And in the big picture, that's what makes it a good day. It gives us some momentum going into Indy. We'll enjoy the week off.

DID YOU HAVE ANYTHING MORE AT THE END? I was just too tight at the end to do anything more than I was doing. I lost a spot to Ryan there at the end and would have lost another to my teammate if I hadn't run him up the hill. I wasn't trying to use him up, but I couldn't afford to give up anymore than I had.

Bobby Labonte -- #18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet
8th position

It wasn't a win, but we'll take it for sure. The guys worked really hard all day. The car was pretty good throughout the day and we got a top 10, which is what we needed after the run in New Hampshire. That's two good runs for us to build on as we head to Indy. It was just a good day for us.

Mike Bliss -- #0 Net Zero Best Buy Chevrolet
9th position

HOW WAS THE RACE TODAY?

Well, the pit stops were really good today and I'm really proud of the guys. You know, the Net Zero Best Buy Chevrolet wasn't perfect but I was able to run it and we had really good pit strategy calls. We also made major changes all day. I mean, every time we came in we did a lot to the car and eventually that starting working for us. I wouldn't' say we raced our way up there but we ended up there at the end. It's a good day for us and a great top-10 finish.

Jimmie Johnson -- #48 Lowe's Chevrolet
12th position

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RACE Yeah, for a while there I didn't feel like we were going to get back on the lead lap. It took so long to get it back. We just got trapped in the pits. We were on pit lane when the caution came out. I kind of questioned the decision because we had already passed start/finish when the caution came out, which meant we should be on the lead lap. But, I think there was confusion with so many cars have troubles that NASCAR couldn't go through it with a fine-toothed comb and pick everything out. We got behind there, got it back and then fought through traffic. All the cars are very equal in speed, everyone is driving hard and a lot of close calls and some wrecks with some other people that kind of helped us out. I just have to thank my guys. They worked really hard to get this backup car ready. Out on the track today we made a lot of major adjustments and I needed their pit stops to keeping me moving forward and they did an awesome job. Some hard racing and we had a good finish.

RE: POINTS, YOU DIDN'T GAIN MANY BUT YOU DIDN'T LOSE EITHER Yeah, it's kind of a weird mindset for points racing right now. You know, I'm not worried about the #16, I'm not worried about the #20. That doesn't happen until Loudon. Right now it's just about finishing strong and keeping in those ten cars in the Chase for the championship.

TELL US ABOUT THE END OF THE RACE TODAY It's always, always crazy here at the end. A couple of restarts late in the race and you know everybody is going to stop giving and start taking. That started to happen at the end.

Joe Nemechek -- #01 U.S. Army Chevrolet
22nd position

Note: Flat tire on Lap 162

HOW WAS YOUR RACE? Ah, it was like whatever could go wrong with us went wrong today. Our Army team was tough. They knew we were here. We had some problems and went to the back, then we get back to the front. Then we lost a tire there.

WHAT HAPPENED WHEN YOU WENT THROUGH THE GRASS AT THE END? I think that was Kyle Petty. There was a big wreck happening and everybody was slowing down and evidently he didn't see me or whatever. It's just that everybody was trying to get down, but then I get sent through the grass. It's just unfortunate. We had a tire or something that happened to the left front there and when that happened it just got us behind. It tore the whole front fender off and the hood. So, it was just a long day after that.

BUT THE FIRST PART OF THE RACE IT SEEMED YOU HAD A GREAT CAR THERE Oh, my car was awesome. I told everybody by lap 20, we were going to be in the top 5 and we were there. We were strong. The #97 had the best car today and I think the best car won the race. The #97, #6 and myself ran together there for a long time. Just unfortunate we had problems-we ended up way back and those guys were right there where we were. We'll just learn by it, go to Indy and we'll be tough at Indy.

Tony Eury, Jr., Crew Chief -- #15 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet
26th position

HOW WAS TODAY'S RACE FOR MICHAEL? It was pretty good race. We just got kind of caught up in Biffle's incident. Biffle slid up into us. Things like that happen.But overall, I was pretty happy we could duplicate what we could do in the spring. But, we just have a lot of work ahead of us because this is our Indy car so we have a lot of work to do.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -- #8 Budweiser Chevrolet
32nd position

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RACE TODAY It was kind of a rough start today, but once we got the car figured out, it was pretty easy. A lot of things happened that nobody really knows about, but we got the car better at the end. We changed a spring, of all things, under a pit stop, and lost a lap. Never could make the laps back up. We got the car driving better, so we if we learned anything for Indy, which I think we did, maybe we can gain what we lost today. I don't like losing that much, but we've got enough races to get it done.

HOW DO YOU GET THE MOMENTUM BACK TODAY? We'll get it back. We learned some stuff today. At the beginning of the weekend, we were really bad, and no matter what we did, we couldn't get the car running better. But there at the end, man, we were fast. We passed the second-place car, and then ran away from him. So if you paid real close attention to what happened today - well, I don't know if I can explain it - but we'll be OK. We got some stuff figured out today that really helped the car. I can't wait to get to Indy.

RE: HAVING SIX PLACES LEFT TO CLIMB INTO THE CHASE Plenty of time. We just got a win more, maybe run in the top-five a couple times. We'll be right there.

Scott Riggs -- #10 Valvoline Chevrolet
33rd position

Just a tough day for us. Just got caught in the pits and could never get it back. That really hurt us. Put us a lap down early from the first stop. Couldn't really do much about it. Kept working on the car trying to make it better, just fought the same kind of problems we've been fighting the whole time. It seems like when the car heaves down, it just picks up a bad push and we can't seem to get that out of the car. You know, made a lot changes and learned a lot. We'll just have to go back to the drawing board to where the car is on the surface plate and geometry and things like that to figure out why we lose our front end when we heave the car down. So, tried a lot of things out there and tried to make it work. But as far as being able to race people at the end, we just couldn't do it.

WHAT HAPPENED AT THE END WITH YOUR CAR? We had a shock or something go bad on the left front and it was letting the right front of the car raise up a lot on the front straightaway. So that would get on the outside of the tire really bad and get the heat on it and that's why we lost the tire-shock problem.

Kyle Busch -- #5 Kellogg's Chevrolet
39th position

Note: Busch crashed on Lap 150 and retired

EXPLAIN WHAT HAPPENED OUT THERE Just one of the freak bad luck deals we've had all year long. We ended up blowing out a right front wheel bearing. Not sure exactly what the cause of it was or whatever, but it's a shame. We had a pretty decent car with the Kellogg's Chevrolet today. You know, going down into Turn 1, it just acted like it had no brakes like Kenny Schrader had here a few years ago. The safest thing to thing to do is to back it in if you can, instead of hitting right front first. It's a bad break for us and we'll just keep digging and going after them in two weeks at Indy.

IT'S A BAD PLACE FOR IT TO HAPPEN ON THE LONG STRAIGHT That's just the way my luck goes. If it's going to happen, it's going to happen big and it's going to try to kill me. It sucks. It's just a shame we had to go through it, but it's just one of those freak deals.

Robby Gordon -- #7 Jim Beam Chevrolet
40th position

Note: Gordon retired on Lap 143 with engine problems.

WHAT HAPPENED OUT THERE, ENGINE FAILURE? Yeah, it just started making noise. Bummer. We ran inside the top 10, we fell back to I think 16th. A little disappointing.

YOU SAID AT SONOMA YOU HAD A NEW ENGINE SPEC ON THE WAY - WAS THIS IT? Yeah, the new engine spec is still not here yet. I don't know why it failed today. It's hard on them here when you have to shift, but that's the only way we can make our cars go.

Jeff Gordon -- #24 DuPont Chevrolet
13th position

Note: Jeff Gordon was unavailable for comment after today's race.

Pre-event quotes:

"We've passed too many cars at Pocono recently not to have won. But that type of competitiveness is what we're looking for again this weekend. That's what we are looking for every weekend."

"We ran well last week at Loudon and were battling for a top-five finish when I lost the brakes. A championship is not on our mind right now. Being competitive, having good pit stops and battling for top-fives week-in-and-week-out is our focus."

"Right now, it seems that nothing is going our way. But I can't complain too much, because I've been fortunate throughout my career. When we get out of this current slump, we can just as easily go on a tear."

"We are capable of so much more than we've shown recently. Everybody on this team knows that. We just need to show it."

-gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Kyle Petty , Kevin Harvick , Joe Nemechek , Robby Gordon , Jimmie Johnson , Scott Riggs , Mike Bliss , Jim Beam , Kyle Busch