TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON YOUR MEETING WITH NASCAR AFTER THE RACE
"It wasn't a meeting about being upset about stuff. I just went up to ask them a couple of questions. It wasn't anything that I was upset about or anything like that. I just went up to ask a couple actual questions that didn't pertain to anything that happened today, to be honest. It was just things that I wanted to talk to them about from the past. Actually we laughed a lot. It was kind of a fun meeting."
HOW WAS YOUR RUN OVERALL?
"I wasn't real happy, but I'm real proud of my guys. They never gave up all day. They kept working hard on the car and we just couldn't get there."
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON YOUR RUN
"We're gaining on it a little bit at a time. Today we had a little help with a lot of guys getting caught under the caution there. Some of them were better than we were probably, but for the most part we're getting better."
HOW ARE YOU APPROACHING THIS YEAR?
"One race at a time. That's all we've ever done and all I've ever done my whole life. I don't know how to do it any different. Things happened last year and we took it one race at a time. This year it's the same philosophy. It's just that sometimes you are working on different things than you are at other times."
KEN SCHRADER, NO. 36 M&M'S PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON YOUR RUN
"We were good, but we had a carburetor problem or something. It would come at the very worst time. It would stay a couple laps and then it would go away. It never went completely away, but when we got on old enough tires it didn't make any difference. It was hurting us, but it wasn't killing us. But then when it would come back, it would be terrible. "Everybody did a good job today. We're definitely gaining."
WERE YOU FAIRLY CONSISTENT TODAY?
"We were the same all day. We lost all our positions when we thought we broke a valve spring or something - when the motor first laid down the first time."
NEWT MOORE, CREW CHIEF, NO. 36 M&M'S PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON YOUR TEAM'S RUN
"We're starting to get a hold of it a little bit better. We had a little problem there with [the motor] missing. We had a real good car that last session of runs, but we had some kind of deal there in the carburetor or something. We would run three or four laps and it would load up. When we'd get back going we were fine, but we just couldn't continuously run. "But the progress is good. We're pretty happy right now. We've gotten a lot of help from the '10' car. James Ince has really been a lot of help to us and helped us a ton more than probably most people know, so we've got to give him some of the credit for this."
WAS QUALIFYING THIRD ON FRIDAY THE KEY TO THIS WEEKEND?
"Of course. Any time you qualify up front you're going to run better. We didn't have to pass all those cars. We you don't qualify up front you have to pass all those people and you wear your stuff out."