The Pontiac Excitement 400 was postponed because of rain at 10:36 p.m., exactly an hour after it was red-flagged at 9:36 p.m. It has been re-scheduled for 12 noon tomorrow (Sunday) and will begin airing at 11:30 a.m. on FX. The race was to have...
The Pontiac Excitement 400 was postponed because of rain at 10:36 p.m., exactly an hour after it was red-flagged at 9:36 p.m. It has been re-scheduled for 12 noon tomorrow (Sunday) and will begin airing at 11:30 a.m. on FX. The race was to have taken the green flag originally at 7:11 p.m.
DURING RAIN DELAY AFTER 66 LAPS:
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"It was a little slippery at first; the track was really tight. And it seems to be freeing up a little but more and more as the race goes on, but now we're going to start all over again. It's raining on the track again and we'll have to start all over."
DID IT START AT THE RIGHT TIME?
"I think the track was in good condition to get back going, even with the sprinkles that were coming down it wasn't affecting the cars. We were keeping the track dry enough as a group out there going, and I didn't have any problems going with the green when we did."
ARE YOU FRUSTRATED?
"Can't race in the rain. We were working ourselves to the top 15; I think we can hopefully get a top 10 out of it today."
MIKE SKINNER, NO. 4 KODAK CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"The conditions were good. The race track was pretty good. Obviously the rain kind of made it slicker, it's one of those deals that NASCAR's got to make the call. They made the right call; the race track was getting too slick to race on."
ON THE START:
"I think they could have started earlier, even. It just kept on raining, it got better and it would rain, get better. That's a tough call to make; NASCAR does a good job at that."
ARE YOU FRUSTRATED?
"Yeah, I'm frustrated, I'm pretty frustrated. You know, our Kodak Films Monte Carlo was a little better than that in Happy Hour. The track conditions have changed a lot; we've got to make some good decisions here and make that thing a little bit better. Some of the guys really cut you off out here, so we've just got to try to get some track position here."
JERRY NADEAU, NO 25 UAW-DELPHI MONTE CARLO:
"The track's really good. It's got tons of grip. Really, the track is not nearly as fun as it used to be -- when you can run two-three wide. Now you just got to run the bottom. I think they really screwed up on the sealer. I think the condition of the weather was not the problem. The track was fine from the getgo. Everybody was fighting pretty hard at the beginning trying to stay at the bottom and guys were getting pushed out of the way. Me and Steve (Park) just got a little bit together coming off of turn 2, but nothing big. It was just a little bit of bumping. That's what you get when you come to a short track like this."
DOES THIS MESS UP YOUR CONCENTRATION?
"No, not really. Once you get back there it's fine. I just think it's going to be a long night. I think it's going to rain, stop, rain. Who knows? I don't know what NASCAR's plan is, just to get the 200 laps in and go home or do this tomorrow."