NOTES AND QUOTES Winston 500 Talladega Superspeedway October 17, 1999 WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Pontiac Grand Prix): "The guys did a great job. That's too close of racing for too long and too damn fast. What we were doing wasn't...
NOTES AND QUOTES Winston 500 Talladega Superspeedway October 17, 1999
WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Pontiac Grand Prix): "The guys did a great job. That's too close of racing for too long and too damn fast. What we were doing wasn't making a hell of a lot of sense to me. I like going fast, but that's a recipe for a major, major problem. I had told some people earlier that this is one of the easiest races on us mentally. I was wrong today. Our Grand Prix was pretty good. There was a few guys a little bet ter than me. The biggest thing is you had to have somebody help push you. A couple of the top dogs left me out to dry one time, but I never got to repay the favor. We've still got four races to go. We just have to keep concentrating and the team keeps giving me better cars every week. They're really smart. We were trying. Some of the guys that have been racing for years in this series they kind of help each other a little bit more than some of the other ones. We had a good car and the guys did a great job for me. The pit stops were really good. We got really lucky when the 9 car and the 12 car got together. It's too fast, too close and too many damn laps running that close together. It's just a recipe for a major problem. Everybody got hung out. There ain't a car out there that didn't get hung out."
TONY STEWART (No. 20 Home Depot Pontiac Grand Prix): "I don't know what all happened in front of us in the closing laps. I was pretty much clear up to the wall. There were guys we were racing with that thought they were running high and I was still passing them on the outside. I kept catching guys off-guard I think. I just kept staying up high. Every time I stayed up I seemed to be a little better. For about nine-tenths of the day I felt lik e every line I picked was the wrong line. It makes it frustrating. We're happy with where we finished, that's for sure. It was tight, tight racing. To run that fast and be that close together, well, let's put it this way, I'm glad we only did it for that many laps."
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac Grand Prix): "We were just fighting along, trying to get in the right line. There were too many lines to try and get into. They all had a run on us there at the end and got by us. The car was all right today. It was pretty good. It wasn't quit e as good as a couple of cars, but it was better than the rest of them at times. It depended on who you were running with. Typical Talladega."
DAVID GREEN (No. 45 Lucky Dog Pontiac Grand Prix): "It was a good day. We struggled when we unloaded here. We haven't run this car before. We had a Hendrick motor in it for qualifying and it was good and we ran one in the race and it was really good. We struggled a little bit yesterday in happy hour and then we threw something at it and it drove good. It was pretty fast. It's actually my first race here in a Cup car that I had something that could stay up there and run with everybody and play the game. Everything was good and right in line and with about three to go and I was on the inside of Tony Stewart and he came down and there was getting ready to be a big, big wreck. I had to back up there a little bit. I know 17th doesn't sound good, but the leader was right there. It was a lot of fun."
JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 43 STP Pontiac Grand Prix): "We got into that first wreck and it damaged the car just enough so we couldn't draft with anyone the rest of the way. The right front air dam and quarter panel was torn up. We just couldn't keep up after that."
BUCKSHOT JONES (No. 30 Jimmy Dean Pontiac Grand Prix): "I thought we were going to be pretty good there and the car seemed to run really good. But we just got killed on the restarts. I don't know what it was. The transmission we ran just wouldn't pull me through the gears fast enough. That made it a long day. It's frustrating. We couldn't suck up in the draft the way we needed to. I'd try to make a move and go the right place and nobody would go with me."
JERRY NADEAU (No. 36 M&M's Pontiac Grand Prix): "A couple of guys weren't patient and that's what happens. It was actually going good. I think it was a good race for the fans. Everybody was doing a good job and not leaning on anybody. Just small little situation like that causes a big mess. I feel bad for the M&M's Pontiac team. It's a good race team. Kenny Schrader's going to have a lot of fun with these guys next year. I think they went four-wide. Somebody got into the 9 car and sent him up the race track. I was behind the car that he hit. I slowed it down good enough, but I got popped from behind. There isn't much you can do when you get in a situation like that. I feel bad for the team. This is a good race car. I can go racing again, but I feel bad for these guys because they've got to work on this race car. It got hot quick in that car. While the car was roll ing I was actually getting out of the race car and I got hit from behind. Luckily enough, when I got turned around the wind took the flames the other way and kept them off my leg. I'm OK."