Joe Nemechek, No. 33 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "I don't know if the driveshaft was out of balance or what. Something was wrong in the driveline. I think we finally ended up breaking a U-joint. The motor ran good. We got a lap down ...
Joe Nemechek, No. 33 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "I don't know if the driveshaft was out of balance or what. Something was wrong in the driveline. I think we finally ended up breaking a U-joint. The motor ran good. We got a lap down early. When you have too many things go wrong, you can't overcome them."
Kevin Harvick, No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Monte Carlo (finished 3rd): "We just kept working on our car and working on our car and this Chevy just came alive there at the end. The guys in the pit stops did a great job. It was a great day for the GM Goodwrench car.
Jerry Nadeau, No. 25 UAW-Delphi Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "It was a tough situation. We had a good car. We had good pit stops. We just ran out of fuel and I'm not sure why. We were probably pulling less gear than everybody else out there and should have gotten better mileage. But I'm proud. I'm happy. There's one more race and hopefully we can win that one."
Rick Hendrick, Owner Hendrick Motorsports: On Jerry Nadeau almost winning the race, but running out of gas on the last lap -- "That's a heart-breaker for Jerry. He came up about a half a gallon short. We were going to have a double burnout."
Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo - Note: Near the end of the race - right before the last caution -- he got a piece of debris in his eye. At the end of the race, he went to the Infield Care Center and the debris was removed and the eye was irrigated. The medical staff said there was no damage to the eye.
About the debris in his eye: "I kept trying my best but I was really struggling. I didn't want to wreck and I didn't want to wreck anybody else either. Somehow we hung in there."
Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "I'd like to congratulate the entire No. 24 team and Hendrick Motorsports. I still can't believe I am part of their organization with an opportunity to drive for a four-time Winston Cup champion. It just doesn't seem real."
Kevin Harvick, Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender, now has a 76-point lead in the standings.
"We all rallied back (from taking a provisional starting spot) and just made a lot of adjustments all day long with 14 second pit stops and we wound up with a good finish. We've got to keep running like this. We're going for second. We've only got one more week. One more week like this and that's what we need to do. You just need to hunt around for a spot that makes your car work the best.
"There's plenty of room to race. You can race on the top, you can race on the bottom, and you can race in the middle. You can do whatever you need to do. We didn't have a real good handle on our car early. Kevin (Hamlin) made some great calls today and the guys kept us in the race. We didn't have a great car in the beginning, but we had a great car in the end."
-Team Monte Carlo-