TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 3rd: YOU LOOK EXHAUSTED "The fan quit in the car about half way through the race and I didn't have any fresh air coming into my helmet so that is the reason I am so tired. Awesome race...
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 3rd:
YOU LOOK EXHAUSTED "The fan quit in the car about half way through the race and I didn't have any fresh air coming into my helmet so that is the reason I am so tired. Awesome race for us. It was so much fun racing Kasey (Kahne), I am glad he won. My congratulations to him, Ray Evernham, and their guys. We had nothing for them there at the end. We put on a set of tires there trying to be a little bit tighter there at the end to run harder and ended up being freer. Couldn't stay with him and couldn't hold off Matt (Kenseth) either."
WHAT HAPPENED WITH CARL EDWARDS? "He just lost it there right in front of the whole field. He was just driving over his head. He was loose about three times before he actually lost it. I am just glad nobody else got caught up in it. He got into the side of Jeff Gordon and that slowed him down. The thing that scared me was how fast he was coming across. I never saw when he got out of the car, so I didn't know how he was. When you see a car go across to the inside wall like that, it makes you nervous for the guy inside. I hope he is all right."
YOU GUYS PROVED LATE IN THE RACE THERE ARE TWO GROOVES AT TEXAS "It keeps getting better and better. I am glad we are running here twice."
DENNY HAMLIN, NO. 11 FEDEX MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 4th
"It was a great afternoon. The FedEx Chevrolet was great. I can't say enough for my whole crew. They got me out in front of those guys off pit road every time. Every time I came on pit road, they got me out in front of three or four guys every time which kept us in the top-five all day long and I am very proud of my team.
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 5th
"We just had one run today were we got off, we got really tight all of a sudden. Once we got back there in bad track position, it just really killed us because it was really hard to pass. It was a great day for our Reeses Carmello Cup Chevrolet. We were good all day, just that one run got us back a little bit but we were able to recover to get a good finish."
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 12th
"It's not really a fun day when the car is tight all afternoon like we were. I just couldn't drive it. But, if that's a bad day for us - 500 miles of struggling - and we still finished 12th, that ain't too bad I guess. That shows how far we've come as a group. I'm proud of my team again. They did a nice job of keeping me somewhere near the top-15 all day even when we really weren't that good. I would have liked to have another top-10 at Texas - we always run good here - but we just didn't have it all together. But, a good day for my teammate Martin (Truex Jr., who finished eighth). We were trying a lot of new stuff on the car this weekend, so whatever we learned today will only help us improve in the long-run."
TONY EURY JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER MONTE CARLO SS:
"It was a struggle. We were just real tight all day. That's just not one of our top days. We had one set-up in Truex's car and it turned out to be pretty good and we had a different set-up in ours. Hopefully when we come back when it counts during the Chase, we can go with one more like Truex's and we can plan on it for the whole weekend. But we did learn a lot this weekend. But if 12th is you worst day all year, you can go with that. But we're just not happy with where we finished today. Truex stayed in the top six about all day and I think he learned how to race with the big dogs all day. Hopefully he'll be there towards the end of the year. For sure, 12th is not what we wanted, but with the way the car was handling, we'll take it and we'll run with it."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 11th, maintains point lead:
"Hey, it was a good day. It started off bad -- two laps down -- and then we rallied back. The car just wasn't handling right early on and it took us a while to get it hooked up and handling right. So it was a good day for the team. Everybody fought really hard. It's not the finish we wanted, but the team did a great job."
ON HOLDING ON TO THE POINT LEAD "Every point counts. You just don't know when you're going to have a stretch of bad luck. If you look at the No. 16 (Greg Biffle) right now -- the guy can't buy a break. And you just never know when that's going to happen to you. If we can just keep these points rolling and keep taking down top 10's and top 15's, we should be in good shape to transfer to the Chase.
JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 6th:
"It was a good, solid run for us. We ran mostly right around 10th all day. The pit crew guys picked up four spots there at the end and got us a 6th. I'm real proud of those guys. They had a couple of bad stops in the middle portion of the race, and every other stop was great. And then the last stop was phenomenal. That picked us up three or four spots and that's why we finished 6th.
ON A SOLID TOP 10 FINISH: "Yeah, we needed it. It was a gold solid run with no problems, and that's what we needed. The way we've been snake-bit, I was damn glad to see the race end."
ROGER STAUBACH, OWNER, HALL OF FAME RACING:
"Tony (Raines) and the guys worked hard today. Obviously, you always want to win, but we finished strong. I know we struggled early, but what impressed me was that Tony, Philippe (Lopez, crew chief) and the whole DLP crew never stopped working to get the car better. This is only our seventh race, and the second for Tony, so we're still learning. But, I'm impressed with the effort to never give up, even though we struggled early."
TONY RAINES N0. 96 DLP HDTV MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 24th
"We really didn't start good. We were really, really tight off the corners and starting deep in the field like that you get in trouble early. There was that long period of green and that got us in trouble. We worked on the car every stop, worked on it real hard. I felt in the middle third of the race we found the speed we were looking for, but when you start that late, it's kind of tough. We're a new team and little bit inexperienced, but we got better. We've got some good notes when we come back in the fall."
WHAT DID ROGER STAUBACH AND TROY AIKMAN TALK TO YOU ABOUT BEFORE THE RACE?
"They just told me to be careful, take care of the equipment, work hard every lap and we'll get better as the season goes on. You can't give up. You know, early in the race we were really struggling, but we kept digging, kept working on the car and a top 25 was really our bottom line. We're right on the edge there, but we've got better days coming.
"(Roger and Troy) told me not to worry about the pressure of performing here in Texas, but I put pressure on myself. You know, I wanted to run good here in front of the DLP folks and Roger and Troy. It started off as a struggle, but we worked really hard and as a team, we got the car better. The driver didn't make too many mistakes -- we just struggled in practice more than we should have. We're learning each week -- this is my second race -- the rest of these guys already have six or seven races, so we've got a little catching up to do, but we'll do that."
PHILIPPE LOPEZ (Crew chief, No. 96 DLP HGTV Monte Carlo SS)
ABOUT NOT HAVING ANY ACCIDENTS YET THIS SEASON: "As long as you bring a car home, you've got something for next week to make better, rather than just repairing the damage. Tony's done a good job on that during both races."