DALE EARNHARDT JR., ...
DALE EARNHARDT JR., #8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET - finished 4th
"We've been coming to race with good race cars since Vegas. It's been good getting these kind of finishes even when the car ain't that good. We didn't have a good car. We really didn't have a whole lot going for us today. A lot of mistakes were made on pit road. I couldn't tell them the information they needed to get the car right. We're really lucky to be in the top five today. It was a good run and that's what it takes. Just adding the points every week and try not to take away too many."
TONY STEWART, #20 HOME DEPOT CHEVROLET - finished 8th
"That was one of the hardest eighth-place finishes I've ever had to work for. We went from being really tight to being way too loose and we just kept going back and forth like that all day. It wasn't a good day by any means but we made the best of it."
KEVIN HARVICK, #29 GM GOODWRENCH/ICEBREAKERS CHEVROLET - finished 13th
"It's not the best we could've done, but we'll take it. The GM Goodwrench Chevy was tight right off the bit. We tried sticker tires and it just killed us. We lost a lap, then another one in the pits. Those cautions towards the end helped get a lap back, but that's all we had. The car was much better on scuffed tires. That last run was probably our best."
"This team does a great job of not giving up and I'm proud of them for that. This is three weeks in a row that we've fought our way out of a hole. We just have to keep working at it."
JOE NEMECHEK, #01 U.S. ARMY CHEVROLET - finished 14th
"We were running great and had a good shot at a top-five finish. But then, all of a sudden, the car lost power. We don't know why. I came into the pits running third and when I left the pits the car just started to sputter and miss. It did that for the remainder of the race and there was nothing you could do about it."
"The Hendrick motor guys have been making killer power all year. The motor was also awesome today, but something happened late in the race. The loss of power could either be electrical or in the carburetor. We just don't know, we'll
diagnose it this week. But overall I feel the Army team took a big step this weekend. Our qualifying effort was strong (fifth) and the race performance was equally as strong."
BOBBY LABONTE, #18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES CHEVROLET - finished 25th (from pole)
"You bet I'm disappointed. The car was good enough to run with the leaders which we showed when we led those laps."
"The alternator broke, perhaps because of a shorted wire somewhere. We lost laps changing the battery."
WITH THE POLE DID YOU THINK THIS WAS GOING TO BE YOUR CHANCE TO WIN IT HERE IN TEXAS?
"You know, I thought that last year so you can't count your chickens before they've hatched. We've got to keep on doing it. We can't say a pole stinks, because it didn't. But we've got to do the best we can and maybe next time something won't happen to us and we'll get the win instead of being a lapped car."
"It's been a great year so far but we're not as far up in the points like we want to be and doggone it we'll have to get them next week."