Winston: Team Monte Carlo race quotes

BOBBY HAMILTON, NO. 55 SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: ON THE INCIDENT WITH STERLING MARLIN "It looked like the '22' ran over the '40' and turned him across in front of all of us. Then, I hit Sterling. "I'm fine. I just hope we have...

BOBBY HAMILTON, NO. 55 SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

ON THE INCIDENT WITH STERLING MARLIN "It looked like the '22' ran over the '40' and turned him across in front of all of us. Then, I hit Sterling.

"I'm fine. I just hope we have about six more of these. Fans will get their money's worth and we'll start really packing these grandstands in."

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

"It's pretty disappointing to come up one position shy of making it, but it's our own fault. We had a dumb problem happen in the pits. That's kind of been the way our luck has gone this year. Then, I got hung up with Michael Waltrip and he and I just got racing so hard. He ran me everywhere but in the infield to keep me from getting by him. But hey, we're all racing hard out there to get to that 10th spot. I certainly had a car capable of doing it, but it doesn't matter. We didn't do it."

WERE YOU ABLE TO LEARN ANYTHING FOR THE '600?' "Oh yeah. It's a nice racetrack out there. There's a nice groove on the outside of three and four. You can run low, you can run high. I think the '600' is going to be a heck of a race."

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

RECAP YOUR NIGHT "It was really a story of track position. We cut a tire down on a restart in the first segment battling with Bill Elliott. The way it all cycled out, we ended up coming out with the lead with the green flag pit stop and won the first segment. We won the second segment. Before we knew the inversion (for the last segment) we chose not to change the car. Obviously the car was extremely good, but when you get there in that traffic you pick up that aero push. So, we came in when we had that caution there at the end and put some tires on, freed the car up and made our way up to fifth.

"It was a great effort, carrying the Lowe's 'Power Pride' banner on the side of the car at Lowe's Motor Speedway."

YOU MUST HAVE THOUGHT THE WINSTON WAS PRETTY EASY, WINNING THE FIRST TWO SEGMENTS YOU RAN... "I was wondering why everyone was fighting for eighth, ninth and tenth. Now, I guess I know why. I was just racing for wins. We got two out of three. It's just too bad we didn't get the last one."

ON THE INVERSION "This is a race for the fans. They chose what the inversion was going to be and I knew that when out there leading and running away from those guys that there was probably going to be a '10' there. But, we wanted to race for the win."

ROBBY GORDON, NO. 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

ON THE INCIDENT WITH STEWART AND BUSCH "It gets nutty, doesn't it? What a blast. I had a lot of fun. It puts on a great show for the fans. I thought we would have been in position to win that deal.

"I'm a little disappointed because I felt that I should have been able to go back to third position. It seems like everything I do, it's OK for everybody else. We sat and watched Ryan Newman jump the start. At Bristol, they put me to the back of the pack, and had to do a 'stop and go.' He jumps the start - no big deal, you know? We're just going to have to work harder and be careful not to make any mistakes. The problem is that wasn't my mistake. Kurt Busch turned me coming off of turn two and I had flat tires, and I couldn't go another lap without destroying the car, so I came in and they said I pitted too early. I don't agree, but that's racing."

-tmc-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman