TALK ABOUT YOUR RACE FROM LAST PIT STOP ON. "I think that we should have stopped, maybe a little bit earlier, but the driver's always got a better idea than the crew chief does. Randy did a great job today and the guys did a great job in the pits. It's just the middle set of tires that we had weren't as good as the other ones, or the car tightened up or cloud cover came over because the car got really tight and I could do anything; I was behind Ryan Newman. The run before that, we came all the way to fifth and had a bad pit stop. We were stopping in front of Ward Burton and I followed him into the pits and the guys really didn't see me coming and ran a little bit late and I ran into the jackman just a little bit on the front corner of the car. That threw our pit stop off a little bit and we came out in the back and the tires wasn't that good. We only took two at the end because we thought our car would be good enough with two. We were going to take some wedge out, so we made a tire pressure adjustment and took some wedge out, put two tires on it and it really went at the end. I wish we had more time to catch some more of those guys. I'm just really happy to finish up the season with a third-place run and go get ready for Daytona."
DID YOU KNOW YOU WERE CHASING WIMMER FOR THIRD? "Yeah, we knew. We knew we were chasing Kenseth and then the 23, and we knew that the 98 was next. We were a second-and-a-half faster than those guys, almost two seconds a lap, and that's a tremendous amount. Without those guys putting tires on, it just gave us a big advantage. I just wish that maybe we stopped a little it earlier, and maybe could have gained some more. The 98 and 87 were so far ahead of us that I don't think it mattered because we weren't going to catch them without a caution."
WHAT WERE YOUR EARLY THOUGHTS OF THE RACE WHEN HARVICK HAD THE FIELD COVERED? "We were just trying to make our car better. He never got by us or put a lap n us. At one point, he was a straightaway or so behind us and we raced our way to only a half-of-a-lap down, so we were faster than the leader at that point. At the beginning of the race, he and the 10 had a pretty high lap speed for quite some time, but as the track greased up, everybody slowed down and we got some better lap times where we lost so much track position. A lot of times it turns a round like that. I've led so many races, leading the first 100 laps and finished fifth or sixth. It just seems like that's the way it works. When the track gets greasy, the cars that were fast at the beginning aren't fast at the end. I don't know when he went out, but when he did, I didn't know who the leader was at that point. But, we were fourth tenths of seconds faster a lap than the leader for quite some time, but we were 28 seconds behind him. A caution would have caught us back up, but you just do the best you can and work on your car and try to make it better."
YOU'RE READY FOR CUP, BUT YOU'RE IN BUSCH FOR ONE MORE YEAR. TALK ABOUT YOUR PLANS FOR NEXT SEASON. "We have seven Cup races planned starting with the Daytona 500 and we're really looking forward to that; I'm really excited. We're probably going to announce a sponsor in the next four weeks or something like that for the Winston Cup events and a schedule at the same time. We'll run Daytona, Vegas, Charlotte, some of those places, maybe Kansas or Chicago. We'll race at some off the bigger events with larger markets."