MARTIN TRUEX JR., NO. 8 CHANCE 2 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - finished the race in 2nd - "I just want to thank all these guys on the Chance 2 team and Dale Jr. for giving me the opportunity. This is like a win for us. We had to start in the back. It...
MARTIN TRUEX JR., NO. 8 CHANCE 2 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - finished the race in 2nd - "I just want to thank all these guys on the Chance 2 team and Dale Jr. for giving me the opportunity. This is like a win for us. We had to start in the back. It was a good day for us but we just weren't quite good enough on those short runs. The driver tried to get after it a little bit too much. We scraped the wall there. And we were just kind of tight there at the end of the race. But this is an awesome race track to race on. You could pass all day. When you come from last to finish second you know the track's pretty good. We're pretty happy about it."
DAVID GREEN, NO. 37 TIMBER WOLF PONTIAC - finished 2nd in the 2003 Busch Series -14 points back
WERE YOU AWARE OF HOW CLOSE YOU WERE TO WINNING THE CHAMPIONSHIP? "Yeah. After we got our laps back after the first of the race when we ran over that debris from that first wreck and had a flat right rear tire and I was trying to get in the pits but everybody was all around me. I had to do what I had to do out there and I didn't spin out. It's all over right now, but 2003 has been a year that my team has brought me back to life. Nobody would even give me a shot last year. And when my team said it's not over yet, the game was still on. That shows how good my team is. We came from three laps down. So yeah, a couple of positions are hard to swallow but Brian (Vickers) is a great kid and he's a great star and he's the Busch champion now. I would like to have beaten him but he knew we were here today. We'll go back and have fun again next year. I'm awfully disappointed, but many thanks to Timber Wolf and Pontiac for an awesome year. But we've got an awesome race team."
ON THE SPIRITED RACE TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP "I've lost two of them now like this. I lost in 1996 to Randy LaJoie. That was a great battle as well. This is probably a little more special because I thought my career was ended at several points last year. I had no ride. But I'm proud of my team and all these guys are coming back next year. I'm excited."
RON HORNADAY, NO. 2 ACDELCO CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - finished 3rd in the 2003 Busch Series, 46 points back
"I'm not disappointed in the team by any means. I'm disappointed in myself. I wrecked the car in practice and we had to bring the back up out. I thought we were doing real good. We bought that car up to the front and we had great pit stops all day. But I just couldn't get the hang of it. One time we'd be loose getting in and the next time we'd be tight. I don't know. I just probably tried way too hard and I should have just slowed up and let the car do its work. I've got to thank ACDelco and Chevrolet and RJR and everybody at the shop. This is a good building deal for next year. We were just a little off today and just couldn't figure it out."
BRIAN VICKERS, NO. 5 GMAC CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - 2003 Busch Series Champion
CONGRATULATIONS, YOU ARE THE BUSCH SERIES CHAMPION "Oh my gosh that sounds so good. Oh man, this feels great. I want to thank everybody. I am so happy to give Ricky and Rick and Papa Joe Hendrick their first Busch Series championship."
YOU DIDN'T GET YOUR FIRST WIN UNTIL INDIANAPOLIS RACEWAY PARK IN AUGUST. WAS THAT THE TURNING POINT WHEN YOU KNEW THIS TEAM COULD CONTEND FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP? "Yeah, that was a great win for us. It was a special moment for me for a lot of reasons. I'll tell you what, I'm so proud of these guys."
TALK ABOUT THE TIGHT BATTLE COMING INTO THIS RACE TODAY "It was amazing. We did what we had to do. It's just awesome. I don't know what else to say."