Texas: Race quotes

Stewart, No. 20: "This was a good start to the weekend. It's really cool (to win) after today's announcement with Crown Royal and Eldora Speedway. I didn't know that it would be less than 24 hours and I would finally have a cowboy hat. Ryan Neman...

Stewart, No. 20: "This was a good start to the weekend. It's really cool (to win) after today's announcement with Crown Royal and Eldora Speedway. I didn't know that it would be less than 24 hours and I would finally have a cowboy hat. Ryan Neman gave me the push I needed to win the race. "What were there: 60,000-70,000 fans out there tonight. They were all chanting for me to climb the fence. I did it; you have to give them what the want. There was a lot of bump drafting out there. It is what it is."

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Ryan Newman, No. 12: "It was a lot of fun. It was pretty constructive racing. A lot of bumping and bangin'. It was the best Crown Royal IROC race I've been a part of. It was nice that we could do our own driving (without spotters) for once. Today it was super windy."

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Martin Truex Jr., No. 8: "It's fun to come to the track and not worry about wrecking or having to qualify… being able to hammer down on the car, be carefree and just race like when we were younger."

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Max Papis, No. 16: "I was getting in off of Turn 2. I don't know, it was just racing. It's just very close quarters racing. It was very close racing, maybe a little too much contact at times. Maybe it was my fault. I had a guy on my side. I got past him and then went sideways."

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Sam Hornish, Jr., No. 06: "I shifted to 3rd, went about 100 feet and everything started falling apart. I tried to get out of the way of everybody behind me and as I turned to get out of the way, I got spun around. The car was pretty good. Running on the outside it was pretty loose. I saved it three or four times coming off of Turn 1 so once I figured out just to get out of the bottom and stay there, everything worked okay. I could go to the outside every once and a while and get around people, but this was just one of those racing deals."

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Scott Sharp, No. 08: "It was really tight. I tried going around (Max) Angelelli on the outside and I almost hit the wall on my own. I had to back off and he and another guy got by me." <About Kinser> "I was on the outside of Matt (Kenseth) and he tried pushing me up towards the wall. I hoped he knew I was there. I was hoping he would give me a break at the last minute and he basically put me right into the wall. So, I hit the wall and hit him."

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Frank Kimmel, No. 46: "We had a car that just would not turn by itself. I just couldn't get it to go into a turn and stay on the bottom. I was chattering the right front tire all night long. It's a shame. I could get up there and get with them, and as soon as we got stretched out and they'd all pass me right back. These guys do a wonderful job. I had a great car at Daytona and today I didn't have quite such a good car. At a road course I'd better have the best car or I'm in trouble."

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Ted Musgrave, No. 1: "It was kind of wild. The things have no horsepower. You can't pass and you just run into people. You end up wrecking and flipping people over and getting everybody mad. It's a shame they don't have it where you have to let off the gas or go to different race tracks. It was fun though."

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Mark Martin, No. 6: "My car just didn't have enough straightaway speed to really do a whole lot there. It wound up being a heck of a race for a long time. It's just so slow. I've had rental cars before that would go faster than that. It was a lot of fun though. I ran 25 laps wide open. I never lifted anywhere on the race track. As it turned out, it was pretty interesting, but kind of frustrating. It was like a mini Talladega."

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Max Angelelli, No. 10: "I was really happy. It was a bit intimidating to be all together with these big names. Sometimes I felt like I was a small boat in a big ocean. It was really fun." Ryan Newman, No. 12: "I was just thoroughly impressed by the way these guys did the setup on these cars. It seemed like no matter what, we were bunched up thanks to Crown Royal. I was wide open at the end. I couldn't go any faster. I was glad to get the points I could get."

-iroc

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Series IROC
Drivers Ryan Newman , Scott Sharp , Max Papis , Ted Musgrave , Frank Kimmel , Max Angelelli , Martin Truex Jr. , Mark Martin , Sam Hornis