Atlanta II: Pontiac race quotes

TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: TELL US ABOUT YOUR RACE. "There still isn't anyone out there that can say I'm points racing. I had that thing sideways chasing Nemechek down. I could've cruised and just rode in, but I was ...

TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RACE. "There still isn't anyone out there that can say I'm points racing. I had that thing sideways chasing Nemechek down. I could've cruised and just rode in, but I was going for the win today. We had that unfortunate deal with the lug nuts, but the good Lord was watching out for us today. We found them on the red (flag), and we probably could've gone ahead and went because nobody caught it, but why take a chance. So we went to the back, and we drove ourselves to the front. We didn't get three yellows to help us get there, we drove nonstop on our way to the front before the yellow finally came out. Man, this thing was awesome all day. Greg Zipadelli and all of these guys on this Home Depot team, they did an awesome job.

WHAT ABOUT NEXT WEEK'S RACE AT ROCKINGHAM? "I want one there. No racetrack ever owes you anything, you've got to earn them. That's just one of them that I really want to get a win at though. I really like the track. It's fun because it's kind of like this place - you rim-ride around here, so I want to get me a win there.

GREG ZIPADELLI, CREW CHIEF, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"We definitely did what we needed to do heading in here. We had a great car all day. We had to give up track position, but to come from the back like we did I think just showed how strong this car was. And that's what our driver is. He was up on the wheel. I saw some stuff there that made me nervous there in traffic, but he's our man. I couldn't be prouder of the team. We unloaded here and this thing's been a rocket. It's going to Homestead next week to test and we're looking forward to it. It's a great car - same car we ran at Charlotte. He's real comfortable in it at these big racetracks.

HOW STRESSFUL IS IT MAKING THE CALLS IN THE PITS ON A DAY LIKE TODAY? "It's stressful when you got cars like the 48 and the 6 car that aren't running that good, and there stretching there fuel mileage and we're trying to win a race, but if it weren't for the win we would've pitted earlier and probably stayed up front and led more laps. But you take the chance of that five or ten laps that you stopped of something happening and letting them put you on the tail end of the lead lap, but I wasn't about to do that. So we kind of played it right down the middle today. It probably cost us a little bit, but in the long run it was the way to go."

BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"We had a tire go down one time, and we got loose, real loose. We tightened it up because it was so loose, and then we got so far back because of that, and that's the way it was.

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