MICHAEL WALTRIP, NO. 15 NAPA CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO NOTE: Waltrip, who had run in the top five all night, was involved in a lap-91 crash with DEI teammate Jeff Green coming off Turn 4. Waltrip spun, hit the wall and slid down in front of Rusty...
MICHAEL WALTRIP, NO. 15 NAPA CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO
NOTE: Waltrip, who had run in the top five all night, was involved in a lap-91 crash with DEI teammate Jeff Green coming off Turn 4. Waltrip spun, hit the wall and slid down in front of Rusty Wallace. His Monte Carlo was severely damaged, putting his streak of 33 straight races without a DNF. "We got squeezed down a little bit tight and just messed up. I got on the apron a little bit, got sideways and spun out. Jeff [Green] was doing his job. I hate it for Rusty and for our whole NAPA team. It's a shame to have a setback like this, but we'll go win Darlington and this won't seem near as important."
ROBBY GORDON, NO. 31 CINGULAR CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO
"We broke a rear gear. I don't know why we broke a rear gear, but it's Bristol. We haven't had very good luck here, but I love this place. We'll try to get back out there and get some points."
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Finished 2nd
"Yeah, I hate losing to old Rubberhead (Kurt Busch). His car was a little bit better than ours. We just could not get going on the restarts for some reason. We had a tough time. Those cautions were really killing us. Once we got going, we could hold our own. This team has really come together. Todd Berrier and Gil Martin have got a solid foundation under us and we just have to keep it going to the end of the year." MORE HARVICK TO FOLLOW
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Finished 5th
"We just tried to be smooth and consistent all day long. We were playing a game of give and take, and we were around a couple of cars that were playing a game and we played it back. We just tried to stay out of trouble. It was a great day for the Lowe's Chevrolet. I wish we could have had last week's points to go along with this week's, but still, it was a great day. We made up a lot of ground on the guys in front of us and anytime you can come out of Bristol with a top-five finish, you have to be happy with that."
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Finished 9th
"We didn't have a hold of it too much all night long. We finally got it decent there at the end. Tony Jr. (Eury) and the guys, they just couldn't gain on it. I'll take a top-10. I wish I could have finished better. We could have run better here. We're going to come back in March and get better."
JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: Finished 14th
"From where we started (32nd) it was a good run for us. The guys kept making adjustments on the Valvoline Pontiac to make it better and better. We kind of got off-sequence there a little bit. There was one time where we probably should have pitted and we didn't. I don't know if it hurt us or not, but it was a deal where maybe it would have ended up a little different. I wish that last green-flag run would have stayed to the end, because we could have finished right up there. We came in and chanced putting tires on it because we were getting beat by it. We just didn't get back to where we wanted to. It wasn't a bad day for us. We feel like we're starting to get back up on track, starting to learn something for once. I'm real proud of these guys. I've managed to get us in some holes this year and these guys have dug us out of it. I'm really proud of them."