Bristol II: Pontiac Racing race quotes

BOBBY LABONTE, NO.18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: "We worked hard for that. The guys did a great job this weekend. We had a pretty good car since we unloaded it off of the truck. "We had a really good car the first half of the...

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

"We worked hard for that. The guys did a great job this weekend. We had a pretty good car since we unloaded it off of the truck.

"We had a really good car the first half of the race and then we got too tight. We changed four tires there at the end, but being as tight as it was I just couldn't pass anybody. It's just one of those deals where we were pretty fast the first half of the race but we weren't that good at the end. But 10th is better than 11th.

WAS FOUR TIRES ON YOUR LAST STOP THE RIGHT CALL? "If we would've got our car adjusted right at the end like we did at the beginning of the race, I don't think we could've beat the 24 or probably the 8, although we outran the 8 there for awhile early in the race, but if our car was handling better we would've done better with the tires and putting four tires on there at the end would've been the right thing to do."

MIKE WALLACE, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"It was a great run. The Conseco Pontiac team led by Mike Hillman did just a fabulous job. We got a lap down early in the race even though we had a fast enough car not to do it, but just track position hurt us. But we fought back and we fought back and we finally got to where we could get to the front of the line and get a good restart. Fortunately for us, unfortunately for whoever it happened to, there was a wreck and we got our lap back and we got a top 10. I don't think we could ask for much better than that. We qualified 33rd but were 6th quick in that last practice and just worked hard all night. I'd just like to thank everybody from A.J. Foyt Racing and Conseco - this is cool as can be.

WAS THIS A TYPICAL BRISTOL RACE BEATING ON EACH OTHER? "Believe it or not my car's perfect - I didn't put a scratch on the thing. We'll probably take the same car to Darlington. This is a rarity getting out of here with a clean car. The guys built a pretty tough nose up there in the front it and I could've beat on a few guys, but I really don't race that way. I could've got (Bobby) Labonte there at the end, but we'll get out of here with a top 10 and keep improving from there."

JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"That was pretty good for us. The car was decent. The Hendrick engine ran great - I know I got in a little bit of trouble last week, so they did a great job for us this week. No complaints at all. The car was good, we just weren't great. The cars in front of us were pretty darn good. We were off on the car just that little bit. Unfortunately that's a bunch when it comes to here and a 500-lap race.

YOU DROPPED BACK A LITTLE DURING THE MIDDLE OF THE RACE - WHAT WERE YOU FIGHTING?

"On top of the racetrack. We just weren't getting in the racetrack as good as what we needed. We tried to make adjustments. The team worked hard. We made adjustments every time, different type of adjustments, trying to make it good there. I thought we were going to be in pretty good shape there being out front, but I just could not get a hold of anything. It sure didn't help when Kurt (Busch) decided to bang on you when passing you. It took us a while to get the tires cleaned off after that and that just hurt us."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers A.J. Foyt