Bristol: Pontiac Racing post-race quotes

JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: ON THE INCIDENT WITH STERLING MARLIN: "The '40' car (Sterling Marlin) just got in the back of us. He wanted that spot worse than I did, I guess. He wasn't inside me. You just don't expect it...

JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

ON THE INCIDENT WITH STERLING MARLIN: "The '40' car (Sterling Marlin) just got in the back of us. He wanted that spot worse than I did, I guess. He wasn't inside me. You just don't expect it from him, but in the same token, I'm sure he didn't mean to do it. It's a racing deal. I just wish it wouldn't have happened while we were both running in the top 10."

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

"It was a good run. The guys did a good job. We didn't qualify all that well and we worked on it all day yesterday really hard. We changed a lot of stuff. We kind of got out of the box a little bit from what we normally have. The guys got it to where it would handle a lot better. I probably learned more today than I have in a long time here. When you've got a good race car you can learn a lot. We've definitely got good notes to come back with next time. We've had good cars in the past. We just never seem to finish very well here."

ANOTHER TYPICAL BRISTOL...: "Yeah, we saw a lot in front of us. If there was an accident, it seemed like it was in front of us for the most part of the day. But, luckily we didn't have anything go wrong with us. We seem like we've had that happen before, but we made it through that. "The guys on the Interstate Batteries Pontiac did a great job. We just had a good solid day - finished fifth, which is what we needed to do because we haven't had that good of success finishing races here."

HOW ABOUT RUNNING FROM 32ND TO 5TH AT BRISTOL?: "Usually we go from 32nd to fifth and then we go back to 32nd. The guys just did a great job getting the car handling good all day - turn when it needed to turn, be tight when it needed to be tight - it had everything it needed to have. We were maybe just a little bit off of some of those guys. But, we had some pretty good fast laps. It just seemed like we couldn't go on short runs, but we'll learn how to do that some day."

(WITH SOME OF THE MISFORTUNE YOU'VE HAD THIS YEAR, ARE YOU SURPRISED YOU MADE IT THROUGH TODAY WITHOUT A PROBLEM?: "That's why it's always fun to come here because you never can tell what is going to happen."

(HOW ABOUT THE NEW PIT ROAD RULES?: "It was OK. I guess it was a good deal that it was all like that (one pit road under caution). I didn't see any problems with it, but I'm sure they'll work with it some."

TODD BODINE, RELIEF DRIVER, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"I got in, and I don't know if the car was getting loose and that's why Tony spun out or what, but when I got in it was just really, really loose. I fought it the whole time and about spun out a couple times. If he can drive it like that, he is my hero. I can tell you that.

"But, I just did what I had to do, which was bring it back in one piece for them. It's a shame Tony couldn't stay in. He had a good car for what he liked. I don't know if it was starting to go away on him or what, but at least it's still in one piece."

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

TALK ABOUT YOUR DAY OVERALL...: "We came in here a little skeptical and not sure how Tony was going to do. Then, we take the lead, drive away and had - if not the best car, one of the best cars - a strong top five car all day.

"It's just disappointing for the team, but I'm really proud of what everybody did. To know that every week this year we've had a top five car - we haven't finished there, but we've had a top five car and one of the best cars. You've just got to go with that.

"My hat's off to Tony for staying in as long as he did. He just faded real bad at the end there on us. He's hurting pretty good. Hopefully, these two weeks off will get him rested up for Texas."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin