TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: ON WHAT HAPPENED IN THE INCIDENT WITH JEFF GORDON "We just went in the corner on the last lap together. My spotter told me he was looking low. By looking at the tape he was a little further...
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON WHAT HAPPENED IN THE INCIDENT WITH JEFF GORDON
"We just went in the corner on the last lap together. My spotter told me he was looking low. By looking at the tape he was a little further than that. But, I didn't see him at the door and I know that any time the roles have been reversed he is expecting me to lift. "It's just racing. It's just Bristol. It's part of the deal. The reason we ended up in the [NASCAR] trailer [after the race] is because I spun him on the pit lane and that was wrong. I could have hurt somebody, in all reality. I apologize to Home Depot and all of our sponsors for doing that because that wasn't right. "It was just hard racing at Bristol. It's just unfortunate that it happened in the last quarter of a lap." IS THIS OVER NOW?
"I've got no hard feelings against Jeff and I don't think he has any against me. We both are open wheel racers that are stock car racers now, and we're both aggressive and we both want to win and we both want to get every spot we can get every time we're on the racetrack. We just had a meeting of the minds in the last quarter of the last lap after a 500-lap race."
ANY FINES OR ANYTHING TO COME OUT OF THIS?
"They are going to call me tomorrow as far as what I did on the pit lane. But that's the only thing that they really called us into the trailer [for]. They wanted to make sure that there weren't any hard feelings between us and there's not."
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"Track position meant everything today. We just couldn't get around some cars at the end. We had four fresh tires, but we weren't able to do it. We probably shouldn't have pitted. But I'd rather have pitted and made the decision that we made than not because I think that would have been the right call on a lot of days."
RON HORNADAY, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"I'm very happy to come here, finish a Winston Cup race - all 500 laps - after starting almost dead-last. It's my own fault for the way we qualified. But these guys never say die. We maybe shouldn't have pitted the last time, but we were just getting inconsistent tires and I wasn't happy with the set of tires I had. "It's a great run for us. We're real happy with it. That's what we needed to do. We just needed to catch cautions at the right time. I think we were just as fast as the leaders because when they told me the leaders were coming, I would take off and never see them."
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