JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: YOU SAID THIS MORNING YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD AN EIGHTH-PLACE CAR AND YOU FINISHED EIGHTH...WAS IT BETTER THAN THAT? "The car was better than that; the engine wasn't. It (the engine) was terrible.
JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
YOU SAID THIS MORNING YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD AN EIGHTH-PLACE CAR AND YOU FINISHED EIGHTH...WAS IT BETTER THAN THAT? "The car was better than that; the engine wasn't. It (the engine) was terrible. It seems like the further we go in the year the less we've got, compared to the field. It's getting pretty discouraging.
"But outside that, the Valvoline Pontiac was awesome. James Ince and the guys - they're doing their part. They're doing an awesome job giving me a good race car. It just makes it awfully hard when you can't compete with them down the straightaway."
WAS THIS STILL A BIG DAY FOR THIS TEAM? "Oh yeah, other than the fact we finished two spots further back than we did last time here. We felt like we could come here and win. If we could have stayed with them down the stretch I think we could have given them their money's worth. But, for whatever reason, that is not happening."
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"It wasn't too bad. We brought back a little different race car than we had here last time. The last time here we were really bad. Today we still weren't as good as we needed to be, but we were faster on short runs. Long runs kind of got us. We kept working on it and freed it up and then it was better. If we hadn't had that caution towards the end of the race we'd have been a lot better off. That let those guys that had four tires gain some spots on us that they wouldn't have had if the caution wouldn't have come out."
HOW ABOUT THE RULES CHANGE IN PLACE FOR THIS RACE? "It definitely didn't hurt. We got a rule change for the first race that was more dramatic than this one here and we were the slowest car here probably (the first race). In reality, we changed a lot of other stuff, too.
"It didn't hurt, being we had everything else right this time."