JASON KELLER (No. 57 Fleming Team/IGA Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "I wanted to make it as boring as possible for them (the fans). I hate it for them. I've lost some over the last couple of years, but today was just totally awesome. I...
JASON KELLER (No. 57 Fleming Team/IGA Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "I wanted to make it as boring as possible for them (the fans). I hate it for them. I've lost some over the last couple of years, but today was just totally awesome. I got behind there. Some cars decided not to pit, but what can I say. It was a great, great race car, and I was just fortunate enough to be driving it today. There was only one car between me and victory, and I haven't won since '95. I knew it was going to be a tough one for him to stay up there in front of me today. We sat on the pole and won the race. I finished third last week. My teammate won last week. We're pretty hot right now. I'm excited. "We had the dominant race car today, and I was just fortunate enough to be driving it today. We sat on pole yesterday afternoon late and made some changes this morning. We're really excited that I got to close one out today. This is the first time I've been in victory lane with my little boy and little girl. It's pretty neat for me. The car was absolutely on a rail. I felt like if I was going to lose this one today, you don't get many race cars like I had today. If I was going to let this one get away from me, I was going to be in trouble. We're starting over now."
DALE EARNHARDT JR. (No. 3 ACDelco Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "We had to make a few adjustments under those few pit stops and got the car pretty decent. I was pretty happy with the points we gained today, and we just didn't have the car to try to combat his (Jason Keller's). I figured if there was any way I was going to beat him it was to let him go on by and get him in traffic or try to see if his car might go away a little bit there at the end. It didn't. He didn't get through the traffic real quick, but I think he was just being real careful. I was pretty surprised when we made that pit stop and came back out that there was only that many cars on the race track. Then they took out a few more after that, but we were up toward the front, and that's what you've got to do here. Any time you take a pit stop and gamble going to the back of the pack like we did, you really get cautious. We try to be cautious. There for a minute you run cautious and you think, 'man, I've got to get through this while I can. A lot of things are going through your mind there. You've just got to be as careful as you can. Anything can happen at any moment. You just try to watch as far ahead of you as you can and be prepared for anything happening. "We're still just not quite where we want to be. Me and Tony Jr. thought at the start of the year we were at the same frame of minds we were last year, but we realized quickly we had some things that needed to be addressed. Me and him have been having several in depth conversations about trying to improve. You're never as good as you can be or as good as the team can be. Tony Sr. is our crew chief, but he's grooming Tony Jr. to take over one day. I realize that, and I'm taking that into consideration. Me and Tony Jr. are working more hands-on together. We're having meetings a lot more so and in more depth than before. I've been studying the setups more in depth than last year. We're really bearing down, trying to turn it around. We sat on the pole at Nashville and we were happy about that. We didn't run that well in the race, but at least we know why. Before, we couldn't tell or couldn't figure out why. At least we know now the things that are hampering our performance. Today, we just missed the right rear spring by about 25 pounds. That was the difference between first and second, I think."
DALE EARNHARDT (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Monte Carlo) NOTE: Earnhardt wrecked in the Happy Hour practice session Saturday afternoon and will go to a backup Monte Carlo for Sunday's Food City 500. "It was loose up off the corner. We kept working with it, but it just got out from under me. Things are real competitive. You can run the same speeds as everybody. That's one thing. To be better, that's what you want to be. We were working trying to get there. I just let it get out from under me. I thought I caught it. I got it in the wall. We'll unload the backup car and see if we can get it ready for tomorrow. We can come back and win from where we're at."