Chevy drivers Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson finished 4th and 6th (respectively) in the UAW-GM Quality 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race held at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Both move up one notch in the championship points chase. Gordon is now in sixth...
Chevy drivers Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson finished 4th and 6th (respectively) in the UAW-GM Quality 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race held at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Both move up one notch in the championship points chase. Gordon is now in sixth place - 211 points behind leader Tony Stewart, and Johnson is in second place - 97 points behind Stewart.
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO (finished 4th):
"We had a great car - especially early. We got a little bit too tight and in the middle there we lost some track position. We freed it up and we fought back from that and it was a great effort. We had great pit stops. I wish we could have gotten up there and raced with them. All in all it was a good day. We had a top five finish and that's good."
DID YOU THINK YOU MIGHT HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE MOTOR - ESPECIALLY AFTER JOE NEMECHEK HAD AN ENGINE FAILURE TODAY?
"We freed it up and we were coming to the front and yeah, I heard something. It was a change in pitch in the motor. After the trouble we had last week I was pretty nervous. But I think all it was, was just a crack in the tailpipe. I looked at all my gauges and the motor was still running strong. All the gauges looked good, so basically you just run as hard as you can until the thing blows anyway."
ON THE POINTS CHASE: "We couldn't gain on Tony (Stewart). He did a great job. We did everything we could to fight as hard as we possibly could to get track position and score as many points as possible. So, I'm pretty happy with it."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - top finishing Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender - finished 6th
BASED ON YOUR RUN HERE IN MAY, DID YOU THINK YOU WERE GOING TO HAVE A BETTER RUN TODAY? "I really thought we were going to be able to finish in the top three tonight. We had a couple of little issues that hurt us. Fuel mileage didn't work in our favor. Also, we had a wheel that was left loose and we had to pit early and that got us out of sequence.
"After that, when the sun went down, the track got real tight for us. This happened to me in the 600 where I didn't adjust the car enough on the pit stops as the night fell. I think we just got behind again and we were too tight.
"But in the big picture, it was a great day. It never fails - we're all sitting here in 2nd, 3rd, 6th (in the media center with Bobby Labonte, finished 2nd, and Tony Stewart, finished 3rd), and nobody can really move anywhere. So it's going to be a battle all the way to Homestead."
JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 25 UAW-DELPH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - (Sidelined with motor problems)
"There was never an indication. The temperature's been great all day. I've got to thank all the boys back at the engine shop. Unbelievable power. Something broke in the bottom there - it felt like I broke a rod or something. It started vibrating really bad. No warning. Just all of a sudden it broke. It just shook the engine real bad. This is the best motor I've ever had here at Charlotte. Unbelievable. The guys are making unbelievable power. It's not very often you break anything in the lower engine in these Hendrick motors. The UAW-Delphi Chevy was running good all day long. We were going to the front. It's tough starting in the back. You have to deal with all slower cars and it was getting wild on those re-starts. We'll be ready for them in Atlanta."
ROBBY GORDON, NO. 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Involved in 10-car wreck on lap 220
"I'm okay. My foot is hurt a little bit. I don't know what happened. All I know is they were crashing in front of me. I tried to slow down and somebody clipped me in the back and turned me around backwards. It's real disappointing. We were trying to get a decent result out of the day."
Note: Robby aggravated his previously injured left ankle by putting a lot of pressure on it while braking hard in the accident. It's a little sore, but there is no further injury or cause for concern.
JEFF GREEN, NO. 31 AOL CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Involved in 10-car wreck on lap 220
"Our car wasn't really real good, but once we got adjusted we were pretty good. We could stay pretty close to the leaders. They said Todd (Bodine) went through the grass. You can't go through the grass when it's dry - much less when it's wet. You can't control your race car. We were already two-wide and he made it three-wide. There's not enough room to do that. He just doesn't have enough patience."
-team monte carlo-