JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S IMPALA SS -- Finished 2nd: "On that last restart, I should have given him (Kyle Busch) the inside. When I heard the spotter, I knew I was in trouble. For a two-lap shootout, the outside always wins. I didn't make...
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S IMPALA SS -- Finished 2nd:
"On that last restart, I should have given him (Kyle Busch) the inside. When I heard the spotter, I knew I was in trouble. For a two-lap shootout, the outside always wins. I didn't make the best decision there on the restart. I apologized to my guys and to Lowe's and to everyone. On the bright side, we had a great race car and great stops and we showed that we can beat that No. 18 tonight. Before that, we were running away and gone with it. I just made a mistake there on that restart.
"He (Kyle Busch) got to the outside of me there (on the last restart) and got a good run on me. I guess deep down inside I knew better than to give him the outside but he had a run coming on me on the inside. I just thought that was the best. I should know better, I've passed guys on the last lap on the outside. I should have given him the bottom and been a little smarter with that. But very proud of this race team and what these guys have done on this race car, but pretty mad at myself for letting it slip away.
"The racing here at Chicagoland at night was good. If it were during the day, the track would have been quicker. We would have had more guys up by the fence although the groove was pretty wide. But all in all, I thought it was a well-lit race track, a track that I really enjoy racing at. We put on a heck of a show tonight."
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 SHELL-PENNZOIL IMPALA SS -- Finished 3rd:
"Our Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet Impala SS was good all night and we thought we were in pretty good position there in the end but just couldn't keep up with the forty-eight and the eighteen got around him there on the outside there and kept him pinned down and kept his momentum up. Good night and just proud of everybody I just want to thank Richard and everybody back there at the fab shop who hang bodies on our plate and all the engine guys at ECR because we have made a lot of gains this month and I hope we have put ourselves in position with these new cars and new engines and to get some momentum and this is what we needed tonight is to get a good, solid finish.
WHAT WERE YOUR REACTIONS IN WATCHING KYLE BUSCH MAKE THAT MOVE? "Well I really thought the No. 48 had the dominant car and the eighteen kinda bonsai-ed in there to the outside and it stuck and just kind of pinched the forty-eight there off the corner and killed his momentum and was just able to keep going. I thought I might be in the right spot there coming into the last corner there but just came up a little short.
"We had a great car tonight. We kept our Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet in position all night, just came up a little short. I am so proud of all the guys back at the fab shop building new cars. The last month the cars have been running really well we just haven't been able to capitalize on them with screwing up on the track or having things happen. It is good to have a whole night come together."
STEVE LETARTE, CREW CHIEF, NO. 24 DUPONT IMPALA SS -- Finished 11th:
"Oh gosh, where to we start? It's disappointing where we finished. I think we had a better car than that. We lost our track position there at the end. But you know, the guys fought hard. It was a better car than we've had at a 1.5-mile track. We had one bad pit stop and went to the back. And in the last few races, that would have been it. But we recovered and passed those guys back and got back in the top ten and just got too tight there at the end. We need to make sure we are free enough with these cars and when the speeds pick up at the end of the race we just get real, real tight. We need to do a better job of adjusting and we're excited to go to Indy."
JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 AT&T IMPALA SS -- Finished 19th
"We were really loose all night long. I couldn't run with the other cars at the end but I have to hand it to my team. We overcame two separate incidents where we got damage on the right front of the AT&T Chevy and got our lap back after going a lap down. I just wish we more for the guys up front."
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD IMPALA SS -- Finished 16th:
"It was a long night. We started off not handling good. We worked really hard and really didn't make much out of the day. We will look pretty bad on paper, we run about 28th all day so I was pretty happy to get top-15. We just missed the setup pretty bad."
MARTIN TRUEX, JR., NO. 1 BASS PRO SHOPS/TRACKER BOATS IMPALA SS -- Finished 9th:
"We had a top-five car. It was my mistake. Bono (Kevin Manion, crew chief) wanted me to stay out and I came down pit road. We took on two tires, then I got caught for speeding on the exit so we had to come back down and put on lefts. That cost us the track position and we just struggled getting that position back the rest of the night. The car was a top-five car. We really needed it, our finish was great, but it would have been even better if we could have made it a third or a fourth because we were easily that good."
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