Darlington Chevrolet Race Notes

MIKE SKINNER (No. 31 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "I think we had a pretty good car today. I slowed down a little bit and Jerry Nadeau passed me. I think he cut a tire down. He came back down the track and there was nothing I could do. I know...

MIKE SKINNER (No. 31 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"I think we had a pretty good car today. I slowed down a little bit and Jerry Nadeau passed me. I think he cut a tire down. He came back down the track and there was nothing I could do. I know he didn't mean to do it. It destroyed his car, too. We thought we were going to have tire problems, and we didn't want that to happen to the Lowe's Chevrolet. We're going to try to get the car fixed and get back out there and get some valuable points."

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"It looks like we've got a hole in the radiator, but I think we might have dropped a valve before that. We had a pretty good car. We got up to sixth or seventh. We were good on the long runs, but it looks like the bad luck bit us again. There's nothing we can do about it now. We've just got to patch it up and go back out."

KENNY WALLACE (No. 55 Square D Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"I'm watching the jumbo screen and somebody got into the back of the 9 car. I was right on top of the action, about 100 feet ahead of me. The guys behind me, I guess their spotters never told them. We all saw it. Man, I just got drilled major. We'll try to get the car fixed and get back out there and get some points."

JEFF GORDON (No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Monte Carlo)

"We knew we weren't as strong as the other guys on new tires. Jeff Burton was real strong. He could take off good and get some distance on us. He was able to maintain it. We were a little bit tight at the end of the last run, so we were hoping we could free it up a little bit. The track seemed to start out a little free for me and it got tighter as it went on. Overcast all day long pretty much kept the conditions consistent. I thought I might have something for 'em on the long runs, but I couldn't afford to let them get that far away from me. Jeff just got too far away from me. It took about 25 or 30 laps for my tires to really come in. If he was half a straightaway ahead of me, it's hard to make that up."

WALLY DALLENBACH (No. 25 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"We had a great car on long runs. We were as fast as the top five after 20 laps, but we were just not very good for the first part of the run. We wanted long runs. All those yellows in the middle of the race really hurt us. That is how we got a lap down. We were a top 10 car in there had been no yellows. This is the best car I've ever had at Darlington."

BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"We were pretty good. We were a little loose from the start. We made so many minute changes and the car went from one extreme to the other. We were on the line of being perfect, so I guess it flip flopped on each side of that line. It was good all day. We got too tight, then we got way too loose again, then we got too tight that last run. That was as good as we could have been if we had gone green. I don't think Rusty could have passed us, but I don't think we could have passed anybody. If we could have made another fuel stop run and stopped and adjusted, we might have got a little better. We went through a lot of experimentation, so I don't know if we would have known which way to go or not. We finished seventh here in the spring, and seventh today. I don't mind racing here."

TONY GLOVER (Crew chief No. 42 BellSouth Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

NOTE: Driver Joe Nemechek matched his best finish of the season with a sixth-place run on Sunday at Darlington. Nemechek finished sixth earlier this year at Richmond.

"I think on the long run we had maybe a second-place car. Certainly nobody had anything for the 99. We started 22nd and maybe by the end of the first long run we had got up to fifth. We kind of hurt ourselves in the pits today. We didn't pit quite as well as we needed to, but we haven't been in that position. The team hasn't been up there battling for the top five. That cost us a little bit. I'm real happy with the way Joe drove the car today. He drove his heart out. We knew yesterday in Happy Hour we had an awfully good car. He scraped the wall once, but all-in-all, it was a good day for SABCO. After last week when Sterling ran seventh, I thought we were starting to show a little potential. We're starting to get a little better each week. The Coors car was awful good today. It's a shame they had something go through the radiator. Hopefully this is a sign of something good to come."

DALE EARNHARDT (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Monte Carlo)

"The car was decent all day. It wasn't ever great. It was just decent. The car was too tight all day. The wheel came loose twice. It was really just a bad day for us."

KEN SCHRADER (No. 33 Skoal Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"We survived. We finished ninth, and that's about all we had. I don't think we could have finished any better if it hadn't rained it out. That was it."

STEVE PARK (No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"That's another top-10 finish, and it's the best we've ever run here at Darlington. After starting as far back as we did, I suppose finishing 10th is a real accomplishment. Pitting on the backstretch is tough, but my boss (Dale Earnhardt) won from the backstretch last week at Bristol, so we can't use that as an excuse. We finished 12th earlier this season at Darlington, so I guess we're making progress. If we can start qualifying a little better, maybe we can start finishing better, too."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Joe Nemechek , Jerry Nadeau