TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: OUT, LAP 2 - ENGINE FAILURE, "Something happened to the motor. I just don't know what happened. It laid down on the start a little bit, then as the lap went on it laid down even more. "I'm...
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
OUT, LAP 2 - ENGINE FAILURE,
"Something happened to the motor. I just don't know what happened. It laid down on the start a little bit, then as the lap went on it laid down even more.
"I'm glad I didn't cause a wreck trying to get off the track. The hard part was that it laid down going into the banking and there was nowhere to really go, other than around the bottom of the track. I'm glad everybody got by us clean."
KEN SCHRADER, N0. 36 M&M'S PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
WHAT DID YOU SEE IN THE KEVIN HARVICK INCIDENT? "Smoke. All I saw was smoke and I knew it wouldn't be good.
"I made it through most of the way and got caught at the very end."
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON THE KEVIN HARVICK INCIDENT "I'm not sure exactly what happened. There appears to have been a big wreck up there. I just couldn't get 'whoaed' down, and then I probably tried to get whoaed down too much, slid the front tires and hit water and oil, and just slid. At that point in time in knocked a hole in the radiator.
"There were a lot of times I couldn't see anything. I was way up high and it looked like everything was cleaning itself up going down. All of a sudden there were a couple of cars that came back up. At that point in time I really couldn't see anything and I figured, 'Well, I'm pretty much doomed right here anyway,' so I started to ease off the brake, then got on it real hard, slid the tries a little bit and then I was done after that."
HOW WAS THE CAR UP TO THAT POINT? "It was good. It got a little tight right before that, but for the most part it was good all day. We just got caught up in a wreck."
WAS THE WRECK A MATTER OF AGGRESSIVE DRIVING? "I don't even know how that wreck started. I wasn't close enough to see it. I feel like I was a mile back and still wrecked, which is aggravating. But at the same time, I'm not sure what happened.
"You always get prepared for this race knowing things can happen to you. There were a lot of cars torn up down there on the bottom of the racetrack. It's unfortunate that that had to happen for a lot of those guys and us, too. But that's generally what happens here."
IS ROCKINGHAM WHEN THE SEASON REALLY STARTS? "Well, it does now."
JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON FINISHING 10TH "Oh my God - man, look at our car. That thing is tore up."
HOW ABOUT THE WORK OF YOUR CREW TO KEEP YOUR CAR OUT THERE AFTER THE KEVIN HARVICK INCIDENT? "That's what championship teams are made of. There is no way that we should have finished in the top 30. Those guys worked real hard. We were in the wreck, obviously, but shouldn't have been. I looked like I was going to be clear and then got hit in the side hard, and then in the back after we got slowed down. But, I'm real happy. The Valvoline Pontiac was OK. We could run good at times and then we couldn't. We were kind of all over the place at times. Hell, I ran just as good at the end wrecked as I did at times earlier. James Ince and the guys, I can't say enough about those guys. There is no way that we should have finished where we did. I'll bet we had 30 pit stops and they just did a hell of a job."
WHAT DID YOU SEE DURING THE WRECK? "We have our eyes closed during that stuff. I'm just lucky I didn't hit anything."
DID YOU THINK YOU'D BE ABLE TO FINISH AFTER BEING INVOLVED? "I figured we'd be in the pits after about 10 laps, to tell you the truth."
JAMES INCE, CREW CHIEF, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
HOW STRANGE WAS THAT TOP 10? "Well, if they were looking for a joke, they got one. We wrecked a car with 50 laps to go - it's tore to hell. I guess they got what they wanted. They had all Dodges and Fords up front like they needed and it's a crying shame that with five laps to go, you've got a wrecked race car running ninth.
THE RACE GOT AWFULLY MESSY DURING THE SECOND HALF OF IT... "You could predict the wrecks. You could see them coming. It's Daytona. When we fixed our car we knew there were going to be more wrecks. We kept ourselves out of trouble to be able to capitalize at the end. It's a typical Daytona race. I'm sure for the fans it was great to watch because it was pretty wild.
ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH A TOP 10 TODAY? "I'm not satisfied because nobody has any idea how hard we work on these race cars. For us, for the rules to be the way they are, it's not fair. It's just not right. For us, this is our livelihood and there is no way we can be happy with that. I am happy with the fact that we recovered. We fixed the car, we kept it on the lead lap and we finished in the top 10. I can't complain about that. But, the rest of it is pretty hard to swallow. But, we'll got to Rockingham, race our car again and try to get what we can get."
STACY COMPTON, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
HOW DISAPPOINTED ARE YOU WITH THE WAY THE DAY WENT? "I'm very disappointed. Our day was done when we broke that [gear]. It's a frustrating day. The guys did a heck of a job getting it changed. The Conseco Pontiac was decent. We struggled from the word 'go' when they dropped the green today and I'm pretty disappointed. But, I think we know what we need to do to be better."
ATTRITION ALLOWED YOU TO FINISH A LOT BETTER THAN IT WAS LOOKING EARLY ON... "The way it was looking there to begin with, I figured we were going to be 40th to 43rd. But, I hated to see all those accidents. A lot of crew members put in a lot of hours to build these cars and get them to go fast. It's all down the drain right now.
"With the way things started, I'm happy that we finished 27th but I hated to finish it that way."