DALE EARNHARDT (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Monte Carlo) "That's the worst racing I've seen at Daytona in a long time. They took NASCAR Winston Cup racing and made it some of the sorriest racing. They took racing out of the hands of the...
DALE EARNHARDT (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Monte Carlo)
"That's the worst racing I've seen at Daytona in a long time. They took NASCAR Winston Cup racing and made it some of the sorriest racing. They took racing out of the hands of the drivers and the crews. We can't adjust and make our cars drive like we want. They just killed the racing at Daytona. They took good racing and turned it into this. This is a joke. It's a joke. To have to drive a race car under those conditions, to take the crew chief and the driver out of it, just throw some springs in and go boys. That's all you've got. The cars that have the best aerodynamic advantage is going to win. It's a damn joke to have to race like this."
JEFF GORDON (No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Monte Carlo)
"I can't say we're as competitive as I hoped we'd be, but if I had started a little more toward the front, I think we might have been a little more competitive with them. I just couldn't get the momentum I needed, and I was pushing real bad. We (Earnhardt and I) were both pushing. It doesn't do any good if you've got two cars drafting if you're pushing. When you have to lift, you're in trouble, and we were having to lift quite a bit. That (Ford show) is what it looked like from where I was sitting, too. I was happy to make a few moves and get up through there. Look at their cars. They've got more front downforce and right now, if it becomes a handling race track, which it certainly was today and I'm sure it will be on Sunday, then front downforce is key and that's where we're lacking right now. I agree. They (NASCAR) have (taken racing out of the drivers hands). I really wish that the shock deal was a little bit different. I've got a lot of suggestions. We have no adjustments. We'll talk to them, but it's going to be hard for them to come up with anything by Sunday. The cars ride better, they're softer, bounce around. They're nothing like they were when they were beating us up. They've gone from one extreme to the next. We need to be somewhere in the middle. I felt like we had a pretty good showing. We were handling decent, but we weren't handling good enough to win the race. We've got to go to work. Instead of wasting my mind, going up there trying to make them change something, I'm going to put my effort into making my car better. There's a few things we can do. About 20 laps into the race, the handling goes away where you can't turn. The track warms up and the tires warm up. You're just hanging on, and you have to lift. That's why everybody moved to the top. You just go up there and wait for the car to turn and try to keep your momentum and try to stay on the throttle. Any time Daytona turns into a handling race track, you're going to see a poor race. It would be nice to get the handling a little bit better and have a little cooler weather and overcast skies would help a lot, too. It would help those Chevys a little bit."
TERRY LABONTE (No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"It was tight, but we had been loose before today. We tightened our car up, but we went a little too far. That (shock rule) is why everybody is pushing. You just have to work and try to get it better. We've got some ideas. We're going to try. We don't know if it will work or not. Don't ever give up."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"Something happened to our motor. We were like 500 rpm's off. Earnhardt has won 10 straight (Twins) and he finished 11th today, so I'd say it's pretty bad.
FELIX SABATES (Car owner SABCO Chevrolet Monte Carlos)
"I'm glad we had motor problems. That way we don't know how bad we are for Sunday. Sterling might want to withdraw. I don't mind going to a gunfight if you've got a Colt 45 and I've got a 22 revolver. I figure with my 22 I'm going to be able to get you anyway. If you go to a gunfight and guys have bazookas and you've got a wooden knife, that's not too good. Basically, they've got bazookas and we've got wooden knives right now."