BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Kodak Max film Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "We got the car pretty good. We were pretty happy with it. We felt like we had a top 10 or 12 car here today. It drove pretty good and felt pretty good. We'll just go back and get to...
BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Kodak Max film Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"We got the car pretty good. We were pretty happy with it. We felt like we had a top 10 or 12 car here today. It drove pretty good and felt pretty good. We'll just go back and get to work. I'd rather break them early in the year than late in the year. One thing about Daytona if you break a motor, you can say you probably dodged a big crash. I'd rather break a motor than have somebody bump me. We'll get ready for the next race. They put on a good show here at Daytona, but when you fall out with something like that, it ain't all that bad. You might dodge a 20-car pileup."
LARRY McCLURE (Car Owner No. 4 Kodak Max film Monte Carlo)
"We broke a valve spring and then broke a valve. We had it wound up pretty tight. We probably created what happened to it. We felt like we needed to because the handling characteristics were so bad on the car. We had to do everything we could do to get him a little extra power when he had to get out of the gas. We've always got next week. That's the good thing about NASCAR. You've always got next week to make yourself feel better and make your team look better. We've worked hard and this is our Super Bowl, so it is disheartened, but hopefully we'll get all the bad luck out of the way early and have a good season."
JOE NEMECHEK (No. 33 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"I'm disappointed right now. We ran good all day and were up there in the top 10 all day long. All of a sudden I got in the back of Earnhardt coming off turn two. He made a pass on me and slid up in front of me. I guess he couldn't make the turn off and hit the brakes. We all piled up. It started running hot and got a bunch of trash on the grille. Something ended up breaking on the motor. It was just an unfortunate day for us. On the track it's not bad. At the start of the race running two by two it was pretty bad. A lot of dicing went on. As soon as the front cars pulled away, it pretty much made everybody get lined up and get in a draft. It was like no big deal. You're just out there cruising around. It's just hard to draft. It's hard to go. Not many cars out there can get up and go. Those front three Fords are gone. We're just trying to hang on. I did pretty good hanging on to fourth or fifth there for awhile. But now my dad's over. We didn't have anything for the front guys. Those first three Fords were gone. I hope Rockingham is a little better than this. I'm praying for anything right now. The way it's going out there now, it's silly. Those first three Fords are gone, and it's ridiculous. They can just pull away. We had the best Chevy there for a long period of time, but we got the front-end damage and something broke on the motor."
DALE EARNHARDT (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Monte Carlo)
"They took the competition out of it. You can't run three wide after you've got hot tires on and these shocks bounce off the corner. All the cars push off the corner. He (7 car) just pushed up and got into me. We were lucky to get through it. We'll get 'em next year. We were definitely at a disadvantage, but it was just one of them days. After a run, the tires go away and the downforce cars can beat you. It's just one of them things. If I'd had the downforce in the front end, I believe I could have won the race. The car just skates so bad after about 20 laps on the tires, and the cars that are aerodynamically fit keep going. They get to racing side by side with you, and nobody can win if you're racing side by side three wide or whatever. They just pushed up into us and caused a big wreck. I think four tires was the way to go on that last pit stop. He (Earnhardt Jr.) didn't work at all with nobody. He wanted to pass. That's all he wanted to do, so that's why he finished where he did. We'll try it again next week at Rockingham."
RICHARD CHILDRESS (Car owner RCR Chevrolet Monte Carlos)
"What can I say? Everything I've said, I've said all week. If NASCAR can't see it, it's up to them. We were racing for fifth place like it was and then we got shuffled back. If we had been lucky we might have been racing for fifth there at the end, but even with that, we got shuffled back. Unless they do something, (it) Rockingham is going to be another terrible show."
KENNY IRWIN (No. 42 BellSouth Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"We were all right, but we didn't have what it took to run with them. I thought we might run in the top 10. The car was good and the motor was real good, but we just couldn't get the chassis the way we wanted it all day. I feel like we got off to a good start today. Obviously we didn't do as good as we could have, but I feel like we got off to a real good start."
MICHAEL WALTRIP (No. 7 NationsRent Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"I don't know what happened. I didn't crowd anybody. I just got hit. We were fast, but you've got to make it to the end. I didn't get hurt at all yesterday, and that gives you a lot of confidence as a race-car driver knowing something like that can happen and you don't get hurt."
DALE EARNHARDT JR. (No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"We tried to stay up there man. I just couldn't get anybody to help me. I couldn't get anybody to follow me. We had a real fast car. We could stay up with the front pack, but when the 88 car came up through there, he was a lot faster than me, but I would have appreciated it if he would have helped me out a little bit. My dad, too. I thought he would be the first one to help me, but he was the last person who wanted to stay behind me. We did more racing than I wanted to. I wanted to stay with him (Dale Earnhardt) and stay behind him. Everybody got to racing behind me and it was either pass or be passed. We did a lot of passing the first three-quarters of the race and the last 25 laps of the race it seemed like we couldn't go nowhere. Matt (Kenseth) did a good job coming up from where he did. He'll get a little extra check there for being the highest finishing rookie. We didn't have a bad day after all. I'm happy, but I'm a racer and I ain't really happy unless we're winning."
TERRY LABONTE (No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"We were racing in that back pack the biggest part of the day and finally we got a caution flag and got caught up. We worked on our car just a little bit. We got two tires and we were going backwards. Then they had another caution, so we came back in and got four. We started 22nd on the last restart with 20 to go or whatever it was. We worked on our car a little bit and got it a little bit better, but it was a lot better on new tires. We had only run six laps on those two tires, so we came back in and got four new ones. This morning I said if we finished in the top 10 it would be a good day for us, so I'm happy with seventh. We're not as good as we need to be, but what it's going to take to fix it I'm not sure. The new Monte Carlo will be better than what we had at Rockingham next week, but I don't know if it's going to be better than what everybody else has. I don't know how it's going to stack up against the other ones, but it is going to be better than the old Monte Carlo at Rockingham.
"If they hadn't had that caution, I don't know if them boys could have passed that 10. They got him on the restart. They ganged up on him. I didn't feel like we had the best Chevy, so I don't feel like I can complain when I'm not the best Chevrolet. We did finish the best, but I don't think we had the best Monte Carlo today. We'll just have to wait and see. NASCAR does a good job in trying to balance the playing field. We don't want an edge. We just don't want a disadvantage. I like Rockingham. It's a good track and a fun place to race, so we're looking forward to going down there."
JEFF GORDON (No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Monte Carlo)
"We had some kind of oil line that broke. I couldn't run with those Fords, but I was making some gains. I think we would have been able to get up to about fifth or sixth, but I think that's about it. It's hard to be happy with a performance based on the results we had today, but we weren't bad. We didn't have anything for those Fords. We gave it our best effort while we were out there, and I think we'll be in good shape when we get to Rockingham. The racing was better than in the 125s today, but still, once you got about 25 laps on your tires, they pretty much got single file."
STEVE PARK (No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"It was a long day. We were running really well in front of the 17 car midway through the race and gaining on the draft ahead of us. Our strategy was to pit together, but we didn't get back out at the same time. The Pennzoil Monte Carlo just wasn't able to get dialed back into the draft. After the crew rectified the overheating though, the No. 1 car held its own. the Pennzoil team will rebound in Rockingham next weekend."
JERRY NADEAU (No. 25 Michael Holigan Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"We broke a right rear shock bracket when I bottomed out going into turn one. I feel like we had one of the strongest Chevys here today. It's pretty discouraging but the Michael Holigan team did a great job this week. We know this will be a strong car to take to Talladega. It's our first race together, and we learned a lot today."
MIKE SKINNER (No. 31 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"The car pushed extremely bad all day. It was just a tough day today. You couldn't hold it wide open. You'd have to lift the throttle. Every time I'd get a run at somebody I'd get up beside them and three of them would shuffle by us. If it would have turned we could have stayed with them. It just wouldn't turn. The car was really, really tight all day. The crew did a lot better than the driver. They did an awesome job. I overshot the pits once and cost us about four or five positions. It wasn't the difference it winning the race or not, but it was a terrible shot on my part. I was used to having a crew at the end of the year last year that couldn't give me a good stop. I always tried to make up the difference. I don't think I've got to make up anything with these guys. All I've got to do is come to my sign. I know that, but I just didn't do a very good job today. Maybe we'll have a better day next week. I can't wait to get to Rockingham. It's a place we can make up some points. We lost some points today."