Daytona Top Three Finishers Quotes

JEFF GORDON (No. 24 Dupont Chevrolet) - "That is a dream come true, to race Dale Earnhardt down to the final finish, all the way down to the line of the Daytona 500. It just doesn't get any better than that. I'm the last person at this race track...

JEFF GORDON (No. 24 Dupont Chevrolet) - "That is a dream come true, to race Dale Earnhardt down to the final finish, all the way down to the line of the Daytona 500. It just doesn't get any better than that. I'm the last person at this race track who figured I was going to win the race today. I didn't have very many friends out there but I had one strong race car. I tell you, Ray Evernham and all the Rainbow Warriors took four tires there at the end and the car was handling great. Man! I want to thank Dale for a great race. He did everything he possibly could. He's probably going to tell you I learned too much from him. He's taught me a lot of things in the last couple of years and that's the only way I kept him behind me. (take us through the last, few moments of the race) I saw him dropping back, trying to get some momentum and I got out too far in three and four and I had to back off. I knew he was going to get me at the line if I didn't. I may have backed off a little too much, because he got right up on my bumper and it got me a little sideways."

DALE EARNHARDT (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet) - "The car ran great. I was happy to get second, but I'd sure like to have been down there in Victory Lane. I had a good week here. We'll put this one in the books and try to do well at Rockingham and start on that championship. (on the last lap) I was sitting there waiting, trying to go. If they could have pushed a little bit ... if Skinner would have been behind me, maybe he could have pushed me and gotten me beside him or got me to him, but I just couldn't get to him. He was backing off in the center of the corner, holding the air between us. I knew that, but I couldn't (do anything about it). Every time I backed off, he'd back off. It made it rougher for the guys behind me. I don't think he did it in the tri-oval or he'd have got pushed sideways. We got four tires and we felt good about coming up to the front. Rusty and them, I don't know why they didn't get tires. It might not have been tires. It might just have been that everybody hooked up together. I believe the tires had a big part of Jeff winning the race and me running second.

KENNY IRWIN (No. 28 Texaco Havoline Ford) - Dale Earnhardt was doing everything he could to try to get by Jeff. If he would have had the lane, I was going to go with him but not because of any reason. I thought if he wins, I could probably end up second. That's what I did for the last 10 laps, trying to make the right moves and inching up to win the race. (On the accident which involved Dale Jarrett) Going down the backstretch, we were three wide. I don't know if we actually touched or took the air off his spoiler but I feel very, very bad about it. It was an exciting day; it was an awesome day. At Daytona, the 500, to finish third, I mean that's awesome for myself, Texaco and Robert Yates. (Walk through the last four or five laps) He (Earnhardt) was making hand signals in the car but my car wouldn't suck up good, like you could see some other cars. I tried it off turn four and turn two but it actually slowed our cars down. The best spot I could have got is if Skinner had pushed me and then I could have pushed (Earnhardt).

Source: ISC/DIS

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Jarrett , Ray Evernham , Robert Yates