Dover Chevrolet Notes & Quotes Sunday

JEFF GORDON (No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Monte Carlo) "I really don't think the chassis was off. I think the chassis was good. We ran real hard there on the first restart with the traffic. It built the right front up. I didn't know what...

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

"I really don't think the chassis was off. I think the chassis was good. We ran real hard there on the first restart with the traffic. It built the right front up. I didn't know what it was. I thought we equalized a tire or something like that, but the buildup was just so bad. I just pushed, pushed, pushed. We came in and got tires and everything was great. It was really running good. Then we had another caution and we thought we were fine. We did a few things and took off and the exact same thing, even worse, happened that time. If you ran hard behind other cars you built the right front up and once you did that... I saw a bunch of guys having that problem today. It caught us probably the worse. We could never make it back up.

"Today was just a tire thing. The chassis was good. I probably ran it a little bit too hard on some of the restarts. We've struggled recently, but it's not because we're running bad. We're running good. Today, that one kind of threw us for a loop. We've had crazier things happen to us here at Dover.

"There's no doubt, it's there (distractions). The whole thing that has made us championship caliber is the chemistry, everybody working together, everybody excited about the next race. Once we get all this behind us, that chemistry is going to come back, and we'll be just fine, but yeah, it's been a little bit of a distraction.

"We are just uncertain of what's going on. We don't have any more answers than you guys do. Once we know what direction we're going, we're going to be in good shape."

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

"We had a good race car all day long. We came back from Happy Hour and made a bunch of adjustments last night. It was a little tight in the center, but the guys made great pit stops all day. That's another top 10 finish, and considering where we started, we had a good day. We need to get a little better. We want to run in the top five and be in contention to win, but that didn't happen today. Congratulations to Steve Park and the guys with the 1 car. They've been working hard and it's good to see them finish in the top 10. It's good to see him have a nice finish. He finished right behind me, and I thought we might be racing for a position down the stretch, but it didn't turn out that way this time."

RICHARD CHILDRESS (Car owner RCR Chevrolet Monte Carlos)

"I guess they ought to give Ford and Pontiac a little more and completely put us out of the race. The Chevrolets just don't have the downforce those other cars have got."

WALLY DALLENBACH (No. 25 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"We needed the long runs today. We didn't think we had much when we started the race, but everybody dug in and did a good job today. We made something out of basically nothing. I'm happy to come out of it where we did. I thought we'd be a lot worse. Everybody did their job today, and it paid off."

JOE NEMECHEK (No. 42 BellSouth Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"We didn't win, but we ran up front most of the day. It wasn't a case of coming here and running terrible. Something happened to that right front tire going into turn one. We were running seventh and had an easy shot at a top five. I just drove it off into turn one and the tire went down. It tore all the suspension up and we had to replace it all. It definitely wasn't the finish we were looking for to follow up our win last week, but they definitely knew we were here. Our tires looked pretty good most of the day. I'm not sure what happened. It's strange, but I knew it was happening. It happened to John Andretti right in front of me."

STEVE PARK (No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"We got real tight on the second set of tires. It pushed us deep in the field and got us a lap down. We had to run about 80 laps on 'em, and we finally got 'em off the car. The car was running strong again, but it got us so far back we had to spend the rest of the race getting caught up. It was a struggle.

"We were catching Dale there at the end and we were sort of getting low on laps. I was pushing the car hard trying to move up, but we just ran out of laps. If we could have had some more green flag laps there at the end, we probably could have caught him because the Pennzoil Chevy was pretty good. We got the tires on we needed at the end, but there was only about 40 laps left to go. The car was good right off the bat, but it was real good on the long runs. We just ran out of laps. We went through a lot of stuff today. We even changed a battery. The car started missing, and I switched ignitions. It was still missing, and I said, 'boys, we are all done.' They told me to shut off some stuff, and sure enough I looked down and the volt gauge was down. I shut off all the accessories, brake fans and everything, and everything came back to life. We got to our next pit stop and changed batteries.

"This team is just really starting to come together. We had a bad today today, and to have a bad day and come out eighth shows a team that's capable of running in the top 10 and winning races. To have a bad set of tires and a dead battery and then rally to finish in the top 10 is a credit to this whole team.

"The car was capable of running in the top five easy. We got up there to fourth and were just riding around, waiting for a pit stop. The car was perfect and we didn't make any adjustment. We changed tires, and the car started pushing real bad. We had to run 80 laps like that and lost our track position. We came back and got our third set of tires and started getting caught back up again and the car started missing real bad. The battery was going dead. We stayed out and got a lucky caution and Paul made a great call to come in the pits and change left-side tires and change the battery. These guys did a great job and got that done. We came back in and got right-side tires and came back and finished eighth.

"It was a long day at Dover, but this place is notorious for beating up race cars. It still feels like a disappointment, but we've been qualifying well the last couple of weeks and we've been racing well. We've got some good tracks coming up, and we're looking forward to some more strong runs before the season's over."

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

"I was coming off turn four and I told them, but they didn't hear me. They said we were going to pit in five laps, but I told them we needed to pit sooner than that. Then I went into one and it let go. I had slowed down, but I still hit the wall and knocked all the ball joints out. I don't want to burst anybody's bubble, but we would have won the race with all ease. I could run three tenths quicker than the leader when I wanted to. Goodyear said the tire just came apart. They said the camber looked good and everything. That's just part of it. When I run good, it doesn't bother me. When I run bad and blow a tire, that's what makes me mad. We had a good car today, and it felt good. We just got a bad break. I can handle the disappointment better when we're running good like we were before the tire blew. The car felt great in the corners, so all we can do is go to Martinsville now and hope for some better luck next week."

LARRY McCLURE (Car owner No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Monte Carlo)

"We had a great race car today, good enough to win. We were running faster than the leaders at one point. I think we picked up the most positions in this race than any other this year."

ED McCLURE (No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"We had the best car on the track until that tire blew. You saw a real driver at work today, manipulating his way through traffic."

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

"What a rough day at the office. I only wish we could've been as good at the beginning as we were at the very end. We fought a big tight problem most of the race, and I drove the car as hard as I could without putting it into the wall. We had one really bad set of tires that just murdered us. It pushed us way back and we had trouble working back up. We also had bad luck when we pitted under green and the yellow came out as soon as I got off pit road. We got a good set of tires on the last caution and were working up and going hard. Too bad we didn't get them in the beginning."

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

"It's real disappointing. We'd just started the race and about five laps into the race we had some valve train problems. Andy Petree and my crew chief Jimmy Elledge got together and decided we couldn't fix it. It just did too much internal damage. I just want to thank the people at Square D. They've stuck with us. It's been a rough two weeks. Hopefully, we'll bounce back at one of my favorite tracks -- Martinsville."

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

"Something went wrong with the distributor. We were real good on long runs and had just worked our way up to the top 10. I think we had a top seven car. I'm proud of the way these guys worked and got us back into the race. This Coors Light team did a great job today, and we'll get 'em next week at Martinsville."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers John Andretti , Steve Park , Andy Petree