Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo - sidelined due to a crash on lap 185 "It wasn't that bad. But once you get turned around here, you're going to hit the wall real hard, there's no way around that. It's a shame. We had a...
Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo - sidelined due to
a crash on lap 185
"It wasn't that bad. But once you get turned around here, you're going to hit the wall real hard, there's no way around that. It's a shame. We had a good car. I think Shawna (Robinson, No. 49) might have got into me a little bit. I'm real disappointed. But she's a good racecar driver. I don't know. They need to get her in a better racecar so she can be more competitive -- but it's hard to dodge her every 15 laps. I went down in the corner and I thought there was plenty of room down there, but she just didn't get to the bottom around the corner. I'm not real upset about it. There isn't much you can do. We're wadded up and we're going to take a shot in the point standings and here we've got Martinsville next week so it hasn't been a good week for us."
Are you okay? It looked like you were favoring your arm when you got out of
"I bumped it on the roll cage, but it'll be all right. It wasn't that bad of a hit actually. I stood on the gas to try to keep the car from shooting up the race track. We had a good car and we were trying to finish in the top 10 to get the points, but we got taken out."
Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Dupont Chevrolet Monte Carlo - @made his 300th consecutive career start without taking a provisional starting spot - finished 2nd:
"The car was great. We just needed to get track position. We adjusted on it a little bit all day, but there at the end, Robbie (Loomis) made a great call to just take on two tires. Unfortunately, we couldn't beat Matt (Kenseth, winner), but we got there in second and gave him a run for his money.
"I just thank God for so many things he's blessed me with a great team and a bunch of guys who are awesome to work with. We've had to overcome a few things here lately and get our focus on getting consistent and on our qualifying. It helped us here in the last couple of races, but it didn't help us today. We became a great team throughout the day and I think this run right here is going to do a lot for the Dupont Chevrolet to get a second."
Was there any chance of catching Matt Kenseth if you'd had more laps?
"Unless it was a really, really long run. My car was good on very long runs. We put two tires on to get track position. The guys on this team did a great job making great calls and great pit stops all day. We had to overcome getting a lap down there one time, too, so I wasn't so sure about the two tires (decision), but you've got to believe and trust in those guys. When you see the whole picture, they made a great call. We're very grateful to have a second place finish. I wish I could have had more of a shot at Matt, but it was just so hard to pass."
<B>Terry Labonte, No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet Monte Carlo finished 10th: (This is obviously one of your favorite tracks) "Yes it is. We felt like we should have had a couple of top 10's, so it's nice to finally get one. Nothing went wrong. We got behind a little bit a couple of times, but we made our laps up. So that was good. Overall, it was a really good day. Like I said, I'm glad we finally got our first top 10. I felt like we should have already had a couple, but we let those slip away. We finally got one, so we'll just keep building."
What stands out in your mind most about the race today?
"Our car was pretty good. We could have been a little bit better. We were too tight in traffic. We didn't take advantage of the new rule for the Chevrolets. We still ran the old configuration. We're going to work on that. But this was definitely a good run for us today and a good solid weekend. We can work from this. This is one of our new Chevrolets that we built this year and we ran it at Atlanta and finished 16th there. So building new cars is helping and I think we can take this one and make it even better. It was a good day."
Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo - finished 6th and was highest finishing Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate:
"It's an awesome feeling to compete as we have. I race people how they race me. I don't believe you need to turn anybody sideways to pass them. Sometimes it happens, and it does, but you just file that away in the back of your head and remember what happened and apply it when when needed.
"Today, it was frustrating a little bit with the single groove racing. You'd get trapped behind a lapped car that was trying to get their lap back and was fast enough to cause problems for you. You'd use up your tires and couldn't go anywhere with it. But all and all, it was a great performance for the Lowe's Monte Carlo."
Chad Knaus, No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo:
"It seems like every time we pit under green, the caution comes out. If we could ever get all that squared away, we're going to be just fine. The car was really fast. Jimmie is doing a great job. It's been a good day for the entire Lowe's team."