Homestead: GM teams race quotes

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - finished 2nd in the race and 2nd in the Chase: "We're definitely disappointed that we didn't win the championship, but if you look back four or five weeks ago we weren't even in the Chase....

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - finished 2nd in the race and 2nd in the Chase:

"We're definitely disappointed that we didn't win the championship, but if you look back four or five weeks ago we weren't even in the Chase. With the loss of so many people in the October tragedy, it's amazing that we were able to have the finish that we did and to have the comeback that we did. I wish we could have gotten the job done but we can leave here tonight knowing we gave 100 percent and gave everything that we could. We just came up short. We'll just come back next year and try harder."

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - finished 3rd in the race and 3rd in the Chase:

"We gave it every effort we had. We had a several opportunities throughout the day. That flat left rear tire really got us behind and we fought back all day long. I'm really proud of Robbie (Loomis) and all the guys for the race car they gave me. We started out tight and we struggled a little bit there at the beginning and got better and better and this last couple of restarts, we had a shot at least at the win - I don't know about the championship - but all in all it was a great day and a great year for the DuPont Chevrolet team. I want to thank all our sponsors and everybody that makes it happen for us. And I'm proud of Chevrolet for winning the Manufacturers' Championship. I want to say congratulations to Kurt Busch and Roush Racing. They did a great job all year and they deserve it."

DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Note: Danny Culler will be spotting for Junior today. Culler is a former spotter for Dale Earnhardt, Kevin Harvick, and Michael Waltrip. - Finished 23rd in the race and 5th in the Chase:

"The car was really good at one point but from there on out, it was the worst car I ever drove. Every time I used the brake pedal it was shaking the car. The car was spinning out getting into the corner. It's real frustrating. The year was great and we were a long shot coming in here today, so my expectations were just to have a good time and have a good day. We had a decent car in practice so I was expecting to run decent. It's very, very frustrating how the car ran. It's real frustrating how it gets that way and we can't seem to fix it. We've got to figure that out. I don't know what to do. We've just got to get better, you know. But congratulations to Kurt Busch. I'm proud of them guys. He's a fun guy to race with. It was an honor all year long to race with all the guys in the series."

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Finished 10th in the race and 14th in the Chase:

"It was a pretty crazy way to end the season. All those cautions there at the end helped us to be able to finish the race as much as my fuel gauge was fluctuating. The GM Goodwrench Chevrolet was either tight or loose all afternoon. There toward the end as the sun set, it started to handle better, but I had a harder time making a pass off the corners. All in all, it's a good way to end the season with a top 10 at Homestead. We've got some work to do here in the off-season to enable us to compete a little bit better. Hopefully it will be enough to get us that championship next year."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Michael Waltrip , Kevin Harvick , Kurt Busch