KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - WINNER: "I can't believe this. To win the Brickyard 400 as our first race this year is just awesome for this GM Goodrench team. I don't even know it I can explain it. I told Matt this...
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - WINNER:
"I can't believe this. To win the Brickyard 400 as our first race this year is just awesome for this GM Goodrench team. I don't even know it I can explain it. I told Matt this morning I have a picture hanging on my wall that says, 'Good luck. I hope to see you here someday', from Rick Mears. And here we are. This is awesome. You guys (the media) have had me scared for the past couple of days when you said this race has never been won by the pole sitter. But to come out and win the race from the pole is just awesome. You can't ask for a better week than that - especially here at the Brickyard. It was an awesome weekend for the Goodwrench Chevy."
THESE COLORS AND THIS CAR OWNER HAVE BEEN TO VICTORY LANE AT INDIANAPOLIS BEFORE
"I think it was in '95, wasn't it?
YES SIR, YOU BROUGHT THEM BACK
"Well, I'll tell you what. Anything that Dale Earnhardt was an accomplishment. That's why we've still got the No. 3 on the side because that's what has made this whole race team and organization what it is today. I'm just glad to be a part of it. I want to thank Richard (Childress, team owner) and all the guys at the shop for tearing this thing apart. We only raced this car once this year and hung three bodies on it. So, they've been working hard."
WHAT ABOUT THAT NO. 31? WERE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT ROBBY GORDON BEING BEHIND YOU?
"I wasn't concerned. I know I was mad at him after Sonoma, but he did all he could to hold those guys back and give us a cushion. This win is as much his and it is ours and is as important to the company and all the teams.
WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THAT FINAL RESTART?
"I knew we had some fast cars on the inside and on the outside in front of us. Jamie (McMurray) chose to go to the outside and I just dove on the inside."
IS THERE ANY WAY TO PUT INTO WORDS HOW IT FEELS TO WIN AT THE BRICKYARED?
"I'm in awe right now with all these people around looking at you. Just knowing who has been here and what's been here in victory lane is an awesome feeling. I can't wait to kiss the bricks."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO (finished 4th)
"I told the team before the race started that we were going to fight until the checkered flag fell. We were digging all day long. I'm so proud of them. It was a miserable weekend for us until we got that fourth place finish right there. It was a great birthday for me (32nd). I know we didn't get many points, but that's championship form as far as I'm concerned for this race team. I couldn't be more proud of them.
IF YOU COULD'T GET THE WIN, IS THIS AS CLOSE IN TERMS OF SATISFACTION THAT YOU CAN GET?
"Oh, my goodness yes - especially from the type of weekend we had. We struggled so much and we were 40th in practice yesterday. When you have confidence in your team, and they have confidence in you, it makes a big difference."
"They changed everything in that race car and came back with basically a brand new race car today. It just drove to the front. It was awesome. I mean we still struggled. There was one time, I don't know what happened but I got really loose. But we made some adjustments and great calls and I couldn't be more proud of Robbie (Loomis, crew chief) when he had us come in and get two tires. I'm worn out. That was a hard-fought day from where we came."
RICKY CRAVEN, NO. 32 TIDE PONTIAC (finished 17th)
"It was a decent day for the Tide Pontiac. We were playing catch-up all day but we did have some luck go our way. I think we had a chance at a top 10 until that wreck near the end. We were unlucky in that we thought we might have flat-spotted the tires and had to come in, but we were lucky in that we didn't do any damage to the car. We needed a top 20 finish, so I'm not complaining."
JOHN ANDRETTI, NO. 81 KRAFT 100TH ANNIVERSARY CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
NOTE: Andretti was eliminated on lap 46 when he spun after contact and hit the wall in Turns 1 and 2. "The car was really good, really fast, but unfortunately, a lot of cars started checking up in front of me. I knew if I took out my teammate (Michael Waltrip) that would be the end of me; they'd come back here and kill me. I just locked it down. Whoever hit me [Tony Raines] it doesn't matter, because they didn't have anything they could have done differently. They couldn't see what was going on."
ROBBY GORDON, NO. 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Finished 6th:
"I had to get him [Jamie McMurray] in Turns 1 and 2, and he just didn't give us a shot at it. I got big aero push behind him, and that's the way this racing goes a little bit right now. The guys did me a good job all day long. We had a bad pit stop early on that got us lapped and to come back from being lapped to run in the top five and finish sixth, I'm very pleased with all the guys on the Cingular Wireless team."
YOU WERE TRYING SOME DIFFERENT THINGS AND IT ALMOST WORKED FOR YOU.
"We had to do strategy because we got ourselves in a position where we had a bad pit stop. From what they tell me, the vent can fell out and it wasn't filling. We went from 8th to 30th and lost a lap, and we had to fight back. I'm happy for Kevin Harvick to win. At least my setup went somewhere good."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
NOTE: Johnson was involved in the big crash on lap 145 and finished 18th. "We had a good car and I wish we could have done better. A couple of things happened there at the end that just put us out of contention. We couldn't make it up."
TERRY LABONTE, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S/got milk? CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
NOTE: Labonte spun after being hit in the rear end by Kurt Busch on lap 145. His car was damaged and he finished 19th. "He [Busch] drives off the end of the hood. He can't see past his ears."
WHAT HAPPENED OUT THERE IN THAT CRASH?
"I don't know. I don't have eyes in the back of my head. I have mirrors, but not eyes."
JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: Finished 13th, the highest-finishing Pontiac.
"It's OK, I guess. We'll take it. We struggled a little bit, but some guys had some problems and we were able to capitalize on it."
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER MONTE CARLO: Finished 14th:
"It was good early, but we got out of pit sequence. We just fought track position all day. Once we got out of sequence, it just killed us. We had a tire that had a vibrations, so that's why we made the extra stop. We went from 23rd to 14th after that, so I'm not all that upset about it."
JOE GIBBS, CAR OWNER, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
HOW DID TONY REACT ONCE HE GOT OUT OF THE CAR?
"He's good. Right now it's just severe disappointment for all of us. We came here with a great race car and finished 12th. We came in with two great race cars [the Interstate Batteries Chevrolet driven by Bobby Labonte] and they got all caught up in gas mileage toward the end there, the choice of when you are going to stop and things like that. We felt like we had to do the things we did and it just didn't work out for us. I feel bad for Home Depot. Everyone fought their guts out and it just didn't work out for us."
YOU KNOW HOW MUCH THIS MEANS TO TONY.
"If there's one race track that Tony really wants to win at, it's here. I thought we had a great chance today and I think he did too. The best way to describe it is, everybody can probably understand something that you really want, and it's a big heartbreak."
GREG ZIPADELLI, CREW CHIEF, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"I could write a book on the five years I've been racing here. It seems like we can put good cars together and do everything, and then we get cautions when we don't need them. We had a bad pit stop that pretty much got us behind. You work all day to get a 10-second lead and the yellow comes out for nothing. We didn't know there wasn't oil because the car was smoking, and they [NASCAR] has to do what they have to do to make sure there isn't an issue. It's disappointing. It's just frustrating. From that point on, that was a turning point for us, for some reason. You get frustrated and go backwards. There's no secret to any of it. We did what we thought was right at the time and it didn't work out."
WHY DID YOU COME BACK IN UNDER YELLOW AND CHANGE TIRES?
"Because the car was too tight. Tony and I talked and we felt like if we got the car better, he would be able to pass some of those cars. You don't know. It's a chess match. You stay out and you hope for track position and clean air, or you come in and make your car better. We had that caution and ate up a bunch of laps. We needed a couple of laps to get going, for our car to be good and everybody to get spread out. It just didn't work out that way."
HOW TOUGH WAS IT TO HAVE A CAR THAT GOOD AND FINISH 12TH?
"I can't imagine anybody that had any part of it that wasn't disappointed or doesn't feel it was tough. I don't care if it's Indy or California or wherever. I can name five of them-Dover, the 600, the Winston-where we had the best cars hands down and ended up with poor finishes. It's just a tough year, a trying year, but we'll just keep digging."
STEVE PARK, NO. 30 AOL CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"It was decent. I was just glad to see Kevin win. We had a top-10 car. We just got screwed up in a lot of traffic. For me it was a good race."
JASON LEFFLER, NO. 0 NETZERO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: Finished 33rd:
"We just got real tight. Nothing really cooperated with us. It just did not work. Bad day."
TERRY LABONTE, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S/got milk? CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
NOTE: Additional Terry Labonte quotes. "It was kind of one of those chain-reaction deals. He got into the back of me and just turned me around. We were actually going to have a pretty good finish. It was just too bad. Joe [Nemechek] said once it happened there was nothing we could do about it. The car was everywhere. We were sitting there, working our way up to the top 10, and then that happened. We lost about 10 spots in that deal. From the week that we had, it ended up to be an OK deal. I just hate when that happens. There were some good spots there, but oh well, that's just the way it goes."