CLINT BOWYER, NO. 07 JACK DANIELS MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 2nd JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S MONTE CARLO SS - Chase Point Leader who also Finished 3rd: ON THE DAY: JOHNSON: "It was just a long, long day. The one thing that we had was a great...
CLINT BOWYER, NO. 07 JACK DANIELS MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 2nd
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S MONTE CARLO SS - Chase Point Leader who also Finished 3rd:
ON THE DAY:
JOHNSON: "It was just a long, long day. The one thing that we had was a great race car and I was able to really work through traffic and get up into the top five. I never spent enough time up at the front to get an adjustment or two or a few pit stops to make my car right for running up front. But we certainly had the right car for traffic and I could make quick work of a lot of guys. I'd get up into the top five, but when you get up into the top five, it's so much more difficult. Those guys are up there fine-tuning and they are the best cars on the track. I didn't get enough time up there to make it right."
COULD YOU TELL US YOUR DEFINITION OF MAINTAINING PACE CAR SPEED WHEN YOU'RE THE LEADER AND YOUR BELIEF THAT GREG BIFFLE WAS OUT OF FUEL?
JOHNSON: "Yeah, the way I've always been told is if you can't maintain pace car speed as people go by you, it's kind of where you fall in. Even if you go to pit road and you don't maintain pace car speed and pull back out, that's a problem. I've seen guys get moved back because they couldn't maintain pace then. And they had fuel in their cars and were running and just kind of went to pit road and came off. So, I feel bad for the No. 16 (Greg Biffle), but in my opinion, that's your winner right there (acknowledging Clint Bowyer). It's kind of the way that I thought the rule was and we'll just have to see how it unfolds. The No. 16 had a great car and I'm not attacking those guys by any means, but the way the rule reads and how tough points are right now, every point counts."
ON THE DAY:
BOWYER: "What a crazy day. I think I had something for the No. 16, but I was afraid you (Johnson) might have something for us (laughter). So I darn sure didn't want you to win from dead last (laughs). Ah, all in all, it was a good day. For two rain delays and a lot of Chase guys ended up getting in trouble it was definitely a different night. We can call it a night now. But Jimmie and myself and Jeff Gordon and everybody; I don't know exactly what the rule is but I thought you had to at least be able to maintain a caution pace and he (Biffle) failed to do that. But I ain't going to whine about it. We ran good. You want to come back and win here and hopefully some day we will."
HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS RACE?
JOHNSON: "I think whenever the rain ran its course and really had things jumbled up for a while there, but I think the craziness on track came when we went back to green and you had a lot of guys on the tail end of the lead lap. And then we had such a small window of time that everybody just started driving really aggressively. I don't know what caused some of the wrecks, but I know I was close to a couple of them and was just glad that I slid through."
YOU WERE IN 4TH PLACE WHEN THE SECOND RAIN DELAY HAPPENED. GIVEN YOUR STANDING IN THE CHASE, HOW MUCH DID IT MATTER TO YOU THAT NASCAR TRIED TO RESUME THE RACE?
BOWYER: "Well, for us, I was happy with fourth place because it was going to be such a big points day for us. All the guys that you know are going to be there week in and week out were way deep in the field and it would have been a huge points day. But it was still a good day. It's just mixed emotions to me. You want to come back and try to win at your home track, but to leave here with a pretty padded points lead, it would have been pretty big. Well, the No. 20 (Tony Stewart) would have been ahead of us, but we would have been ahead of the rest of them, if that makes any sense."
IF YOU CROSSED THE FINISH LINE FIRST, HOW DID YOU NOT WIN THE RACE?
BOWYER: "I have no idea. I hope you can answer that. I don't know. I don't know what to tell you. The No. 16 (Biffle); I don't know what happened. He didn't cross it the way I thought you were supposed to, but I know they're not going to pull him out of victory lane and there's nothing you can do about it whining."
HOW DARK WAS IT THERE AT THE END? WAS VISABILITY A FACTOR
BOWYER: "It was getting pretty dark but it was light enough that I saw the No. 16 (Biffle) quit. (laughs)."
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