RACE AND RAIN DELAY QUOTES KYLE BUSCH, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S / CARQUEST MONTE CARLO SS: WHAT HAPPENED OUT THERE WITH DALE JUNIOR? "I don't know. You'll have to ask him. I just gave him a lane to try to let him go on the outside because I knew he was...
RACE AND RAIN DELAY QUOTES
KYLE BUSCH, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S / CARQUEST MONTE CARLO SS:
WHAT HAPPENED OUT THERE WITH DALE JUNIOR? "I don't know. You'll have to ask him. I just gave him a lane to try to let him go on the outside because I knew he was going to have a run off the corner. And I got run into the back of and got spun out down the back straightaway for absolutely no reason. And it was a pretty stupid move on his part. Obviously I'm sure these guys he's going to be working with next year don't really appreciate this because they've got a championship they can win this year and he doesn't. So, I don't know what he was thinking, really, or what the problem was but this is very, very unfortunate for all these Kellogg's / CARQUEST boys and the guys do such a great job. We had an awesome car. I thought it was going to be a car that was going to give me a top three, definitely, if not, maybe the winning car. I was just cruising there, riding around, minding my own business on the bottom and just got run over."
YOU'VE COME FROM BEHIND BEFORE IN THE CHASE. HOW WILL YOU OVERCOME THIS? "Yeah, right. We'll have to see. You know, last year, we didn't come back. We only got to 10th and ran 10th. So we were running pretty good so far and we've had two good races now. It's a little bit later than where we have our trouble so hopefully we can get back on track."
THAT WAS A BIG HIT, ARE YOU OKAY? "Oh yeah, I'm fine. It was nothing."
MORE ON WHAT HAPPENED: "Racing around, minding our own business. Had a pretty cool Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevrolet, actually it was really good as a matter of fact. Thought it might have been a top-three or top-five car. Just minding our own business. I left a lane for him (Dale Earnhardt, Jr.) on the outside because I knew he was going to have a good run coming off the corner. He ran me over for no reason whatsoever. Just an unfortunate circumstance and I am sure these guys (No. 5 crew) aren't very appreciative of the guy who is going to be racing for them next year just dumped their car that has a great shot for the championship where he doesn't. It is unfortunate for them and myself and everyone on this team."
ON WHERE IT PUTS HIM AND THE TEAM IN THE CHASE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP: "Who cares. It is three in. we still have seven more to go. We are going to have to make it up. We had a top-three car today; that is the point. We aren't going to get a top-three finish."
GREG ZIPADELLI, CREW CHIEF, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT MONTE CARLO SS:
"This team has worked hard this weekend. We've had a pretty good car since we unloaded. We've had a really good car today. Track position means so much. We need that clean air out front on old tires. We made some adjustments. We were pretty good. I hope I don't have to make any more adjustments today other than getting dry clothes."
HOW MUCH FUEL DID YOU HAVE LEFT WHEN THEY STOPPED THE RACE? "We got three or four more laps left. If we have to fire back up and go, we've got plenty to come back in and get our tires and start this thing over. We just hope it don't happen."
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER MONTE CARLO SS:
"We were working on our car really hard. We had taken every opportunity we could to get down pit road and work on our car because we didn't like the way it handled. That last run right there, the car had gotten a lot better and we were actually running as good as anybody else. We did have the cushion and that helped us get this position that we have now. It looks pretty bad right now as far as the rains. I don't think we're going to get going again. We've had a pretty eventful race.
"We put the No. 5 (Kyle Busch) car out. That was an accident. I want to apologize to his fans and their team and Kyle. That was a bad mistake on my part."
WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED IN THE SITUATION WITH KYLE BUSCH? "I just run into the back of him. We were coming off the corner and I was running the high side. I thought for a second there that he was going to give me the bottom. A lot of guys will still run the bottom down the straightaway if they know you're running the top. For a second there, it looked like he was. And then he just moved up and I got into him. I should have been able to get out of the car and I was screaming as I was going by for him to save it, but he couldn't gather it up. It was my fault."
ON THE HANDLING OF HIS CAR: "Tight. We've been real, real tight. It's been real frustrating. But we've been working real hard trying to get it to work and we're trying to do the best we can with it. Tony (Eury) Jr. and them guys have been really making all the changes they can make trying to get the car to work better. And we had finally started to make some gain on it until the rain came."
MARTIN TRUEX, JR, NO. 1 BASS PRO SHOPS / TRACKER BOATS MONTE CARLO SS
"We had a lot of bad luck today, everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong did. It sucked. We were working our way back up through the field then pitted, then it rained so not a good finish, bad on the points. 32nd in pretty bad in my book."
CLINT BOWYER, NO. 07 JACK DANIELS MONTE CARLO SS
"We have a pretty good car and moving up through the field after the penalty for speeding. It's just unfortunate because we were running strong. So if this thing is over here, it will be a good finish and a good points day.
"Obviously I want to be racing for a win, especially here, but we have to be smart. But it has been a tough day and my guys worked hard on pit road. Made lots of good calls on pit road."
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT MONTE CARLO SS:
ON ALMOST RUNNING OUT OF FUEL: "We didn't have much left, but we had enough. I hate to say this because of the fans here, but I hope it rains like this the rest of the day. We need these points right now."
IF WE RESTART, WHO IS TOUGH COMPETITION OUT THERE? "Obviously, the No. 2 car, he is the one we have been racing. Jimmie keeps getting his better. I am really proud of our guys, we have done a great job this weekend, Zippy and all the guys to give us a car that is drivable. We will just keep our fingers crossed right now."
CHAD KNAUS, CREW CHIEF, NO. 48 LOWE'S MONTE CARLO SS:
"The car was a little bit tight, center of the corner and off early. We made some small adjustments to the car and it came to life. Jimmie is pretty happy with the car. It may not have enough speed in it to win the race, but I feel like we have a top-five car.
"I feel like we are a little bit off of the No. 2 car (Kurt Busch) and maybe a little off the No. 20 (Tony Stewart). But if we get this thing underway again, no telling what is going to happen. All I know right now is that we are going to have to get that lap back and motor our way back up through there."
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