DALE EARNHARDT JR, NO. 8 BUDWEISER MONTE CARLO SS - Sidelined with engine failure FIRST, YOU ARE LIMPING, ARE YOU OK? "In these cars, sometimes the way you mash the gas pedal, it is a little uncomfortable. I didn't know it until I got out, but...
DALE EARNHARDT JR, NO. 8 BUDWEISER MONTE CARLO SS - Sidelined with engine failure
FIRST, YOU ARE LIMPING, ARE YOU OK? "In these cars, sometimes the way you mash the gas pedal, it is a little uncomfortable. I didn't know it until I got out, but it is fine, everything is fine.
"The car just broke a motor I think. It is a shame, man. We haven't had any engine failures for a long time. I am real proud of my engine department. I don't think these guys can't fix this thing. Hopefully we will just keep at it man. We have got a Chase to make so everybody will just stay focused and we will get right through this and go on."
IS IT HOT OUT THERE? "Oh, I'm telling you. If you're out there running, it's fine. But if you have to cruise right there, you don't really realize how hot you are and how tired you are. But I didn't get any warning from the motor. It just snapped. I don't understand. That's only the second or third motor I've ever blown with DEI. I can't say anything about any of the guys. They've done a great job all year. It was some kind of freak deal, man. There ain't no way these things are breaking. These guys build pretty durable stuff."
WHEN YOU LOOK UP UNDER THE HOOD OF THE BUDWEISER CHEVROLET, YOU SEE A LOT OF MARBLES, RUBBER OFF THE TIRES - WHAT'S THE CONDITION LIKE ON THE TRACK AS FAR AS HANDLING GOES? "It's great. The track's great. It's just a little warm. That's the only thing you've got to complain about. It's a little hot out there. Hopefully I drank enough water last night."
JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY MONTE CARLO SS - Involved in a crash with No. 25, Brian Vickers:
"Man, you know it's just really frustrating. I'm so proud of my guys -- this whole U.S. Army team has worked hard. We tested at Indy last Monday and we only got one day of testing in but we've just missed a lot of our set-ups this year and we've had bad luck and whatever else can happen to us. We learned a lot at Indy. It all transferred over here. My U.S. Army car was strong. We were fast. I think we were running in sixth place right there. It just jammed up with the lapped cars. Brian Vickers, he just was trying to go. I know everybody stacked up and he just got into the back of me a little bit. I guess it was just one of those racing deals."
THIS TEAM HAS HAD SUCH MOMENTUM LATELY. DOES THIS HURT YOUR MOMENTUM OR DO YOU JUST MOVE ON AND GET GOING? "Well, you've just got to move on. We feel good that we ran good. I think everybody knew we were here today. We definitely ran in the top 10 all day and that's a good thing for the way we've run this year. We've struggled. We've had to step it up. We've been trying to figure out these set-ups. We run on coil-bound springs and in the last six months, everything's changed."