JIMMIE JOHNSON, ...
JIMMIE JOHNSON, #48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO (Finished 4th, started 8th, outside row 4)
ON IF THE PIT STRATEGY AFFECTED HIM:
"Yes it definitely did. Unfortunately we didn't pit when everybody else did. We really thought that some more were going to stay out. I looked in the mirror and saw them coming but we were having a discussion on the radio and felt like it would be the best thing to stay out. Unfortunately it didn't work out but a great effort by the team today. We went back up to the front and had a good time here in Martinsville. Hopefully we can come back and win the next one."
CHAD KNAUS, CREW CHIEF #48 LOWES CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
ON NOT PITTING UNDER CAUTION ON WHEN EVERYONE ELSE ON LEAD LAP PITTED, LEADING AT THE TIME:
"It was basically a mistake, we should have pitted when everyone else did. We are just sitting ducks our there now with everyone else on new tires. We will just have to see what happens now. We wish we would have come in but everyone was playing games about coming down pit road and we just missed it."
JEFF GORDON, #24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO (Finished 6th, started on the pole)
DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED (WITH THE CONCRETE PROBLEM ON LAP 290)? (Quotes during red flag for track repairs)
"I don't know. You tell me. I'm not laughing right now. Man this is going to be a lot of work. They've got a pretty serious problem."
ON THE CONDITION OF HIS CAR:
"We received a lot of damage. The suspension is fine. It's mainly just the fender of the car. It jerked the wheel out of my hand. It's unfortunate, we were having an awesome day. We have a great car and we were having great pit stops. We'll get the car fixed. We certainly have the right car. We'll fight 'till it's over."
"I got wide on that last pit stop and cost us a bunch of spots. We had worked our way back up to seven and dropped back. If we could have had our regular pit stop there and hadn't had to fight our back through the field, we probably would have had a top-five and even might have gotten two or three. It was unfortunate that the race track came apart. I hear they are going to re-pave it. I guess we were just one race early. It definitely took away any chance we had of winning but I guess that is part of it. Our day would have had to go absolutely perfect to get back up there, the car wasn't quite the same. I think it might have knocked the tow out just a little bit. But we still had a good car, but we had to have perfect pit stops and it didn't work that way. You hate to have a race slip away from you like that. But I do want to congratulate Rusty Wallace. He is a great race car driver and a heck of a fighter. I know he wanted this one really bad."
BRIAN VICKERS, #25 GMAC Chevrolet Monte Carlo (Finished 13th, started 35th inside row 18)
"This is a very demanding track. I am fortunate to have good team mates in Jeff (Gordon), Jimmie (Johnson) and Terry (Labonte), they help me a great deal. We tested here and had pretty good results. I learned a lot from the test. We had a miscue today on a pit stop that got us a lap down but we got it back and ran back up to 13th.
I am really proud of my guys, things some times happen; we fought back and had a pretty good run at the end. We just tried to run our own race, and learn something."
MICHAEL WALTRIP #15 NAPA CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - (Finished 15th, started 39th inside row 20) - Lap 284 on-track incident with Ricky Rudd, spun not much damage, 7th caution of race racing for 14th spot.
KEVIN HARVICK, #29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET - (Finished 19th, started 5th inside row 3)
Lap 428 hit wall after contact with Matt Kennseth. Lap 456 had three car collision with Joe Nemecheck and Ricky Craven and all rejoined the field. After running in the top-five and top-ten most of the day, Harvick dropped to the 19th finishing position, the last car on the lead lap as a result of damage to the car in two separate on-track altercations.
ROBBY GORDON, #31 CINGULAR WIRELESS CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO (Finished 30th, started 21st inside row 11)
Suffered flat left rear tire, lap 26 - Pitted for tires, rejoined field one lap down.