Martinsville II: GM teams race quotes

Jeff Gordon -- ...

Jeff Gordon -- #24 DuPont Chevrolet
Winner

A VERY SPECIAL SET OF MEMORIES TODAY FOR YOUR WIN Well, you know it brings back a lot of tough memories, with what happened here a year ago. We just want to keep honoring those folks that were lost and I can't think of a better way to do it than to pull this DuPont Chevrolet into victory lane and celebrate here. I know they're looking down on us and really smiling. And I hope we honor them properly. What a great, great effort by this DuPont Chevrolet team. It's been a tough year and we certainly could use a win and today was just phenomenal. I just want to thank Steve Letarte and all the guys on this team. They work really hard. And that was a great call he made to stay out that one time-that's really what won us the race today.

TELL US ABOUT THAT LAST CAUTION FLAG AND RESTART Well, we were really good through the middle and off. I was a little bit loose all day getting in. You know, he did what he needed to do. I thought he and Jimmie were going to battle a little more there at the end-I saw where he got into Jimmie. So, I didn't know what was going to happen behind me. I knew Tony was going to be tough and that he'd come after us. And I got a good restart, but he could just drive in a little bit deeper than me and he could get to me, but when I got on the gas I could really drive away. So, I was just thankful we didn't use up my rear bumper because it looked like he was awful close a couple of times.

WHO MADE THE CALL TO STAY OUT THERE AND NOT PIT AT THE END? I know it's tough for a crew chief that's only been crew chiefing for about five races and 26 years old. That was awesome-that's all him. He's the one that said stay out and it's to the crew chief and the guys in the pits to see the big picture. I knew we needed track position and out front, we were just phenomenal once we got out front. We had tested it and knew what we could do out front. On those tires we drove away from the guys on new tires, so it was an awesome move. It's what won the race and got us another one of those grandfather clocks.

RE: JIMMIE JOHNSON NEEDED TO LEAD A LAP TO GET BONUS POINTS, BUT AT THE END IT'S HARD TO GIVE UP POSITION LIKE THAT Well, I wish we would have been in position earlier in the race. We did talk about that on the radio and there was only 20 laps to go and if something worked out where we could really pull away from those guys, I was definitely thinking about giving him a lap because those five points come in handy for that championship and it just didn't work itself out. The #20 got by him and then I don't know what happened. I just saw him get sideways and get back to third. So, I was hoping he'd get back to second, but the laps were winding down and there wasn't much we could do.

Jeff Burton -- #31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet
5th postion

GREAT DAY FOR YOUR TEAM (AND RE: HITTING #2 CAR) Well, I'm proud with how we ran. We ran well all day. I don't know what I could have done though-I guess he got into the #41. I couldn't get stopped. He was the last person in the world I wanted to hit-he's a good friend of mine and I know he's racing for the championship. And I have a lot of respect for those guys and certainly don't want to be in the middle of any of that. But, if I had to do it all over again I don't have a clue what I would have done different.

IS IT HARD WHEN YOU'RE INVOLVED WITH SOMEONE LIKE THAT WHO IS IN THE CHASE? Well, it is big and it does matter but we know we're here racing for ourselves. I hate getting into anybody. I try to drive clean and respect all the time-not just the guys in the Chase. That's the way I try to race all the time. I hate it, but it was a great day for us in the Cingular Chevrolet. All the sponsors and everybody with us, it's been a tough year and we're not going to quit.

Denny Hamlin -- #11 FedEx Chevrolet
8th position

IT'S BEEN A GREAT COUPLE OF LAPS FOR YOU IN CUP Yeah, it's been a good couple of weeks and we just had a good, solid day. We got behind there, almost two laps down early in the race and had to come in under green. I really had to drive my guts out to try to get those laps back. We got them back and just slowly worked our way through the field every run. We got two or three cars every pit stop and finally worked our way into the top 10 again.

YOU'RE A NEWCOMER BUT YOU'RE SHOWING LIKE YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE. ARE YOU GETTING MORE COMFORTABLE? Yeah, I definitely do. It's just really feels good to me being in the Cup series and just the way everybody races and everything. It's just good racing with these guys and I'm definitely happy to be here.

SO, CAN YOU GUARANTEE A 7TH-PLACE FINISH IN ATLANTA IF THE LAST TWO WEEKS ARE ANY INDICATION? I don't know. Atlanta's going to be, probably, my biggest challenge. It seems like the big tracks are really throwing curve balls at me. But we did run good at Charlotte and the tracks are very similar, so hopefully we can carry it on to Atlanta.

Kyle Busch -- #5 Kellogg's Chevrolet
9th position

TELL US ABOUT YOUR DAY Yeah, this is only my second run but overall it was a good run for us in the Kellogg's Chevrolet today. We were able to mire around there and had some solid runs. We were able to get up there in the top 10 for a little bit of the day and then we got caught speeding on pit road. So, we ended up having to drop back to the tail end of the field and then we ended up dropping back a little bit. We got up to the top 5. We did pit with 150 to go thinking that we may be able to go the rest of the way, but had such a long run there and just burned off all our tires and brakes and stuff more than everybody else. When they came in we just decided to follow with them

Brian Vickers -- #25 GMAC / ditech.com Chevrolet
36th position

Note: Brought his smoking #25 car to the garage for repairs on Lap 118 after reporting problems with the car's rear end.

TOUGH DAY OUT THERE Yeah, it really was. We had a good car that first run. I don't know where we got up to, but we followed Jeff all the way up there. And then the car started to get a little bit tight at the end of that run. The next run the car went real tight. I thought I had a tire (problem), to the point I thought something was wrong. I came in (to the pits) and I had a little bit of smoke in the cockpit. With the way our helmets now, they are so sealed off from the outside air coming in, I couldn't really smell anything. I came in and it wasn't the tire. We were still really tight, especially on the throttle and then we just kept running and the smoke got worse and then I realized that it was the rear end. We had something going. I don't know what it was. They've got to check it out. But something happened with the rear end and broke something. It made the car extremely tight for about two runs before it finally let go.

IS THIS AN INCIDENT PARTICULAR TO YOUR CAR OR DO YOU THINK IT WILL AFFECT THE OTHER HENDRICK CARS OUT THERE? NO, I think it was just us. I don't know what happened. I may need to look at it before I can say specifics, but it got really tight the second run to the third run. And I had a little bit of smoke and I could smell the rear end. Shortly after that the rear end just let go. It just locked up on us.

Mike Bliss -- #0 Haas Chevrolet
41st position

Note: Accident on Lap 172, retired.

WHAT HAPPENED OUT THERE? Well, we got 'K-O'-ed by the #10 again, two weekends in a row he's ran into us. You know, Tony was coming and we had the #10 blocked on the bottom. And I don't know. Off of Turn 4 I don't know if he got loose, turned right and corrected and put us right in the wall. It really took us out and it's too bad. Took out a couple of leaders. But, what can you do?

-gm racing-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Mike Bliss , Brian Vickers , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch