Martinsville Pontiac Race Notes

PONTIAC NOTES AND QUOTES Goody's Body Pain 500 Martinsville Speedway April 18, 1999 Note: Pontiac gets its first win of the season as STP Pontiac driver John Andretti rallies in his Grand Prix in the closing laps of the Goody's Body Pain ...

PONTIAC NOTES AND QUOTES Goody's Body Pain 500 Martinsville Speedway April 18, 1999

Note: Pontiac gets its first win of the season as STP Pontiac driver John Andretti rallies in his Grand Prix in the closing laps of the Goody's Body Pain 500.

JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 43 STP Pontiac Grand Prix): "We had to fight a lot to make it all up. The car was awesome up off the corner. Last year we ran this Pontiac here and ran second and ran out of fuel. I kind of felt like we were owed one at Martinsville and I'm happy about it. We made a two-tire stop and we had to do that because I kept getting caught up in traffic. I kept using the car up. My car was perfect. The longer I ran the better it got. I'm just so happy right now I can hardly stand it. I'm ready to crawl out of my skin."

RICHARD PETTY (No. 43 STP Pontiac Grand Prix):  "He had to make up a lap
and got behind.  We qualified bad and got spun out early in the race.  He
was able to make it all back up.  That was a heck of a run, man."

RICH BICKLE (No. 45 Lucky Dog Pontiac Grand Prix): "We changed the car this morning and I guess we missed the boat. It was loose in and tight in the middle and off. We just struggled. We got it good towards the end there and had a good deal going with two-tire stops. We came in and the carburetor stalled the pit stop was ruined. That just cost us a lot of track position. The car was really good then. It wasn't a bad day, so we'll take it. Every time we got track position we got spun around on the back straightaway and everything. That pit stop killed us. We did all right."

KYLE PETTY (No. 44 Hot Wheels Pontiac Grand Prix): "We had a top-10 car all day long and I'm happy with that. It's great Petty Enterprises is back in victory lane. It's a big shot in the arm for all the guys. All of them get bonuses tomorrow because we both finished in the top-10, so everyone will be pumped up."

TONY STEWART (No. 20 Home Depot Pontiac Grand Prix): "I've got to give the guys credit. The did a good job making the car better. We weren't very good in practice yesterday. They kept tuning on it all day. We didn't have a great race car, but it wasn't a terrible car by any means. We just got caught up in a couple of accidents that set us back. Once you get down at this place it's hard to get it back. I was just trying to be careful at the start of the race. I was probably too careful and that let everyone get too big a run on me. They just went on. Those are lessons I have to learn having never raced here before. Starting on the pole probably wasn't the most advantageous thing. We survived and learned a lot today and we'll go forward from there."

BOBBY LABONTE (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac Grand Prix): "The belt came off the power steering pump. I didn't have any power steering and couldn't drive the car on a long run when the tires got heated up. We had to come back in and get that belt back on. That cost us a lap. It's frustrating. We had a good top-10 car today. We've really been bitten the last two weeks, so it's important we recover in a big way at Talladega."

ERNIE IRVAN (No. 36 M&M's Pontiac Grand Prix): "We were good early, but the wheels started to chatter and we were having trouble in the corners. Then we got caught up in a wreck with (Geoffrey) Bodine and we went a lap down. It was a long day, but we're already looking ahead to Talladega now."

DERRIKE COPE (No. 30 Jimmy Dean Pontiac Grand Prix): "I fought it all day long. I just battled as much as I could. The car didn't want to turn in the corners and that really hurts you here. Towards the end of the race I don't know what the problem was, but I was having trouble breathing. We didn't have any crush panel problems, so I don't know if we had a problem with air getting in the car or what. I'm exhausted and I can't wait to get home and rest. All I can say is everyone fought all day long."

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