Monte Carlo Richmond II race notes

Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Dupont Chevrolet Monte Carlo (goes behind the wall to repair the rear of the car due to a wreck on lap 35 while battling for third position with Sterling Marlin) "The Dupont Chevrolet was really good, especially on the longer...

Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Dupont Chevrolet Monte Carlo (goes behind the wall to repair the rear of the car due to a wreck on lap 35 while battling for third position with Sterling Marlin) "The Dupont Chevrolet was really good, especially on the longer runs. Early on in the run on cold tires it took a while for it to come in. That's where (Ron) Hornaday and Rusty (Wallace) and some of the guys were a little bit better. But we were real good on the long runs. We were just waiting for it to come in. Sterling (Marlin) got on the inside of me and I let him have it. I ran on the outside of him for about a lap and went into (turn) three, and I don't know what happened. You'll have to ask Sterling when he comes in."

Are you going to try to get back out there? "Oh, you better believe we will. We've got the best team in the world here. These guys will get us something to go back out with, but it's not going to be much to race with I'll tell you that." (Gordon returned to the race on lap 144).

Jeff Green, No. 30 AOL Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "That last set (of tires) was really, really tight. We were spinning the tires up off the corner, tight through the center, and wore the right front out and got a hole in it - unless I run over something. It was so tight I'm sure it just wore it out. It blew out right at the wrong time. I sure hope we get all this behind us before next year starts."

Terry Labonte, No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "Our Kellogg's Chevy was really running good tonight. We were really good on long runs. I got in the wall a little bit coming down the front straightaway and knocked the tailpipe loose and it was dragging. We came in and tried to tie it up. And then I felt it come lose getting in the corner and it got into the right rear tire and cut the tire."

Mike Skinner, No. 31 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "I don't know if we ran over something or what, but the right front tire blew up. I'm getting real tired of these tires blowing up on me. I thought we'd catch a break. We were going to have to pit with 60 laps to go we were in good shape and thought we might get our lap back and then with no warning, pow."

Kevin Harvick, No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Monte Carlo (finished 2nd): "I don't know what I've got to do to win a race here at Richmond. We always run real good. It was a good night for this GM Goodwrench racecar and the Taz was in contention tonight. That's just short track racing. Richmond is like Bristol. Sometimes you just run into each other a little bit. And we're all grown men. We're all out there knowing how to race."

On passing Ricky Rudd: "Well, we aired our tires up knowing it was going to be a short run and they just got to scooting there a little bit and I just kind of miss-judged and hit him a little bit and got in the back of Ricky. I wasn't planning on hitting him at all, but I just got into him a little bit and he saved it. When you get into somebody that late on a short track race, you've got to expect a little bit in return. I knew it was coming. Our car had fallen off a little bit and his car was pretty good. I was the first one over to congratulate him. He did what he had to do to win the race. It's great when you can race with people. I'm just glad I didn't take him out because I didn't mean to do it.

Did Dale Jr. give you a few bumps going down pit road? "He just does that. Every time he's behind me he just bumps me. We were at Las Vegas testing the first time I was in my Busch car and the Cup cars were out there and he knocked the rear bumper cover off my car."

Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo (finished 3rd): "It was a lot of fun. We had a pretty good car but we were way too tight in the middle to keep up with those guys that were leading. Kevin (Harvick) had a good shot at the win. I was kind of disappointed. But that's short track racing. If you're going to get by somebody with just a few laps to go, that's definitely the way to do it. So congratulations to Ricky (Rudd). He drove a good race. We'll go to Talladega and try for that million (dollars) again.

"I was kind of ticked off a little bit. I run around the front all day and never led a lap I don't think. But we gained some points back that we'd lost over the last couple of weeks. Hopefully we can get this Budweiser Chevrolet to stay in the top 10 for the rest of the year and get up on stage in New York and tell them what it's all about."

-GM Racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Gordon , Terry Labonte , Mike Skinner , Kevin Harvick , Jeff Green , Sterling Marlin