RICKY CRAVEN, NO. 32 TIDE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: Note: Craven spun on Lap 137 after getting hit from behind and sustained heavy damage to the Tide Pontiac. He returned to the track after going behind the wall for a lengthy stop for repairs. "I'm...
RICKY CRAVEN, NO. 32 TIDE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
Note: Craven spun on Lap 137 after getting hit from behind and sustained heavy damage to the Tide Pontiac. He returned to the track after going behind the wall for a lengthy stop for repairs. "I'm not going to make any excuses, you know, we got run into, but the fact is we've got to run better. You can't run like we did today in the Tide Pontiac because you're defensive all day, and the only way to play this game is to be offensive. We'll just pack up and get ready for Rockingham. It's one of my favorites, and this team always rebounds."
WARD BURTON, NO. 0 NETZERO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"The 7 car blew a motor and put down a bunch of oil. I was going around two lapped cars, the 4 and the 16, and I really couldn't see where the oil was and I must've run right over it. It's a shame because the team's worked really hard. Netzero, Pontiac, Automation, and all of our sponsors do a great job for us. It's just one of those things we can't control."
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"The Interstate Batteries Chevrolet was running really good today. We were just biding our time. We thought we had a good race car. The No. 2 (Rusty Wallace) and the No. 29 (Tony Stewart) were racing pretty hard. The No. 2 was chasing the No. 20 pretty hard on the inside. Finally the No. 20 got by and it looked like he got into to him and turned him. I went in there and kind of slid up the race track trying to get back by the No.22 (Scott Wimmer) because I kind of held on waiting for the No. 20 to get by the No. 2 car. I went on the outside thinking that might be the thing to do. In the meantime, the No. 2 was trying to clear him and by this time I didn't have enough momentum to get by."
MICHAEL WALTRIP, NO. 15 NAPA CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Finished 5th
"The boys did a great job for me. We're real confident after the last practice that the NAPA Chevrolet would be good today. It handled well. I had to run up high and got really tight at the end of the race. What we didn't do well was stay on top of the track. It got cooler and tighter and we just pushed a little bit too much at the end. It was a good day for us considering what the last few races have been for this team."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Finished 2nd
"We were so close today. We had a great race car but we were just a little loose at the end of that run there. Dale Jr. got by me. It was a great day for the Lowe's team. It was a great day in the points. When we get closer to Homestead, hopefully we'll be in the top three in the championship."
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Winner
"We've been wanting to win one of these for a long time. We've come so close a bunch of times and we've finished in the top five a lot. They gave me a great car today and I could just pass and do whatever. It feels so good to be in Victory Lane. We've wanted to be in Victory Lane so bad this year. We wanted to show that we're not just a restrictor plate team. These guys gave me such a good car. My car just drove so good. I could pass and race with whoever I wanted to. We had one heck of a race today. It was so much fun out there today. It's a great race track. I liked it last year. They made improvements on it this year. It's just a great day."
ON THE PASS FOR THE WIN - IT LOOKED LIKE YOU HAD PLENTY OF HORSEPOWER "Yeah, Richie Gilmore gave me a great motor which I about destroyed in my burnout. But he gave me a great motor. We've been on these guys for the last two months about the motors and they gave me a great one today. I hate to tear it up, but I haven't been in Victory Lane or done a burnout for a long time. I was just sitting there and waited behind Jimmie. I patiently waited and waited and he got easier and easier to catch. I didn't want to burn myself up trying to keep up with him. And it finally came to me. We saved all we had for the end. It's great. These guys deserved it."
HOW ABOUT PASSISNG THE NO. 48 OF JIMMIE JOHNSON? "Jimmie is a clean race car driver. I can race him and I don't really worry about him making too many mistakes or me making a mistake around him because he makes you comfortable. But his car was just going away a little bit. And we were finally good at the end."
AFTER WINNING ON RESTRICTOR PLATE TRACKS, HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO WIN AT A PLACE LIKE PHOENIX THAT REQUIRES THE WHOLE PACKAGE? "We've been pretty good all year. We've improved in a lot of spots. We've got one next week that we've got to work real hard on and that's Rockingham. I'm just so proud of my team. They are all the same guys. We have a few new additions and they are so much fun to work with. If they stick around next year, every single one of them is going to win the championship, I can guarantee you."
AND YOU SPENT A LITTLE TIME RACING AROUND THE NO. 12 OF RYAN NEWMAN "I like Ryan a lot. He's a fun guy to race hard with."