ROBBY GORDON, NO. 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - sidelined with engine problems: "This is kind of how our year has gone all year. If you look over there on the charts and you look at the top 10's, there are about ten of them that...
ROBBY GORDON, NO. 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - sidelined with engine problems:
"This is kind of how our year has gone all year. If you look over there on the charts and you look at the top 10's, there are about ten of them that have slipped away just like today. We've got a great race team here with RCR and I've had a great time driving for them for the past three and a half years, but I can't wait to get to next year."
(THIS HAS GOT TO GIVE YOU A LOT OF CONFIDENCE KNOWING YOU CAN RUN UP FRONT) "We've run up front pretty much every weekend and something happens. It's just the way it goes. We ran up front yesterday with our Busch car and finished 4th. We're trying to build on that. I don't know what to say. This is the first engine failure I've had in three and a half years driving for RCR. They've done a great job with their engines. The competition is getting so close that you just push every little element of it and unfortunately you push it until it breaks. But they do a really good job in the engine department and I know they'll continue to do that."
JEFF BURTON, NO. 30 AOL CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"We couldn't get the car to turn like we needed to. I'm real disappointed with the way we ran. I thought we were going to be a lot better than that. But we managed a decent finish (11th) and just kept fighting. We probably got a little more than we deserved today. I don't know. We didn't really change anything from yesterday and maybe that's what we did wrong."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"We needed it to go green the whole way. It was great pit strategy by Robbie Loomis and all the guys on this DuPont Chevrolet because I didn't think we had any shot at winning this race today. We got out of sequence that paid off for us and we came home third. I thought I could hold off Ryan (Newman) there at the end. I got real tight off of Turn 2 and he got a run on me and there wasn't anything I could do. I tried to race him on the outside, but we'll take third today." More to follow
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"We had the best run we've had in a while. The car was pretty good all day. We'd have liked to finish a little higher. But we'll take the top 10 and try to get a win in the final two races."
KEVIN HARVICK, NO.29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
(WHAT HAPPENED WITH YOU AND THE NO. 9 KASEY KAHNE THERE AT THE END?) "We were just racing hard at the end there with our GM Goodwrench Chevrolet and I got into him a little bit and I think it ticked him off. He started running into us after the caution and so I just wanted to stop and ask him what the problem was. It's one thing to race these things under green, but it's another thing to wreck them under caution. We're not the ones that have to fix them. But I just wanted to stop and ask him if I should have done something different. I just thought we were racing hard.
(IT WAS A GREAT RECOVERY FOR YOU TODAY) "Yeah, it was a great recovery. I thought we were super tight at the beginning. But man, I just love this stuff. It's exciting to run good and just a lot of fun to come out here to Phoenix and have a good run. We battled back. This whole GM Goodwrench Chevy team did an awesome job. I told them let's just fix it and we can get back up there and do what we have to do to race hard. And we raced our way back up there and got a little bit lucky with the pit call and for once things went our way. So it was a good day for us."
TONY EURY SR., CREW CHIEF, NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"It's been a good car. We've been happy all weekend. It's been kind of an easy weekend and we're not used to that. We're used to working real hard to make our cars run good."
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Winner:
"This is a great place to race and we appreciate doing this for all the fans. We've just got to do this the rest of the year so we can gain on Kurt (Busch) because we know he's going to run strong. We've got to get this title for these fans here.
(WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS RACE TRACK FOR YOU AND THIS BUDWEISER TEAM?) "Well, it's that trip out here and back. If you don't bring home the trophy, it's a long ride home. When we come to the west coast we want to showcase our abilities and our talents out here. It's just great to win here. The team did a great job. We had a great race car all day. I was really surprised at how good a race car it really was. There at the end, to get by those guys was effortless. The car was just awesome. I just had to make sure I didn't get run into or spun out or do anything foolish like I did last week. I had a great car and we won the race and I'm real proud of my team. I can't say enough about this effort."
(WHEN YOU WERE BACK THERE IN 11TH POSITION, WERE YOU A LITTLE BIT CONCERNED?) "Yeah, I was really concerned because it seemed like we drove from a 14th starting position right up to the lead. But once I got back there again, it wasn't quite as good and I wasn't able to pass people. The cautions kept coming out one right after another. My car was really good after about three or four laps. Tony Sr. made a couple of adjustments and we had some awesome pit stops. I'm really proud of my team. I'm really lucky to race and make a living with people I enjoy being with."
(ON BEING IN 3RD PLACE IN THE CHASE GOING INTO DARLINGTON AND HOMESTEAD) "We haven't dominated those race tracks, Darlington or Homestead, but with the team that we've got now, I feel like we can go in there and have a weekend than we've ever had at either one of those tracks. We'll be in Homestead all week really working our guts out every day in testing and trying to get it right. We thought about it last weekend and want to put ourselves back in position to win. I knew we had a car that could win. I just didn't want to make another mistake like I did last week and wanted to put ourselves back in position to run for the championship. We've got a lot to gain. These guys ain't going to be easy to beat." More to follow
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"That's two weeks in a row where we've worked and worked and worked to get the car better as the day went, and that's something we haven't been able to do for a while. It's not what we want, but that's why we've been champions in the past. We expect more out of ourselves than what we had today. Today wasn't good enough, but we got better as the day went and got some breaks there at the end that got us back in the top-10 after we got a little out of sequence on our pit stops."
JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"Holy Moley -- we came back to salvage a respectable finish. That was a heckuva comeback. We had a tough day up until the end. The U.S. Army/USG Chevy would get really tight in the middle of the corner and kept on tearing the front tires. The car was a handful to drive. At times we got the car decent, especially on new tires, but as the run went on, the tires would tear up again. I don't know where we missed the setup, but we missed it somewhere. Believe me, the guys really worked on the car throughout the race, but we never found the right grip. With all of those crashes and our grill being caved in that put us in the back of the pack and it was hard to make any kind of move. But at the end of the race, I was able to drive both the inside and outside lanes. My car would go anywhere and I would shoot right by them. The doors opened up and I took advantage of the situation. Despite the problems we had today -- and there were many -- we still found a way to manage a decent result. That says a lot about this team."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
(EVEN THOUGH YOU WANTED TO DO BETTER, THIS IS PRETTY GOOD CONSIDERING EVERYTHING TODAY) "It's great to come back. We went down a lap and got our lap back. And we were able to work our way back up there to sixth. If we'd had a few more laps there at the end. We had a good car, we just had to fight back from going down a lap from having to deal with a wheel left loose. Once we got going, we were fine. We just ran out of laps."