JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET (Finished 4th) "I'm frustrated with a couple of things that happened to us. We caused a few issues that we went to the back. We had such an awesome race car. I want to congratulate Jimmie Johnson. He probably...
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET (Finished 4th)
"I'm frustrated with a couple of things that happened to us. We caused a few issues that we went to the back. We had such an awesome race car. I want to congratulate Jimmie Johnson. He probably had one of the best race cars and deserved to win this thing. I want to apologize to the fans. That was absolutely uncalled for today to run that many laps under caution and all the disputes on pit road. I'm embarrassed. I want to apologize to them for that."
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET (Finished 6th)
"That was a good finish for us. That's eleven top tens in 14 starts. We're not real proud the way we ran all day. We still would have liked to have a better car. We just got to keep working and try to learn and get the car better. We kind of adjusted there at the end and helped it where I could be more competitive and race harder and the car was a little bit more to my liking. There was some things we wanted to change that we couldn't do in the race. We just started a little bit different. It's still a good finish and we keep learning. This tire is the same tire we run California and Vegas and have trouble with. We keep learning on it and hopefully by the end of the year when it counts we have it figured out."
ON STILL BEING THE POINTS LEADER: "We're not real proud of how we run. We're real lucky to come out of here leading the points. Jimmie ran a great race. Every Hendrick car out there was a half second faster than anybody else. They really got their cars figured out. We just got to figure out our own and get there with them. Right now we don't have it, just on certain tracks. This tire gives me trouble. We gained on it there in the end and were more competitive."
ROBBY GORDON, NO. 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS CHEVROLET (Finished 8th)
"It was a tough day with a good finish for the No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet. We had a good car but some questionable calls. Luckily we overcame all of that to post a top ten. Every weekend we manage to overcome so we keep building from here."
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET (Finished 20th)
"I don't know what his deal is. I raced him clean and cleared him and he got up underneath and tore my back bumper. Then under caution he brake-checked me and spun himself out. I don't know why he decided to try and wreck me. He needs to check his ego because it's getting too big."
"Our car went back and forth all during the race. The beginning of the race I had the shifter knob fall off because the transmission was vibrating so bad. I really didn't think it would last. I'll definitely take the 11th. This is not one of my best tracks so I'm happy to finish in the top 15 and move on to Michigan."
RICKY CRAVEN, NO. 32 TIDE CHEVROLET (Finished 34th after handling issues at lap 153)
"It really doesn't get any easier. I don't know what to say. I'm frustrated."
WAS THERE ANY WARNING? "No, I was actually talking to Mike (Beam - competition director) on the radio explaining the problem I was having with turn three. It blew up while I was talking to him. You really stretch them out there. We will again next week at Michigan. I can't imagine it gets much harder than this. It's hard for everybody. Everybody that works for the Tide racing team feels the pain. It was a year ago we went to Victory Lane. It was a year we were still top ten in points. We've hit a head wind so where along the middle of last year. It's a lot of people doing a lot of hard work and probably not feeling like we're getting much for it. All I can say is keep after it. This is when you measure yourself. You don't measure yourself when things are going easy. You measure yourself during the tough times. I can't imagine they get much tougher than this."
IS THERE ANY SOLACE IN IT NOT BEING YOUR FAULT? "It wouldn't matter because at the end of the day we're all a team. The only way that this will get better is if we all look in the mirror and say what more can I do as opposed at looking at each other and putting pressure on one another. The guys building engines are working as hard as anybody in the sport. They're doing an awesome job. The fact that the Tide Monte Carlo lost an engine today is not a reflection on anyone. It's just a reflection on a single car team stretching it out. We'll just keep fighting."