JEFF GREEN, NO. 1 PENNZOIL CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: NOTE: Green was the cause of the day's first caution after being black-flagged for leaking fluid. "We can't get any luck. I don't know what happened. This Pennzoil Chevy is fast, but we qualified...
JEFF GREEN, NO. 1 PENNZOIL CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
NOTE: Green was the cause of the day's first caution after being black-flagged for leaking fluid. "We can't get any luck. I don't know what happened. This Pennzoil Chevy is fast, but we qualified bad and as we were coming up through there...we can't get any luck. We'll try to learn something today. This is the same car we're going to take to Indianapolis, so we'll look forward to there."
DERRIKE COPE, NO. 37 FRIENDLY'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"We broke a fuel pump. It bobbled, missed and wouldn't start up again, so it had to be the fuel pump. We're not running for points, so it didn't make a lot of sense for us to go back out and try to gain anything."
RICKY CRAVEN, NO. 32 TIDE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"We struggled all day. It seemed like we were finally getting a handle on the Tide Pontiac, but it made a really awful noise heading into the turn. The next thing you know, it just went away."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DuPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"We were all jumbled up there. It was kind of a train wreck. We were going to lose points anyway, because Kenseth is real strong and we weren't having a great day. The guys are doing an excellent job, just trying to maintain. We started off awesome. I thought we were going to be good. Then the track started to change and we started to lose it again. I don't know where we're going to wind up, but in terms of flat-out running, we were about a 10th-place car. You can't give up. This sport doesn't allow that luxury. We've lost a lot of points the last few weeks, so we'll go to Indy and see if we can't make some up. This is why I constantly say we race ourselves and not everybody else."
GREG ZIPADELLI, CREW CHIEF, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
NOTE: Stewart's engine blew while running in the top five at lap 150, ending his chance at a repeat victory. "The thing ran great all day. It looks like it broke a rod or spun a bearing, something that doesn't give much warning. Temperatures were good all day. The engine department has been working real hard, the chassis department has been strong, we just don't have a lot to show for it. We've picked up and gone on quite a few times as a team, so we'll head to Indy. It's all we can do. We have good cars, a great engine for there and it might fire us up."
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Finished 12th:
"It was a good day. We were fighting between tight and loose, and we were always on one side or the other. We played the track position game and got a pretty good finish."
MICHAEL WALTRIP, NO. 15 NAPA CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Finished 4th:
"It's lucky when things happen in your favor for no apparent reason. We had a strategy, a plan and the team implemented that plan and everything went perfect until the last run. Unfortunately, the car just got way too tight. The thing I like about Pocono is there are a lot of grooves out there and I could goof around and find me another place to run and pick up some time. We preserved a top five. I'm proud of my team. I think in my 18-year career, that's the most top-fives I've had in one season and we've still got about half the season to go."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Finished 15th:
"We were fighting a loose condition all day. There were segments where we were fast, but when it came time to collect some points we weren't where we needed to be. That hurt on strategy a little bit, but we're learning."
JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 25 UAW-GM CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Finished 7th:
"The car was great. We had to take a 7th-place finish after having trouble on the track, knocking the nose in and having to bang it out. We overcame a lot today, and I have to thank Peter Sospenzo and the guys. They made some good calls and we finally got back to where we should be. We went from ninth in the points to 25th because of bad luck, broken engines, crashes, bad calls, just a lot of things. I was a big part of that. Now, to rebound from that, it just shows what we're made of."
ROBBY GORDON, NO. 31 CINGULAR CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Finished 18th:
"All in all, it wasn't too bad. We weren't as bad as I thought we were going to be. We just went through it all weekend. It wasn't good in qualifying and it wasn't good in the race, and it was the same problem, a lack of side bite. I don't know why. We tested with a car like this at Indy, and with the long straightaways Indy's a little bit like this. We just couldn't make it work."
STEVE PARK, NO. 30 AOL CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Finished 25th:
"It was tough. We were just tight. It started out tight in the middle and loose off. We tried to fix it and got it real loose, then we had a flat tire and that hurt us. It got us a lap down. It was hard to bounce back from that and almost got the car back to where we need to be. It was just a long day. We need to be better, have a little bit of luck, not cut tires down and we need to make better adjustments. We'll get it."
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Finished 3rd:
NOTE: Today's finish was Earnhardt's first top-five finish since the Pocono race in June. "I like Pocono a lot. What's not to like? It's a great race track, a lot of fun and real challenging. I get better every time I come here. It seems like we get a little better cars coming here too. The guys did a great job, and I'm real proud of them. It's hard to pass in the back. I didn't have anything for the 12 [winner Ryan Newman]. I was good for about two laps and then I'd get tight behind him.
IS THIS A GOOD POINTS FINISH FOR YOU? "Heck, yeah. We got a lot of points. I just tried to get a win, but we'll take these third-place finishes anytime we can get them."
TERRY LABONTE, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S/got milk? CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Finished 5th:
NOTE: Today's top-five finish was Labonte's first of the season. "The car wasn't as good as it was in the first race here. We made some adjustments. I've been awful proud of these guys. We're just so much better than we were last year."
JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: Finished 20th:
"Man, that was a struggle today, but we never gave up. We weren't as good as we wanted to be but we kept working to make the car better all day and we used some pretty good pit strategy. If we could have gotten a break or two there at the end we might have been able to climb into the top 10. But we just have to get ready for Indy now and run a good race."
TONY RAINES, NO. 74 BACE MOTORSPORTS CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
Finished 16th, the highest-finishing rookie in today's race. "In June, we didn't qualify. We took a provisional and didn't race very well. We came back with a different car and a different motor. We qualified 30th and we were a little conservative doing that because we had a pretty decent car in practice. I think it speaks a lot for the team because we raced really well today. We had a little transmission problem on the first pit stop and we lost a bunch of track position. Ryan [race winner Ryan Newman] was kind enough to help us get a lap back and from then on, we raced up to mid-pack, 15th or so, and I think we were running 10th on the last restart. I'm pretty excited to get up there and race with those guys and have a good day for myself and the team."