TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO "I was running real close to Kasey (Kahne) and somebody else was running inside of us that we just passed. It's hard. It's just racing out there. It was fun racing with guys like that today.
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO
"I was running real close to Kasey (Kahne) and somebody else was running inside of us that we just passed. It's hard. It's just racing out there. It was fun racing with guys like that today. Everybody was being pretty courteous to each other and racing each other hard. So it was good fun racing today."
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO
Note: This is the first race Harvick has failed to finish since October 2002. "For some reason the water temp just went all the way up to 270 and it just started slowing down. And then we came in to try to cool it off to save it. But that's probably the best we've run here at Pocono with this GM Goodwrench Chevrolet. We'll just go to the next one."
WARD BURTON, NO. 0 NETZERO CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO
"We were trying to make a go of it but it locked up coming out of Turn 1 and we spun around. Luckily I didn't hit anything. But the NETZERO team did a good job for me today and I'm really excited about getting ahead. They're really working hard and I think we'll get this NETZERO up front before the season's over with. I really feel good about it."
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO
"I was maintaining my own. You're just not as fast as the guys around you unless you've got a really good race car. I was just kind of maintaining my own. I was a little bit tight off of Turn 3 and the No. 25 car (Brian Vickers) made a run on me down into Turn 1 and he was going to go to the outside and maybe I could beat him back off Turn 1 but I never had a chance to do that."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Winner:
"Back to back. Thanks, guys! That was so cool. That race car was incredible. It wasn't the best all the time, but awfully good. Chad (Knaus) made great decisions and we had to work our way through and pass a lot of cars. So it wasn't a cakewalk by any means. But I'm just so lucky to drive for Hendrick Motorsports. Thanks for the opportunity boss. We're definitely bringing this trophy home in memory of Papa Joe. I don't know what to say.
"I just have to thank the whole organization and everybody involved. Days like today everybody it special. It takes the whole team to do it and I'm very happy to be here."
(DO YOU THINK YOU MIGHT TAKE THIS CAR TO INDIANAPOLIS?) "I think we might have to consider that the way this thing's been running. We feel we have a better car to take to Indy. This is unbelievable. I don't even know what to say. You should ask me a question."
(THIS MUSY BE AN EXTRA SPECIAL WIN - I KNOW YOU WANTED TO GO TO VICTORY LANE LAST WEEK FOR PAPA JOE) "It definitely is. And this week Rick's aunt passed away so it's been a very tough month for Mr. Hendrick and all of the Hendrick family. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone and I'm glad we could put a smile on their faces on this Sunday afternoon and bring home a trophy for them. It's been an incredible day." More to follow
CHAD KNAUS, CREW CHIEF, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "Rick Hendrick is home this weekend with the family but I'm just so happy to be a part of Hendrick Motorsports and Team Lowe's. We had an excellent engine, and excellent body, and excellent chassis, and an excellent driver. What do you do? This is great." More to follow
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Finished 5th:
(ARE YOU GLAD POCONO ISN'T IN THE FINAL 10?) "I am because I don't know if anybody can beat Jimmie Johnson here right now. Those guys are so strong. Congratulations to them and everybody back home who is watching. It was a great run for the DuPont Chevrolet. It was a great fight is probably the best way to put it because we had to fight a lot of things and overcome a lot of hurdles. It was a fast car in the beginning and then a chain break on the left rear and we couldn't get the left side up on the pit stops and kept losing positions. Every time I went further back in the field I'd just get so tight I couldn't get back up to the front. So a top five and a great save.
I thought I lost it over there in the tunnel. I don't know where that came from. The thing just got sideways on me going in there. We'll count our blessings and be thankful for a top five and go to Indy."
JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Finished 16th
Note: Nemechek had a transmission failure on Lap 60, leaving him with only third gear for the remainder of the race. He led the first 31 laps and was running in the top-10 when the malfunction occurred.
"We gave up a lot of points today because we had an awesome car until the tranny broke. I was cruising and enjoying my ride in the early going and really felt like this was going to be a good day for the Army team. Not sure why this happened again, but it is sure frustrating (the 01 car also suffered a transmission failure at the June Pocono race). With only third gear all I could do was nurse the crippled car and save the motor from blowing. Considering what happened and what could've happened I guess a 16th place finish was pretty decent under the circumstances. It's too bad we couldn't finish on a better note because we had a great car as soon as it was unloaded on Friday."
SCOTT RIGGS, NO. 10 VALVOLINE CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Finished 22nd:
Note: With five laps remaining and running seventh, Scott Riggs reported to his crew that the volt meter on the battery was low just before taking the final green flag. In the remaining laps, he fell back to a finishing spot of 22nd.
"What an awesome race. We obviously didn't like the outcome, but to be able to run upfront and really race is such a good feeling for this Valvoline team. It broke my heart to have to radio to the guys just before that final restart and tell them the volt meter was low. They'd done such a good job in the pits all day. But when that final green flag flew, we just couldn't turn over 7,000 RPMs and we fell back to 22nd. It was still a pretty good day for us, all things considered. I'm just glad we were able to show what we're capable of. This is the kind of second half of the season that we're looking for."
ROBBY GORDON, NO. 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Finished 7th:
"It was a pretty good day for us. Any time you finish inside the top 10 it's a good day. We just need to get some results and this will help us a little bit. We've got to get at least inside the top 20 and work our way into the top 15 and hope some guys have some bad luck and we can get inside the top 10. But Chris Andrews and all the guys did a great job - especially for not having any practice from working off the notes from last time. We had a good race car."
TERRY LABONTE, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Finished 6th:
NOTE - Labonte now has five straight top-10 finishes at Pocono, including a seventh-place effort in the tour's first 2004 visit here back in June.
"We had a good car most of the day and did exactly what we need to do for these next six races .... be steady every week, put together some more top 10s and see where we are after Richmond (Sept. 11). Our car stayed a little tight all afternoon, especially coming off the Tunnel Turn; we never got it completely freed up like we needed it to be. But the guys in the pits did an awesome job on our last stop; we came in ninth and went back out fifth, and that helped position us for the good finish. Jeff (Gordon) got by us there at the end or it would have been a top five. Pocono's never really been one of my favorite tracks, but both races were very good for us this season."