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JOHN ANDRETTI, NO. 43 STP/CHEERIOS PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: "I think we'll be alright. It was OK. I'm a little bit smaller than (relief driver) Tim (Fedewa). With the steering wheel position and everything else, it just made it a little bit...

JOHN ANDRETTI, NO. 43 STP/CHEERIOS PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"I think we'll be alright. It was OK. I'm a little bit smaller than (relief driver) Tim (Fedewa). With the steering wheel position and everything else, it just made it a little bit harder. Then the way the car started with the sun out and everything, it was real loose up off the corner. We made a change during the pit stop. But it gets to the point where you can't wrestle the car and you can't run as hard as you need to run."

(HOW MUCH PAIN WAS THERE?) "It was just a pressure thing. As far as the movement thing, I was pretty good, but it was just the pressure. I think we did everything we could to try and relieve that. But I think it (the discomfort) is just too fresh to get rid of. But by next week we should be alright. It's a big sigh of relief not to get involved in something. It's always a sigh of relief not to get involved in something, but especially when you can't afford to get hit."

DAVE BLANEY, NO. 93 AMOCO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"Something happened to the engine. We broke a piston or something, it looked like. But we had a pretty good car once it got dark. The first run of the race it was so loose. We got down a lap in a heartbeat, and we were just really struggling. Then after the first stop it was pretty good. After the second stop we could run her up front for a while. Then we got it a little too tight. Twenty laps in it started pushing bad and we'd back up a little bit. But I was encouraged, though. We got it going a little bit better as we went."

RICK MAST, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"Something broke in the engine right there. We were pretty good the first half of the race or first two-thirds. But then we got three sets of tires that absolutely destroyed the race car. One set it was very, very loose, then we had a good set, and then the next set I couldn't turn it in a 40-acre field. It would just plow. Then right there at the end I had a set that made us bad loose again. We had a 'top-something' working until the motor broke, but that's the way it goes."

(ON HOW HE FEELS AFTER DRIVING ALL NIGHT SUFFERING FROM THE EFFECTS OF FOOD POISONING) "I'm done, man. I've had enough. I've never felt this bad in a race car. The last 50 laps I was wishing I wasn't out there."

BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"Congratulations to Matt (Kenseth). He's an awful good racer. They did a good job on their car. Tonight our Interstate Pontiac was great. We just didn't have enough for them there at the end.

"It was alright. We just didn't have anything for Matt there at the end. But we worked on it all night long and got it better, so that was they big key for us. All the guys worked real hard on the Interstate Batteries Pontiac. We had a good night. But they just had a little bit better program than we did for the final 35 laps. But we gave it our best shot and came up second, which is pretty good for what we've got.

"We had a good enough car to win at one point in time, but the race wasn't over until 600 miles so it really didn't matter."

TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"We were great tonight. We had a great race car and out pit stops were excellent. We just need about 200 pounds of downforce so that we can run with everybody else."

JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 LYCOS PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

(ON THE RAIN DELAY) "I don't think the rain did anything. It just gave us a break. The track was obviously in real good shape when we went back racing again. In about 10 laps in came right back in to where it was before the rain. I don't think anybody was doing anything cautious. I think everybody just went right to it."

(SATISFIED FINISHING 16TH?) "No, because I think we're better than that. I just think we were better today than where we finished. We just chased a couple little things. But that's not a bad day from where we qualified (39th) and the work the guys did during the week to get this car ready. But I think everybody knows we want to be a little better than that."

MORE FROM BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"It was typical race. It starts off a little bit in the daylight and the car was sliding around a little bit, and we're really not set up for that. We adjusted on it throughout the night and made it better. We had good runs and bad runs. Right after the rain we were real tight for whatever reason - tighter than a lot of other guys evidently - so we made some adjustments on the next stop. Then we made one more adjustment. That was about all we could make. Then it was about as loose as I could run it and about as fast as I could go. It was just a good, all-out run tonight."

(ON TRYING TO RUN DOWN MATT KENSETH IN THE FINAL LAPS) "My car was a little loose there. But then it kind of came to me for a little bit and I came back on him. Then we went into three one time and I got really loose getting in, loose coming off and lost a few car lengths, and could just never gain it back. Then I came back on him there at the end. I think his car must have been starting to give up a little bit there at the end. But it was too late. Mine had already given up again, too."

(DID HE FEEL LIKE HE HAD THE CAR TO BEAT RIGHT BEFORE THE RAIN DELAY?) "I think we had a good race car. It seemed like different times (different) cars were fast. Jeremy Mayfield came through the field one time really fast. His lap times were three to four tenths better than anybody, (Dale Earnhardt, Jr.) Junior still had a fast race car, (Dale) Earnhardt could go fast for a while, Matt (Kenseth) was good. It just kind of varied really. I thought we had a great race car at that point in time, but I knew we didn't have anything signed, sealed and delivered at that point in time, either."

MIKE BLISS, NO. 27 VIAGRA PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"We kind of fought the chassis all evening. But we got better as we went. The crew made a lot of adjustments and towards the end we were running pretty steady. I learned a lot tonight. I didn't know the track when we started. Now I do. The car kept getting looser at the end of the runs and we tried to adjust for that. It just took us more than half of the race to get the car decent tonight."

(ON SPINNING EARLY) "When I spun down on the infield grass, the '4' car had slowed down up on the outside wall and when I turned to get around him, the car just jerked away from me. Luckily I didn't hit anything."

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