TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: (ARE YOU READY TO GET THIS SEASON OVER WITH NEXT WEEK?) "Yeah. I'm very tired. I'm ready for this season to be over with and I'm not sure that the time between now and February is a long...
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
(ARE YOU READY TO GET THIS SEASON OVER WITH NEXT WEEK?) "Yeah. I'm very tired. I'm ready for this season to be over with and I'm not sure that the time between now and February is a long enough break right now, at this point."
KEN SCHRADER, NO. 36 M&M'S PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
(ARE YOU GOING TO BE GLAD TO GET THE LAST RACE OF THE SEASON OVER NEXT FRIDAY?) "No, I'm going to be going through total withdrawal waiting for Daytona. I wish it was mid-season now. We're 18th in points and we need more races to get better, so I'm not ready to get this year over."
RON HORNADAY, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
(WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON YOUR TEAM HEADING INTO THE FINAL RACE OF THE SEASON?) "We've definitely gotten better, but so have a lot of other teams. It's very humbling. These guys are the best of the best in Winston Cup. It's nobody's fault. I'm a rookie and I've learned it. You've got to be humble about it. We'll just go on to next year. We've got to get ourselves out of the predicament we're in right now. We've got to finish some races at the beginning of the year and get us to where at the end of the year we've got some provisionals like these other guys.
"You've got to learn by your mistakes and if you can't learn by your mistakes, you might as well forget it. Hopefully, we've learned that. Hopefully we've learned something and we can apply that towards next year."
JAMES INCE, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
(ON USING A DIFFERENT TIRE AT NEW HAMPSHIRE NEXT WEEK THAN WHAT WAS USED DURING THE JULY RACE) "I don't think it's a 'crap shoot.' It's an old generation tire. It's an older tire that we've run in the past. It's something that we know a lot about.
"The biggest thing I'm excited about as far as going to Loudon is that a week ago, I thought we could only follow the Dodges around to get through the snow. Unfortunately now (after last week's rules changes), we've got the Fords to trail behind, too."
JEFF "GOOCH" PATTERSON, GASMAN, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
(ON THE USE OF HELMETS BY OVER THE WALL CREW MEMBERS.YOU'VE WORN A HELMET FOR A LONG TIME - DO YOU FEEL BETTER GOING OVER THE WALL WITH ONE ON?) "No. I don't feel any better because when I go over the wall I don't think about it.
"I haven't worn one at short tracks for the same reason that these guys (other pit crew members) don't want to wear them - I feel my vision is impaired. But, after watching that deal (pit road accident involving the '28 ' car) at Homestead I got to thinking that I really can't tell a difference between what I see and what I don't see when I go over the wall when I have the helmet on or not because I'm focused on what I'm doing, just like those guys were. If they're really thinking that helmets cut down their peripheral vision, then those guys should have seen the '22' car coming. But, no, they' re focused on what they're doing. I think the way we've got to look at it is that we're just going to have to bite the bullet and do it. I'm going to start wearing my helmet everywhere, except for Watkins Glen.
"Fire has always been the only reason that I've worn mine and I don't feel like I'm going to get hit on that corner of the car. But, I'll start wearing mine all the time for two reasons: one; peace of mind for other people - my family, who have complained about [me not wearing one] and also as kind of an example so that other guys can look and see that other people are wearing them all the time.
"It's kind of hard for us to tell the guys on the other side of the car that they need to wear a helmet when I'm not wearing one. Tony [Stewart} brought up a pretty good point one time when I was talking to him about the head and neck restraint. I was trying to get him to wear it (before it was mandatory) because I told him that it was the best thing for him. Then he said, 'Well, you know, last week you didn't wear a helmet.' It's kind of hard to argue with people if you don't do it yourself."