Pontiac Racing Martinsville II race quotes

TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: DID YOU GET ANY WARNING BEFORE THE ENGINE LET GO? "No." HOW GOOD WAS YOUR CAR BEFORE THAT? "It was running second, wasn't it?" BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND ...

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

DID YOU GET ANY WARNING BEFORE THE ENGINE LET GO? "No."

HOW GOOD WAS YOUR CAR BEFORE THAT? "It was running second, wasn't it?"

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

ON FINISHING FOURTH "It was a good run for us. We actually took the setup from the '20' car on Saturday and used that because they're usually better than we are. It was good all day, though. The car was really good. It was a maybe a little too loose at times, but other than that it was really good."

WITH STARTING 32ND, WAS THE FIRST RUN OF THE RACE YOUR MOST CRITICAL TIME TODAY? "Yeah. Our car was really good on the start and, man, I ran pretty hard just to get some track position out of it. Then we switched back-and-forth from two tires to four tires all day. It was just really good overall."

ON RICKY CRAVEN WINNING? "That's pretty cool. DJ (Dale Jarrett) gave him a great effort there at the end, so it looked like a good race."

JIMMY MAKAR, CREW CHIEF, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

THAT LOOKED LIKE THE MOST CONSISTENT AND TROUBLE-FREE RUN YOUR TEAM HAS HAD HERE IN A WHILE... "The car was pretty good all day. We were a little bit loose in and off, and we just never could get it tightened up enough to get that little bit extra we needed to be able to run with them. But all in all, it was a good day.

"We're real pleased with it. Starting back where we started, all kinds of stuff can happen. You're just hoping you can get through all the mess. Bobby did a real good job of driving and dodging problems. He did a good job with traffic and lapped cars and got himself up there. He did a good job all day. It was just a nice, consistent run all day long."

JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

ON A CAREER-BEST MARTINSVILLE FINISH OF SIXTH "I couldn't be any happier or any more tired. I'm just extremely excited. James Ince built this car to bring to this racetrack because I've struggled so bad here, and it made all the difference in the world. The car was probably better than where I got it to finish, but I drove my butt off and that's all I could do. Believe me, I'm happy as hell leaving here."

YOUR TEAM CHOSE TO STAY OUT AND GET TRACK POSITION NEAR THE END... "The team effort was huge - especially today. It was just great teamwork around a driver that usually isn't very good here. I'm just extremely happy to have us finish where we did."

DID YOU EVER FEEL LIKE YOU HAD A TOP 10 CAR AND JUST NEEDED TRACK POSITION? "Never. I guess at one point in time during the race I kind of thought we did, but we needed a little help and we needed to help ourselves. It all worked out."

JAMES INCE, CREW CHIEF, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"That was an all-around team effort. It's really nice to know that when it gets to the end of the race and you've got to do what you've got to do, you've got a race car driver that can sit up on the wheel and wheel the thing. He was at a disadvantage there. But we tried all day long to put ourselves in a position to have track position at the end of the race and have the car as good as we could, and it worked out that he was going to have to do what he did. We thought on Saturday that we were good enough to win here, but the track changed a little bit for us and we didn't get it as good as we wanted to get. But to get out of here with a top 10 - man, that says a lot about this race team. This is, by far, the worst racetrack on the circuit for us as a team and this gives a sense of achievement for everybody. This is something that all of our guys can be proud of."

HOW ABOUT THE DECISION TO STAY OUT NEAR THE END? "That was something I thought about for 400 laps. That was something I knew I was going to do. I had to do the opposite of what the leaders did all day long because we had to come early to work on the car.

"It's kind of fun to make those calls. But, it makes it a whole lot easier to make those calls when you know Johnny will wheel the thing and he does. He does a great job."

RON HORNADAY, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"I'm proud of these guys. We were still too tight in 'Happy Hour.' How we got in the show was beyond me. We changed a bunch of stuff on this Conseco Pontiac and made the show. To come out here and run on the lead lap for 500 laps with the best in Winston Cup is unbelievable. I'm happy for us. The last time here we ran real well; we blew a right front tire from using too much brake. That was my biggest decision today was not to use so much brake and put a lot of rear in it."

ON BEING HIGHEST FINISHING RAYBESTOS ROOKIE FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS SEASON "I don't want to be the highest [finishing] rookie, I want to be highest in Winston Cup. I definitely want to try to get a pole and try to do some other stuff. We're jelling. "This car is going to be thrown away after this race. The car we didn't like we brought to Martinsville to tear the body off it. It's a good car; it just won't turn on a short track. We'll get A.J. [Foyt] to get rid of this one. We'll be alright."

-Pontiac Racing-

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