BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: ON HIS MECHANICAL PROBLEMS TODAY "We lost fuel pressure. We're not sure why, whether it's trash or something in the fuel line. We just ran out of fuel pressure and then we burnt ...
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON HIS MECHANICAL PROBLEMS TODAY
"We lost fuel pressure. We're not sure why, whether it's trash or something in the fuel line. We just ran out of fuel pressure and then we burnt a piston when that happened because we probably ran about three laps with no fuel pressure. It was kind of halfway running, but it wasn't running good enough. We just kind of rode around after that. It was over."
IS IT GOOD THAT YOU'RE GOING TO ATLANTA NEXT?
"It's good that we're going there, but we were looking for a top 10 coming out of here. We were running in the top 10, but we'll just have to go to Atlanta and see what we can do now."
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON MAKING THE BEST OF A BAD DAY
"We're still better in the points than we have been in the past at this point. It wasn't the day we wanted, but at the same time we finished the thing. Some good cars got in some big wrecks today, so it was nice to be able to finish the day off. It's nice to say that you had a bad day and still finished 12th. We just missed it a little bit today and had an off day, but we'll come back, go to Atlanta and try to see if we can continue the string of being competitive. This is still a better spring than what we had last year, so I'm pretty happy with it so far.
DOES YOUR POINTS POSITION GIVE YOU MORE CONFIDENCE THAN YOU'VE HAD AT THIS
"You've got to take it one race at a time. You can't get ahead of yourself. Right now you just look at it and say, 'Well, we're better than we were last year at this time,' and that's what our goal always has been each year - to be better the next year than we were the previous year. Our points position is better. We didn't have a better day today for this race, but all in all we're better at this point of the season than we were last year."
RON HORNADAY, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"That was very exciting. We got the car better and better as the race went on. Phillipe [Lopez] played with air pressure and stuff like that. We got the car running so good it was hitting the chip RPM limiter halfway down the straightaway, so that really killed us toward the end." HOW DID YOU PUT THAT GOOD OF A RUN TOGETHER TODAY?
"As good as we tested, talking to some other people and Tony Stewart - watching the way he ran the line - I learned a lot probably in the first 30 or 40 laps of this race. It paid off. These guys have been working their guts out. All the body guys have been doing their homework on this Pontiac." TALK ABOUT TAKING TWO TIRES ON THE LAST PIT STOP
"Two, four, eight --- it doesn't matter. We finished in the top 10 and that's exciting. That just tells you how good this Conseco team is. It's going places. For just our third time - we're going to start gelling."
-GM Racing Communications