Pontiac Racing Richmond II race notes

RON HORNADAY, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: ON THE INCIDENT WITH BUCKSHOT JONES "The car had been tight on that run. I kept dialing rear brake into the thing. I just got into the corner and Buckshot got high. He got in pretty deep and...

RON HORNADAY, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON THE INCIDENT WITH BUCKSHOT JONES "The car had been tight on that run. I kept dialing rear brake into the thing. I just got into the corner and Buckshot got high. He got in pretty deep and then when I got on the brakes the back end came around and I just backed it into him. It was one of those stupid things on my part. We had problems with the master cylinder earlier this afternoon. I feel bad. I took a lot of good cars out."

RICK MAST, NO. 27 DUKE'S MAYONNAISE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"We had a good run going for a couple runs, but then two runs before the end we got a set of tires that just plowed. Then we got that set off and put another set of tires on it and I was absolutely sideways. The difference in those two sets of tires was ridiculous - I don't know why. Then, we were just going down the front straightaway and the right front tire blew out. I don't know what happened."

TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
YOU MADE A GREAT RUN TO THE FRONT AND THEN IT LOOKED LIKE IT GOT REALLY HARD TO PASS... "We got knocked around like a pinball all night. That's what's going to happen, I guess. We got screwed all night."

WAS IT REALLY PHYSICAL? "It was just really stupid."

JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON YOUR RUN "It was a good day. We worked our butts off. I think everybody did to get that. We had a little problem on pit road that put us to the back and we worked our way back up to ninth. Then we had one set of tires that was just bad. We had to come in, went to the back again and ended up 10th. I'm real happy, though. The Valvoline Pontiac was good. James Ince and all the guys did a great job. They made great calls and had some great pit stops. Like I said, we just had two little fumbles there, and we were off a little bit in the middle of the race. But, we recovered and I'm real happy."

WAS IT HARD TO PASS? "It was very hard to pass this time. The track was wearing out on the bottom. You could get underneath them - you could really be fast - but you couldn't pass them. It made for a long day. I'm pretty tired."

BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON YOUR RUN "All in all we had a pretty good car. We were a little too loose to begin with and we just changed a lot of stuff. Every stop we changed quite a bit, it seemed like, for us and we got it better at the end. Our lap times were getting better and the car was getting a lot more comfortable and a little bit more racey. We kept it clean all night and just kind of hung out towards the end of the race. The guys on the Interstate Batteries Pontiac did a great job. We finished sixth and that's not too bad."

WAS IT HARDER TO PASS TONIGHT? "It's always like that - I mean, it has been like that for the most part, with the tires and the way everything is now. It's just so hard to pass everywhere we go, it seems like and the tires don't seem like they help out the way they act and react or don't react. Track position means everything."

WOULD ANOTHER 50 OR 60 LAPS HAVE GOTTEN YOU TO THE FRONT? "I needed another 100 or 200 laps to do that. I was better on really long runs. We just didn't have much more than that. But, I think we learned a lot. We got a little bit better at it and I think that was good."

-GM Racing

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