DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "I'd kind of liked to have been out there with Gordon because we had a real good car. We could have probably taken advantage of that. But, we had to really race hard to get back through...
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"I'd kind of liked to have been out there with Gordon because we had a real good car. We could have probably taken advantage of that. But, we had to really race hard to get back through the pack and almost crashed one time - actually a few more times. But, it was exciting, though. It was fun. I was glad to get third."
ON BECOMING CONSISTENT
"I think we've become a lot more consistent than we have been in the past. A lot of it is luck. I never really believe much in luck, but I think you put yourself in position to win races. That crash we had at California last year - that really broke the stride of what we were doing. It was almost a mirror image of this season up until that point, so getting through California and coming in here and doing all right really gives us a lot of confidence. We need to get the good finishes at all these racetracks we can because I know if we flounder at road courses like we normally do, then we're going to need to have as many points as we can at all these other racetracks."
HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT THE FINAL STAGE OF THE RACE?
"I felt like we had a car that could make a run up on the '25' there at the end. But, every time a caution would come out and we'd get a restart my car would drive different every time. We kept having multiple cautions there at the end of the race and it was tight one restart for three laps and then it was loose the next restart for three laps and I just couldn't get going. We needed long, long runs and I think we were better than most of them guys."
ON ROBBY GORDON MAKING UP THREE LAPS TONIGHT
"When we first caught him in an early part of the race his car was out of control. Then, he about crashed into me on that restart one time and I thought, 'Man, this guy here has got his hands full.' Then, the next thing I know he is on the leader board. I didn't know he was three down. I only thought he was one down. But, you're going to have a lot of cautions here. If you can get your to handling where you can keep up with the leaders - track position is everything. If you start up front - even if you have a decent car - you can kind of maintain that position. If the caution comes out, if you're not a guy in the top 10 in points racing a guy in the top 10 in points, he'll let you have your lap back. I don't think I'd have probably been as fortunate as Robby, but you never know."