MIKE WALLACE, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX (12th): ON RUNNING OUT OF GAS AT THE END: "That was very disappointing because we were headed for a fifth and we ended up 12th. When Mike [Hillman] said we were going to be close, the way he said...
MIKE WALLACE, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX (12th):
ON RUNNING OUT OF GAS AT THE END: "That was very disappointing because we were headed for a fifth and we ended up 12th. When Mike [Hillman] said we were going to be close, the way he said it I figured we would run out. But, I thought he was only talking about a couple of laps, so I started peddling back pretty hard.
"But, hey, all-in-all, we had a great night. At the first of the race, we weren't even in the race. We were behind. But, we stayed out there and stayed out there and then got that caution that got a lot of guys a lap down. That put us near the front. We made chassis adjustment that freed the car up and that was a big part.
"We're getting there. I'm happy for all the guys. You've got to make steps in this deal and we've shown together we can do something here. At least tonight we were a contender. We should have gotten on television a time or two, hopefully. I'm happy about it. I'm disappointed we ran out of fuel. But, if you had told me we could take a top 12 at the start of the night I would have said, 'Give it to us and let's go home.'"
MIKE HILLMAN, CREW CHIEF, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX (12th):
"The Conseco Pontiac was really good there at the end. We got lucky and caught that caution when we needed it. That gave us time to put a rubber in the right rear and got the car adjusted. Mike did one heck of a job. The boys in the pits did great.
"Fuel mileage just killed us. I knew we didn't have great fuel mileage and it was a big gamble. I figured we were about five laps short, but we decided we might as well go for it and see what we could come up with.
"We didn't qualify good, which was baffling to me and Mike both. The car drove really great all weekend. We weren't real fast in 'Happy Hour,' but it was real comfortable and did everything we asked it to. I thought we would have a good shot at a top 10. A top five would have been great, but we'll take this and go home."
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX (30th):
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CAR TO FORCE YOU OUT OF THE RACE? "It just started going 'ka-chink, ka-chink, ka-chink' with about three laps to go. I guess I lost the transmission. I didn't have any gears."