RICKY CRAVEN, NO. 32 TIDE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: NOTE: Craven was eliminated in a late crash involving Ricky Rudd. "I'm fine. We just got run over. You know, I really can't say anything else without getting personal, because it's just ridiculous....
RICKY CRAVEN, NO. 32 TIDE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
NOTE: Craven was eliminated in a late crash involving Ricky Rudd. "I'm fine. We just got run over. You know, I really can't say anything else without getting personal, because it's just ridiculous. I'm proud of the Tide team and we'll battle back."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Finished 2nd:
"It's a personal bonus for me to come out of here with a second-place finish. I felt like I was as good as the No. 9 (Bill Elliott, winner) on the short runs, but on the long run I didn't have enough forward bite. If I could get by him I could maybe hold him off for a little bit. But, Bill was on the wheel and today we finished second with the Lowe's Chevrolet team."
MICHAEL WALTRIP, NO. 15 NAPA CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
NOTE: Waltrip's engine expired with 45 laps left in Sunday's race. "It blew up. There was no real warning as to why it came apart on us. Great engine, great team, great job by everybody to get us competitive. We just came up a little bit short."
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Finished 15th: "We're ecstatic with that. I've run so bad here in recent races, and especially how we started out the day. I didn't think we would finish anywhere near that. The tires just wore out so quickly those first couple of runs that I got terribly loose. Those last couple of sets were the best and we gained some ground. I'll definitely leave this place with a top-15."
TONY RAINES, NO. 74 BACE CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Finished 6th:
"That wasn't too bad. Earnhardt Jr. was a lap down, and we were staying ahead of him for a while. I thought he raced me a little too hard for that, but maybe somewhere a while back I did something to him. I don't know. I thought it was a little unsportsmanlike, but who knows? That's the way it goes." YOU BACKED UP YOUR QUALIFYING IN THE RACE. "We wanted to back up our good qualifying up with a good race. We struggled a little bit early. The car was real tight. Larry [Carter] made a lot of adjustments. We stayed out on that one caution and caught that lucky break and it worked for us. Middle toward the end of the race, we were a top-10 car speed-wise, but I just got a little bungled up there on that last restart. That's the way it goes." MORE RAINES TO FOLLOW
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Finished 8th:
"It was a notmal Rockingham race. It wasn't too bad. We had a good car, just not quite as good as the top-five and we ended up slipping a little bit there a few times. We got down a lap and made it up through the lucky dog thing and finished 8th."
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Finished 9th:
"We had a good day. We didn't have the best car in the world, by any means. But we kept digging all day and got a top-10 finish out of it. And that's what you have to do to win championships." HOW DID THE RACE GO FOR YOU? "We either had short runs or real long runs and I wanted the real long runs. We got pretty good at the end of the day on long runs and that's what we needed."
ON MATT KENSETH'S CHAMPIONSHIP. "I'm real proud of Matt and his team. They were consistently better than everybody else all year long and that's why they're the champions. They earned it."