Rockingham II: Pontiac Racing race quotes

GREG ZIPADELLI, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: ON FIGHTING BACK TO 14TH "I'm just proud of the team and I'm proud of Tony. Most of the day, he kept his head and did a great job. He did what he had to do. We didn't do as good of a job as...

GREG ZIPADELLI, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

ON FIGHTING BACK TO 14TH "I'm just proud of the team and I'm proud of Tony. Most of the day, he kept his head and did a great job. He did what he had to do. We didn't do as good of a job as we probably needed to do adjusting early. We tried, but everything we did was wrong. We got it a lot better at the end. We probably wished we had had a caution there at the end, but as it worked out, it was probably the best we were going to end up.

"From where we were at one time to where we ended up was a great improvement.

"It was just a matter of getting the right adjustments for what he was feeling or what he needed. It's just too bad it took us 300 laps to get it. But, I guess it's better than not getting it."

BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

ON JOHNNY BENSON'S FIRST WIN "It's great. Johnny's a great guy. He was close at Loudon and close at Martinsville, so I'm glad for him. They've been close, close, close. That's a neat deal. You never forget your first one."

HOW ABOUT YOUR DAY OVERALL? "It was just bad at the end. I was good, good, good. But, then at the end - that last set of tires just didn't work for us. It wouldn't turn in a 40-acre field and was so loose off the corner it was terrible."

JIMMY MAKAR, CREW CHIEF, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

YOU HAD A REALLY GOOD DAY WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THAT LAST RUN... "Yeah, it seems like that is the story of our life here in 2002. I don't know. We put four tires on, made a little, small air pressure adjustment and took a round of wedge out of it, and it wouldn't turn for him. I don't know what the answer to that is. That was the worst we were all day and it couldn't have come at a worse time, at the end of the race. I'm really kind of baffled by it. Bobby and I just sat down and talked and really don't know why it did it."

MICHAEL McSWAIN, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"We were pretty good. The worse run we had, of course, was the last one, so that hurt us. I don't know what happened. We got better and better and better all day, and then for whatever reason on that last stop we just got really, really tight. But, it was pretty good all-in-all."

TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"I don't know where we missed at the beginning of the day, but it certainly wasn't the car we ended Happy Hour with, by any means. The good thing was that Zippy never gave up and I never gave up. Even when I got a lap down, Zippy probably did the best job of everybody today in keeping us on good pit strategy, and at the end there, finally made a change that really made the car respond. Zip made a pretty gutsy call there at the end that really helped us out and got us a lot of positions. We turned a potentially disastrous day into just a bad day. As much as we're disappointed about it, things could've been a lot worse. I'm real proud of Zippy and the call he made at the end of the race and the fact that the guys kept digging all day and I kept digging all day.

"I'm used up. I'm wore out right now, but still real happy that we are where we are at right now. Now we've got two weeks to go. If we can just put two solid runs together everything will work out fine."

-pontiac-

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