Rockingham: Pontiac Racing post-race quotes

STACY COMPTON, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX "It felt like we broke a rod or something. It was something in the bottom end. It shook pretty hard coming off of [turn] two and that was it. I knew we were in trouble. It's broken something in...

STACY COMPTON, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX

"It felt like we broke a rod or something. It was something in the bottom end. It shook pretty hard coming off of [turn] two and that was it. I knew we were in trouble. It's broken something in the bottom end. I hate it for the A.J. Foyt Conseco Pontiac. I think we had a decent race car, but now we'll just have to go get them at Vegas."

KEN SCHRADER, N0. 36 M&M'S PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"I hate that we blew up, but we were lucky that we got out of that back-straightaway deal (seven-car incident on lap 157). We were decent before that deal and I think we would have at least finished on the lead lap, but not now."

TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX

"We got a top five today - that's a good run. We got pretty tight in the center of the corner that last three or four runs, but other than that it was a pretty good day."

HOW IMPORTANT WERE THE PIT STOPS TODAY? "These things are getting to be like Indy cars. They're real aero-dependent now. It makes it really important to get out and get good track position, so you can get clean air. Your car is going to drive probably 10 percent better than it is behind somebody."

HOW TOUGH WAS IT TO DECIDE WHETHER TO COME TO PIT ROAD WHEN RICKY CRAVEN DID? "I was going to come, regardless. You just can't beat tires at this place. The surface is so abrasive that, even though you're giving up track position, you're going to get it back on the tire deal."

ON POSTING FIVE STRAIGHT FINISHES OF SEVENTH OR BETTER HERE "This was about where we were last fall. We had a good solid run today. Anytime you can get a solid run like we had today, you'll take it any day of the week."

GREG ZIPADELLI, CREW CHIEF, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX

HOW TOUGH WAS IT TO DECIDE WHETHER TO COME TO PIT ROAD WHEN RICKY CRAVEN DID? "There wasn't much of a thought process - it was going to be tires. This place kills tires. To have that many laps on them and knowing that everybody else was going to come, it was easy. We weren't good enough to do that, and try and win. I felt like we needed to put tires on it, make an adjustment and see if we could make it better. We just got pretty tight when the sun went down and didn't adjust on it quick enough, so we were trying to play catch up. That caution gave us a chance to do something to free it up. We were kind of excited to see that caution.

WOULD IT HAVE BEEN TOUGHER IF YOU WERE LEADING? "I don't know - it's a tough decision. Next week we'll go to a place where, man, you won't know what to do. More times than not, at a place like this, tires will win you a race rather than cost you one. Next week it will probably be the other way around. It will be a 50-50 deal."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers A.J. Foyt