BORIS SAID, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: Finished 6th: NOTE: Said, who started on the pole, led the first lap and finished sixth. He was slated to start fourth in the Trans-Am Series event immediately following the Winston Cup event. "We...
BORIS SAID, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: Finished 6th:
NOTE: Said, who started on the pole, led the first lap and finished sixth. He was slated to start fourth in the Trans-Am Series event immediately following the Winston Cup event. "We were really good, but we lost track position when that yellow came out [on lap 73] and that killed us. I just burned my tires coming through the field.
DID YOU JUST LET ROBBY GO AFTER LEADING THE FIRST LAP?
"Our goal coming in was to get a top-10, but this U.S. Army car was better than that today - it was an easy top-three car. We just got caught up with the yellow on the second pit stop. It came the lap we were going to pit and that knocked us back to 26th place instead of fourth or fifth. Had the yellow come 10 seconds later we would have been fighting for the win at the end. I hope Jerry (Nadeau) was watching at home. I want to thank him for letting me drive his car -- it was great and I can't wait for him to come back. I was patient all day and really didn't make any mistakes. >From a driving and finishing standpoint, it was the best Winston Cup race for me. Today was a blast -- the most fun I've ever had racing. I wish I could do this every week."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DuPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Finished 2nd :
NOTE: Gordon moved into second place in the NASCAR Winston Cup point standings, 174 behind leader Matt Kenseth. "It was just a great day all the way around for us. The cautions fell right for us and the pit stops were great. I made a couple of mistakes out there, but there at the end, we had the best car. I drove up through there and I was surprised I got past Harvick. My hat's off to him. He did a great job today and I'm really impressed by his efforts. I got up there to Robby and he was doing everything he needed to do, but he was good in the areas where you could pass, off Turn 10 and going into Turn 7. He got the track position by passing his teammate under caution, and I think that's obviously not my problem I was pretty surprised by that. I'm happy to come home second. It was a great points day for us.
YOU'RE SECOND IN THE POINTS NOW.
"We were hoping to gain on those guys. Kenesth, I'm telling you, he's feeling it He's getting up on the wheel when he needs to and it's going to be tough to run those guys down." MORE JEFF GORDON TO FOLLOW.
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Finished 12th:
"We weren't very good at the beginning of it, but we got better as the race went on, obviously. The 12 car [Ryan Newman] was a little faster than us, but instead of passing us clean, he turned us down there in Turn 7."
JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: Finished 30th:
NOTE: Benson led 10 laps in the middle stages of Sunday's race, but ran out of fuel on the final lap. "Sure,we are disappointed to run out of gas on the final lap, but it was a gamble worth taking. We got to lead some today and had the Valvoline Pontiac out front. We would have finished about 30th if we hadn't gambled and that's where we ended up. But we tried. We will keep working. Like I said, leading 10 laps was a lot of fun."
RYAN PEMBERTON, CREW CHIEF, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"Boris did an awesome job. Had the yellow flag come 10 seconds later for our second pit stop, there was a good chance he would have won his first Winston Cup race. He might have been celebrating in Victory Lane. I should practice what I preach. I didn't stick to my game plan and ran an extra lap I can't say enough about Boris...as far as I am concerned he won the race and we lost it for him. I want to apologize to him I lost the biggest race of his career to him. We got 20 spots back, and he ran a great race."