Sonoma: Pontiac Racing race quotes

TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: ON THE DAY OVERALL: "We were just a little bit tight early in a run and as the run went on the car didn't really start cutting much better, but the thing is, the forward bite really stayed...

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

ON THE DAY OVERALL:

"We were just a little bit tight early in a run and as the run went on the car didn't really start cutting much better, but the thing is, the forward bite really stayed with it. That's where we were beating guys was up off the corner. There were sections of the course that we were really good. They just weren't areas where you could pass. The only place we were good enough to pass was (turn) '11.' It was just a matter of trying to get close enough to them in '10' to where you could out-break them in '11.'

"There were a lot of damn 'Indy car drivers' out here today and all they wanted to do was block. There weren't any of them that wanted to race you clean. If they can't beat you in the corner, they would just assume block you in the corner.

:"We had a really good car. The Home Depot Pontiac was good. I'm hot. I'm pretty worn out. In two days of racing, we've gotten two track records, a first (in a sprint car race) and a second, so that's not a bad weekend.

"We got up to Ricky [Rudd] there when Ricky was behind Bill Elliott. Every time he got in a braking zone, Ricky wanted to block. I'll tell you what, he's ready for Indy car racing. He's learned how to do that. He'll be a great Indy car driver. I think he's missed his calling now. But, I'm happy for 'Fatback' (Rudd's crew chief, Michael McSwain) and all those guys. I know they've needed something since Pocono. They got one taken away from them there, so it was good to see them get one here.

"Today is what we needed. We never wish bad luck on anybody, but the '40,' the '24,' the '48,' the '17' - they all had trouble. That helped us a lot today. We gained a lot of points. A second place is what this team needed. Everybody at Joe Gibbs Racing has been working their guts at to get us caught up from the deficit we've been at this year, so today is a good reward for those guys. They've worked really hard. They deserve it."

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

WHAT HAPPENED WHEN YOU SPUN OUT AT THE END OF THE RACE?

"I was just trying too hard. I got really loose off of turn four and then went down into turn seven and just spun the left rear so much that I just couldn't hold hang on to it and spun around. That put us back to wherever it did and we came back to 13th. We had a good race car. I just screwed up one time and couldn't make up for it."

DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD TO KNOW THAT YOU HAD A GOOD, SOLID RUN TODAY?

"It does make you feel good. We just don't have enough of them, so when you put a lot of emphasis on one race, I think I screwed up for having that much pressure on me, trying to do too much probably. We had a good car, we just didn't make it all work out. The guys did a good job in the pits and everything worked real good this weekend. We've just got to make it happen more often."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing