JEFF GREEN, NO. 30 AOL CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: ON THE LAP 5 INCIDENT "I almost had it missed, but they kept piling in and driving me in there. "It's not very good racing. It might be great for the fans, but when you've got half the field in the...
JEFF GREEN, NO. 30 AOL CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
ON THE LAP 5 INCIDENT "I almost had it missed, but they kept piling in and driving me in there.
"It's not very good racing. It might be great for the fans, but when you've got half the field in the garage area it can't be a very good race for them either."
MIKE SKINNER, NO. 4 KODAK PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON THE LAP 5 INCIDENT "It's just a shame. I hate it for our Kodak Racing Team. I hate it for Pontiac. I hate it for this race team. It looked like the car was a lot better than it was yesterday. But, things happen.
"Ryan Newman told me he blew a tire. That's the best we can tell. Obviously, when you blow a tire there is not much you can do. It wasn't anybody's fault."
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
ON THE LAP 5 INCIDENT "It looked like we had a lot of it cleared. But, a lot of guys were wrecking and coming down the racetrack. We were on the bottom of the racetrack, went all the way to the grass and about had it cleared, but couldn't miss all of it. It's just one of those unfortunate deals."
JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON THE LAP 5 INCIDENT "At first I thought somebody may have screwed up, but I guess it was a tire. We saw one in the Busch race and saw one today, so I don't know what to think. It's just a terrible deal to wreck a lot of race cars. We felt we had a pretty good car and we were looking forward to it.
"It's one thing if guys start bumping and banging, which is usually what we get yelled at for. But, like I said, yesterday and today - I don't think you can blame any of that on us - and not that we're trying to blame anybody, either. But, in the same token, we saw a couple problems yesterday and we saw a pretty big one today. Man, it's just tough."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
WAS THAT THE HARDEST RACING YOU'VE EXPERIENCED HERE FOR AN ENTIRE DAY IN A WHILE? "Yeah, especially there at the end. It got pretty crazy. Now, we come to Talladega to basically race like a short track where you just root people out of the way and use your bumper. That's why some people like this place - and they're usually the fans and not the drivers. But, we're real thankful to come out of here with a top 10. The car was awesome. At one time I thought we really had the piece to win. You've just got to be in position at the right time and we weren't there at the end.
"The car is in one piece and we can take it to Daytona in July, now, so that's always nice, too."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
DID DALE EARNHARDT, JR., APPEAR TO BE BELOW THE YELLOW LINE WHEN HE MADE HIS PASS FOR THE LEAD? "He was clearly below the yellow line, in my opinion. His pass got me shuffled out and that's when I started falling back. He was clearly below the yellow line. I watched him drive across the 'flat' up on to the track. Anybody else whoever dances down there gets in trouble. He did a great job all day long and those guys had the car to beat again. But, from my vantage point, I didn't think it was a legal pass, due to current rules.
"I haven't seen the video. Hopefully, the video will show the truth. If he's illegal, he's illegal. It's just a shame that we weren't able to capitalize on a good day."
HOW DID YOU GET SPUN AT THE END? "I just tried squeezing into a hole that wasn't big enough. We've got these little mirrors on the left side that you try to use and try to judge how much room you've got in there. I squeezed down in there and I turned around. It was just kind of a racing deal. But, we had a great race car all day long and too bad we came home 15th. I thought we had a shot at the win, but things really got shuffled when Junior made his pass. It looked like he was below the yellow line from my vantage point. But, when everybody shuffled up the racetrack it put me in the third groove and everybody else behind me just stayed in the second groove and it shuffled me out."
RICKY CRAVEN, NO. 32 TIDE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"Today was actually fun. I don't remember the last time I said Talladega was fun. At the end of the race we had a piece, and the Tide Pontiac was up front. This is a great team and we're getting better and better, and gaining more and more momentum. I usually don't complain, but the great thing about the end is that teammates meant nothing. This teammate thing is ridiculous, it's unbelievable. I'm a stand-alone guy out there with no help, and these teammates, it just really, really frustrates me. It's always been an individual sport - one against 42. A lot of these guys I'm referring to are friends of mine, but they don't play this game the right way. It's all about teammates. That is a very disappointing part of this business right now."
TERRY LABONTE, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S /got milk? CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"It was a good finish for us. We've had really good cars the last three or four races, but we've had some trouble. So today it was nice to finish and not have anything go wrong. It was a good run for us, we stayed out of the wreck there, and the guys had a great pit stop there at the end and we got pretty good track position. It was a good finish.
AT ONE POINT HENDRICK MOTORSPORT WAS FIRST THROUGH FOURTH - WERE YOU WORKING TOGETHER OR WAS THAT JUST THE WAY IT WORKED OUT? "No, that's just the way it worked out. We weren't talking to each other or nothing. We knew what to do, and we knew if we stayed in line there, hopefully we could finish that way, but it didn't work out that way."
ROBBY GORDON, NO. 31 CINGULAR CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"The Cingular car handled great all day and was pretty fast. We had a little problem around Lap 30 when something kicked up off the track and hit the windshield and bent one of the brackets. It was bad enough that it made the windows vibrate. When we pitted we had to take a lot of time for the guys to bend that bracket back so the windshield could be pushed back up. It took us awhile to break into the top 10 again after that. I also kept having to step out of line to let the motor breathe because it was running hot. But everything was okay until I got hit in the incident that brought out the caution with the No. 97. Someone got into the back of me, dented up the rear bumper and knocked a hole in the left rear quarterpanel. Today was a good day to make up points. We were so close between 10th and 20th last week in points that this race became very important. The RCR cars are usually good here if we can have some decent luck - we just didn't get that today. But we weren't just running for us today, though. Cingular is donating $100 for every lap I completed today, so that's a good chunk of change for a good cause."