Talladega: GM teams race quotes

RICKY CRAVEN, NO. 32 TIDE CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "Well, we obviously have an engine problem. I don't know. I'm just puzzled. It's been such a slow start for us. And it's not just one thing. We just continue to have some strange circumstances....


"Well, we obviously have an engine problem. I don't know. I'm just puzzled. It's been such a slow start for us. And it's not just one thing. We just continue to have some strange circumstances. It's the same Tide team that went to victory lane at Darlington and Martinsville. I've got a lot of confidence in this group. We've just got to battle through it."


"The motor had been running a little hot in the draft. The drafting obviously heats them up a little bit if you don't get clean air. We took all the tape off it. It took a little bit of the ability of the car to suck up away, but still the NetZero Chevrolet has been running well. Hendrick normally has done a great job with the motor, but for some reason or another we're having some trouble today. We're just not sure what it was."


"Tony Stewart is a very good friend of mine so I'll plead the fifth because I like Tony. I hate it for Ken Butler and everyone at Aaron's. It just turned out that we wrecked, so we'll just go on from here."


"The guys did an awesome job on the Valvoline Chevrolet today. I just hate that we got into it today. I was doing a lot of giving out there. A lot of people were taking a lot of risks. I was just trying to keep the fenders on it and see the end of this thing. There's I was really waiting until the end to do all my taking and have a good finish to this thing. I just saw the No. 97 car spinning down low. We were up top. We rode down and almost got stopped. I was just waiting for everybody to slide to the bottom and somebody hit me from the rear and knocked me down the race track right through the mess. I just hate it."

THUMBS UP OR THUMBS DOWN ON TALLADEGA? "Thumbs up because the guys gave me such a good car. Thumbs up for the tires even."


"We were having a real good day and then the water temperature pegged. Something either went through the radiator or it was an internal problem. I looked down and the gauges were upside down. We were going from the back to the front all day and I thought we were going to have a pretty good chance there, but obviously today's not the day."


THERE WAS A LOT GOING ON OUT THERE TODAY. IN ALL FAIRNESS TO YOU, EARLIER IN THE DAY KURT BUSCH AND SOME OF THE OTHER DRIVERS POINTED A FINGER AT YOU. WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THE WHOLE AFTERNOON AND THAT INCIDENT IN PARTICULAR? "I got underneath him (Busch) and then got him in a compromising position and I started to back out. I just didn't back up enough to get him out of it. Everybody can say what they want and the fans are going to say what they want to. This is a product of restrictor plate racing. If they want to script us a script and tell us where they want us to run each lap, that's fine. We can do that too. But Kurt and I get along good. I sure didn't want that to happen to him or anybody else. If you look at our track record in restrictor plate racing I don't think we've caused to many wrecks in our career here in restrictor plate racing."

YOU HAD A GREAT RUN GOING AT THE END OF THE RACE BUT GOT TURNED AROUND AND DID A GREAT JOB OF SAVING THE RACE CAR "It's just part of racing. Jimmie (Johnson) and I are good friends too. I know Jimmie didn't turn me on purpose. That's just a product of what we have to do here for 188 laps. We've got to do it twice a year here and twice at Daytona. I don't feel any ill feelings toward anybody. He was just racing - trying to get every spot he could get. If you look at all these cars here, you're going to see a lot of them that look like they just left Martinsville last week. I don't think I'm the only one who got in any scuffles today.


"We just got everything all over the windshield there and couldn't see and had to come in and pit. We got back up there and we were just battling it out. Whoever got in the best line won. We all got to shuffling around. I thought we were third. But they'll get it all straightened out shortly. It was a great day for the GM Goodwrench Chevy. We've run so good these past two years on these restrictor plate tracks that sooner or later we're going to get a win. We've just got to keep clicking away. It was a great points day for us. We'll just go to California."

ON RESTRICTOR PLATE TRACKS, IS IT ALL ABOUT BEING AT THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME? "It is. And if you don't have a good car, you can't do anything. The main thing is that these guys at RCR and this GM Goodwrench team work extra hard on our speedway stuff and take a lot of pride in it. I'm just hoping one of these times we'll be in the right spot to come to the checkered. But it was a great day for us."

ROBBY GORDON, NO. 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "Man, I'm just sorry we didn't get to go back racing because we had a really good car and I had a shot at it. But we took four tires there at the end and did the best job we could. We kept the car on the race track all day long. We led some laps and had a great weekend down here at Talladega. It's a lot of fun to come down here and race."

HOW STRONG WAS YOUR CAR? "I think we were the first car in line that stopped with about 20 (laps) to go and put four brand new tires on it and topped off with fuel. I think that helped us. It gives you more weight in the trunk which pushes the spoiler down and we had four fresh tires. I'm just disappointed that we didn't get to win this race today but maybe we'll get one next week in Fontana."


"We set a top-10, which is good. That's two in a row for us. It was a long day, but we stayed out of trouble and finished well. I had to go through the stuff at one point to avoid a wreck and that caused a little bit of damage to the left front. But, the guys worked hard and we were able to come home in the top 10."


"It feels real good to be in victory lane. Beating the DEI cars is so difficult to do. We did everything we could. I didn't know if we were ahead there in the end, but I knew I was ahead of him going into (turn) three. We're going to let NASCAR make that call. But what an awesome effort by this race team - Robbie Loomis and all the guys on this team. We're just really happy for Rick Hendrick and Pop. I know they're watching back in the hospital back there in Charlotte. Our prayers go out to Pop and to Robbie's mom too. She's been under the weather. I know it's going to be controversial, but I don't care."

IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE YOU'VE WON A PLATE RACE "It seems like a long time since I've won any race. I can't think of a better one to win. We run so darn good on restrictor plate races but those DEI guys have just been embarrassing us. I didn't now what was going to happen there. I knew I got ahead of him (Dale Jr.) going into (turn) three. I passed him but I wasn't passing him. Luckily right before I put the after-burner on, the caution must have come out. I'm going to go with NASCAR on that one. I don't know if everybody here agrees but I certainly do."

THERE WAS A LOT OF DEBRIS ON THE TRACK TOO "I don't know if they were Pepsi cans or beer cans. But there were a lot of them out there. I did a burn out over all those cans. If just feels great to get back to victory lane. These guys did a great job. It was a great day for us." More to follow


"We should be taking the trophy, but we'll just see how it works out."

WHAT WAS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU AND JEFF GORDON THERE AT THE END? "There wasn't no difference. I thought I was ahead of him before the caution came out. But apparently NASCAR has a different opinion. But we'll just see what they show us and go from there."

WAS NASCAR'S DECISION CORRECT? DID JEFF GORDON WIN THE RACE? "Well, I'm biased of course, but I felt like I was ahead of him. But I don't know. I couldn't see the flag stand. I don't know exactly how they make their decision on freezing the field or exactly when they freeze it. But I thought I was miles ahead of him. I didn't even thing it was close. But it was a great points day in either first or second. We don't' make the decisions or the rules and I think Tony (Eury) Sr. wants to see the film and how they made their decision. So we'll go with that. We've learned in the past to keep our mouths shut and keep a better attitude about it.

"I had a blast. There were a couple of times I shouldn't have finished the race. We were real fortunate just to be where we were there at the end."

-gm racing-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Ken Butler III , Robbie Loomis