Talladega: Pontiac Racing race quotes

BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: WHAT HAPPENED AROUND YOU IN THE LAP 163 INCIDENT? "The '29' car got sideways. I don't know what made him go sideways at first, but he was sideways. I think I clipped him in the...

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

WHAT HAPPENED AROUND YOU IN THE LAP 163 INCIDENT? "The '29' car got sideways. I don't know what made him go sideways at first, but he was sideways. I think I clipped him in the right rear just a little bit which turned my car to the right, slid sideways and then it went back to the left. I got going straight and guys were still wrecking on the inside. The '19' car was just sliding and it ended up that I hit him after I kind of got straightened out. I believe I would have been alright if that hadn't happened.

"I don't know whose fault it was. It's really nobody's fault. We're all here. We're all racing. It's just that we're all there in a position. You can't help it. When something like that happens, everybody is so close. I guess one good thing about it is everybody is going the same speed, so when they hit they really don't hit that hard."

WAS IT JUST A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE THAT HAPPENED? "That's correct. That is correct."

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THIS AERO PACKAGE? "I don't know. It just is what it is. We're out there racing."

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

"It's a tough day for us. It seems like every time we make one step forward in the points and get some momentum going, something dumb happens and here we are - third DNF out of nine races this year. That's not going to win you a championship and it's not our fault. But, you've just got to go with it."

KEN SCHRADER, NO. 36 M&M'S PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

WHAT CAUSED YOU TO LOSE THE DRAFT EARL ON? "A piece of roll bar padding came loose, fell down, hit the ignition switch and shut her down. I got to it as quick as I could, but it don't take long to get kicked out of the draft.

"It's the damnedest thing I've ever seen. I've been doing this a long time, but that's a first."

STACY COMPTON, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

WHAT HAPPENED TO CAUSE YOU TO LOSE THE DRAFT? "We're not real sure. We felt like we lost a cylinder, but we never completely lost one. I don't know if we burned a valve or maybe broke an inner valve spring or something. After that first pit stop it just never would run again.

"I hate it because I feel like we finally had a decent car at a speedway race. But, we don't have any control over that. David Evans has given us awfully good motors all year. We still don't know what happened, but we'll figure it out."

-pontiac-

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