Talladega: Team Monte Carlo Happy Hour quotes

JERRY NADEAU, NO. 25 UAW-DELPHI CHEVY MONTE CARLO (23rd in Happy Hour): "The car was pretty decent. Not as fast as I want it to be, but it drives good and there's a lot of good, fast cars out there. We're not one of them, but I think we got a...

JERRY NADEAU, NO. 25 UAW-DELPHI CHEVY MONTE CARLO (23rd in Happy Hour):

"The car was pretty decent. Not as fast as I want it to be, but it drives good and there's a lot of good, fast cars out there. We're not one of them, but I think we got a pretty decent car."

DOES THE CREW CHIEF CHANGE AFFECT YOU? "Not at all."

KEN HOWES, DIRECTOR OF COMPETITION AT HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS AND NO. 25 CREW CHIEF AFTER TONY FURR LEFT THE TEAM THIS WEEK:

"It's a little more work. I still have my day job, I'm just having a bit of gun on the weekends. It won't do me any harm. I want to work with Jerry for a while to see if we can help him out until things settle down. I'm responsible for all the race teams, so I still have that job for the time being, and I'm also Jerry's crew chief on race weekends." ON HAPPY HOUR: "We're decent, but you know how this business is, you always want to be better, but I think we're pretty good."

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVY MONTE CARLO (21st):


ON HAPPY HOUR: "Happy Hour was good. We made some changes that really woke the car up. This is the second time this year in a Cup car in a restrictor plate race, but I feel we've got a better car than we had in Daytona -- in the draft and some adjustments we made to make the car pull up to other competitors to pull of the pass and still have power to run on by people. It was a really good Happy Hour for us."

YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS ABOUT THE INCIDENTS THIS MORNING? "Yes, I was real close to all of them. Tony Stewart and I were going down the backstretch and we were going into turn 3 and he was down in the apron. I didn't know he was down there and when we clipped the apron he came back up the track and we touched a little bit, so that was a scary moment. But then the 33 car wrecked off of turn 4 right in front of us and I was leading a pack of about 20 cars and I didn't know where he was going because of the smoke and as I turned down to the inside of the track to miss him, he shot down in that direction. My only choice was to go down pit road at 180 mph with everybody standing around out there and they were lining up the Busch cars on pit road. It wasn't a fun moment."

ON TOMORROW'S RACE: "It'll be a long day. There's going to be people trying awfully hard and being greedy. As long as we try not to end up with that mindset I think we'll survive and be very strong at the end."

-tmc-

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