Team Monte Carlo Pocono race notes

DALE EARNHARDT (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Monte Carlo) "It felt like he hit me. I don't know if he did or not. What did it look like on TV? He took the air off something. It hadn't done that before with any cars behind me. It was...

DALE EARNHARDT (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Monte Carlo)

"It felt like he hit me. I don't know if he did or not. What did it look like on TV? He took the air off something. It hadn't done that before with any cars behind me. It was a good race though. You don't ever have a win until the checkered flag falls. I got beat. I got in the corner and shoved a little bit and got beat and ended up fourth. We had a good car. The guys did a good job. They worked hard. It was a good day for us.

"He (Jeremy Mayfield) got me. He drove that sucker in 10 car lengths deeper than he'd been driving it in all day. Still, all-in-all it was a good day. We gained some points on Labonte, and now Taylor (11-year-old daughter) and I are going camping. It's been cut a day short already, so we've got to make up for lost time."

RICHARD CHILDRESS (Car owner RCR Chevrolet Monte Carlos)

"He (Mayfield) just knocked him (Earnhardt) out of the way to win. It was just racin'. There'll be another day."

MIKE SKINNER (No. 31 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"That's not what we wanted, but we'll take it. We just put two tires on and it was pretty good there after the first pit stop. Tony Stewart was a little better than we were, but we just flip-flopped around on the balance all day. At least we could make it loose or tight. Usually we lose these races after we've been in good shape. We never expected to win this race today. It was loose there at the end. It was all we could do to hang on to it. I got a run on Rusty Wallace on the outside over there, and I said to heck with it. I'm racing him hard. We're taking no prisoners. We'd been better than Gordon all day. I can't believe he beat us, but that's the way it goes. He's a veteran points racer and he knows what he's doing. Larry McReynolds and the guys put input into what we should do with the car. I chose to change the rear bar on the thing. I made a couple of calls on the track bar, and it was a team effort. We all put our two cents in and made it better. We know what's wrong with it. The body on the car is terrible, but that's OK.

MICHAEL WALTRIP (No. 7 NationsRent Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"It blew up and I was trying to get in without making a caution. They said to turn in just past the tunnel. I turned in just past the tunnel and there wasn't nothing there. They preach to get off the track. They need to put up a big sign that says turn here. We were running good. I needed a chassis adjustment. We stopped and got one. I got tied up with Schrader there for a few laps, and then I cleared him. I was looking forward to seeing what was going to happen next. I liked the way the car was driving. The motor was good and the car was handling well, but it just laid down on us. I could have saved the motor room a lot of money and me a lot of time if I had known this. I'm going to finish last, so if I didn't come, I still would have finished last, but by gosh, I get an A for effort."

STEVE PARK (No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"We had a 15th-place car all day long. It was tight most of the time. We kept adjusting and trying to get it better, but we learned some things today and we'll be better when we come back here in a few weeks."

JEFF GORDON (No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Monte Carlo)

"We had to adjust on the car and lost some track position. The car was tight. We finally got some decent track position there at the end and got the car a little freer. We just needed to get it loosened up. If we could have done that, we would have been a lot better."

ROBBIE LOOMIS (Crew chief No. 24 DuPont Monte Carlo)

"We were way too tight. We started average, worked our way to terrible and finally by the end we came back around to just a little above average probably. We came back and finished eighth. The guys worked hard on all the pit stops and kept adjusting and we came out decent. He (Jeff Gordon) is the road race king. A lot of elements aren't as important at Sears Point. The body and aerodynamics will be a smaller part of it, and that's something we've really been struggling with. I think we're getting the handle on it, but it sure is a struggle getting there. We're taking the same car he won with out there last year, so maybe he can do it again."

DALE EARNHARDT Jr. (No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"We struggled quite a bit with the handle on the car. We just never were that good. We kind of road around and tried to keep it in one piece. He (Dale Earnhardt) had a flat tire and was waiting to get on pit road. That was his main focus. I didn't know he had a flat tire or I wouldn't have got on the inside of him. I didn't see the deal at the end, but I'm sure it was something. He didn't complain about it. I wanted to run a little bit better than that. I think the team did, too. We'll just have to come next time and do better."

JERRY NADEAU (No. 25 Michael Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"We were just terrible. We were tight all day. We were getting beat on the straightaways pretty bad. I got into the back of Junior (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) the last 10 laps. We might have had a top 15 car, but I got into the back of Junior and tore up the nose a little bit. That's all we had. We just tried to finish on the lead lap. That's all we had."

JOE NEMECHEK (No. 33 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"Something happened inside the motor. We thought it might be the carburetor, but something happened internally. It's a shame. This team has been working hard, and we thought we were going to have a top 10 today. We were running good at the start of the race. The car was driving perfect, so we'll just come back and get 'em next week."

BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Kodak MAX film Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"We broke. We don't know what happened. The engine lost three cylinders. It could've dropped a valve or something. They'll have to check it out. It's another one of those races."

TERRY LABONTE (No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"That's about all we had for 'em today. I thought we might be able to get a top-10 finish out of it, but we'll take it and try to come back next time and run better."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Gordon , Jeremy Mayfield , Tony Stewart , Rusty Wallace , Michael Ho