Team Monte Carlo Sunday Notes

JERRY NADEAU (No. 25 Michael Chevrolet Monte Carlo) “At the start of the race I thought the car was really good. I don’t know what happened in turn two. I don’t know if somebody dropped oil or what, but we got wicked...

JERRY NADEAU (No. 25 Michael Chevrolet Monte Carlo) “At the start of the race I thought the car was really good. I don’t know what happened in turn two. I don’t know if somebody dropped oil or what, but we got wicked loose coming off and tagged the wall. We came in and fixed it and obviously something was rubbing the left rear and blew the tire. I hate it for the guys. We had an awesome car yesterday in Happy Hour, and now we’re not able to show it today.”

GEOFFREY BODINE (No. 60 Power Team Chevrolet Monte Carlo) “We wanted a good run here, and we were having a good run. I think we had a car that could win, but not any more. We jumped sideways off turn four and when that happens you’re going to hit something. We hit the inside wall, and that’s really a shame. We had a really good car. We were passing a slower car on the outside off turn four. It jumped sideways and when you jump sideways off four you hit something. I was being so darn careful. I didn’t jam the throttle down. I eased it down. We were just riding easy, but we’ll keep trying. The car was going good up until that point. We were a little loose on our second set of tires. We changed them and got some others on and it was really good. I really don’t know what happened.”

MICHAEL WALTRIP (No. 7 NationsRent Chevrolet Monte Carlo) “I don’t know what happened. Something under the hood and something in the rear end before that. We just had a bad day. We had a great car yesterday in Happy Hour, and I was very excited about today’s race. We’ll have to gear up and get ready for Michigan. I was worried about my right rear tire. I was laying on it the whole way. We had something wrong somewhere. We worked hard to try to fix it. When we took off on that last restart, it was the best it had felt. I was keeping up with the glob of cars, and I wasn’t about to wreck. Up until that point, it drove real bad. Maybe we fixed it, and then it blew up big time. We were real good on old tires after we got sorted. On new tires, I had a problem. I’m not sure what it was. I never felt any love toward the bridge until right now. That’s the best part of Dover Downs. I could run up it if I wanted to. I was ready for 400 miles today and I didn’t even make it halfway.”

DALE EARNHARDT (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Monte Carlo) “We ran pretty good today, but I couldn’t run with the 20. We pitted and the caution came out and got caught a lap down. But we were lucky once, too, because we had cut a right front down going into turn one and kept it out of the wall. I’m pretty happy considering we started 30th and kept working our way to the front. The guys worked hard and did a good job all day. We just couldn’t catch a break when we needed it. I don’t know if I could have run with Bobby Labonte one on one. Our car was working good as long as I could get out front and run my pace. If I didn’t have to push it too hard, I could save my tires. But if I wasn’t out front, Stewart set such a quick pace that I used up the tires trying to stay with him. All in all it was a pretty good day. I hate it ended that way, but we still made up some ground in the standings. Maybe we can keep chipping away at it. Bobby Labonte has been good all year, and that’s a real consistent team right now. Ward Burton is doing a good job, too, but we’re moving in the right direction right now. There’s plenty of time left, so we’re not going to get in a real big hurry.”

MIKE SKINNER (No. 31 Lowe’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo) “We had a better car than that. We had a top-five car. I don’t think we had the car to beat, but we definitely had a top-five car. We got off on the setup there for awhile. I got knocked up in the loose stuff and lost about 10 spots. That was a tough deal, but we regained our composure and got up into the top five again. I just made a mistake coming on pit road. I was trying to buy every second I could and got in there. I would have assumed they cleaned it, but there was safety dry all over the place. We missed pit road and lost a couple of laps.”

JOE NEMECHEK (No. 33 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet Monte Carlo) “It feels pretty good. Dover is a great track for us, and we had a top-five car today, but we got caught by gas mileage. That’s just the way our luck is going right now. All in all, it was a good weekend. We didn’t have any tire problems. I think Goodyear brought a good tire to Dover. It was consistent for us all day, but it depended a lot of who you were racing with. We knew what we had to do, but we just couldn’t do it at the end. If you could run out front in the clean air, the tires were fine. When you got up behind someone and tried to pass, it was tough. Tony Stewart and Bobby Labonte were sure the Kings of the Hill today. I didn’t see anything wrong with those two Pontiacs. We’ve got some new cars being built, and I’m really looking forward to the tracks coming up. I think you’re about to see some great things from this team.”

JEFF GORDON (No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Monte Carlo) “We kept working on the car trying to get it better and we were getting better. We got a lap down and couldn’t get it back, but we were holding our on and then we cut the tire and messed up the right side of the car. I think we were 11th when it happened, and that sure would have been a better finish than where we ended up. It’s unfortunate things like that happen, but we all know they do in racing. We’ll try to bounce back next week. Michigan is usually a good track for us, so we’ll look forward to going up there. I wish we could have had a better finish today, but we learned some things that will help us here next time.”

DALE EARNHARDT Jr. (No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo) “I thought we were going to have a better run than that, but that’s another top-10 finish, so I guess we shouldn’t be too disappointed. Matt had another good day, so I guess this rookie deal is getting serious. We moved up a spot in the standings, so we’ll just keep working hard and maybe we can have a better run next week at Michigan.”

TERRY LABONTE (No. 5 Kellogg’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo) “Our car was really good in Happy Hour on Saturday, and we were looking forward to the race today. I guess we just need to qualify a little better and maybe it would be a little easier once the race starts. We held our own in the standings and almost got another top-10 finish, but we’ve got to get better. We need to get in the top five and start racing with the leaders.”

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Chevrolet Monte Carlo) “We were riding along there and headed for a decent finish. Then with about 10 laps to go, I get hit from behind and end up in the wall. That’s the way it goes. There’s not much you can do about it. The car is a mess and instead of ending up 13th or 14th, now we’ve got another lousy finish. It’s frustrating, but we’ll get over it and get ready to race again next week.”

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ward Burton , Bobby Labonte , Michael Ho