Texas: GM drivers race quotes

MIKE SKINNER, NO. 4 KODAK PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: WHAT HAPPENED? "I don't know if somebody got into the '1,' but he got loose and there really wasn't any place to go. We were in a pack right there and I tried to get up on the high side. I think we...

MIKE SKINNER, NO. 4 KODAK PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

WHAT HAPPENED? "I don't know if somebody got into the '1,' but he got loose and there really wasn't any place to go. We were in a pack right there and I tried to get up on the high side. I think we just barely got clipped. We almost missed it.

"It's a shame. I hate it for our Kodak Racing team. Our car was pretty good today. It wasn't the best, but it was a lot better than a lot of cars in front of us. It's just a tough, tough deal. But, we'll go back to Talladega. We had our career best finish at Talladega and maybe we can back that up this week or do a little bit better.

"I like Texas. I still like this racetrack, but I hate this. We'll just keep on digging. We'll be in Talladega. We'll get 'em."

BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

"It just wasn't our day. We got a couple laps down after getting together with the '2' car. We got one of them back and then lost it off of turn two. It just wasn't our day."

JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

WHAT HAPPENED TO PUT YOU OUT? "It just broke, I guess. The Valvoline Pontiac was pretty good most of the day. We broke a valve or something. I'm not sure what it really was.

JERRY NADEAU, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"We had a good car. We had a good car all weekend, ever since we unloaded. The guys did a good job.

"If people have been watching the last four weeks, we've been a top five car. Unfortunately, we weren't able to get to the end, but this week we were. I'm proud of my team. They had great pit stops. We worked on the car all day long. We'd been tight all day long. I was good on really short runs. That's why I got by Jeff [Gordon] there with about 40 to go. Then, I got too tight. But, I'm happy for my U.S. Army team, Pontiac, MB2 Motorsports. It's been a good weekend for us.

"This is the first car we built in-house. It's name is 'Buffy.' Hopefully, Michael [Waltrip] doesn't get mad about that. But, Buffy did good this weekend."

JEFF GREEN, NO. 30 AOL CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

"It was pretty uneventful. We really didn't have any close calls. The guys on pit road did it. They kept me up front. We had a decent car, but we just never could hit to where we could run with the first two or three. We had about a seventh place car, where we finished. But, it was a good day for us. We needed that really bad. We've been running close to this all year. We just never could put a finish together. This is a good day for our AOL Chevy."

JEFF GREEN, NO. 30 AOL CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

CAN THIS KIND OF RUN BREAK YOUR TEAM OUT OF ITS SLUMP? "You're only as good as your next race, so we can't really think about that. We've just got to do things that we know to do.

"This is a brand new car. It's a little bit different body configuration and I think that's what we've been needing all year."

CHAD KNAUS, CREW CHIEF, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

"We had a great qualifying effort. The car was great right out of the box. Unfortunately, we had a small engine problem yesterday and had to start at the back of the pack. With the work that Jimmie and our pit crew did, we got it up to the front very quickly. I think we were running seventh by lap 45. It was just awesome. It was a great team effort. Unfortunately, we had a little bit of an engine problem there at the end of the race, but brought it home eighth. We're lucky we were able to nurse it home and get a top 10."

TERRY LABONTE, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S/GOT MILK? CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

"Once again, we had a good car and the result doesn't show it. We were a little tight early, fixed that with air pressure adjustments and really had it pretty good about halfway through the race. But then, we got caught a lap down after pitting just before that caution and we never got it back. I had to run through the grass to keep from wrecking when the '7' and '20' got together, and bent the front end a little bouncing through the infield. We'll keep at it. We've got good cars and the guys are doing a great job on pit road, so we'll keep working at it."

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