NEXTEL OPEN QUOTES: JIMMY SPENCER, NO. 4 MORGAN-MCCLURE CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "Here we were at the start of the race....and somebody was pushing somebody and tore up the No. 4 car pretty bad. I had a really good car. That's the shortest race...
NEXTEL OPEN QUOTES:
JIMMY SPENCER, NO. 4 MORGAN-MCCLURE CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"Here we were at the start of the race....and somebody was pushing somebody and tore up the No. 4 car pretty bad. I had a really good car. That's the shortest race I can ever remember being in. I don't think we went a thousand feet. Not a good night."
NEXTEL ALL-STAR CHALLENGE QUOTES:
RICKY CRAVEN, NO. 32 TIDE CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"I'm extremely proud of the progress we made. I'm disappointed that I ended the night so quickly, but I'm extremely proud of the Tide crew."
JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"Somebody wasn't using his head. You just don't wreck on the straightaway. It is frustrating. This is a great race and an exciting race. But you just don't wreck on the straightaway. We had pitted. We had zero laps on this car before qualifying. I don't think it would have made a difference if we pitted or not. But we were just trying to get our car better and all of a sudden they started wrecking. I committed to the high line. Sterling Marlin ended up on top of my hood. I don't know. People have got to use their heads better than that.
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GOOD WRENCH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"The car started out really tight. We thought t was right to come in on that first caution and fix it. It put us back where we were vulnerable. I wasn't really sure what happened. I just knew I couldn't see much when everyone checked up. I hit the No. 24 (Jeff Gordon) and knocked the front end pretty good. We lost the radiator and got a lot of damage to the front end and it just wasn't worth it to get back out there."
ROBBY GORDON, NO. 31 CINGULAR CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"I guess the 97 turned into the No. 16, they hit the No. 17 and they started wrecking. As soon as it started happening I started to move up the right side. Kurt (Busch) shot back up the race track. I thought I was still going to slow down before I hit him but somebody just clobbered me. I don't know if it was (Kevin) Harvick or Sterling Marlin or who it was but somebody ran me over.
"No big deal. I guess when you put a million dollars on this race you're going to have some damaged cars. It is what is. The Cingular Wireless Chevrolet was good. We started in the back. We had a really good car qualifying. I sped down pit lane, missed a couple of lug nuts and had to start in the back."
WAS THIS TOO EARLY FOR THIS TO HAPPEN? "It's going to be disappointing for the fans. They came to see a good race. Now there's twelve cars in the race, twelve really good cars. I'm sure it will still be exciting. They'll be a couple of more of these before the night's over."
ON HAVING A GOOD CAR FOR NEXT WEEK "We have a car that I really wanted to bring to this race because it was a faster car. It was actually about four tenths of a lap faster than this car. They brought this car because they figured something like this was going to happen. Good decision by everyone at RCR on bringing the less desirable (car) and save the most important one for the (Coca-Cola) 600."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"The car is pretty beat up. We had contact with that crash situation and the No. 97. The front end was just bent. We tried to make it work. These guys never quit. They tried to do everything they could to straighten it out. It was okay for about 10 or 15 laps and then once the tires started to wear and I was beating them up it was a handful. The car is pretty beat up and the geometry is off on the front.
"I thought Chad (Knaus) would let me keep going after I spun out and didn't hit anything. On the radio he said If I said it was out of control we should just park it. It was right after that when I came off of Turn 4 backwards. The car's not that fast and it's pretty dangerous out there. We'll call it a night."
ARE YOU SURPRISED BY THE MANEUVERS OF YOUR COMPETITORS? "From my perspective it's been pretty calm. I've only been in the middle of the pack. It's been pretty mellow where I've been."
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Finished 5th: "We over-adjusted on the car. We worked on the car in the pits a lot. We had a fast car when the race started. We should have just left it alone. But hopefully this will teach us a lesson that when we have a good car not to mess with it."
DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING FROM TONIGHT THAT YOU CAN USE NEXT WEEKEND? "We just can't make the same mistakes that we made tonight, that's all. When we get a good car, we just turn on it very easily. Tonight, we just didn't play it very smart in the pits there, that's all. I'm disappointed that my car was as good as it was and I felt like I could really race for the win but we dialed ourselves right out. What can I say?"
MICHAEL WALTRIP, NO. 15 NAPA CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Finished 4th:
"The DEI team - all 250 people, a bunch of employees up in Turns 3 and 4 were watching tonight. I know it made a bunch of them feel good to see that NAPA Chevy closing in on them. I thought we could win it late. I thought we could make it fun. I didn't know if we could win it or not but I've seen a lot of stuff go down in The All-Star Challenge late in the going and I was just looking forward to being a part of it.
WERE YOU CLOSE TO ANY OF THOSE ACCIDENTS TONIGHT? "Yeah, we drove right through the middle of the first one. It was so cool. It was like video game stuff there. It was like being in a demolition derby. They were crashing all around me and I was able to get through it. I was real proud of making it. But then we were also probably real lucky tonight."
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Finished 3rd:
"We just got a bad restart (on the final run). We just spun the tires a little bit. It's hard to do. It's extremely hard to do. We actually got it right tonight as far as getting it going and not spinning tires. It was a pretty good night tonight for the Home Depot team. Winning the first segment and finishing third in the second one and third in the third one, so we stayed in the top three all night."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Finished 6th:
"I'm tickled with the sixth place. I thought I had a shot at fifth running down (Dale) Jr. at the end. I thought we were done when I got hit from behind. I came on the radio and said 'Guys, we're done.' When it's the All Star race you think you're not going to be able to fix it but they had a long run so were able to keep working on it. The effort that this team put out is what type of effort got us there in the points right now, while we've won two races so far. I think it's the reason why we're going to win more races before it's all over and hopefully next weekend."
ON THE INTENSITY OF THIS RACE "I thought it was fantastic. This was one of the biggest crowds I've seen here in a long time and one of the most competitive races. I wish I were up there battling for the lead more. We had to play catch up. I saw everybody's tongue hanging out because they're running so hard and sparks flying. It was certainly filled with excitement and great racing."
ON THE COCA-COLA 600 "Our race car for next week is one that we've won with already this year in California. It's a great race car. I'm looking forward to bringing it back for the 600."