DALE EARNHARDT JR. IS THIS FINISH WHAT THE TEAM NEEDED TO GET BACK ON TRACK? "It's better than what I thought we'd get, and I think my team is happy about the finish. I'm just real disappointed I got into Dale Jarrett in the race there, spun...
DALE EARNHARDT JR.
IS THIS FINISH WHAT THE TEAM NEEDED TO GET BACK ON TRACK? "It's better than what I thought we'd get, and I think my team is happy about the finish. I'm just real disappointed I got into Dale Jarrett in the race there, spun him around, he got in the wall. That's bothering right now more than anything, because we're pretty good friends. It's hard going out there and racing people you've got so much respect for. I should've been thinking about that when he was in front of me I guess."
ARE YOU AWARE OF WHO YOU'RE RACING IN THE POINTS WHEN YOU'RE ON THE RACE TRACK? "No idea. I can't keep up with that, hell, that's too much to worry about. I just try to get as many points as I can get, and then you get on NASCAR.com and check it out when you get home."
WAS THERE A LOT OF BLOCKING GOING ON DURING THE RACE TODAY? "There was a lot of blocking going on. Most of the time, you tolerate it. But towards the end of the race, I mean, it depends on the personality if you can handle it or not. If somebody keeps aggravating you, sometimes you need a deep threshold for that kind of stuff. I don't really block a lot. If a guy makes a move on me, I just try to out-brake him. I don't really drive in front of him, because you get spun out a lot of times."
JEFF BURTON, NO 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS CHEVROLET:
(WHAT HAPPENED OUT THERE?) "Stupid driver mistake. That's pretty much all I can tell you. The guys on our team did an awesome job. This Cingular Wireless Chevy was really fast. I'm just sorry for the guys at Cingular and for everybody on this team. They gave me a car today that we could get our business done with. We were fast. And I messed up. We were very loose. And I overstepped the boundaries. As long as I've been doing it, I shouldn't do things like that."
P.J. JONES, NO. 4 LUCAS OIL CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
(DID YOUR CRASH HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH EARLIER CONTACT BETWEEN YOU AND BORIS SAID?) "No, I don't think so. I think we had a bad brake rotor or something. When I got into the corner the brakes just went right to the floor. I just turned in left as hard as I could to make sure we could slow it down. I knew we didn't have enough tire to get it to the straightaway, so I didn't want to hit down there. So I just hate it for the whole Lucas Oil, Morgan-McClure team. We were having a good run and we're up inside the top 15 and we were looking for a strong finish."
MICHAEL WALTRIP, NO. 15 NAPA CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
(ARE YOU OKAY, AND WHAT HAPPENED?) "I'm fine. I guess the boy in the No. 9 (Kasey Kahne) didn't give me one inch. I look forward to the day that he needs an inch. That's four times I've gotten wrecked going down the straightaway this year -- two blown engines and four flat tires. And that's out of 22 races. That tells you how good of a team I've got. I've got the best crew ever and I just keep having problems. I'm very sorry about that."