TODD BERRIER, CREW CHIEF, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH MONTE CARLO SS: ON METICULOUS RACE NOTES HE KEEPS, ONE THAT SAID WAS ABOUT TO THROW UP ABOUT POSSIBLE SHORT OF FUEL ISSUE: "I was talking to Scott Miller and Jazzy on the No. 31 car, saying...
TODD BERRIER, CREW CHIEF, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH MONTE CARLO SS:
ON METICULOUS RACE NOTES HE KEEPS, ONE THAT SAID WAS ABOUT TO THROW UP ABOUT POSSIBLE SHORT OF FUEL ISSUE: "I was talking to Scott Miller and Jazzy on the No. 31 car, saying man, just cross your fingers man. If we can get 395 and we didn't spill more than three gallons, we were good to go to the end. We were sweating it a little bit, but obviously we got there. There just wasn't anything we could do about it, we couldn't stop again. The good Lord was looking out for us today."
ON THOUGHTS WHEN STEWART MADE PASS "I didn't think it was over for us because our car was pretty good on long hauls but we weren't as good in the braking zones. We had a new engine package we brought here for the first time. It made a lot more torque and we passed "The Man" (Tony Stewart) off the corner, so obviously that was a big deal today."
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 2nd:
ON HOW KEVIN HARVICK GOT BACK BY FOR LEAD "I think I just overdrove the entries and exits, he (Kevin Harvick) was good. I knew my only shot was to get back by him back there in the back, he gave me the outside, he didn't want to give me the inside, I got by him on the outside - (TONY LEAVES INTERVIEW TO RUN AND CONGRATULATE KEVIN HARVICK)
"He is a good friend of mine, it is fun racing guys you trust like that. That was a lot of fun, we just overdrove it a little bit there, smoked the tires there is seven and opened up the door. He did an awesome job, he hit his marks every lap. That was our only shot to get by him was when we went by him the first time. Second place is ok for us. It was a good day for our Home Depot team. We are leaving here with a smile on our face." (press conference transcript to follow)
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S MONTE CARLO SS:
ON THE RACE: "We were just really too loose all day. And our pit strategy didn't really work out in our favor and got us behind and then I really just wasn't fast enough to pass a lot of people there at the end."
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER MONTE CARLO SS:
It wasn't a disaster. I had some wheel hop issues getting down into the corner and spun out. We were lucky to be able to get back to 20th and so I was real happy to be able to do that. Our pit strategy sort of backfired on us a little bit and Kevin and them guys, the cautions fell really good for them and it ended up working out for them and we were sitting back there running 27th you know and had to race pretty much everybody in front of us and pass so we didn't have anybody going to pit in front of us. But just racing too hard and got the front brakes hot and then the rear brakes started wheel hopping in the corner and I spun out."
ON BEING 10TH IN THE POINTS: "It is what it is. Coming in here, Tony Jr. felt real confident and I knew I had a good car but so many things can happen out there and they did today. I'm very thankful that we finished where we did. I feel like we know we're not in a great position to be in 10th, but we've got a lot of guys who would be glad to be in our position. So, we've got to take advantage of it."
ON THE SPIN: "I just got the front brakes real hot; I was racing real hard and they give up on me. The rear brakes started wheel hopping on our down-shifting and we ran real soft in the front this time, which we normally don't do. So that would have helped a lot if we would have had the bigger springs in the front of the car like we normally do."
ON THE HIGH NUMBER OF CAUTIONS: "That was real frustrating because you're not racing and passing and trying to pass. Any time you're under caution, you have no opportunities to gain spots. This is a long race track and NASCAR could do a better job of getting the track under good conditions for us to be able to go back to racing sooner. We don't have to run all them laps under caution and I don't think the fans like to see it either."
BRIAN VICKERS, NO. 25 GMAC MONTE CARLO SS:
"We had a decent car. It was tight most of the race in the right-hand turns, but for the most part it was manageable. The biggest problem for us ended up being our brakes. Toward the end of the race, it just became way too hard to pass without the brakes I needed. Then, on the white flag lap the transmission jumped out of gear, which cost us a couple of spots. We were better than where we finished-I do know that much."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT MONTE CARLO SS:
ON MARK MARTIN AND THE SPIN "We were all just dicing it up there and I got underneath somebody and everybody drove in there real deep and Mark came over and apologized to me and said he just got in there too deep. I got in too deep too and I had to check up just a little bit myself. It's hard to be mad at a guy like Mark Martin."
ON THE POINTS: "We wanted to make up some good ground. We got fortunate we didn't lose much ground with everything that happened there in the last couple of laps. We were a top five car. We weren't a winning car today. I'm not sure to be more upset about - that we just weren't good enough to battle with the good guys like Tony (Stewart) and Kurt Busch. But we were going to be a top five. But you never know when the cautions are going to fall and how the pit strategy is going to work out. If we hadn't have gotten spun there, we were going to be up there in fifth or sixth I believe, and that would have been a great day for us. So, we salvaged what we could. We're a great team right now; we were just getting into some bad situations where we were running out of laps there at the end to do it in."
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH MONTE CARLO:
ON WHEN TONY PASSED HIM WITH NINE LAPS TO GO "I was thinking 'Oh my gosh, how am I going to drive it in to the corner that far and pass him back. It seemed like his brakes were fading. I want to say hi to my wife, DeLana. She stays home for the road course races, so Love you DeLana, sorry you aren't here, I will be home late tonight.
"This GM Goodwrench Chevrolet was a lot of fun to drive today. It was really good. Got the fenders caved in early and just never gave up.It was a lot of fun racing with Tony there at the end. I don't know how he passed me in the chicane still but my car was really good getting in to one and we were able to get back by him.
"I knew my only shot to get him back was getting in to one, he had to back off, it seemed like his car didn't have quite enough brakes getting in there and it was tight through the center. I knew I was only going to have a couple of chances so I took my chance and off I went and it stuck and I went on by.
"I just want to thank everybody on this car, my teammates and Richard (Childress) for sticking with us and giving us everything we need to make these teams better. This means a lot, a road course win. It has a lot to do with the driver, the team and they gave me the opportunity and the track position to do so. Just thanks to Todd (Berrier, crew chief) and all the guys. It was a lot of fun.
"They didn't tell me there was a fuel problem, but I saw it on TV on the big screen, and I asked how much did it lose after seeing it there on TV. But at that point, you pretty much got what you got there is no reason to worry about it, you just do what you have to do and go as hard as you can.
"Tony and I are just really good friends. To be able to race each other there at the end was a lot of fun. We both have big pictures but we both want to win the race, so we both will do everything we can to do that. It was just a lot of fun to race with my buddy.
ON THE CHAMPIONSHIP "I think we can win it once we get to 10 to go. This team has been really consistent. As long as we don't have bad luck, or do something we haven't been doing, we should at least have a chance." (transcript to follow)
KYLE BUSCH, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S MONTE CARLO
"Man that felt like we won the race. What a way to fight back. I thought the day was done after the truck arm mount broke. No one on the kelloggs team panicked. They didn't miss a beat and had to weld that thing together. It was 5 laps and then the cautions fell where they needed to and we worked our way back. The 5 has a lot of heart they want the chase and to run for a championship as much as I do. Today was unbelievable. My hats off to every one on my team right now. We're in this thing and plan to stay here."
ROBBY GORDON, NO. 7 JIM BEAM MONTE CARLO SS:
"It was a good run for all the guys at Jim Beam. DEI guys have been doing us a good job on our engines. I know they went a little conservative with our motor, because they thought if they gave me something that ran all day, we could win the deal. It wasn't the case. We just got yarded on the straightaways. They have given us good engines all year. Good run for all the boys on the Jim Beam crew, and all of our sponsors. It was a good points day for us; definitely helped us.
"On that last restart, we just couldn't get close enough to out brake them. We a little bit of an opportunity there, tried them outside but then didn't have anything for them."
"I'm pretty happy with it. We just didn't have any brakes there at the end. We made a couple of changes from where we were a year ago and we probably needed to go. We boiled the brake fluid and just had to ride around."
JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS MONTE CARLO SS:
YOU WORKED ON THE CAR ALL DAY AND GOT A TOP 15 FINISH, TELL US ABOUT YOUR DAY AND THE BIG PICTURE: "It's really frustrating. We just weren't as good as we needed to be by any means. We were sitting there and they kept getting by me on the restarts because I just couldn't go. There at the end - that wreck at the end - I saw the wreck and I don't know how the people behind us didn't see it but Kurt (Busch) came flying in there 400 mph like nothing was going on and just knocked the hell out of us and we just lost five positions or whatever. I don't know. I don't know how he missed that. But regardless, it could have been worse. If you get wrecked on the last lap and still finish 11th you should come out of here happy."
-credit: gm racing