BUCKSHOT JONES, NO. 00 CHEEZ-IT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX (2nd): "We had a really good car. The Cheez-It Pontiac ran good. We really needed to have a good win. Our season has not been going the way we wanted it to. I think this is going to kind of...
BUCKSHOT JONES, NO. 00 CHEEZ-IT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX (2nd):
"We had a really good car. The Cheez-It Pontiac ran good. We really needed to have a good win. Our season has not been going the way we wanted it to. I think this is going to kind of turn things around. We tried to give Joe (Nemechek) all we could. That's the bad thing about leading there. You know they are always going to make a run on you. But to come back with a top five, especially when I messed up the first pit stop, we're happy with that."
(ON LEADING A GOOD SHARE OF THE RACE)
"Everyone probably thinks when you're leading that it's real easy. But you are watching your rearview mirror the whole time because you know the guy behind you is fixing to make a run on you. We had a real good car today. I can't say that I didn't have any help because Bobby Hamilton, Jr., helped me out a lot today. Without his help we wouldn't have ended up where we did."
(WAS JOE NEMECHEK TOO STRONG TO BEAT)
"He was strong. That is without a doubt. I don't think he was too strong. I kind of needed that little bit of help. I was trying to wait for the last lap because I was afraid if I tried to do it with two laps to go that Junior (Bobby Hamilton, Jr.) would probably go on around me. I was trying to wait for the last lap. The way things unfolded I didn't really get a run on him. But that's the biggest thing. It's hard to get a run on someone unless the guy behind you pulls up right behind you and gives you a little boost. Joe, without a doubt, was strong. I don't think he was too strong for us not to pass him, though."
(ON MISSING HIS PIT STALL ON HIS FIRST PIT STOP)
"The windshield got pretty dirty and I got a little bit confused on where our box was. I just kind of missed it. But I knew if we stayed patient we could go back out there and knew we had a good enough car that we could get back up there to the front. That was a driver's mistake."
(WORKING HIS WAY BACK TO THE FRONT IN THE DRAFT)
"When we missed the pit box we kind of made a deal with Jeff Green that we would run together. We tried running together, but for some reason, my car wouldn't run good when I ran behind Jeff. So he kind of moved up and let me underneath him. We kind of worked together there for awhile. He was pushing me up through there. You've got to have help. You need someone, especially when you start back there, that you can stay with - a partner to get back up through the traffic. That's what kind of got us back up there."
JEFF PURVIS, NO. 4 PORTER CABLE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX (3rd):
"I had a good race car all day long. I picked my way to the front one time. But so many other cars did, too. I think I finished third here last time. I got a lap down last year and finished third behind (Joe) Nemechek and Terry Labonte. So it looks .like I've got third place figured out. I just can't get to the front."
(ON THE UNPREDICTABILITY OF TALLADEGA)
"There are times that I saw it was four and five wide. You never know what is fixing to take place. You don't know if the guy beside you is fixing to let off or keep going. Very seldom did anybody let off that I saw. The first part of the race I just dropped back to the back and figured I'd let everything weed itself out. I finally figured out that it was going to race like that the whole race all day, so I thought I might as well get going. I started picking my way back up through there and finally got to the front. There were four or five cars out there that were real close to equal. There were 43 out there that were pretty close to equal, but there were a few cars that could lead the race. I had one of them, Buckshot (Jones) had one of them, and obviously Joe Nemechek had one. It was just another Talladega."
(DO THE PONTIACS STILL NEED HELP IN THE FORM OF A RULE CHANGE TO BE MORE COMPETITIVE)
"On the superspeedways, not nearly as much as they do at places like California, Charlotte and some of these tracks. The numbers speak for themselves. When they went to the wind tunnel the cars didn't have nearly as much downforce as the Ford nor the Monte Carlo. They've helped it some, but when they helped the car they knew they still weren't giving it as much as it needed. The Pontiacs definitely need something at Atlanta and some of the speedways, without a doubt."
MIKE BORKOWSKI, NO. 20 AT&T PONTIAC GRAND PRIX (10th - Top rookie):
"It's great. We've got a really great team.. I'm real fortunate to be working with Bill Davis Racing and a great new sponsor in AT&T. For those of you that don't know me, my whole background is open-wheel and road racing so everything I'm doing here - the tracks, the cars, the competition - is really brand new. I've got a steep learning curve. We've had some bad runs and some good runs, and in the good runs we've had bad luck this year. This was a really good weekend for the team. This was a great boost for the guys and for our sponsors. I'm absolutely excited. There is nothing like superspeedway racing. I've only done Daytona and Talladega this year, so I can't compare it to many things. But it gets pretty crazy there at the end."
(ON THE LAST COUPLE LAPS)
"I knew we had a strong car all day. We had to start in the back because of the point standings. Everyone runs so close in the draft, so it is very difficult to get positions. I was going to be more aggressive in the last 10 or 15 laps and really try to force some things to happen a little bit. I think that's what all the other veterans up front there were doing, too, because it turned more into a short-track race. I got bumped and banged about eight or 10 times, so it got pretty hairy. We did about five or six laps three wide and I was up on the top part of the racetrack, so there was no margin for error. It was pretty exciting. But we hung in there. I really tried hard to focus on running with some veterans. A couple of the guys are very good at this. I just tried to tuck in behind them, learn and just follow their tracks."