NASCAR Quotes Of The Race · Beth Lunkenheimer · Monday June 25, 2007
ÂÂÂ_Editor's Note : Each week, we'll go through all the media reports, interviews, PR, and our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel Cup race that capture the story of how the weekend unfolded. It's the most original commentary you'll ever find; the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and car owners themselves. This week, here's a sneak peek at what some select few were thinking after the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California._
"It was a good day. It was tough. You don't know how fast you are. I was patient. We made some changes on the car, and that made a difference. I knew I was running third with 10 to go and I didn't want to finish third. I picked up the pace a little bit and at the same time I was trying to roll the car as much as I could. I was just being very patient.” Juan Pablo Montoya
“Our whole Shell-Pennzoil team did a great job on our Chevrolet. We knew were close, and Todd (Berrier) came on the radio and said I had 20 laps to give him one (extra lap of fuel). I let the No. 42 go and really felt like I saved a lot of gas. We saved enough, and that was what we had to do. You always want to win, but in the big picture, that is what we had to do.” Kevin Harvick
"Some guys could make it on two stops. Some guys could make it on three. We were on a two-stop strategy, and it ended up being three. It wasn't good for us. We could have made the car a little better. We'll come back at The Glen with a stronger Dodge Avenger. We got tagged in turn 11 by Montoya, a Formula One winner and a NASCAR winner. That doesn't happen every day." Kurt Busch. who finished 22nd Sunday
“It was tough. Man, I’ll tell you, at the first of the race I was worried. I was going backwards faster than I’d ever seen anybody go backwards. But we made a good adjustment on the car. When we got going ,we got past some cars and got going the right way. We were just pushing in the clutch and coasting as much as we could (to save fuel at the end).” Clint Bowyer, who finished 4th
“It was a great run. I thought Steve Letarte and everyone on the DuPont Chevrolet just called this race perfectly to come from that far back to a Top 10 (finish). We had a great car, (and) once we got in to some clean air, we made some good lap times. It was fun racing with Tony (Stewart), I think he is one of the greats out here. I don’t mind if we bump and bang every once in awhile… as long as we don’t crash.” Jeff Gordon, who finished 7th
“No question, we had a Top 5 car today. It’s the best car I’ve had here (at Sonoma), and I also drove better than I think I ever had before on a road course, so I’m damn proud overall. We weren’t the fastest car on the restarts, but after four or five laps, we could outrun almost anyone. It’s frustrating to end up without a finish that shows how good we were. I’m real proud of everyone at DEI for the cars I’ve enjoyed driving the last few months.” Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who finished 13th
“Our run was exactly like Kevin’s. We both had competitive cars. I’m not sure that we ever had the fastest cars, but we had competitive cars. Our guys did a great job of playing the fuel mileage game. And you know, that didn’t start yesterday; that started in December two years ago and (we’re) real proud of the strategy. It’s hard being crew chief here. Making those calls, it’s really difficult, and today we made the right ones.” Jeff Burton, who finished 3rd
"You look at the monitor and look at the guys who beat us and they were nowhere all day long. It's just disappointing that fuel strategy makes a difference in a race win or not. I don't know. With our rental program that we get, obviously we don't get the same mileage that Biffle and Rudd do, and we're gonna have to discuss that because we weren't gonna make it. We've got to get with the boys at Roush and Yates and figure out why we're getting a quarter of a gallon less per lap than the other guys. It's a big deal." Robby Gordon, who finished 16th
"My car was really pretty good. My brakes weren't as good as they needed to be, and I'm not sure why. We've just got a little bit more work to do, I think, with trying to figure out these CoT cars. The (CoT) car is a lot more top heavy and it's a little harder to get slowed down because it wants to pick the inside up all the time, whichever one it is depending on the way you're turning…so you need to be real careful about not skidding the tire. It really, really looked like it was very hard to pass here today." Greg Biffle, who finished 5th
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