The Frontstretch: Running Their Mouth : Toyota / Save Mart 350K by Beth Lunkenheimer -- Tuesday June 24, 2008

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Running Their Mouth : Toyota / Save Mart 350K

Beth Lunkenheimer · Tuesday June 24, 2008

 

Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing 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 the car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway:

“When we were here on Friday, I thought it was going to be a miserable weekend. I was wondering which tire barrier I was going to put it in. But we came so far; we’ve never turned a race car around so much. We came from 30th to 13th during that first green-flag run before the first caution — that was pretty cool.” Kyle Busch

“It was a great day for us. I’m just real proud of all the guys, freecreditreport.com and all of our sponsors, and I’m really proud of Yates Racing. As a whole — where we were last year [compared to] how far we are now — it’s [changed] 180 degrees [from] where it was, and I think it still has the potential to get even better. So, I’m real proud to be a part of that.” David Gilliland, finished 2nd

“I am excited about getting a third place finish. I think it shows what kind of a race team we have: we never give up and fight hard. What a great effort by this DuPont Chevrolet team. Those last two laps were two of the toughest laps I have ever made around a race track. It was so slick out there, and we were all dirt tracking it. It was fun and hairy at the same time.” Jeff Gordon, finished 3rd

“It was a good day, just a good way to get things bounced back on the right track; we’d been off a little these last few weeks. Just real proud of Gil [Martin, crew chief] and all the guys on this Jack Daniel’s Chevrolet team for getting us back on track. Jeff (Gordon) was right; with all that oil dry up there on Turn 10, it was so slick, I about lost it — but got it saved.” Clint Bowyer, finished 4th

“It was a good race car. It wasn’t as fast as we need to be, but overall it was pretty good. You know, it was one of those deals where we were hoping for a little bit more. The team did a great job on the pit stops and we were competitive, we just got tangled up with the No. 21 and it cost us a few spots.” Juan Pablo Montoya, finished 6th

“Our strategy was off. We had to pass way more cars than we should have. But we had some racing luck, too, with a couple guys spinning out to help put us back up there — [and that allowed] the Alltel Dodge [to] get a Top 10 finish. We finished seventh, but we need to be better than that. [Our car] was better than a seventh in the race, so finishing seventh is not satisfactory.” Ryan Newman

After a tough start, Matt Kenseth’s season has begun to come around on the strength of six consecutive Top 10 finishes.

“I feel like we won. This is the only track on the circuit that we never had a Top 10 at, and we fixed that today. That’s my best finish ever here – and Dale Jr., too, that was pretty fun racing him at the end. I think that’s both of our first Top 10s – I think it’s the only track neither one of us had a Top 10 at, so that’s pretty cool that we drove hard and got a good finish.” Matt Kenseth, finished 8th

“We came from 39th and ran second. I think we as a team did a really good job. We weren’t as good as Kyle [Busch] and we weren’t as good as Jamie [McMurray]. You know, we got ourselves in a position to run second there, and then it just didn’t work out.” Tony Stewart, finished 10th

“When the brake pedal went to the floor on the third lap, I knew we had a big problem. Our car started the race just as strong as we were in practice yesterday. But a component failure cut our day short. We did qualify, and that was a big hurdle after what we’ve been through this year. So, maybe that black cloud is starting to lift for us.” Boris Said, finished 41st

“I was downchanging to first and I heard it go ‘crunch, crunch.’ It put a hole in the gearbox casing, and we were spraying oil everywhere. I didn’t want to oil the track and make a mess, so I just came in and parked it. I’m so grateful to Little Debbie and the McKee family for giving me this opportunity.” Marcos Ambrose, finished 42nd in his Sprint Cup Series debut

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Douglas
06/24/2008 07:06 AM
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WOW!! NA$CAR must really rule with the iron fist!

The GAG ORDER was in effect for the SONOMA fiasco!

Well, we certainly don’t need the drivers telling us how poorly these cars handle, you know, the infamous CoT! We could see very plainly on TV all the handling issues these cars cause! Actually could not see a lot of the race because of tire smoke from the brakes locking up on these ill-handling cars!

Oh, WOW!! A full SEVEN (7) lead changes during the race!

MMMM, Hey NA$CAR!! Can you please publish just how many “passes” occurred during this race just as you do for the other races, I.E. Michigan? Wonder if there were over 3,000
on-track passes at Sonoma?

Yepper! Really great racing these boy’s provide! NOT!

Ritchie
06/24/2008 09:33 AM
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Kyle got a “gimmie”. He cought a lucky break on the cautions. pitiful excuse for a race.

Douglas
06/24/2008 12:39 PM
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Actually this column needs re-named as the drivers cannot be caught (by NA$CAR) “RUNNING THEIR MOUTH”!

The Gods to be would rain mighty heavily on a drivers parade should he say something “negative” about the world of NA$CAR!

The muzzles are in place and working!

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