The Frontstretch: Running Their Mouth : Dickies 500 by Beth Lunkenheimer -- Tuesday November 4, 2008

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Running Their Mouth : Dickies 500

Beth Lunkenheimer · Tuesday November 4, 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 car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway:

“First of all, I can’t thank Office Depot enough—Aflac, Ford—fuel mileage was big, and my Ford Fusion gets great fuel mileage. I can tell you that. This is a fun place. I don’t know what to say. My guys did a great job. We probably made the wrong call to take four tires, but Bob [Osborne, crew chief] came up with a way to win that thing anyway; that was great.”Carl Edwards

“That Lucky Dog really played in our favor because we able to roll around there quite a few laps and come in later and top off, I conserved a little bit under yellow. When they said we were one lap short, I really wasn’t that worried. I was still letting off real early. It was a heck of a fight for us. Great, great strategy by Steve Letarte [crew chief]. Second is like a win for me here at Texas. Jeff Gordon

“Larry [Carter, crew chief] just made a great call to put two tires on with 70 laps to go and we ran that out and put two more tires on, but some of those guys were able to make it on fuel, but, overall, that was cool to get the lead that way and it’s pretty exciting to have the possibility to win, so the guys did a really good job in the pits all night.” Jamie McMurray, finished 3rd

“We were better in the heat of the day. Once it cooled off, we were hitting the splitter and the bumps were upsetting it off of [turn] four pretty bad. Kinda fought that throughout the whole race. But the Jack Daniel’s Chevrolet was good. Had a lot of fun out there. It was a good call by Gil [Martin, crew chief]. Those guys had a little more guts than we did. Nonetheless a good run for us.” Clint Bowyer, finished 4th

Brad Keselowski made his Sprint Cup debut last weekend at Texas, bringing home a Top 20 finish.

“It turned into a fuel mileage race and it’s unfortunate. We had a pretty good car at the end and so did the 26 [Jamie McMurray], but fuel mileage won this thing and that was kind of unusual. I can’t quite figure out how my teammate can go eight laps more than I can, either, so we’ll just have to go back and do our homework and see what he’s got that we don’t have underneath the hood, I guess.” Greg Biffle, finished 5th

“It was a good race car, it was decent. Clean air was so important here and we had to get up front. We never really got there. We got there once but then it kind of got demoralized because of the pit stops that came there at the end of the race with the last caution flag pit stop. It was the best we could do with the car we had.” Kyle Busch, finished 6th

“It was a good day for the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet. We have had good starts here before but haven’t always been able to put together a good finish. We struggled with the car the first 2/3 of the race then Bono [Kevin Manion, crew chief] made a great call late when we took two tires and went a round up on the track bar, it got us a lot of track position on pit road.” Martin Truex, Jr, finished 8th

“I guess we’re a little less crappier than everyone else.” Matt Kenseth on the radio early in the race

“It was a good start. I am very happy with that. I am real happy with everyone on the GoDaddy.com Chevrolet. A good day, I learned a lot. I drove over my head a couple and got myself in some trouble. It probably cost us a couple spots there at the end. All in all, still pretty happy with that. A good Top 20 finish, the car has nicks and scratches but nothing we can’t fix up.” Brad Keselowski, finished 19th

“My spotter said I was clear and I slid up in front of him and he ran in the back of me and then going down into turn one and two it was the same thing. Then I went up the track to let him go and just kind of misjudged my run coming down back across the track. It’s a shame we’ve got some tore up race cars and we got parked.” David Gilliland, finished 42nd after being parked by NASCAR

“He [David Gilliland] put me into the wall. So I went into one and I punted him just a little bit to say, hey, you’re running like 50 laps behind. I hit him a little bit. If I had wanted to wreck him, I would have wrecked him. He just came out of the corner and just wrecked us. It’s people that want to try to prove a certain point somehow, and it’s disappointing. It’s just frustrating when idiots like that get in the way.” Juan Pablo Montoya, finished 43rd

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Douglas
11/04/2008 08:25 AM
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Quote: ““He [David Gilliland] put me into the wall. So I went into one and I punted him just a little bit to say, hey, you’re running like 50 laps behind. I hit him a little bit. If I had wanted to wreck him, I would have wrecked him. He just came out of the corner and just wrecked us. It’s people that want to try to prove a certain point somehow, and it’s disappointing. It’s just frustrating when idiots like that get in the way.” Juan Pablo Montoya, finished 43rd

Hey Juan baby!! Who is the “idiot”??

Me thinks it’s one JPM!

By your own admission, you hit him!!!!

CASE CLOSED YO-YO!

Go cry somewhere else!

Johnboy60
11/04/2008 11:26 AM
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AMEN!!!!

stan schmidt
11/04/2008 01:09 PM
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You guys have got to be kidding! How many drivers have you seen hitting a lapped driver to remind him to get out of the way. How many times have you seen david g involved in these kind of incidents. Give montoya a hendricks car and look out.

The Old Guy
11/04/2008 01:34 PM
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Give montoya a hendricks car and look out.

Didn’t they say that about Junior as well?

The Old Guy
11/04/2008 01:36 PM
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Give montoya a hendricks car and look out.

Didn’t they say that about Junior as well?

stan schmidt
11/04/2008 01:53 PM
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Tell me junior isn’t haveing a better year in his first year at henricks than he had at DEI.

The Old Guy
11/04/2008 02:55 PM
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Well Stan,

He is having a better first year with Hendrick than he had a last year with DEI.

IMO, that has more to do with Jr.‘s wanting to leave DEI for greener grass and make it look like the evil step-mothers fault.

BTW, the #8 car with two drivers, one a rookie, is in 14th place in the owners points. The #88, with all of Rick Hendricks money, is in 11th place.

so, is he really having a better year?

The entire bad season that Jr. “supposedly” had was nothing more than a ruse.

midasmicah
11/04/2008 03:27 PM
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Aside from the tire fiasco there’s one more item of interest that has been playing out under the radar. I could never figure out why they changed the size of the fuel tanks from 22.5 gallons to 17.5 gallons. I wondered at the time, but it didn’t seem important. But looking at the amount of fuel milage races playing out, I can’t help but wonder if there is a connection. Less fuel storage plus more pit stops = more pit stragedy =more boring races not won on the track. Please correct if I’m wrong, but I don’t think I am.

Douglas
11/04/2008 05:34 PM
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Right on midasmicah! They went to the small fuel tank mostly because GOODYEAR TIRES would not last for the larger tank. It was a way to get more tire changes into the mix!

Yet another GOODYEAR ISSUE that many overlook!

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