The Frontstretch: Running Their Mouth : Bud Shootout by Beth Lunkenheimer -- Tuesday February 10, 2009

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Running Their Mouth : Bud Shootout

Beth Lunkenheimer · Tuesday February 10, 2009

 

_Welcome to the first 2009 edition of Running Their Mouth! Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel 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 Bud Shootout at Daytona International Speedway:_

“The first thing I want to do is thank the fans. Man, if you don’t enjoy that… that was some wild racing. I have to thank Sprint, Shell, Pennzoil, Coca-Cola, Rheem. Let me make sure — I haven’t done this for awhile — SKS, Freightliner, Champion, Snap On, everybody for helping us and once again, the fans. It is awesome. What a race. That was wild as heck there at the end.” Kevin Harvick

“It was a good way to get our weekend started, for sure. When I saw the No. 29 [Kevin Harvick] coming, I moved up and I thought I was high enough. I didn’t think there was room between him and the wall and he just snuck in there. You feel like a sucker when you’re in the front of this deal. It was pretty wild.” Jamie McMurray, finished 2nd

“I’ll take that for a debut night. It wasn’t the prettiest third place spot, but we were in the right spot at the right time finally. We know what we need to work on for the 500, and we have a good start on it. I had a blast tonight. I don’t know if we had the fastest car, but we had one of the best handling cars. We could put this thing anywhere on the race track we wanted to go tonight.” Tony Stewart

“I couldn’t even tell you what was going on that last lap. We were four wide coming off of turn two. There wasn’t enough room to be four wide. There were a couple of guys who thought they were on go karts out there instead of stock cars. But it was a heck of a race, it was just great racing out there. Just got a little bit too wild. I got to say, a very impressive run by Kevin Harvick.” Jeff Gordon, finished 4th

“The Valvoline Dodge, it was good. We needed people to work with me. I really couldn’t do it on my own. I always needed a push, and we got left out a few times. That was tough. On that last restart, we were fifth. [Jamie] McMurray moved to the outside line and I couldn’t get to Carl [Edwards] to push him. We just needed some help.” A.J. Allmendinger, finished 5th

“It was a fun night. Our Budweiser Dodge was great. I had a fun time, a great racecar. I ended up sixth, not far enough up front, but I think we had a car better than that. I made one mistake when I pushed Kyle [Busch] too far out front and [Jeff] Gordon got a run on us and I ended up dropping to 15th. From there, I had to work my way back up to the front. I think we had a top-five car all night.” Kasey Kahne, finished 6th

“It’s gonna be wild. That was exciting. I’m lucky that car is the same shape we started out with. We made it through at the end in seventh. It’s pretty wild. I don’t know if it’s just been a long winter or if that’s really as wild as it seems, but that seems like the wildest race I’ve been a part of.” Carl Edwards, finished 7th

“There was so much going on I don’t know what happened from one lap to the next. It’s just crazy out there when you’ve got a green-white-checker at a plate race. It’s gonna be four-wide and you know there’s gonna be a wreck. You just hope you’re not in it.” Matt Kenseth, finished 8th

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.‘s bid for a second straight Shootout win went sour in the final laps after wrecking towards the back of the pack.

“I was just trying to regroup back there and figure out what to do. We were real good on new tires. We could drive right up to them. I want to thank my sponsors National Guard and AMP Energy. We got a good car, we got a good little package and we learned a little bit. Hopefully, we can take what we learned to the 500. It was a fun race, it was a wild race. I think it was good for the fans. But I just hate tearing them up.” Dale Earnhardt, Jr., finished 18th

“You start in the back and that’s kind of what happens. It’s tough for the whole Home Depot bunch; they try hard. I felt like we had a decent car for the first couple laps. I was just trying to get a feel for it before we went up there and mixed it up with everyone. It sucks — it’s too early. I didn’t get to learn much at all with only five or six laps into it. We tried hard… I just have to thank everyone at Home Depot.” Joey Logano, finished 28th

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Douglas
02/10/2009 07:33 AM
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MMMMM, Jeff Gordon says: “There were a couple of guys who thought they were on go karts out there instead of stock cars.”

Gee Jeff, even you weren’t driving a “stock car”, you were inside that infamous piece of crap called the CoT!

Hope your sorry for being confused. The fans sure aren’t confused!

Look in the stands!

usetawuz
02/10/2009 10:11 AM
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Douglas….

If you hate NASCAR so much, why do you watch.

If you hate the car of tomorrow so much, why do you watch.

Douglas
02/10/2009 10:55 AM
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Hey usetawuz, actually I don’t watch anymore!

You will not find me “discussing” anything that happens on the race track (NA$CRAP still calls them race tracks right? Not show tracks?) as I do not intend to watch any of this crap!

Me, along with many others have dumped NA$CRAP!

HOWEVER my friend! I will not allow King Brain and his fellow clowns to get away un-scathed!

They are complete IDIOTS and have ruined the sport for us “old core fans”!

They have driven us away!

And I am PI**ED!

And I can comment on the Car of Crap because it has not changed a bit from last year!

It was JUNK last year! It continues to be JUNK this year!

You want to pay your money to King Brian for a lousy show, you go right ahead!

Me? I refuse to put a penny in that idiots pocket!

Please bring back real racing!

Douglas
02/10/2009 05:25 PM
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So funny! And why run a picture of Jr. when there are many, many, more talented drivers to show?

Marc
02/12/2009 11:14 PM
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Douglas, we agree on a lot of things, but Dale Jr isn’t one of them. He has won 18 races, quite a feat. You are always looking back to yesteryear and wanting good racing. Me too. Dale Earnhardt was the man. About the only link I have to Dale, because DEI doesn’t even come close is Jr. If I like Jr, because Jr is an Earnhardt, that is my prerogative. With nothing left in NASCAR left to hold on to, he is about the only reason I watch. I would love to see him win a championship, if he can, I don’t know, but man, what a treat for the fans of a 3rd generation racer. Look at it this way, nobody, but nobody hates Kyle Petty. Certainly not King Richard, but a heck of a nice fellow. Didn’t win a lot of races, but a pretty big fan base.

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