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 best captures the story of how the weekend unfolded, straight from the drivers themselves. This week, here's a sneak peek at what the drivers were thinking after the Autism Speaks 400.
“Wow…thank you, guys! Holy mackerel! Man, I just don’t know what to say. I’ve got to thank all these guys and everyone at D.E.I. for all their hard work in times of change, and times when people don’t really know what’s going on and they need some leadership and some direction. I’m just real happy to be the one here in Victory Lane. It couldn’t come at a better race track for us and for Bass Pro Shops and Chevrolet and everybody involved. This is just unbelievable, man. What an unbelievable race car we had today.” Martin Truex, Jr.
"It was a good day for the alltel Dodge. Congratulations to Martin. He did an excellent job, and he's an excellent driver. He definitely likes this racetrack, and that's unfortunate for me. His entire team did a great job, and my entire team did a great job. We've just got to keep working on it. We're not in the best points position. We've got to stay focused on that. We don't have anything to give. We have to keep taking.” Ryan Newman
"Congratulations to Martin Truex. What an awesome thing to win your first race at a track as tough as Dover. I had a lot of fun [Saturday] winning the Busch race, and I had a blast in this Office Depot Fusion today. I can't thank my guys enough - at the engine shop, all you fans for coming out here on Monday. I hope you had fun." Carl Edwards
"We had our best run of the year in our Dodge Avenger today and learned a lot more about the car. We led laps, ran in the Top 10 most of the race and made some good adjustments during the day. That had us in position for a Top 10 finish at the end. We've made significant improvements this weekend. We have a better handle on the Avenger and what we have to do to make it better." Kasey Kahne
"The Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet was going to be pretty good today. For some reason we went down a cylinder early in the race and couldn't diagnose the problem. Hopefully, we are getting all of our bad luck out now. It's just really frustrating when things like this happen." Kevin Harvick
“We overcame a lot today. I thought we were in position to maybe win or at least finish second, and then a right rear went down on us. I think maybe ours was a puncture of some kind. I am not sure what happened to the other guys that had problems. I really think I ran something over because I was really good and went from catching the No. 1 (Martin Truex, Jr.) a little bit at a time to really loose and losing spots. So I think I ran something over.” Jimmie Johnson
“I hate to complain about an eighth-place finish, but the Jack Daniel’s Chevy was a top three car all day until the very end. We didn’t pit that last time when everybody behind us did. We were real loose for that last run and lost a bunch of spots. I hate it for the crew because they did a great job in the pits all day. We have to look at the big picture with our finish because it was a good points day, but that doesn’t make me feel much better right now.” Clint Bowyer
“It was a really hard-fought ninth place finish. I started off the race great. I drove to the front and thought we were going to have an awesome day, but it just went downhill from there. We were really loose. We made all kinds of adjustments but never really seemed to be able to get it right. It was a good points day for us. We’ll take it.” Jeff Gordon
"I wanted to make a point, but when you make a point like that it always ends up making it worse. It was my fault for doing that. The issue was out on the racetrack. It was not on pit road." Kurt Busch after pulling up too close to Tony Stewart on pit road causing a crew member to jump out of the way
"It's about racing people with respect, and he hasn't done that with anybody for a year. You finally get to the point where you're tired of giving guys positions. Most of the guys are pretty good about it. There's only a couple of bad apples out there, and he's one of them. When you've got guys and you let â€˜em go every time they get to you and they don't do the same thing when the roles are reversed, you finally get tired of it. You finally learn to race those guys the way they race you. You don't see me have problems with Mark Martin and the guys that run up front every week. It's Kurt Busch and a select few that do that. This is a sport that's so competitive, you can't afford to give guys positions all the time if they're not going to do it back for you. I'm just going to race guys the way they race me." Tony Stewart on Kurt Busch after both drivers wrecked on Lap 272
“We didn’t have a very good run, but the pit crew got to practice and we got to learn. I had a flat tire and messed up my car really bad at the end, but I was still able to hold off the guy I was racing for position. That’s a baby step. At least I’m not minus points in the driver’s standings now – I’ve got that going for me.” Michael Waltrip
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