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2014 Daytona 500: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Quotes
Posted by: ASkyler on Feb 24, 2014 - 06:07 AM
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2014 Daytona 500: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Quotes


JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DRIVE TO END HUNGER CHEVROLET SS - FINISHED FOURTH TELL US ABOUT YOUR EVENING: Well I know it’s not a win for our Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, but we have not made it to the end here in quite a while so I think it just shows what this No. 24 team is capable of when we are at the end. We made a great effort at it. Congrats to (Dale Earnhardt) Junior the world is right, right now. Dale, Jr. just won the Daytona 500 to kick off 2014 that is a sign that the NASCAR season is going to be a good one. I had some great pushes from Jimmie Johnson and some other guys out there. That is what it takes if you are going to either win it or be in contention to win it. We had some good things go our way today, pit stops, everything. The whole team just did an awesome job all winter long and down here all week."

 

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THREE HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS CARS IN THE TOP FIVE, OBVIOUSLY YOU WANTED TO WIN, BUT TELL US HOW THE FINAL LAPS UNFOLDED:

"Oh my God, I am so excited for Hendrick Motorsports right now. Congratulations to Dale, that is so cool and I know how excited his fans are. Rick Hendrick, another Daytona 500 victory. Three Hendrick cars in the top five is spectacular. You know, I don’t know what happened when the rain went away and the track dried, but everybody’s brains just flipped over to this is a shootout. It was unbelievable the kind of racing there was. Two and three wide, bump drafting and just craziness. There for a while we didn’t have great track position and I was just hanging on and trying not to wreck and seeing other guys doing the same thing.

"We got through some wrecks and then we started having some things going our way. We got good pushes, good lines and my spotter Eddie did a great job. Alan and this team just did an amazing job and gave me a great car at the end of the show."

IN RETROSPECT, WAS THERE ANYTHING YOU COULD HAVE DONE THAT LAST LAP?

"No, I gave Junior a great push when we took the green so we got a good start. The 99 got to my bumper and we got kind of going, but he got sucked-off of me or whatever happened, and I was just a sitting duck at that point. I saw Jimmie Johnson go three-wide behind me and my lane started going backwards. But he got to me and gave me a huge shove and the 11 pulled down in front of me and we just went. At that point I am thinking maybe we can get to Junior, but when I got to third I thought anything in the top three at that point without a wrecked car would be a great finish. We wanted to win and we had a car that could but we are also excited to see Junior win."

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS - FINISHED FIFTH

TALK ABOUT DALE EARNHARDT, JR. WINNING THE DAYTONA 500: "I want to talk about my teammate and the awesome job he did and how proud I am of Hendrick Motorsports and the 48/88 shop. Steve Letarte and all those guys, Junior included obviously just very happy for them. He has been knocking on the door here at the 500 for a lot of years and got it done tonight. He did an awesome job."

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RUN. WHAT IS IT LIKE IN THE LAST FEW LAPS OF THESE RACES? "If you can be the lead car and control the lanes like Junior did there in the closing laps that is the spot to be in. It’s not an easy job by any means, but I was trying to get in that position and got in the outside lane. I got to the head of the outside lane and it just never really materialized and I slid back some. A solid performance and just real happy for everybody at Hendrick Motorsports."

AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 DOW CHEVROLET SS - FINISHED NINTH ON GETTING A TOP-10 FROM THE POLE IN HIS FIRST 500:

"The biggest thing is just having that bottom lane at the end. My car couldn't suck up as good after that wreck. We had a heck of a run down the back stretch, and everything started stacking from the middle to the top just from all the side drafting. Man, the side drafting it just kills you. I just had clean space down there; used it, and it worked out. There was a big wreck and I just go by it.

"Getting through that wreck was pretty big. I don't know how I didn't connect with that outside wall. Somehow it slid through there perfectly, and back steering through it, caught it and drove on. And the save off of two; those two were my favorite moments today. I think we could have wrecked a race car pretty hard.

"For Chevy, I think it was a good day, and man, it is wild. I don't know what to think right now. A lot of stuff happened fast."

CASEY MEARS, NO. 13 GEICO CHEVROLET SS - FINISHED 10TH ON HIS RUN:

"It’s been an eventful week for us really. We’ve just had a lot of near-misses in practice and then in the Duel and then tonight was just really an eventful night. The entrance of pit road was wet and we locked-em’ up real bad. We didn’t realize how wet it was and I got a pit road speed penalty and got a flat tire sliding the tires. And then we recovered from that. We got back and raced up to the front and had a real fast car and got back on the lead lap. We had some really good runs back to the front again. I honestly think we could have been better. Well, we for sure could have been better than tenth. But it’s a solid finish for us considering it’s a new program and it’s a really good start to the season. A top 10 here is always good."

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 4 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET SS - FINISHED 13TH

WHAT HAPPENED?

"My car just went straight I thought I had a flat tire, but Carl (Edwards) and Reed (Sorenson) said that they about spun out the lap before down there with some oil or whatever was on the race track. My car just went in there and went straight like it blew a right-front tire and I clobbered the side of the No. 18. I hate it for everybody who got their cars torn up, but guys on our Budweiser Chevy did good all night. We kind of got stuck in a bad spot there before that last yellow and kind of got back there where we didn’t need to be. All in all it was a good week and even though we wrecked we still finished. Good way to start the year."

REED SORENSON, NO. 36 GOLDEN CORRAL CHEVROLET SS - FINISHED 16TH WHAT HAPPENED? "From what I can tell it’s just that the track, I don’t know what everybody else is saying, but to me it didn’t look like the track got cleaned up. I know the lap before a few of us about wrecked going through where the spillage was or whatever got spilled. Then I knew it was going to be bad the next lap because everybody was three-wide going for it. I mean as soon as the No. 4 car hit it I was one row back on the high side of him and as soon as he hit it he was wrecking. There was no way he was going to save it."

DANICA PATRICK, NO. 10 GODADDY CHEVROLET SS - INVOLVED IN A MULTI-CAR ACCIDENT ON LAP 145 WAS THAT THE HARDEST HIT YOU HAVE EVER TAKEN? HOW DO YOU FEEL RIGHT NOW? "I don’t know it feels like they are all pretty hard unfortunately. I think more than anything I am just upset that the GoDaddy car felt really good and it was the best car that I had all SpeedWeeks. It seemed like we could catch whoever and it seemed like we could move around, make lanes and just move around and move forward at the end of the day. I felt like everything was going pretty well, so it’s just upsetting you know. It’s just the culmination of sitting around all day and you know. It’s a bummer, but you know that is the excitement of speedway racing that anything can happen, and it was unfortunate that I was on the short end of the accident. But that is the kind of thing that happens and I appreciate everyone sticking around and watching, and we will go get them at Phoenix."

KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET SS - INVOLVED IN A MULTI-CAR ACCIDENT ON LAP 162

YOU JUST LOOKED AT THE REPLAY AND SHOOK YOUR HEAD. IS WHAT YOU SAW ON THE MONITOR WHAT YOU SAW HAPPEN FROM THE CAR?

"Yeah, it was just a long day. I got in the wall on lap one, blew the right rear and spun so we had a rough start from the go of it. But we just kind of rode around the whole race there and finally got in the Lucky Dog position so we were racing pretty hard there. I just pulled the middle line and I don’t know if Austin (Dillon) got a little loose, shuffled up the track and got into me and turned us sideways. So it’s been a really long day. I can’t wait to get to Phoenix and try and do better. Been at Daytona a lot and it sucks to end it like this, but we will go to Phoenix and try to rebound and get the momentum built up."

MARTIN TRUEX, JR., NO. 78 FURNITURE ROW CHEVROLET SS - Experienced Motor Problems on Lap 31 YOU HAD TWO GREAT CARS HERE IN DAYTONA FOR SPEEDWEEKS. DOES DISAPPOINTING EVEN DESCRIBE WHAT YOU ARE FEELING RIGHT NOW?

"No not really. I mean it’s definitely a tough break for the team. The car was super-fast today and I went to bed last night thinking that this was my best shot ever to win the Daytona 500 and really felt that way - even today. The car was just so good and we were just riding around and biding our time you know, being patient and trying to get to the end of this thing. Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be. It looks like something knocked the oil pump belt off. Not sure if it was debris off the race track or what. You typically get about two seconds to shut it off once that belt comes off or it will blow up and we just didn’t get enough warning.

"Definitely a shame and definitely a tough break for this team. They built us a great race car. I guess the only good news is that we have a car in one piece to race next time because it’s pretty darn good."

WAS IT INDEED AN ENGINE THAT PUT YOU OUT? "Yeah it was definitely an engine. What a shame we had such a fast race car. I was really happy with it today. This car was a lot better than the car we raced Thursday night. We were really pumped up about this race. Just kind of biding our time out there taking it easy, made it a little bit of a run there before it blew up toward the front. Wish we could have hung around all day to see what we could have done. The car was super-fast and I have to thank everybody on the Furniture Row Chevy for giving me a great race car. Just a shame. Not sure what happened yet looks like the oil pump belt came off. I don’t know if something came up off the race track and knocked it off or what. You’ve got about two seconds warning when the belt comes off before it blows up. That is what happened."

WHAT WAS THE RACING LIKE OUT THERE? "Yeah I mean guys are being patient taking their time, trying to be smart, giving each other plenty of room. I expect that it’s going to get a lot hairy later on, but guys realize that this is a big deal this race and you’ve got to get to the end to have a shot at winning it."

WHAT CAUSED THE ENGINE TO EXPIRE? "Without having a camera under the hood you really don’t know what caused it. I mean you can speculate. We don’t have the [Oil Pump] belt so it’s hard to tell if it’s broke in half, if something hit it or what happened. I will leave that to the engine guys. I don’t want to speculate. I just know the belt is not on there and it should be."

TALK ABOUT YOUR DISAPPOINTMENT: "Super disappointed. I went to bed last night feeling like I could win this race that is how good my car was yesterday. Honestly, felt like it was the best car I’ve ever had here. It felt like for 20 some laps today I felt the same way. I really felt like the car was super strong. Anytime we could get even two or three cars lined up with us we could pass guys on the bottom pretty good. That is difficult to do here. I felt great about the car and just a shame we didn’t get to hang around all day and show what we could do. Just disappointing you know, you want to hang around this race long enough until it gets exciting and you really get to racing hard that is when it’s fun. I didn’t get to do that today so it sucks."


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