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TEAM CHEVY DRIVER POST RACE NOTES AND QUOTES

NOVEMBER 6, 2011

 

DARIN GRUBB CREW CHIEF NO. 14 OFFICE DEPOT/MOBIL 1 CHEVROLET ON THEIR RACE WIN:

“Everybody, the whole crew just did an awesome job. This Office Depot/Mobil 1 team is a great group of guys there is no quit in them. That is four out of eight, let’s go for two more!”

 

TONY STEWART NO. 14 OFFICE DEPOT /MOBIL 1 CHEVROLET RACE WINNER: YOU MADE UP YOUR MIND YOU ARE GOING TO WIN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP, HOW MUCH OF IT IS MIND OVER MATTER AT THIS POINT? “I told you guys that last week, nobody listens to me when I talk anymore. No, I mean we are set on it man, this is just the way it is going to be. This is for the Wallace family, Mr. Hendrick and his wife, after last week, they had a long week and I had a buddy that passed away when we were in Charlotte, Jim Duffer, real close friend of mine, forget him last week and I didn’t want to forget about him this week. Do not count us out of this thing; I can tell you that, we did everything we could do today. Got to thank Office Depot, Mobil 1, Coca-Cola and Chevy, Mac Tools, Burger King, Tornados, US Army, Haas Automations, I normally don’t make it that far down the list, so I did pretty good tonight.”

 

TAKE US INSIDE THAT RACE CAR: “Darin (Grubb, Crew Chief) did an awesome job, it is hard to do for the car and he has made the right calls the whole Chase. It was like we told DJ (Dale Jarrett) on that last restart, if I could get the restart on him (Carl Edwards) and get ahead of him; I thought we could stay there. That was the difference and the guys had an awesome pit-stop at the end. If they would not have had that pit-stop we would not be here.”

 

NOBODY HAS EVER GONE WINLESS IN THE REGULAR SEASON AND COME OUT AND WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP, YOU ARE ON YOUR WAY, THREE POINTS WITHIN CARL EDWARDS, WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY TO YOUR COMPETITION THIS WEEK? “I don’t think we have to say anything, I think our performance today spoke for its self. He knows already, trust me!”

 

HOW DID YOU AND THIS TEAM PULL OFF YOUR FOURTH WIN IN THE CHASE? “We had a great Office Depot/ Mobil 1 Chevy today. It was pretty balanced yesterday; we just could not put that big lap up, up-front. The big key for us was hanging on for the first ten laps of a run and it seemed like we could start pulling away after that. Carl (Edwards) kept us honest today, but we did everything we could do. We got all the bonus points we could get and got the win. We gained more than we needed to gain on the average for the week, so we are doing good.”

 

THE MARGIN IS THREE, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE MATH HEADING INTO THE FINAL TWO RACES? “Well, if you can do simple math, you can figure out that we gained over half of it in one week and we have two weeks to go. It does not take much right now, it is one spot if a guy wins the race, we are doing exactly what we need to do, I am really confident right now.”

 

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DRIVE TO END HUNGER CHEVROLET, FINISHED 6TH: ON HIS RACE: “Great effort by the Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, real proud of everybody, did not qualify well, we had to start in the middle of the field and this place can be tough to move up there and we moved up right away and at times I thought we had a car that could compete for the win with those guys up-front there, got up to about fourth, but when that sun went down it changed for us and we just could not keep up with the track conditions and lost a little bit there at the end. Compared to the way we ran here earlier in the year, this is almost like a win for us.”

 

GREAT RUN HERE TONIGHT, YOU HAVE TO BE FAIRLY HAPPY WITH THAT I WOULD GUESS? “Yea, I am. If you look at our history here in Texas, it is not my best track and we struggled a little bit this weekend, so when they dropped the green and we were driving forward I was pretty happy, we made some adjustments to make it even better and at one point in the race I thought we had something that could compete with the guys up-front for the win. When the sun went down, we lost the handling a little bit and got real loose, so we fell back. Still sixth is a great day for our Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet.”

 

TALK ABOUT THE TIRE STRATEGY?  “We took the two tires and we got a couple of good restarts and got up there into third and fourth which I was very happy with. But, we wore the left rear tire out and the car got extremely loose. So, we had to come in and pit. We were just loose in general on that last run and a lot of guys closed up on us. That is why we lost a couple of spots. We took four on that last stop. I thought Alan (Gustafson, crew chief) played the strategy perfectly. We made huge strides and this is really something to build on at this race track.”

 

ANY THOUGHTS ON THE POINTS BATTLE BETWEEN TONY STEWART AND CARL EDWARDS? “I’ll tell you, it’s incredible. It is kind of fun to watch those two battling. What these next two weeks are going to be like is going to be incredible. I don’t think anybody expected Tony to have a Chase like this, but, you know what, he’s a champion. He’s a great driver and when they get their setups in the cars to where they are right now, watch out for those cars. Carl’s not done yet. Those guys are solid and really strong. I’ll tell you, Phoenix is going to be interesting. To me Phoenix is the unknown with this new pavement and I think we are all going to be anxious to see not only how the race goes, but how this championship unfolds.”

 

GIL MARTIN, CREW CHIEF, NO. 29 RHEEM CHEVROLET DRIVEN BY KEVIN HARVICK, FINISHED 13TH: NOT THE RUN YOU IMAGINED: “No, not really. I mean, if we just ran it straight out, we probably could have run seventh or eighth if we didn’t take two tires under green. But we had to try something and hope the car would come around and maybe we could steal a top-five finish right there. We had about an eighth place car today which is not horrible, but it’s not what we needed. We gambled right there tryin to steal a top-five and it didn’t work so it probably cost us six or seven points. If it works we gained a few points. It is what it is.

 

“We just didn’t have the early speed. We were good after like 15 or 20 laps, but we just didn’t have any early speed. The pit crew did good. Everybody did good. It was good, we just didn’t have early speed and I just don’t know why. We had it on Saturday in practice and didn’t have it today.”

 

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 MYLOWES CHEVROLET, FINISHED 14TH: ON TODAY’S RACE: “Just a loose car. I fought a loose race car all night long and I lost it off of four. And I think sliding thru the grass did some damage underneath the car. It may have been the rear-end or something because I didn’t really drive really good after that. We were loose, but fast beforehand and then after the spin that really hurt the car”

 

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