With Ford breaking its 13-race winless streak in Sunday's Subway 400 at Rockingham, there was no chance for the Chevrolet runners to add to Dale Earnhardt Jr's victory at Daytona.
Dale Earnhardt Jr:
on luck playing a part in his fifth-place finish:
"We got real lucky all day long, catching everybody a lap down on the yellows and stuff. I had a pretty decent car. We kept working on it and kept getting it better and better. I knew all I had to do was stay ion the lead lap and we'd get a good finish."
"I'm just glad to get a top five. This is my first top five here at Rockingham. I'm real happy. It was great pit strategy all day that really did it. We didn't have that kind of car."
on leaving Rockingham with a top five:
"It's been admittedly my worst track on the schedule. It's awesome. I think all my fans are breathing a big sigh of relief anyway."
on how exciting the photo-finish between Kahne and Matt Kenseth was from the cockpit of the #8:
"I about drove it into the fence on the last lap watching Kasey nearly win his first race. That was pretty exciting. It was a ways back, but it was pretty neat. I could see a
little bit of it. I was really pulling for Matt to win and all, but I've got to know Kasey a little bit too and he's a good kid. I think everybody is really going to be amazed at how down to earth is really is. He's soft-spoken too. Hopefully he sticks around and stays that way. But he had a good run and there's more to come I'm sure."
on the run to fifth:
"I think coming out of here with a top five is great. We were obviously real lucky today. We were fortunate on a lot of things. But, even when you've got a great car, if you can find a way to get a good finish you're going to win championships. Matt did that a lot last year. But we had good pit strategy and got lucky with the yellow flags and we got us a great finish. We didn't have a top five car but we got a top five. That's what you've got to do to. That wins championships."
on his brush with Ken Schrader:
"We had put some new tyres on and were trying to make up some track position. The car was really loose before that. I was flying up through the field and everybody was trying to pit and Schrader was high. From my vantage point coming into the corner, I thought he was staying on the track. And then he comes down and comes across trying to get to pit road.
"I hate it. No hand signals or anything going down the straightaway and I know there are a lot of last-minute decisions going on to pit or not to pit. But he started in the