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."

Jimmie Johnson:

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
third lane and the next thing I know, he's in front of me. I tried to miss him and pounded the outside wall. It's just a shame for this Lowe's team. This is definitely a way that we didn't want to start the season, but there are still a lot of races left."

Robby Gordon:

on the disappointment of his result:
"We're disappointed because we came from a lap down early, but pretty happy with the day. Unfortunately, to have it end like this puts us in a really big hole [in the points] right now .

Johnny Sauter:

on lucking in to the right set-up:
"We worked on the AOL Chevy all day. We would start out real tight, and then end up real loose. We were way better at the end. I've still got a lot to learn here and we've got to get a lot better. We got real lucky today with caution flags and chasing a lot of guys in the pits. We've had that happen before but we used it to our advantage today. It's real hard to do it but it worked out."

on taking a good result from a difficult track:
"Oh, obviously. Aim for a top ten and aim for the championship. We'll just do what we've got to do and this 14th place finish - a top 15 - we'll take it."

on the question of a 'wild' race:
"It really was. I'm just happy that we finished. Obviously we got screwed up on pit strategy, as did a lot of people. That's where we got caught laps down. But for the most part, to keep our AOL Chevy in one piece and finish 14th is pretty good."

on chasing Matt Kenseth:
"Yeah, he was definitely hooked up. There was no denying that. I just can't say enough. We struggled all weekend in practice and all with out AOL Chevrolet. And, this morning, we decided to change the upper control arms and spindles and pretty much the front springs from what I learned yesterday in the Busch race."

on racing at Rockingham in general:
"I think it was good. I think the new Goodyear tyre is a pretty fun tyre. You don't know what you've really got until about ten laps into a run, and that keeps you on your toes. This is a lot of fun. The races are pretty long. Obviously I'm a rookie and we're just trying to learn."

Kevin Harvick:

on his best Cup finish at Rockingham:
"We'll definitely take that. It was a long day for me and probably this whole GM Goodwrench racing team. My car would start out tight early in the runs and come around nicely toward the end. As the race went on though, the car started to get really loose. The guys in the pits threw a bunch of different things at it and it only really came
around there at the end of the race. To finish 13th here for me is awesome. It's the best I've ever run here in a Cup car, so we'll take that easily and move on."

Jeff Gordon:

on another low top ten finish:
"Well, we finished ninth or tenth again - we just can't seem to catch a break on these cautions. It's something we know about and we know we need to stay out there as long as we can. But we were gambling and it just didn't pay off for us. We came out with a top ten."

on Kasey Kahne's performance:
"It's impressive. At the beginning of the race, he dropped back there a little bit and it wasn't like he was just dominant and had an awesome car all day long. He was smooth and kept his nose clean. He drove a heck of a race. I'll tell you what, anybody who could get up beside that #17 car because that thing was a rocket."

on the possibility of Rockingham not being on the 2005 schedule:
"It's a tough call because, as a driver, I like this race track. It's definitely a driver's type of track. It's quite a challenge to set these cars up for this race track. I've been good here and I've been bad here. But you look in the grandstands and there are empty seats. You look at the markets that are out there that maybe we could be in or others that we could be going to twice and what's good for the sport, I'm not so sure that tracks like Rockingham are on there way out. But, I'm going to keep racing here as long as it's on the schedule."

on chasing someone like Kenseth:
"You just try to find his weaknesses and analyse what he's doing and see if you can't figure out a way to make your car better. It's just constant work, work, work on getting as good as you possibly can to work your way by him. There are still pit-stops and a lot of things you can try and do to try to beat those guys. But he was awful strong today. I had a birds eye view of it a couple of times when he was in front of me driving away and it was pretty impressive."


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