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Chevy Drivers Talk about Talladega

ONLY 13 PEOPLE DID NOT LEAD A LAP TODAY. THERE WERE MORE LEAD CHANGES AND MORE LEADERS THAN ANY OTHER NASCAR RACE IN HISTORY. WAS IT CRAZY OUT THERE?
"It was a lot of fun for the majority of the race. It was crazy at the end like it always is. But the thing I think we're all trying to embrace here is that we're competitors and we all want to win the race and want to get ourselves to the end of the race. We can't forget the dedication of these fans to travel as far as they travel to go out there and pitch tents in the infield when tornados are coming and just sit there and ride single file to get to the end of the race. And that's what I think was cool about today. There was a very short period of time that that happened. Most guys when they got single file said ah, let's take a shot at it. And this two-car thing allows you to do that.

"But I think it's driver attitude and I think our attitudes are just going out there and putting on a good show and keeping it entertaining and then go racing. Let's be honest. This race only needs to be 10 laps (laughter). So you've got to figure out how to entertain yourself and the fans and try not to wreck for the rest of the race."

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET – Finished 31st:
WHAT HAPPENED OUT THERE?
"There were two or three cars off the pace and there was a big group of us going by them. And the No. 33 (Clint Bowyer) and maybe the No. 6 (David Ragan) were on the inside and then the No. 16 (Greg Biffle) was kind of in the middle and we were all going around them. And as I trying to fish my way through the center of those three cars, unfortunately the No. 16 I just slightly touched and it knocked me a little sideways and then I lost control of the car."

DO ALL SMARTS GO OUT THE WINDOW WITH 20 OR 25 LAPS TO GO?
"Yeah, without a doubt. So there will be something exciting coming up for the finish. It's just part of it. I was trying to squeeze through those guys and the hole closed."

WITH ALL THAT'S GOING ON, DOES IT REALLY MATTER WHO LEADS THE RACE AT ANY GIVEN TIME IN THE RACE?
"No, I mean we're just putting on a good show and having fun. The package allows you to pass for the lead a lot. I've put the responsibility for all the racing we saw and the lead changes due to the fact that NASCAR created a certain package. So from there, we saw the lead changes."

IS IT JUST GETTING OLD THAT THESE BIG WRECKS HAPPEN AT THE END OF THESE RACES?
"You know it's going to happen. We all do. I've been fortunate to miss a lot of them. I just hope to miss the fall when the points are really on the line."

BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 71 TAXSLAYER.COM CHEVROLET – Finished 23rd:
β€œThe car was good at the beginning of the race. I was able to keep it in the draft and had guys that I could run with to stay up with the front pack. The car was fast up until three to go. Toward the middle of the race the 24 and 48 pulled up beside me and that just bogged the car down a lot and really slowed me up. I got spun out after I lost the draft when the car behind just tried to help too much. When you fell back you just couldn't get a run without the right help. I passed the 19 car going into One and Two and then he a had a heck of a head of steam coming up the back stretch, I tried to block him by staying in the middle and then the 59 went to the outside and all of a sudden the 39 came down in front of me and we were in the wreck. We didn't need that to happen.

"There really wasn't much difference from the beginning of the race to the end as far as the car. At the beginning we were in the front and I think some guys were laying back. At the end everyone starts to come and that is when you need to go. It is tough to say what happened. Why was the No. 1 car so bad at the beginning and ended up second. The answer is that is Talladega. We have a long week in front us. We don't have a sponsor for Richmond, so we need some help for next week.”

RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 HAAS AUTOMATION/OFFICE DEPOT CHEVROLET, involved in multi-race accident late in the race: "I just got hit from behind. I think the No. 20 hit me. I had a run on outside, we were four-wide. He just hitting me, hitting me, hitting me and just turned me around. Just the way it works. I would have done the same thing to him. We all never lifted coming up to turn three. It was going to happen, it was just a matter of who it was and where it happened. I have to thank Office Depot for jumping on and sponsoring us for this race and Haas Automation. It is Talladega."



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