"We were just too loose all day. I am talking loose. That is as hard as I can drive and Bob and I just didn't pick the right set up for the race. We didn't expect it to be that loose. It wasn't a terrible day for some of the fighting and wiggling we were doing out there. It was crazy and I am glad we finished in one piece and got a decent day."
But the day's headlines and spotlight really belonged to the man who was - finally - celebrating again in victory lane.
"We've got this victory bell that I get to take around for the first time since we built it. I plan to ring that thing all over the complex," said Dale Earnhardt Jr. "I'm going to ring that damn thing as hard as I can."
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