*THE JIMMIE JOHNSON SAGA (no. 48 Hendrick/Lowe's Chevrolet): *Scott
Maxim, team engineer: "There was a problem with the fuel pickup after
that last caution with the cars sitting on the track for so long. It was
sort of a burp in the gas system, if nothing else." Chad Knaus, crew
chief: "That's a bummer in a way. It looked like we were gonna recover
and come out with a top-10. We're not that far behind and there's still
four races left. We've got time to bounce back and still win this thing."

*TIRE SITUATION:* Ryan Newman, no. 12 Penske/alltell Dodge, said he
thought he had a flat left rear that may have cost him a shot at the
victory. However, the Goodyear engineers disputed that fact, saying all
four tires were up, after Newman's spin. "The left-front had a flat-spot
as a result of the spin and left-rear was still up," said the Goodyear

*RYAN NEWMAN (pole winner, no. 12, Penske/Alltell Dodge): *"Today was
all about qualifying and doing what we had to do. You get to a point
where the balance doesn't matter as long as everything's safe and NASCAR
has done a good job of managing that. Maybe some people just might say
I'm not as good a race car driver as I am a qualifier because I don't
ever win from the pole when I start on the pole. I had a lot of fun in
the dirt race (World of Outlaws Dirt Late Model race at The Dirt Track @
Charlotte) last night (Oct. 10, he finished 12^th ). I'd like to do some
more of that, but those guys are awful good at what they do."

*ALAN GUSTAFSON (crew chief no. 5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevrolet): *"The
team did a really good job. Our pit stops were phenomenal. Kyle drove a
good race. He had a good car. We can't make the right sequence of events
to win a race. We were good on the fuel mileage. Jeff (Gordon) got to
sputtering on that one restart. We had enough to go the distance. It's
pretty frustrating you know. We had a car that could win. Jeff's car
stumbled there on that restart. We were behind him and our car stumbled
a little bit. And we got beside him, but couldn't clear him. And those
guys got a bunch of momentum and got by us. That was a little
frustrating. All in all, a good night. We would have like to have won
it. We knew we had enough gas to make it, but when you are accelerating
and shifting that gas gets to sloshing and makes that pick up stumble a
little bit and that's what got us."

*GIL MARTIN (crew chief no. 07 Jack Daniels Chevrolet): *"We are really
happy with the car. Clint did a great job. We got a little bit behind
the eight ball in our qualifying. But, I mean pit strategy worked out
really good for us tonight. We got where we needed to be on that. We got
the car up front. It ran great on old tires. That was also a positive
for staying up front. Clean air was king tonight. You had to stay out
front to make sure you didn't get into any issues there. It was a really
good night for us. I think as it turned out the green-white-checkered
was a positive for us - because we were probably going to run either
third or fourth if it stayed green. So, that's 10 extra points for us
right there for going back to green. I'm good with that. We'll take 10
every chance we get. Because they are one-ing and two-ing us to death
right now. We have just got to get every point we can get."

*SCOTT MILLER (crew chief no. 31 AT&T Chevrolet): *"It ended up working
out pretty good. We were probably our best on a long run. So, I was kind
of hoping for it to go all the way to the end after the last fuel stop.
The car got quite a bit better when the track picked up some grip on the
short run. So, we were able to hold our own on those restarts. All in
all, we struggled a little bit this weekend getting the car to his
liking. We got to be happy with the result. We did run competitive. We
just need to get some momentum going here and have a good five more races."