Coca-Cola 600 Pit Note # 12
Mike Bliss (No.1 Miccosukee Indian Gaming / Resort Chevrolet, race winner) - "It ended up pretty good. We had to start from the back after changing engines. We had a good enough car to run in the top-three tonight. I don't know how we had enough fuel to make it. We stole one tonight, but I don't care. We beat a car that has been winning too much lately. I had a little luck tonight. The car drove pretty well tonight, but at the end of a 30-lap run, it would get tight. The rain couldn't have come at a better time. I knew we had a pretty good car in practice. Our pit strategy was kind of two tires, four tires. We stretched our fuel mileage. We just stayed out one lap longer, and it paid off. I really didn't know Brendan was there until he got by me. I knew I could get back by, so I was kind of playing it conservative. I had no clue there was any rain. We got down in one and two, and there was a little rain. We went back through there again, and there was about five of us that all went sideways. This track can get very aggravating during the day and get really bad. And then, at night, it just changes and becomes a better track. I would really overdrive the car in the corner, and it would get tight. So, I had to really, really concentrate and tell myself to back off a little. I run good here, and it's the only two races I've won. I won when it was the old track, then run the ground track, now this track. So, it's changed quite a bit."
Brendan Gaughan (No. 62 Five Hour Energy Drink Chevrolet, finished 2nd) - "No, the only thing that could have been better is if it was about three laps earlier when I passed Mike Bliss. That cloud came a little too late. I don't know how we did it. Bryan Berry and the guys, we had a decent Five Hour Energy Chevy to start the race. We drove up to - I think we got into 12th or 14th in that range somewhere, and pitted and everything was fine. Came on pit road under green and caught the caution while we were there, so we still stayed on the lead lap. Guys had a good stop, and everything was fine. That set of Goodyear tires went real tight on us and slowed us down almost three-quarters of a second. Don't know what was wrong, but that set was super tight. So we battled and basically just lost a lap, but then it cycled back through. I don't know what happened, really.
"It took too long to catch up to him. We had a fast car. I knew that our car was tough, but didn't know it was that tough. We were not aware of the weather when we were racing. I was just hoping for a longer green run. I could see where Mike [Bliss] was, and I got by him that once before he blew by me. I thought he had blown up, and that's when the rain came. I was looking for a longer green run, but it didn't happen.
"Bryan just, he called on the radio, and I said, ‘Tell me Mike Bliss is the leader,' and he said, ‘Mike Bliss is the leader.' I said, ‘Cool, we're the lucky dog,' and Bryan said, ‘You're more than the lucky dog.' I said, ‘What do you mean?' and we pitted and my number stayed second on that pylon and I thought, ‘How the hell did we do this?' I don't know what happened or how we got it. The guys on pit road did a great job for us. Bryan Berry had great stops. I wouldn't say we were a second-place Chevrolet tonight; I would say we were probably an eighth- to 12th-place race car. But, you know what, it doesn't matter what we think it would have been, that board shows that the Five Hour Energy car finished second. My grandmother passed away last week at Darlington; she was 93 years old. I tell you what, I knew that woman was tough, but I didn't know she was this tough. She just badgered somebody to give us a rainstorm."