NASCAR Banking 500 Pit Note #16
NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America post-race:
Jimmie Johnson (winner, No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet) - "We were certainly on a fast start for the weekend. Chad [Knaus, crew chief] did what we needed, and the car was what we needed. He [Gordon] didn't have the clean air and had trouble on the restarts. If he could have held on for a couple more laps, it might have been a different finish. To be tied for 13th [with Buck Baker on the all-time NASCAR Sprint Cup win list], that's really good. Even with a 90-point lead [in the points race], it's not over. There's a lot of racing left. If it keeps going like it has, just one flat tire or something like that, and you can lose that 90-point lead. It took two or three runs before we got it going in the right direction. The No. 9 car was probably my most competitive car all night long."
Chad Knaus (crew chief, No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet) - "This weekend was great. It was fantastic. When the caution came out, we were real optimistic. We've been close twice to having that perfect weekend. The lap times were not what they needed to be."
Rick Hendrick (car owner, No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet) - "We've still got five [races] to go. Look what happened to the 11 car. The same thing could happen to us. It's nice to have a 90-point lead, but it's not over, yet."
Matt Kenseth (second-place, No. 17 Carhartt Ford) - "We made the necessary adjustments. It felt real good running up front again. I don't think he [Johnson] had a perfect weekend. Has anybody ever had a perfect weekend? I don't know. Much rather be in the top-10 in the points because of the banquet."
Kasey Kahne (third-place, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge) - "We weren't where we needed to be when it counted, which was running up front, which we did a lot tonight. We just need to do that when it counts. Had trouble on the restarts because, for some reason, I was spinning my tires on the restarts. It [the championship] is not over yet, by a longshot."