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Team Chevy drivers and teammates Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jeff Gordon were knocked out of Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 from the Charlotte Motor Speedway before the completion of the race. Earnhardt lost an engine, while Gordon was involved in a late race accident. Below are quotes from both drivers after the incidents that took them out of the race.
DALE EARNHARDT JR, NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET SS
DID YOU HAVE ANY INDICATIONS THAT SOMETHING WAS WRONG? “Yeah, I smelled something burning. I thought it was rubber build-up on the headers or something. I didn’t start losing power until the last lap before it broke with the water and oil mixing together; and that’s never good. We didn’t have a really good car. We know why. We can go back and feel like we can rebound real quickly from this. I just hope everybody is okay from the accident in the stands and wish everybody a happy Memorial Day weekend. It’s been a lot of fun and I take a lot of pride in representing the National Guard and hope everybody shakes a soldiers’ hand this weekend and thank them for what they do.”
I KNOW YOU SMELLED SOME SMOKE IN THE COCKPIT DID THE ENGINE JUST GET COOKED AFTER THAT? “Yeah, we had a massive catastrophic failure in the motor. We never have those problems. Hendrick guys always build good stuff not worried about this down the road we will be all right. We didn’t have the greatest race car either. We know why and we can move forward and feel like we can rebound pretty quick, looking forward to going to Dover. I want to say that I hope everybody is okay from the accident earlier in the stands and that I wish everybody a good Memorial Day weekend. If you a soldier shake his hand and tell them thanks for what he does for our country. We will get them at Dover.”
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DRIVE TO END HUNGER CHEVROLET SS
IT LOOKS LIKE YOU WERE A VICTIM OF THREE-WIDE RACING WITH 74 LAPS TO GO “We were a victim of the caution coming out when we were on pit road. We shouldn’t have stopped in the box to do that pit stop and we would have still been on the lead lap. Instead, we were racing three-wide. That’s what’s going to happen. I mean we were just going for the Lucky Dog you know, and you’ve got to be real aggressive back there. I got beat on the restart before that with (Marcos) Ambrose and messed that one up; so I just hate we were even back there. We had an awesome Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet. I loved the patriotic colors on our car this weekend and it’s just a shame we were even back there. We couldn’t win. Kasey (Kahne) is unbelievable. But we had a Top 5 car.”
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