What was said by drivers after Dover demolition derby
Jimmie Johnson won the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on Sunday after an ending that more resembled a good, old-fashioned demoiltion derby at the local county fair than a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.
Here were 10 things drivers had to say after the race that included a wild, multi-car wreck that punctuated the overtime finish:
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Brad Keselowski, 38th
"We lined up double-file (for an early restart) and somebody got loose and just took us out," Keselowski said. "What a bummer. Just one of them racing deals.”
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Kurt Busch, 37th
“I got loose on a restart; it’s my bad as a driver. My bad. We had good speed in our car and just couldn’t finish," said Busch, who took the blame for taking Keselowski out. "You can’t make mistakes out here and we did.”
"It looks like the oil tank cracked right by the fitting. A freak deal. It’s a shame," Bowyer said. "We needed a good race. We had gotten a little bit behind and then had the freak deal happen. Not our day.”
Erik Jones. 15th
"We got going fine (on the final restart) but then the 31 (Ryan Newman) and the 13 (Ty Dillon) got together,” said Jones. “The 13 got turned around right in front of us and that was the end of our day. I was just hoping we could have stayed in the top 10 and got a good run out of the day.”
Ty Dillon, 14th
"To lead laps like that meant a lot to me," said Dillon, who led 27 before triggering the big wreck at the end. "We had to restart fourth on old tires (on the final restart) and I just think the air off the No. 31 (of Newman) got me a little loose and they left a bunch of sand there off Turn 2 and as soon as I got loose and hit that sand it was all over. I feel bad for all the cars that got torn up. But, really, I don’t really know what the No. 31 or myself could have done any different to stay out of that crash."
Dale Earnhardt Jr., 11th
"I don’t know what happened at the end. There were just cars crashing everywhere," Earnhardt said. "Our car really wasn’t very good all day. … It was a long day. Not any fun at all.”
Danica Patrick, 10th
"We weren’t the fastest car ... and I'm not sure we were a top-10 car. A lot of times we have been a 10th-place car and weren’t able to get the finish we needed," Patrick said. "I'll take the lucky days anytime I can because there has been plenty of times where it went the other way.”
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Denny Hamlin, 8th
"We struggled for the most part – hanging out just outside the top 10," Hamlin said. "Really didn’t have a fast car to speak of. That’s where we qualified, that’s where we practiced and kind of where we raced."
"In the beginning, we were okay and then later on we were pretty bad. We were able to make some adjustments and get back to a top-10. I feel like we had a top-10 car and we ended up right there," Suárez said after a career-best finish.
Chase Elliott, 5th
"It wasn’t as good as some of those other guys, but we made a lot of gains from I think where we were (in practice)," Elliott said. " We got up inside the top five there at one point and got stuck back around 10th at one point too. So, up and down for sure.”
"Just not the finish we had hoped for, but still when you’re this disappointed with third, it speaks volumes about your team and where you’re at and what’s going on, so I had a lot of fun out there today,” said Truex, who led three different times for 102 laps.
Kyle Larson, 2nd
"I was a lot better than Jimmie was.He just did a better job than I did on that last restart," said Larson, who led a race-high 241 laps and was leading before getting beat by Johnson on the final restart in overtime.
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Jimmie Johnson, 1st
"This win means a lot to me,” said Johnson in Victory Lane after securing career win No. 83, tying Cale Yarborough for sixth on the all-time NASCAR Cup Series list. “When I was growing up in southern California racing dirt bikes I was a big Cale Yarborough fan. We traveled across the country to race in the Amateur Nationals. Heading to Oklahoma, we stopped at a Hardee’s. I walked in thinking I would meet Cale Yarborough, and left with a burger."