Here's what Dale Earnhardt Jr. had to say about his 17th-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday (after his televised comments to ESPN). Transcript courtesy of Chevrolet:
HOW FRUSTRATING IS THIS FOR YOU? "I had an awesome car all day. Just pretty frustrating. I want to win here. We've been so good here in a lot of races and would like to win. But, you've got to get up front and we really couldn't accomplish that all day long.
We had a good, quick car and am proud of how we worked on it. Happy about what my guys did. The car they brought and how they worked on the car, everything was seemingly going as planned until we got caught a lap down with Landon (Cassill's) flat tire. Then we had a couple flats ourselves that cost us a couple more spots there. It's frustrating but I was happy with how the car was driving. As a driver, we haven't had that all year."
EIGHTH IN POINTS RIGHT NOW, 26 POINTS BEHIND: "We'll take it right now. It could be worse. We could be sitting in Victory Lane, but we could be out of the Chase altogether. I think having two flat tires, we got pretty lucky today to get home in the top 20."
WERE THE FLAT TIRES A CAMBER ISSUE? "I think it was a camber issue. That is what Steve (Letarte, crew chief) thinks but he'll go back and look at it. I can definitely understand how that could possibly happen. The car got a little bit tighter as the race went on. Just a little bit too tight for the last two runs and pushed the right front off. The car was rolling and turning good but the right front just couldn't last."