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NASCAR Winston Cup Series Mountain Dew 500: Quotes from Chevy Drivers

1 September 1997

DARLINGTON, SC - The following provided by Chevrolet Motor Division, General
Motors Corporation Public Relations:
NASCAR Winston Cup Series
Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
Mountain Dew Southern 500
Darlington Raceway
August 31, 1997

TERRY LABONTE (#5 Kellogg's Monte Carlo) Started 17th, finished 6th - "The 10 
car (Ricky Rudd) got up under me and I just couldn't beat him back to the 
line. He was catching me a little bit and I was OK until I caught some 
lapped car in front of me about 50 laps down in front of me on the race 
track. I lost just enough and Rudd got me for fifth. We worked on the car 
all day long. We were loose at the start and tight toward the end. We just 
chased it all day."

MIKE SKINNER (#31 Lowe's Monte Carlo) - Started 33rd, finished 36th - 
Skinner was involved in an accident on lap 134 - "We got tagged from behind 
again. I guess we'll just have to start tagging some ourselves."

STERLING MARLIN (#4 Kodak Gold Film Monte Carlo) - Started 9th, finished 40th 
- "This is one of my favorite tracks. I really enjoy racing here. Something 
happened to the engine again. We were coming off of turn two and it popped. 
I went on seven cylinders and it got worse. We decided to park it. It's a 
one-lane track and we got out of the way. They need all the room they can 

KEN SCHRADER (#33 Skoal Bandit Monte Carlo) - Started 5th, finished 10th - 
"That was another top-10 finish. We lost all our time on the very first run 
and then we were good. We were big-time loose at first, but we got it working 

JEFF PURVIS (#12 Opryland Monte Carlo) - Started 22nd, finished 38th - Purvis 
was involved in a multi-car accident on lap 119. - "We got a little loose 
getting into three and four and that was nobody's fault but my own. It jumped 
on the rear brakes a little bit harder than it did the front. It hit the 
wall. I don't know if it broke a brake caliper or what. When I touched the 
brakes getting into the corner, it just slammed the wall. I hate it. This 
team has really been working hard, and I think we've got something here. The 
car was fast. We'll just have to come back and try again."