Best NASCAR Quotes of 2010

by Monte Dutton

• “We’ve got a lot of racing left, but when we’re winning at places we’re not supposed to, you better watch out.”

— Jimmie Johnson, after winning the Food City 500 at Bristol.

• “Two tires won the race, but when you’ve got two tires in dirty air, it’s no good.” — Dale Earnhardt Jr., after finishing eighth in the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas.

• “When you play at home, that’s when you want to win the most.” — Tony Stewart, from Columbus, Ind., at Indianapolis.

• “There’s just a pit that develops in your stomach and doesn’t go away. It’s the championship pit, and it’s there.” — Jimmie Johnson.

• “Points? I chipped away, but I didn’t chip away much.” — Kyle Busch, after a fourth at Martinsville.

• “In the World Series, when a pitcher’s not doing his job, they put another one in that can.” — Jimmie Johnson, referring to pit-crew swap at Texas.

• “I don’t know if part of that is coincidence, or just that those guys who win championships are really good. I don’t know, but it is a difficult race track. You have to do everything right.” — Matt Kenseth, noting the overlap of Indy winners and Cup champions.

• “If I sat down and planned it, we would win every Chase race and I would win the championship. But plans don’t quite work like that.” — Kyle Busch, whose Chase struggles continued.

• “Mathematically, it’s possible. Realistically, I don’t think so.” — Jeff Gordon, asked about the possibility of a driver winning the Chase without winning any races.

• “There’s a lot of psychology that goes into racing, but all of that goes out the window once the race starts.” — Carl Edwards • “If you get in a problem (at Martinsville), it’s normally because you are a root of it.” — Tony Stewart • “If the roles were reversed, I would be saying the same thing. As a competitor, you’re tired of the same guy winning. I guess I understand where they’re coming from and what they’re saying … I don’t necessarily agree with it. I think it would be great for someone to win five straight.” — Jimmie Johnson, who did.

Monte Dutton has covered motorsports for The Gaston (NC) Gazette since 1993. He was named writer of the year by the National Motorsports Press Association in 2008. His blog NASCAR This Week ( features all of his reporting on racing, roots music and life on the road. E-mail Monte at ‘© 2010 King Features Syndicate

Winning at the Brickyard means everything to Indiana native Tony Stewart,