"This means so much to all of us," Earnhardt said. "I lost my daddy a long time ago and I know how hard that is. I can't imagine losing the amount of people Rick lost. My heart goes out to him during this weekend. This honors them."
"Great teams, great drivers, great friends. I hate to see them not in there," Gordon said about Johnson, Earnhardt and Kahne. "I really thought the chances of two of them getting in were very good, and certainly one of them. I thought two of us would be in there, and I thought there's a decent chance three could be there."