"Probably the dumbest thing I've seen happen right there in 30 years," Gerhart said. "I think I'd be better served just going to the casino and taking my chances there. Seriously. ... It's just ridiculous. You've got the best car in the group and you can't even get a shot at the pole. I think we're entitled to that."
"If the rookies can put the magnitude of the event aside and understand what they're doing here, it's actually OK," said Gerhart, wearing the ring he made for the crew when his team won for the fourth time at Daytona. "The old track on the other hand was a little different. It had a tremendous amount of character. I miss it, to be honest."