All-Star: GM teams qualifying quotes

NEXTEL All-Star Challenge qualifying quotes Lowe's Motor Speedway Jimmie Johnson- 48 Lowe's Chevrolet 5th position It was good. Clean in all the major segments. We could have been a little quicker. We felt like we could lose more than gain, so...

NEXTEL All-Star Challenge qualifying quotes
Lowe's Motor Speedway

Jimmie Johnson- 48 Lowe's Chevrolet 5th position

It was good. Clean in all the major segments. We could have been a little quicker. We felt like we could lose more than gain, so we played it a little cautious in every area and put up a good time.

Joe Nemechek- 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet 9th position

It's pretty uneventful. Pretty routine deal. We didn't do any qualifying runs in practice. We worked on race stuff and didn't really know what I had in qualifying, so I gave up quite a bit of time on my lap. It's all part of it. Hope we get a decent starting spot and go from there.

Bobby Labonte- 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet 12th position

I think it's going to be alright. We tightened it up quite a bit just from what happened earlier. You know, I think it's a great race car. We tested it down here and we just have to overcome what I did earlier and hopefully we will be there tomorrow night.

Terry Labonte- 44 Pizza Hut Chevrolet 13th position

Well, the car was really pretty good. We were pretty good in practice. I'm realy happy with it. You know, there's so much that has to come together to get a good qualifying spot here. I don't know if I got on pit road quite as fast as I could have, our pit stop could have been a little bit better. We had a lug nut come off and they had to put it back on. But overall it was pretty good-we didn't have any penalties and the car is handling well. I'm looking forward to tomorrow night.

Jeff Gordon- 24 DuPont Chevrolet 14th position

Note: 5 sec penalty for one loose lugnut

Well, penalities are getting a lot of guys and they got us. I think we had one (lugnut) loose on the left front, so that's unfortunate because it would have been a great run, got to pit road good. The pit stop was really nice, other than that one little bobble. In this deal, that's the factor you throw in there when you throw the whole team in there. You try to go hard and fast and get all you can and not make mistakes. You know, that one got us and we'll start a little bit farther back and some of the other guys that had problems as well.

DO YOU THINK THAT WILL MATTER MUCH? No, I don't think so. You always want to have good track position, but we'll take this DuPont Chevrolet and wherever we start we'll find a way to get to the front, because this car is running great.

Michael Waltrip- 15 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 16th position

Kind of everything went wrong. I about spun out, and I saved it, so I was pretty happy about that. Then I got in the pits, I thought, okay and pretty good really and off good, really. We just had some trouble during our stop. You know, these guys - it's just such a different mentality on this pit crew competition than in the race and they just try to do it as wildly fast as they can, hoping they hit it, and it will get us a pole. Our team is right on time on pit road. We're always where we want to be on pit road. But, today we just went for it a little bit and I think it cost us.

Tony Stewart- 20 The Home Depot / Madagascar Chevrolet 17th position

YOU SPUN THERE COMING ONTO PIT LANE. WHAT HAPPENED? I think I ran out of talent. I was talking to Jeff Gordon and he's got a new driving school. Maybe I can go to his driving school to learn how to get on pit lane here. I don't know. I didn't want to be the only Joe Gibbs Racing driver to not spin out today. We're just trying to have fun with this Madagascar Chevrolet tonight.

WHAT DID YOUR CREW CHIEF SAY ABOUT THAT? He just started laughing. I think we've all learned this year to have a lot of fun. When somebody has a mistake, instead of poking at them too hard. He knew I made a mistake. When I came down pit road I could see him laughing. What else can you do but laugh at yourself when you make mistakes?

THERE WERE A FEW INCIDENTS WITH OTHER CARS WITHIN YOUR TEAM We've got some carnage going back to the Joe Gibbs Racing shop tonight. At least we saved this one for tomorrow.

Kevin Harvick- 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet 18th position

Note: 20 sec penalty for entering pit lane too fast

We qualified third here every time we were going for it. I was either going to spin it through the grass or put it on the pole. Just a little too fast, it slipped out on me in turns 1 and 2, but she was awful fast. We went for it, but didn't get it.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.- 8 Budweiser Chevrolet 20th position

Note: 20 sec penalty for entering pit lane too fast

Well, the car drove real good. I was in a real bad mood earlier today. The car wasn't working, Michael's car was struggling, couldn't get the cars to turn. I made a mistake on the pit road going too fast, just trying to go for it. But I'm real happy about how the car turned and how the car worked. So, way more optimistic now, I guess, than I was two hours ago. So, just want to keep making a few more changes and get the thing a little bit faster. Man, I would even forfeit it and start in the rear because it really doesn't matter. We've just got to get the car right for the race. We've got a long time to get up to the front and if we get it right, we can do it.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte , Tony Stewart , Michael Waltrip , Kevin Harvick , Joe Nemechek , Jimmie Johnson
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing