Atlanta: GM post-qualifying interviews

JEFF BURTON , NO. 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 3rd: "This is great. I am qualifying challenged at Atlanta. Actually I told my wife one day last week, I said, 'If we can qualify as good as we've been qualifying in Atlanta, I'm...

JEFF BURTON , NO. 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 3rd:

"This is great. I am qualifying challenged at Atlanta. Actually I told my wife one day last week, I said, 'If we can qualify as good as we've been qualifying in Atlanta, I'm going to be impressed.' I'll tell you I'm just thrilled to death to qualify that well. And that doesn't mean we're going to win the race or that everything is great, but it's an accomplishment for us and our qualifying average this year has been really, really good and that doesn't hurt. Hopefully tomorrow we can put it in race trim and it'll drive as well as it has the first three races."

ON THE IMPACT OF BILL LESTER QUALIFYING FOR THIS RACE, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO THE SPORT? "Our sport, for one reason or another -- and we could debate for hours about why -- but our sport is not as diverse as it needs to be. I don't think it's from a lack of trying. Our sport, to truly be a cross-section of America the way we need it to be, it needs to be more diverse than it is. Bill is someone who has done a great job tonight and that will bring a tremendous amount of recognition to him and his team, which is very deserved. More importantly, it'll bring more exposure to minorities to get them excited hopefully about this sport. This sport is open to everyone and it's how it ought to be. I look forward to the day when we're not having to talk about it and about what Bill Lester did tonight. That's when we know that we're where we need to be. But we've got to be here first and it's good that we're here."

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J.J. YELEY , NO. 18 HUSQVARNA / INTERSTATE BATTERIES MONTE CARLO SS - Top Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate, qualified 5th.

"It was an excellent run. I'm just real proud to have a good run for the first time for Husqvarna on the car. We have a really good race car here. It was fun qualifying at night. The race track picked up so much speed. We were talking with Ryan Newman about how much fun this place is to qualify. So the car was just a little bit too free for me to go out there and push that second lap to pick up that tenth to try to challenge for the pole. But I'm just happy to end up fifth."

-gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Ryan Newman , Bill Lester