Atlanta: Johnson post qualifying interview

JIMMIE JOHNSON , NO. 48 LOWE'S/KOBALT MONTE CARLO SS "We are (carrying momentum). The team has done an amazing job again once again. We have the Kobalt on the car and they're also the title sponsor of the race so we're hopeful for good things.

JIMMIE JOHNSON , NO. 48 LOWE'S/KOBALT MONTE CARLO SS

"We are (carrying momentum). The team has done an amazing job again once again. We have the Kobalt on the car and they're also the title sponsor of the race so we're hopeful for good things. That lap was good. It was solid. If I had another try at it, I would change a few things. I didn't know what to expect but everybody is in the same boat though. The cool air had me a little confused. My guys were having some trouble repeating their times from practice so all in all a good lap and there was more grip out there than I expected."

ON HIS RUN:

"It was a real good run. I was a little confused with a lot of the cars getting faster on the second lap. Then I ended up doing the same thing. I didn't really know what to expect on the first lap then got a decent lap in. Then the second lap the car was really, really strong and ended up third. I felt like if I had another try at it, which I'm sure everybody says this, but I felt like I could have improved my speeds but this was the best qualifying effort I've had in a long, long time. I'm usually better on Sunday than Friday so I'm very happy with it."

WITH THE WEATHER TONIGHT PROBABLY NOT BEING MUCH LIKE SUNDAY, IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN GET OUT OF RUNNING TODAY THAT WILL HELP YOU SUNDAY?

"We recognized that this morning looking at the weather forecast for what we have on Sunday and we expected to have today and we chose to just work on qualifying effort today. We typically spend some time in the first practice session working on race setup so we just really worked on today and I think it showed. We qualified in the top three which is nice and we'll have a great pit pick. I'm real happy with that. We recognized that early and just avoided race practice today and we'll focus on that tomorrow."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup