QUOTES TONY STEWART (No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet): "I think we're better. A matter of what we're going to do at night and how it's going to affect the balance." Q: Preparing for a night race after so many years of day races in...
TONY STEWART (No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet): "I think we're better. A matter of what we're going to do at night and how it's going to affect the balance." Q: Preparing for a night race after so many years of day races in Atlanta: "All we can do is go off of what we got last year and see how the balance changes. It's not like we have 15 years of notes to go off of here we've got one race here at night to really go off of." Q: 10 top-10s -- setting you up good: "I'd like to believe so. Even two weekends ago in Bristol, we were running second and got crashed. We're going good and we're going good at different disciplines of tracks. That's what you've got to do to be good at the end." Q: Is there one thing lacking: "I'm sure there is, but I'm not sure I know exactly what it is." Q: Afternoon sessions preparing for a night race: "You're still trying to get the balance, still trying to figure out. This track's got a lot of bumps in it. If you can get it to go through the bumps in the day it'll go through the bumps at night. A couple tracks that really change a lot day to night, but some tracks that really don't. That's why you make those notes and every year you review those."
KEVIN HARVICK (No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet): "I think you just go out and race like you have been tried some stuff today and it didn't work." Q: Notes from day races -- what can you take from them: "I think you look at the race track, it's a lot different from what we had in the spring and it just changed a lot from the first part of practice to the second practice. This place can be really confusing as to what you need in the car. Just a lot of things you have to take into account, because tires fall off so fast that you have to guess well. That's the great part about Atlanta, because tires do fall off and you do have to compromise on a couple things to have the car running at the end, and it's a lot different than what you need to have your car running at the beginning. "
LAST NIGHT AT THE QUARTER-MILE TRACK: David Ragan won the Your Georgia Best Chevy Dealers 150 late model in spite brake trouble, but that's not the only news: The Goodyear Blimp made an overhead appearance for the late model race, likely a race occurrence in the short-track world; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Juan Pablo Montoya watched a few laps from the pits; and 1960 NASCAR Champion Rex White was also a spectator.
OVERSEEN: Max Papis knocking on hauler doors in the NASCAR Sprint Cup garage.