JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 0 NETZERO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX - Qualified a career-best 5th: "I thought I had a shot at it (the pole).I got through Turns 1 and 2 awesome, got through 3 and 4 perfect and I got down to the white line and just matted it. I ...
JACK SPRAGUE, NO. 0 NETZERO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX - Qualified a career-best 5th:
"I thought I had a shot at it (the pole).I got through Turns 1 and 2 awesome, got through 3 and 4 perfect and I got down to the white line and just matted it. I thought, ' here we go, it's going to be a .20.' But then it got tight and I had to come completely out of the gas, so it wound up being a .42 (fifth quickest). It's a lot easier to drive a good race car fast than it is a miserable car. This is the first car that Tony Furr built, and I've got a better car for Dover. I'm not doing anything different. It was a good race car, and it went quick."
JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 25 UAW-DELPHI CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Qualified 7th:
"It'll be good, but there's a lot of fast cars to come. There are so many fast guys. It was a good run for us. We kind of struggled in practice, and I don't know what it is. It's a little warmer than it was last week and maybe the ARCA race messed us up, I don't know. We never really got to make a full banzai run, but it drove pretty well. It would have been nice to qualify last night when we were supposed to, but it's going to be a good starting spot. "
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Qualified 11th:
"I couldn't get any speed out of it this morning. I've run the same speed since we unloaded. For whatever reason I can't tell them how to make the car go faster. I just haven't been able to gain that tenth of a second. The track's OK, we just can't get fast."
RICKY CRAVEN, NO. 32 TIDE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX - Qualified 33rd:
"It's not what we expected or what we had hoped for, but a 600-mile race is a great opportunity to test yourself. It's the ultimate endurance race, and it's a race that we finished third in last year, so our expectations are pretty high. We fell short today, but I feel we'll recover before Sunday."
MIKE WALLACE, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY PONTIAC GRAND PRIX - Qualified 44th, took provisional starting spot:
"It wasn't a good lap, the speed was pretty slow and we thought we'd be a lot better than that. We came here last week for The Winston Open and qualified fourth, and this week we didn't get within a half-second of that. I'm a little bit confused right now."
STEVE PARK, NO. 30 AOL CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Qualified 16th:
"Everything went according to plan. We were thinking we could run a 29.40 but we were off about a tick. The track got a bit hot toward the end of qualifying so things slowed down a little bit. But then some of the guys who went out late went fast so we knew the track had a lot of speed in it. We just ran the AOL Chevy as fast as we could and it handled good other than getting a little tight on the second lap.
"We're really focusing on what we need for the race. We got the pole last week but we got tight in the Winston Open so we've got to make sure the AOL Chevy can turn good for 600 miles. If that starts with qualifying near the top 10, we'll take it if we can run good in the race on Sunday."
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 THE HOME DEPOT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Qualified 6th:
"It was looser than I want to drive it! It was pretty good. We had pretty high hopes for this track, but fourth isn't bad considering how much it has warmed up from practice. We ran a .40-something and we ran a .20-something in practice. It wasn't quite what we were wanting, but considering the sun came out, I don't think we'll be too terribly disappointed.
It could have been better, but this place is so temperature-sensitive, it's a lot like Indianapolis. The sun comes out and it gets warmer, it's hard to repeat what you did in practice. If we stay fourth, we'll be happy with that. It's going to be a great race car for Sunday. I'm really excited about this race car."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Note: Johnson did not qualify due to engine problems. He will take a provisional starting spot:
"I was coming up through the gears trying to leave pit road and something failed in the engine. We're not sure what. Obviously, it's really early to find out what's going on. I'm disappointed and I know the guys are. I'm just glad we found it now instead of halfway into a 600-mile race. So we'll take a look at things and see what happened and we'll go from there.
CHAD KNAUS, NO. 48 LOWE'S MONTE CARLO CREW CHIEF:
"It was something in the powertrain or power-related. We'll just have to take a look at it and see what happened. This Lowe's Chevrolet is a fast racecar here, so we'll just get it fixed and be fine come Sunday."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Qualified 4th:
"We're pretty happy so far. I'm kind of hoping the sun comes out here for these other guys. The conditions are great, the track's super fast. We picked up quite a bit from practice, so I'm real happy with that. The car was beautiful. This is a really solid car, chassis No. 2458. It's just been a real, real good car for us, and we've won a couple races with it. I don't know what we could've done to go a whole lot faster. It was probably just a little bit snug, but all in all it was a good lap."
JOHNNY BENSON, No. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX - qualified 10th:
"It was okay. You've got to remember, this car we ran with last week and we struggled with it pretty bad. (Crew chief) James Ince and the guys just did a tremendous job. Man, you wouldn't believe this was the same car. But they did a lot of work to it over the three days that we had, and I feel really good about it right now. Iwas the first one out, which I would've said, probably would've been okay, but Busch practice had a bad wreck in Turn 4, so I wasn't real happy about that. Outside that, that's just the luck of the draw. But we did pick up, and it's a tremendous gain from what we were last week, so I'm pretty excited."