Chicagoland: GM teams qualifying quotes, notes

Joliet, IL - Three-time and defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Impala SS, will start third in the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday night. Johnson was the fastest of the 15 Team Chevy ...

Joliet, IL - Three-time and defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Impala SS, will start third in the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday night.

Johnson was the fastest of the 15 Team Chevy drivers that qualified for the 267-lap/400.5-mile race.

Clint Bowyer, No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Impala SS will roll off fifth in the 43-car field.

Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont/National Guard Patriot Academy Impala SS, will start seventh giving Chevrolet three of the top-10 starters.

Brian Vickers (Toyota) won the pole. Scott Speed (Toyota) and Denny Hamlin (Toyota) complete the top-five.

The race is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. CDT with live coverage on TNT TV, MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio.

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CLINT BOWYER, NO. 33 CHEERIOS IMPALA SS -- Qualified 5th:

"I'm just real proud of all these guys standing next to me. Everybody on the Cheerios Chevrolet has been working hard and we're gaining on it. Nobody gives up in this organization and that's why we're all there and that's why we love it so much. Richard (Childress) certainly hasn't given up. He's pushing everybody. So that's a step in the right direction. Our teammates went out a little bit earlier. I feel like we have something to work on here and hopefully we can have a good run. I enjoy this track. It's sister track, Kansas Speedway, is my home track, so it's always important for me to run good on these race tracks because I want to run good on my home track. So this is a step in the right direction. We've still got a long ways to go though. All these guys on our Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet have been working their butts off and I am just real proud of them."

HOW WILL THE CAR BE FOR THE RACE? "I am hoping we get to practice tomorrow and learn a little bit more. But if not, like I said, we tire tested here and that is going to help us a lot."

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DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD IMPALA SS, QUALIFIED 13th:

YOU ARE HAVING A PRETTY GOOD DAY: "Hasn't been a bad day for us at all. We got a pretty early draw. I am real happy with how my car drove. The AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet has been good all day. We tire tested here and learned a lot. I think all the Hendrick cars are running pretty good.

"We put a good lap up in practice. We were just a little bit tighter right there and obviously it is cooler and we went in the corner harder and probably loaded up the bump stops a little. I am pretty happy with how things have been going today. We just keep improving little by little."

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JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT/NATIONAL GUARD PATRIOT ACADEMY IMPALA SS, QUALIFIED 7th:

"I am really pleased. I got through one and two awesome. Probably too good because I got a little too easy with it in (Turns) three and four. Got in to three great, I just picked up the gas a little too early and too hard and the nose took off on me. I knew we weren't going to beat (Brian) Vickers, he is in another category. They definitely have got their act together qualifying. I felt like we had a shot at second and certainly was going for first. Pretty happy with the way the car is running today."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Jimmie Johnson , Scott Speed , Brian Vickers , Clint Bowyer