BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Qualified 36th: "Well, that's not going to do it. But we struggled with it a little bit today and made some changes on it and you just have to make a lot of changes before you ...
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Qualified 36th:
"Well, that's not going to do it. But we struggled with it a little bit today and made some changes on it and you just have to make a lot of changes before you qualify and you have what you race. Anyway, that's what we've got and we'll just have to see what we can do with it tomorrow night."
KENNY WALLACE, NO. 00 BRIAN MEATS CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Qualified 32nd:
"That was a good speed for us. It looks like that will easily put us in the field. We put this deal together and it was like an Army drill today. We had about an hour and a half and we had to make the race. We didn't unload real good, but this we're in the Busch race tonight and it looks like we'll be in the Cup race solid. I didn't run this race last year and I know enough about this race track. It's always been good for me. I've got about three top 10's in the Southern 500. It's a situation where we don't know the future of Darlington Raceway so I'm very thankful to be able to race here tomorrow night before anything negative happens. But I don't think they should ever get rid of this race track. It's an awesome track and I love being here."
BRIAN VICKERS, NO. 25 GMAC CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Qualified 5th:
"All the guys on this GMAC Chevy did a good job. That was a good run for us but we were still a little loose in Turn 1 and in Turn 4. I like Darlington. It's one of my favorite race tracks if not my favorite race track. It's a very unique place and very challenging. It's a lot of fun."
BOBBY HAMILTON JR., NO. 32 TIDE CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Qualified 26th:
"We've been loose the whole time we've been here. Right when you jump on the gas, it just jumps sideways. So you can't make any time that way. But hopefully when we untape it and everything will be okay."
MIKE WALLACE, NO 4 LUCAS OIL CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Qualified 42nd:
"We've been struggling the whole time we've been here. But fortunately this week we're in the top 35 in points. We're not running well enough right now and our hands are tied for the remainder until the start of the event. We'll make some changes during the cautions. I'm just happy to be here for tomorrow night. I don't care if the race is in the morning, afternoon, or evening. I'm just happy to be here. It's going to be nice for the fans. Night racing is cool. The colors are so vivid and the sparks are good. People like night races and it'll be fun for the fans."
JASON LEFFLER, NO. 11 ST. JUDE CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Qualified 25th - scraped the wall during qualifying attempt:
"It was pretty wild. Our car was pretty good but we just got loose going into Turn 1 and drove it right up into the fence. We kept the throttle in it and it hurt the car a little bit. Hopefully we can fix it and be okay during the race."
SCOTT RIGGS, NO. 10 VALVOLINE CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Qualified 18th:
"There's a lot more grip out there now than there was in practice. It seems like the track is a lot faster. Everybody has a lot more grip. This place is tough because it always teaches you on a long run to keep slowing down. To go out there and go fast, you've really got to have a good feeling of just how much grip there is out there. The car was really good and it carried a lot of speed in the corner. Centering off was great - it was just a little free getting in the corners at both ends. But that little bit of correction really cost us a lot - I probably left a good two-tenths out there by being so free getting into the corners. A lot of people have been picking up from practice. The car was a lot different balance-wise out there. I feel like I lost a little bit. But the good thing about Darlington is that if you have a good race car and a good car on a long run, you'll be able to drive up through there and just take care of our tires."
MICHAEL WALTRIP, NO. 15 NAPA CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Qualified 19th:
"They told me I had to go faster. You've just really got to tip your hat to my team because they made the adjustments I needed. But I was just so loose in practice I didn't have the nerve to mash it down as hard as I should have so we didn't get a great time. But the team did their job, I just didn't do my part."
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Qualified 39th:
"The car was real, real loose. Just couldn't get the power down."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Qualified 14th:
"Everybody has really improved from Happy Hour. The conditions are really good right now and everything. The DuPont Chevrolet has been pretty good but we just haven't had what it's taking to get further up there. Hopefully our race set-up is going to be really good for tomorrow night. But right there, I was just a little bit too loose to run any faster."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Qualified 9th:
"In practice we didn't have a chance to run a clean lap on our sticker run. We got held up with some traffic. We knew we were going to be better than that. The car wasn't too bad. I got a little bit too much into Turn 1 and it kind of set me off for all of Turns 1 and 2, but in Turns 3 and 4 the car was real good. We made great gains on the car today and I'm looking forward to a good run on Saturday night."
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Qualified 24th:
"The GM Goodwrench Chevrolet was just too loose all around. I feel like we'll be okay for the race. My pit crew will help get back the track position. Todd (Berrier) and I were just talking about that. I'm not sure why. I guess the spoiler. But it hasn't been a factor anywhere else, so who knows. It's the same for everybody. You just have to adjust to it."
KURT BUSCH, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Qualified 6th:
"You've definitely got to treat the Old Lady with some respect. But it's good to come here on Mother's Day weekend. It's going to be a lot of fun for everybody tonight with the Busch race and then the Cup race tomorrow night and then to be able to spend Sunday with our moms at home. It's not too far of a drive from Charlotte. The Kellogg's Chevrolet was good all day. In practice it was really strong. We had to loosen it up and make a few changes there for the race. I couldn't keep the gas down the way I needed to. But overall it was a strong showing for us."