Friday, June 4, 1999. Dover Downs International Speedway. MBNA Platinum 400 first-round qualifying. Chevy notes, quotes. JEFF GORDON (No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Monte Carlo) "The car tightened up a bunch on me there. I ...
Friday, June 4, 1999. Dover Downs International Speedway. MBNA Platinum 400 first-round qualifying. Chevy notes, quotes.
JEFF GORDON (No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Monte Carlo) "The car tightened up a bunch on me there. I didn't really expect that. I'd been loose all day long. We might have just gone a little bit too far. Hopefully it'll tighten up for everybody else, too. I can't say I'm crazy about that lap time. We went faster in practice. I think we're going to end up going down the list quite a bit. My car tightened up on me a bunch and we might have over-adjusted or the track tightened up, I'm not sure which. "Being the second car out, I'm pretty disappointed because I went quite a bit faster in practice. It looks like some other guys slowed down, too, but I think some guys going out later will be able to beat us. It shouldn't be too much different for the cars going later. I thought we had made the right adjustments, but the car pushed all the way. "Right now the only reason we're not finishing good is because we're not finishing at all. That's what we need to turn around and bring to the table. If we keep putting out the effort we've been putting out it'll come back to us. Dover is a great race track for us. We've been very successful here in the past. It's in DuPont's backyard, and we're excited about this weekend. This would be a great place to turn things around. I think anything in the top five right now would make it a successful weekend."
KENNY WALLACE (No. 55 Square D Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "We had an excellent turns one and two. I got into three and I had too much confidence. I got in there a little too hard and went up the track a little bit. I ran a .64 earlier today, and I thought I could do that again. The car was there for it. The driver just tried a little bit too hard. I want to thank everybody at T&L. They gave me a whale of a motor. Everybody has stepped up the program. I didn't think that would be anywhere near the pole, but we're starting close to the front. Now if we can finish there, we'll really have something to talk about."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "That's about what we practiced at. We had run a little faster. It looks like a lot of them slowed down some, and we ran about the same, really. The car is driving good. I think it'll race good. Scott Eggleston is our crew chief this week. I didn't know anything about it until I talked to Felix (car owner Sabates) earlier in the week. I've known Scott since a long time. He used to work for me back on the 94 car. He's real aggressive, and I like him a lot."
KEN SCHRADER (No. 33 Skoal Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "I just didn't nail the lap. I got through one and two and didn't get through three and four. We'd been faster in practice. I just butchered the qualifying lap."
WALLY DALLENBACH (No. 25 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "That's as quick as we ran all day, and it's probably one of the best cars I've ever had here. I may like this place by the time we're done with it. It's a lot faster out there, but it's a lot smoother, too. I'll take faster and smoother over rougher and slower. It's easier on everybody when the cars don't jump all over the race track. I like what they've done with the track. We'll probably have two grooves out there Sunday after halfway." Friday, June 4, 1999. Dover Downs International Speedway. MBNA Platinum 400 first-round qualifying. Chevy notes, quotes. Page 2.
STEVE PARK (No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "It was a little tight in the center of the corner, something we've been fighting since we got here. I don't know where it's going to put us, but it ain't going to put us solid in the top 25. We'll just take a look at it Saturday. It's a little disappointing. The car has been running in the top 15 all day long. We hurt something in the transmission and had to change it during the last practice."
MIKE SKINNER (No. 31 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "We slowed down right much from what we practiced. We made a pretty big mistake. We thought we were just buying a little insurance. We scuffed the tires real lightly. We went out on brand new sticker tires and ran in the low .70s. We came back in the second practice and ran in the low .70s again with the same tires with one lap on 'em. We decided to lightly scuff our tires and we must have got a bunch of junk on the front tires. We didn't get it off and the car pushed real bad on both ends. We just made a mistake with the tires. Before we went out, I was pretty pumped up. I thought we were going to get this Chevrolet on the pole. I really thought we could run in the high .60s, but it was a self-inflicted wound. Larry and I got a little bit scared on the tires and we lightly scuffed them."
JOE NEMECHEK (No. 42 BellSouth Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "There just wasn't any stick 'em there. We ran pretty good in practice, but I don't really know what happened. We went after it and it didn't do everything it was supposed to do. The track is fast. It's unbelievable how fast it is. You'd never think you'd run that fast here at Dover. We just didn't get it done today. We made some personnel changes trying to get some momentum going at SABCO. I thought we were going to be pretty good today. Tony Glover is working as our crew chief now. He's been with me before, and I'm really looking forward to it again."
DALE EARNHARDT (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Monte Carlo) "That's as fast as we've been all day. I don't know what's wrong, but we've got to get going better. We'll keep working on it and try to be ready when they drop the green flag Sunday."
DAVID GREEN (No. 41 Kodiak Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "That's about what we ran in practice. At this place if you can just duplicate what you run in practice, that's pretty decent. I was pretty loose, but most of the time here, loose is faster. We're in the first round, so I'm happy with that and we'll go on with it. I know this Monte Carlo with that extra front and rear spoiler sure makes it grip the track better."
BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "That's my typical deal here. It's tough for me to qualify at Dover. We ran the same as we did in practice. The year I about won the race here (1995) I started 32nd. I took the lead on the 51st lap. I can race good, but I can't qualify. I've done everything I know to do. I've backed off early, tried to hold it wide open, use the brakes, not use the brakes. I don't know what the deal is. If I can get four or five cars between me, I'll be good. I just can't stand to start last. They'll catch you too quick."