Fontana II: Johnson qualifing interview

Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's/Jimmie Johnson Foundation Monte Carlo SS Qualified 2nd - Post Qualifying Press Conference transcript: ON HIS RUN TODAY: "It was a strong day across the board. We put in a great effort and came up way, way, way...

Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's/Jimmie Johnson Foundation Monte Carlo SS Qualified 2nd - Post Qualifying Press Conference transcript:

ON HIS RUN TODAY:

"It was a strong day across the board. We put in a great effort and came up way, way, way short. I'm not sure how I should put it. We were real close. I'm proud of the effort but disappointed. This is the second time I've been in this position and lost the pole by a thousandth. I really wanted to win the pole here with Jimmie Johnson Foundation on the side of the car and being my hometown track. But we still have a lot more to go. We still have Busch to go through and the Cup race on Sunday."

ON GOING FROM DAY TO NIGHTTIME ON SUNDAY, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT OF THE HEAT AND THE TRACK?

"The heat inside the car isn't going to be that big of a deal. I think the track surface temperature will change and the track will pick up more speed as the night goes on. It's tough here. I was going through my notes. There is not a typical trend that takes place in that it always gets tighter because I've also been loose, as the sun has gone down. So, I don't have a game plan going into what's coming up for us other than just trying to get the car to drive as balanced as possible and hope that as the sun goes down and the track picks up speed that our balance stays the same and that we just go a little bit faster."

HOW HOT WAS IT TODAY IN YOUR MIND?

"It's pretty warm inside the cars all the time. The difference here is that when you get out of the car, your body doesn't have a chance to recover before you get back in. But I've been training hard. I look forward to days like this and races like this and Bristol and hope that the time I've spent training pays off. I look forward to these opportunities and hopefully I can do that this weekend."

YOU ARE DISAPPOINTED IN LOSING THE POLE, BUT HOW MUCH TIME DID YOU WORK ON YOUR QUALIFYING SET UP TODAY? AND DO YOU EVER COME AWAY FROM IT THINKING YOU SHOULD HAVE PUT MORE EFFORT INTO IT, OR IS IT JUST BIG PICTURE SUNDAY NIGHT?

"I guess what I'm about to say makes it worse. That's what we focused on all day today (laughs). We only made six or seven laps on track today. We had a quick, quick car through it all. Where do you find a thousandth? It's just such a small, small margin. But in all of it, I'm disappointed because a competitor wants to win a pole and I haven't won one this year. I felt like I had a great opportunity today. I just didn't get the job done. I'm certainly optimistic for what the rest of the weekend holds. We're off to a great start. We felt like working on qualifying trim today would be more important than going into race trim because the conditions are going to be so much different starting at 5pm and going into the evening that we'd just waste time today in chasing the track and chasing conditions that we wouldn't really see."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson