Homestead: GM teams qualifying quotes, notes

Homestead, FL - A total of 16 Team Chevy drivers will take the green flag Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Ford 400, the final event of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season. Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Impala SS, will...

Homestead, FL - A total of 16 Team Chevy drivers will take the green flag Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Ford 400, the final event of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season.

Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Impala SS, will start fifth in the 267-lap/400.5-mile race. Martin Truex, Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Impala SS, will roll off as the 10th starter in the 43-car field.

Championship contender Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Impala SS, will start a disappointing 30th in his bid for a third consecutive championship.

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JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S IMPALA SS -- Qualified 30th:

"Oh, I had some trouble coming to the green. And lost some time trying to take the green flag and get going from there. So it's probably not the qualifying effort that we wanted, but we had a great practice and have a great car and we'll be just fine.

"Oh well, we'll roll with it. We'll see what we can do tomorrow. Qualifying, we'd love to start up front and we'd love that first pit stall pick because we all know how important that is. But it's just not for us today, but this team in the past, we've shown our strength many times and not qualifying well. In fact this year, I've turned into a better qualifier than I've ever been. So we'll just kind of run from there and see what we get."

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CHAD KNAUS, CREW CHIEF FOR JOHNSON:

COULD YOU TALK ABOUT THE FOUR OR FIVE THINGS YOU'RE MOST WORRIED ABOUT GOING WRONG ON SUNDAY? "Do you think there's only four or five (laughter)? Obviously with our poor qualifying effort we have to start back in the pack (30th). That's not where you want to be. There is a lot of mayhem that goes on back there, especially at this race track with the way the groove widens up. You get people all over the race track, so that's always a concern. People say well, that's just bad luck if you get caught up in a wreck when you're at the back of the field. But quite honestly, if you hadn't qualified so poorly, you wouldn't be back there and you wouldn't be in the wreck. Obviously engine issues, mechanical issues, and just hell, I think it's supposed to rain again. I think we're supposed to get a rain shower. So you just don't even know what's going to happen. So, I'm worried about everything, to be quite honest with you. But the thing I'm most concerned about, is just making sure we keep them in eyesight."

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KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 SHELL-PENNZOIL IMPALA SS -- Qualified 5th

ON HIS LAP: "That was a good lap in our Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet. I think I could have gotten a little more out of it I probably still didn't get all that I needed to out of it in (turns) one and two, but it was still a great lap for us. The guys did a great job and the car is really good in race trim so we are really looking forward to the race and finishing up strong."

Looking at the stats, track position is pretty important at this track. What is your assessment?

"I think track position is pretty important it seems like at most every track we go. Last week it seems like it was the most important thing, but track position is key to be able to run where you want to because it seems like tire and the car are line sensitive."

I have heard some people say that the car is more line sensitive or aero sensitive and more sensitive at the mile-and-a-half tracks. This is another one and how does it compare as far as handling as compared to Lowe's Motor Speedway or Atlanta?

"The cars seem to grip a little bit better here than say, Charlotte or Atlanta for that fact. Charlotte and Atlanta are two different types of grips because Atlanta is really worn out and Charlotte is just real edgy because they have to make the tires so hard to get through a run and it has its own unique characteristics."

-credit: gm racing

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Jimmie Johnson , Martin Truex Jr.