TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT MONTE CARLO SS ON HIS RUN "We made a couple of big changes there for qualifying. You just have to some confidence in your crew chief to know what you can so. I don't know if this will stay in the top 10, but it's...
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT MONTE CARLO SS ON HIS RUN
"We made a couple of big changes there for qualifying. You just have to some confidence in your crew chief to know what you can so. I don't know if this will stay in the top 10, but it's better than what we had in practice, that's for sure."
ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE BALANCE OF THE CAR SO FAR? "So far, yes. We made a couple of big changes before qualifying. It's just having the confidence in your crew chief to know what you can do. It's not going to be good enough to probably stay in the top-10, but it's better than we were in practice before."
DIDN'T YOU RECENTLY ADD TO YOUR RACE TRACK OWNERSHIP PORTFOLIO? "Yes. We partnered up with Dale Jr., Kenny Schrader and Bob Sergeant at Paducah Speedway in Kentucky, so we added a little bit to our dirt track resume as far as ownership goes. I didn't buy it outright, but I'm a partner with those guys. It's going to be a lot of fun. We really enjoy going there. I love Eldora (Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio) and I love running in Kentucky too.
IS THIS TRACK REALLY LIKE CHICAGO? "It's just in a different state (laughs). So it's exactly like it. The only difference is the backstretch here is actually straight and at Chicago it's got a little bit of a bend to it. Other than that, they're exactly identical."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT MONTE CARLO SS:
TELL US ABOUT YOUR LAP AND WILL IT HOLD UP? "Well, you never know when you go out that early. I'm really happy with the whole effort. We made some adjustments to make the car better and I definitely feel like we did make it better and we picked up a little time from practice. Some guys are picking up a little bit and some guys are not. You never know what the track conditions are.
But they seem to be pretty consistent. I'm just really happy with the way the team has made the adjustments to get the car to really roll through the corner for me. I was able to get back on the gas and pick up a little speed from practice. Any time you can do that, it's a plus.
"I thought we made improvements. We picked up a little bit from practice. It was a little edgy.
BRIAN VICKERS, NO. 25 GMAC MONTE CARLO SS
YOU MIGHT HAVE QUALIFIED ON THE POLE "Well, we're going to try. That's the plan, anyway. So far this GMAC car has been really fast. It unloaded fast. It was fast in race trim and qualifying trim. So far; so good. We'll see. I'm kind of hoping the track slowed down and we picked up, but there are still some good cars to come."
TONY RAINES, DRIVER OF THE NO. 96 DLP HDTV CHEVROLET
HOW WAS YOUR QUALIFYING LAP? "It was a little free in (turn) one and two, but I don't understand why we can't go faster. It isn't from lack of effort, but it just doesn't seem like it will go."
WHAT WAS THE CAR LIKE DURING PRACTICE? "We were really tight off during practice. In qualifying trim we got a little free in the center, and I don't think we got it all fixed I guess. I don't know. We'll see if we can do better tomorrow."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S MONTE CARLO SS:
"It was pretty loose getting in to one but we got through the center ok. In three and four it was pretty loose on me but to finish a lap that fast and having something to complain about is a good day for us. We are on the right track. I am very happy with my race car and excited for the race on Sunday. Great chance for us to get some momentum and points back after slipping a little bit."
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