Kansas: Johnson post-qualifying interview

JIMMIE JOHNSON , NO. 48 LOWE'S MONTE CARLO SS: "Solid day for us. A day we are proud of, a day we are happy with. We just need to get some momentum going in the right direction. Since we unloaded it off the truck, today, the car has been spot...

JIMMIE JOHNSON , NO. 48 LOWE'S MONTE CARLO SS:

"Solid day for us. A day we are proud of, a day we are happy with. We just need to get some momentum going in the right direction. Since we unloaded it off the truck, today, the car has been spot on. Left a little bit on the table out there, the car was a little loose in both corners. But still although it wasn't the best lap today, I am really excited for Sunday's race.

ON MAKING COME BACK CHARGE IN THE CHASE IN 2004

We had some great races, won a bunch of events and at the same time some guys had some bad luck. If I remember right, Kurt (Busch) blew and engine at Atlanta which really brought in to it. If we had gotten through Atlanta, it would have really been a close points race, looking back on it. In eight races there is a lot that can go on. Every weekend with 43 cars on the track there is a good possibility if you have trouble, you are going to lose a lot of points, it is just how it is. I don't like the position I am in, I don't want to be in the position I am in. Been here the last few years, getting off to a slow start in the Chase, but it isn't over. It certainly isn't over yet and there is certainly going to be a lot of tough racing from here on out."

ON FRUSTRATIONS BEING THE LEADER GOING IN TO THE CHASE AND THEN LEAD VANISHES:

"It is frustrating, but it is just one of the challenges of our sport. You have the first 26, then you have 10 after that. We got off to a great start, made it through August pretty good for our standards. Won the Brickyard 400, got into Loudon, had a really strong race car, had our bad luck there. Went to Dover, had a strong run going and got caught with the caution coming out when we pitted and got down a lap. We are a much stronger race team than we reflect being 8th in the points right now. Hopefully we can show that this weekend and get some points going in the right direction for the No. 48 car.

ON BRIAN VICKERS NOT PARTICIPATING IN TEAM MEETINGS SINCE HE IS LEAVING HMS:

"Brian is still heavily involved but as we all know, there are very few secrets in this sport. To have someone that is leaving and going to another race team, involved with some of the detailed conversations about some of the cars and technology wouldn't be smart on behalf of Hendrick Motor Sports to allow him and be a part of it.

When Brian was approached with it all, he fully and completely understood and he is still participating and providing information to his crew chief. Working with his crew chief, filling out his sheets and completing his post race reports at HMS. He is doing all the things he has always done, just having him in certain situations management felt it wasn't the smartest thing to be around that and Brian accepted it and was fine with it."

-credit: gm racing

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
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