Jeff Gordon No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet HOW WAS YOUR QUALIFYING? Well, I'm really happy with the lap time. I'm a little bit disappointed because I got into Turn 3 really good, the car turned really good and I got on the gas a little too ...
No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet
HOW WAS YOUR QUALIFYING?
Well, I'm really happy with the lap time. I'm a little bit disappointed because I got into Turn 3 really good, the car turned really good and I got on the gas a little too aggressively in the middle of 3 and 4. It jumped loose on me and I'm just a little bit surprised that we were still able to run that fast with as sideways as I got. I'm really proud of these guys from the DuPont Chevrolet team. It's a great pickup from practice earlier. We'll see what happens with the sun going down and the temperature dropping for these guys.
WAS THERE A DISCUSSION THAT WENT ON ABOUT THE ENGINES AFTER THE PROBLEMS IN CALIFORNIA?
Yeah, there was. You know, the Hendrick engine guys are the best in the business. They've been all over it. So we feel very confident.
No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet
RIGHT NOW IT LOOKS LIKE AN ALL-BUSCH FRONT ROW
It's pretty cool. Elliott Sadler just had to up through my spot with his qualifying effort. . But it is a good qualifying effort. The Kellogg's Chevrolet ran pretty good. We're a little bit loose, just like how it was in California. I'd like to get back to the gas a lot better, I think we probably could have ran about a 40...something within that range. It's a good run for us and we're looking forward to Sunday. Hopefully we can get this Kellogg's Chevrolet working well for Sunday.
DID A LOT OF YOUR FRIENDS CALL YOU FOR TICKETS THIS WEEKEND?
I had a lot of people calling me for tickets this weekend. But you know what? The Las Vegas race has been sold out for...I think it's been the last seven years. So, it's sold out once again this year and that's definitely awesome for all these fans that come out here and support Las Vegas Motor Speedway the way it needs to be supported. I think the only tickets that are still for sale are for Saturday, so hopefully some people get some.
No. 10 Valvoline Chevrolet
QUALIFIED 5TH, BUT WILL START FROM THE REAR AFTER A TRANSMISSION CHANGE
HOW WAS QUALIFYING?
It was good for us. We picked up very much. We had a great draw. That was good for us. We made some changes right there at the end of practice; we thought they were going to be really good and they were, they really helped the car. Almost too much--almost freed the car up too much because the changes we made and the combination of the temperature going down so low, too. It's good for us. Everybody did a good job. It's a shame we had transmission trouble and have to go to the rear, but at least we got a good pit stall selection. We had a good car at California and drove up to the front before our engine let go. So we'll have to come up from the back and go to the front here.
WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE TRANSMISSION?
Well, right there at the exit of the first lap--the first bonsai lap this morning, I came in and overshot the pits. So, I stopped, put it in reverse and started to back up. I guess our reverse (gears) are just so weak, it wrung the gear and broke the reverse gear. We finished practice out, but we pulled it out and let the officials stand beside us. We opened the side cover and there were all sorts of parts from the reverse gear in there. We couldn't take a chance, so we had to change it.
DO YOU HAVE CONFIDENCE IN YOUR ENGINE PACKAGE THIS WEEKEND?
Oh yeah. I feel good about it. They explained to what happened last week. It made complete sense. So, I feel like we've got great horsepower. It's a shame we didn't make it last week. I feel confident it's going to make it this week.