JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: FIRST OFF, HOW DO YOU FEEL? "I feel pretty good. It's a little tough getting in and out, but once you get in there, I'm hoping when the car gets hot I won't even feel like I've got a problem...
JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
FIRST OFF, HOW DO YOU FEEL? "I feel pretty good. It's a little tough getting in and out, but once you get in there, I'm hoping when the car gets hot I won't even feel like I've got a problem at all.
ABOUT YOUR LAP "The Valvoline Pontiac's running pretty good. I got a little bit loose there in the last turn coming towards the checkered - I thought I was going to get a little bit more, but I slid around. This has been a good car for us. We ran it at California, ran sixth at Michigan with it, and this is the car Jerry (Nadeau) tested at Indy and it was real fast, so we're looking forward to running this car for the race." It was a good lap. I mean, the track slowed up a little bit from practice, but I'm pretty happy with this Valvoline car. It's real neutral. I think we're going to have a great car for Sunday - I'm really looking forward to it.
MIKE WALLACE, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"We need to be quicker yet, but I'm more content than in practice. We've made an improvement every time we've gone on the racetrack, so if you look at it that way, we're doing okay. It's not going to be a stellar number by any stretch, but realistically I hope we're in the top 36 and we'll just take it from there.
HAS THERE BEEN MUCH OF A LEARNING CURVE AFTER JUST JOINING THE TEAM IN MIDWEEK? "I tested with these guys with a totally different car and my own seat in it and all that at the Brickyard, and I was comfortable there, but here I've stepped into a car that I hadn't been in until this morning. We're trying to make the best of it and I think we're going to do fine. I didn't get quite as good of qualifying lap as I had hoped to. It's an improvement over practice, but I lost a little bit out there on the last turn. I just didn't have a comfortable feel for some reason. But the guys will work on it and they'll get it straightened out."
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON A BLOWN MOTOR DURING HIS QUALIFYING ATTEMPT "It just let go on the second lap - no real warning."
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"The first lap didn't show the speed we wanted. I was hoping for a real teen or flat (lap time) or something. We were worried about temperature's more than anything and didn't want to have to run a second lap, but when the crew chief calls on there and say's a 53.350 on the radio, you know you need to run a second lap. So you go out and the second lap is quicker but the temperature gauge rises a little higher than you want it to. We probably lost a little power at the end of the lap, but at the same time still ended up running a 53.156 instead, so a 53.156 versus a 53.350 is a lot better number."
GREG ZIPADELLI, CREW CHIEF, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"It's a good run for us I thought. Tony and myself thought we might run a little bit better than that, just by what we ran in this morning's practice. We usually pick up a bunch (time/speed), but the set of tires maybe a little bit tighter or with the very small adjustment we made it just seemed to push the car a little bit more, which lost a lot of speed for us. Overall it's a great effort and gives us a good starting spot".