Loudon: Johnson qualifying press conference

JIMMIE JOHNSON , NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - (qualified 2nd) - Post Qualifying Press Conference: CAN YOU THREE-PEAT HERE? "I hope so. I haven't been able to do it yet. At Lowe's I didn't accomplish that last year. And that at Dover I...

JIMMIE JOHNSON , NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - (qualified 2nd) - Post Qualifying Press Conference:

CAN YOU THREE-PEAT HERE?

"I hope so. I haven't been able to do it yet. At Lowe's I didn't accomplish that last year. And that at Dover I wasn't able to back it up. I hope I can this year. But you never know. It's a lot of good race cars and teams. It's going to be a good race. Everybody is excited with the performance that Martin Truex Jr. put in and once he gets in there and gets going, the No. 8 car will be up there. The No. 15 car (Michael Waltrip) is going to be strong. The No. 24 car is going to be tough - even though he (Jeff Gordon) isn't real happy with the way qualifying went. But he's going to be tough. The No. 12 (Ryan Newman) has the upper hand right now based on the test session he had here. But we've got tomorrow to chase him back down and then the whole race on Sunday."

ON JEFF GORDON NOT HAVING A VERY GOOD DAY

"It's amazing when you get on that roll and then you don't have a day like you want and how bummed out you can be. I think it just shows the competitive desire in Jeff and the whole No. 24 team. It gave me a good chance to mess with Robbie Loomis when he came over and congratulated us on our run. But the sport is a monster at times. You'll have the best of days and then maybe the next week you never know what can happen."

HOW WAS THE TRACK CONDITION TODAY?

"Good. It seemed very consistent and similar to what we had last year. The cloud cover this afternoon allowed the cars to be more consistent from the first car on the track to the end. Normally you see the track free up and it's a little bit of a handful. I think the Busch cars had a harder time qualifying with the sun poking in and out."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Michael Waltrip , Ryan Newman , Martin Truex Jr. , Robbie Loomis