Michigan II: GM teams qualifying quotes, notes

Team Chevy Grabs Three of Top-Five Starting Positions at Michigan; Jimmie Johnson Will Start Outside Front Row Brooklyn, MI - Team Chevy drivers scored top-five starting positions for Sunday's 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International...

Team Chevy Grabs Three of Top-Five Starting Positions at Michigan; Jimmie Johnson Will Start Outside Front Row

Brooklyn, MI - Team Chevy drivers scored top-five starting positions for Sunday's 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway (MIS).

Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Impala SS, will start on the outside of row one. His Hendrick Motorsports (HMS) teammate and winner of the June MIS race, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Impala SS, turned in the fourth fastest qualifying time.

Fellow HMS driver Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Impala SS, qualified fifth in the starting order for the 200-lap/400-mile race.

Regan Smith, No. 01 DEI/Principal Financial Group Impala SS and Scott Riggs, No. 66 Haas Automation Impala SS, turned in top-10 qualifying efforts and will start eighth and 10th respectively giving Team Chevy five of the top-10 starters in the 43-car field.

Brian Vickers won the pole. Elliott Sadler will start third to complete the top-five in the starting order.

A total of 14 Impala SS drivers will take the green flag Sunday at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Live coverage of race 23 of the 36-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season will be provided by ESPN, MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio.

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DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD IMPALA SS -- Qualified 4th:

YOU WON HERE IN JUNE, BUT CAN YOU WIN HERE ON FUEL MILEAGE IN THE SUMMER? "Yes, I think so. I want to thank my team for bringing such a good car to the track. We practiced really good and we learned a lot since we ran here and we were a top-ten car last time and I feel like what we have learned has pushed us up and we can lead some laps and run up front all day long and challenge for the win."

YOU HAVE A HUGE CUSHION AS FAR AS MAKING THE CHASE. SO CAN YOU JUST PUT THE BLINDERS ON AND JUST GO FOR THE WIN ON SUNDAY? "Well, we always go for the win and we have learned a lot and the car is a little bit better so I am anticipating tomorrow's practice and then the race on Sunday and see how much we have learned since we were here last time."

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JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT IMPALA SS -- Qualified 5th "It was a good lap. We picked up from practice. That's always good. I could tell coming to the line that it was a decent lap; it wasn't going to be a pole-running lap. I knew there were definitely some guys that could go faster and would go faster. I'm so proud of the guys on this DuPont Chevrolet. We worked on it. We had a little bit of a problem during practice with an ignition box and we got it fixed and rebounded pretty good."

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF QUALIFYING FOR THIS RACE "Pit road position and location is important and track position is important. It's always important to qualify good no matter where you're at. But this track is so wide, there is so much racing groove that you have here, you can start most anywhere and be competitive here. It just depends on how the caution flags fall."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Jimmie Johnson , Brian Vickers , Regan Smith , Elliott Sadler
Teams Hendrick Motorsports