Phoenix: GM teams qualifying quotes, notes

Avondale, AZ - Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Impala SS, captured the pole for Saturday's Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. His lap of 27.040 seconds, 133.137 m.p.h. was his third career pole at the one-mile track in the Arizona...

Avondale, AZ - Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Impala SS, captured the pole for Saturday's Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. His lap of 27.040 seconds, 133.137 m.p.h. was his third career pole at the one-mile track in the Arizona desert.

It is the third pole of the 2007 season for the four time NASCAR Nextel Cup Series (NNCS) champion and his second in the Impala SS, the first coming at the new generation NASCAR race car's debut at Bristol Motor Speedway.

A total of six Team Chevy drivers will start in the top-10. Denny Hamlin put his No. 11 FedEx Kinkos Impala SS is the third starting position. Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Impala SS, will start fifth in Saturday's 312-lap/312-mile race, round eight of the 2007 NNCS season.

Martin Truex, Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Impala SS, turned in the seventh quickest time of the 51cars making an attempt to secure a starting position for the race.

Defending race winner Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Impala SS will start eighth along side two-time NNCS champion Tony Stewart, No. 20 Home Depot Impala SS.

The 43 qualifiers will have two practice sessions on Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. PDT with final practice scheduled for 4:50 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.

The 500K race has a scheduled start time of 5:30 p.m. (PDT) Saturday with live coverage on FOX TV, MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio.

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TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT IMPALA SS - Qualified 9th:

HAVE YOU SEEN ANYTHING DIFFERENT WITH THE CAR OF TOMORROW THIS WEEK NOW THAT WE'RE ON A ONE-MILE OVAL? "No, not really. It's pretty much following suit with what we've had in the past. No real difference. I don't think we're going to see a lot of a difference until we get to the mile-and-a-halves or anywhere bigger we're actually running a lot of speed. It's still a short track here. We're not running the speeds here that we run everywhere else."

ARE YOU RUNNING INTO ANY ISSUES? "It's our normal deal - tight in the center, but that's the way it was with our old cars. You always got tight in the center. It's just another race car. We didn't reinvent the wheel. It just has a different look to it."

ARE YOU HAPPY WITH YOUR QUALIFYING EFFORT? "I think so. I was hoping to be a little bit better, but it wasn't a bad

*** lap. It puts us in the top-10 for Saturday night."

JEFF GREEN, NO. 66 BEST BUY IMPALA SS - 14TH:

"I'm pretty happy with that lap. The first lap, I drove it off in there too hard and locked up the front tires a little, but the second lap was good. We picked up about four-10ths (of a second) from practice. I think a later (qualifying) draw would have helped put us closer to the front, but I think we've got a car that's going to race really well. Harold (Holly) and the guys made some changes from practice to qualifying, and they were definitely in the right direction. We'll tweak it a little more tomorrow, and I think we'll be good to go."

-credit: fm racing

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Jimmie Johnson , Martin Truex Jr. , Denny Hamlin