JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET ON HAPPY HOUR: "We're pretty happy. I think this is the best this Lowe's team has been here in Pocono in race conditions and probably in the past five times we've been here. The race has been one of ...
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET
ON HAPPY HOUR: "We're pretty happy. I think this is the best this Lowe's team has been here in Pocono in race conditions and probably in the past five times we've been here. The race has been one of our weaker points. We've always been able to qualify well. We're happy with it right now so hopefully we have everything we need."
DO YOU HAVE A TOP TEN CAR? "I think right now it's safe to say we have a top five car. The track changes so much from the start of the race to the end of the race. I haven't had the success in the race to know how I need to leave Happy Hour. I'm a little up in the air right now to know how excited to be for tomorrow. Looking at our times versus everyone else, it looks like at the end of practice we were probably one of the better cars and now we hope to put this Lowe's Monte Carlo up where we need it."
ON THE COMPETITION: "It's so hard to pass here. You try to leave yourself some room so you can work on your car in a stable in environment. You have to count in the No. 9 (Kasey Kahne) and the No. 19 (Jeremy Mayfield). The No. 20 (Tony Stewart) you can't count out, the No. 18 (Bobby Labonte) and also probably the No. 24 (Jeff Gordon)."
WHAT'S IMPORTANT FOR MICHIGAN? "For us we've had solid motors with the engine department we have with Hendrick Motorsports. The last race we had there was the first time we felt we were real competitive there in quite sometime. We found out more of what we need handling wise. You think California would apply to Michigan but for some reason it doesn ' t exactly. We've been good at California and have missed Michigan until the last race of last year. I'm very excited to go back. We have made gains in the engine department and gains in aero and set ups as well. Hopefully we'll have more than the rest of the them and win."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET
ON REDEEMING HIMSELF: "If you look at past history, you'd think it's easy to say this is the place you look forward to coming to. The last few races we really haven't been as strong as I would have like to have been. Our qualifying has been off a little bit and we've had to play catch up at the race. That's why I'm so excited about this weekend. We qualified well and the car is really strong. I'm looking forward to tomorrow. I think we'll have a lot of fun."
ON WINNING THIS RACE: "I think the pace is going to drop a little more than it did in practice. The track will get more rubber and slicker. I think pit strategy and track position is going to be crucial. Who knows how that will play out until you're in the race."
ON TURN ONE BEING A KEY PLACE TO PASS: "I think turn three myself. A lot of guys are having trouble keeping it on the bottom at turn one. My car seems to be good down there. It is an opportunity. I think you have a little bit better chance to pass a guy if you get inside of him down the Long Pond straight away going into the tunnel turn. I think it's easier to get up underneath the guy up off the last turn but maybe not as easy to pass as it would be down the back straight away."
ON MICHIGAN: "Michigan is kind of unique to itself. There's not many other race tracks that we go to that are like Michigan. We tend to go to mile and a half race tracks that we compare to other mile and a half race tracks when we are looking at testing. California is not the same but the closest track we have. We use a lot of our notes from that track for Michigan. Michigan is way up north and hard to get to in the winter. If you took Michigan and put it in Florida we would all be there all winter long."