MIKE BLISS, NO. 27 DUKE'S MAYONNAISE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: ON RETURNING TO WINSTON CUP RACING "It feels really good. I'm excited about this team. We've got a lot of things we can improve on and we know what those are. It feels good. "We're...
MIKE BLISS, NO. 27 DUKE'S MAYONNAISE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON RETURNING TO WINSTON CUP RACING
"It feels really good. I'm excited about this team. We've got a lot of things we can improve on and we know what those are. It feels good.
"We're a little disappointed with our run today. That's about what we unloaded with and we never got any better than that. But, it's a new car and we never got to test it. It's pretty tough to come out here and be good right out of the box."
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON YOUR LAP
"That's about what we ran last night and about what we've got right now. Qualifying is over with; now we'll get ready for the race."
ON BEING ABLE TO CONTEND FOR THE WIN SATURDAY NIGHT
"If you have a good enough race car for the race you can be a contender. If your car is handling good and you have the horsepower to keep you up there, you can be OK. We'll just have to wait and see. Hopefully, it will be really good."
ON PRACTICING AT NIGHT AND QUALIFYING DURING THE DAY
"It was kind of odd because at some places we practice during the day and qualify at night. But that's just the way it is this time. Everybody is in the same boat, so it's really not that big of a deal."
DO YOU EXPECT EVERYONE TO BE AS CONSCIOUS OF OTHER DRIVERS TOMORROW NIGHT, LIKE THEY WERE AT TALLADEGA?
"There always is. It's just that sometimes things happen that you can't control. You're always as careful and conscious of everything as you can be, but things can happen that are out of your control."
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN DO BEFORE TOMORROW'S RACE TO FIND SOME SPEED?
"I don't know. We only get seven tests a year and when there is a rule change each week it's hard to go test and figure out what you've got to do to be fast. A bunch of these teams tested. We've got our tests set up for the year, as far as where we need to go and this isn't one of them - not since the big rule change.
"It's hard. We'll do what we can, but it's just frustrating."
IS THE RULE CHANGE YOU'RE REFERRING TO THE BUMP STOP RULE?
"Yeah. We utilized it quite a bit and we never had any problems with it. But a couple teams had problems with it and a couple drivers didn't run as fast as they wanted to on it, so, 'It's time to change the rules.' It's frustrating. This sport is tough enough as it is and then NASCAR changes the rules on us. One way or the other, we've always got to chase our tails."
KEN SCHRADER, NO. 36 M&M'S PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
WHERE IS ALL THE SPEED AT?
"I don't know. That's all we've had since we got here. We ran a little bit quicker yesterday, but then we went through inspection today and had to tweak on some stuff. I had no reason to believe we were going to run any faster than that."
IS QUALIFYING JUST A 'THROW-AWAY' HERE?
"It don't mean anything. It's just a procedure."
JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
HOW DISAPPOINTED ARE YOU WITH THAT RUN?
"I'm way bummed about it. That's where we're going to go race, but I didn't want to qualify there. That was a full-blown effort. It was just slow."
DO YOU THINK IT'S FAST RACE CAR?
"It doesn't look like it, but we'll have to find out."
RON HORNADAY, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON MISSING YOUR FIRST RACE OF THE YEAR
"I'm just disappointed. We know we've got a good race car. It just doesn't qualify and we knew that before we came down here.
"The bad part of the deal is that we had to use our provisional last time out at Sears Point and we didn't need it out there. We had a good race car [before a practice crash] and I know that racetrack.
"It's just a shame. The car runs good in the draft, but I guess you've got to have it all.
"It just snowballs and that's the thing about this deal. You're a little behind, then you wreck your primary car and then it just keeps snowballing and we can't get caught up. That's our own fault."
DO YOU THINK THAT THE PONTIACS ARE AT A DISADVANTAGE?
"Do I have to think about it to know there is a problem? We saw it yesterday in practice and we saw it today.
"They got what they wanted. They should have called qualifying and put the guys that support this deal in the show. But, no, we waited six hours to figure out that a couple guys that support this series are going home."
BARRY DODSON, CREW CHIEF, NO. 27 DUKE'S MAYONNAISE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON HAVING NO PONTIACS IN THE TOP 32 IN QUALIFYING
"They ought to cut the damn spoiler off [of the Pontiac] and get it like the Fords. Why should I even go to Talladega? You've got two GM cars that just spent $100,000 going to the wind tunnel to bring them back data to justify making the change. It's a joke when you have one Pontiac in the top 30 at Talladega and the fastest one here is 33rd. If you want parity across the board, they've got it with three of the brands, but they've got us in a league by ourselves."