Pontiac Racing Loudon qualifying notes

JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: ON YOUR RUN "That is better than I've been in the past, so we're happy. I don't think I've ever finished very good here, so we'll just have to wait and see." ON THE TRACK SURFACE "For...

JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

ON YOUR RUN

"That is better than I've been in the past, so we're happy. I don't think I've ever finished very good here, so we'll just have to wait and see."

ON THE TRACK SURFACE

"For us, it's been better. In the past, I've always lost a lot of time and this time I didn't."

KEN SCHRADER, NO. 36 M&M'S PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

HOW WAS YOUR LAP?

"Not good enough. It wasn't bad and we've got a good starting spot for the M&M's Pontiac. But, it still just wasn't what we were looking for. Everybody is so close. You're really splitting hairs out there."

ON AN IMPROVED QUALIFYING EFFORT

"For some reason we've always been pretty solid here. When we unloaded we were good today. I just didn't get the qualifying lap I was looking for, but it's not bad. That's for sure."

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM THE TRACK SUNDAY?

"We'll have to see when the second groove comes in. It won't be much of a groove. I can't see that the sealer is going to make much of a difference from races we've seen here in the past."

RON HORNADAY, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

ON YOUR RUN

"It's exciting. I think these guys are getting things turned around. We had bad luck last week (at Chicagoland), but we had a good car. I'm just proud of these guys. We unloaded good, changed a couple things and went right back to where we unloaded. It's a compliment to these guys. I think the sealer and everything else on this racetrack is making this Pontiac run good. Everything is just coming together with this team. It's slow, but sure. "I was disappointed that we broke a motor last week. But as good as we were running, I was happy. Hopefully, we can do the same thing this week - go out there, run the whole race and run as strong as we did."

IS THIS THE BEST STRETCH THE TEAM HAS HAD THIS YEAR?

"This is the best the car has come off the truck, the most comfortable they've been. These guys believe in me, I believe in them. That's all you can say. It definitely has been the best two race cars I've had the past two weeks."

DID THE CLOUD COVER HELP YOU AT ALL?

"When I saw the cloud, I thought it was going to be gone by the time I got there because a couple of the guys weren't in line yet and they jumped in front of us. That (cloud cover) is always a plus, but actually with the air pressure we had in the tires it would have been better in the sun. But, I don't know. It doesn't matter. I'm in the show and that's all that counts."

TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

ON YOUR RUN

"The car was good. The driver just screwed up. We're a lot better than what we showed today."

-GM Racing

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