KEN SCHRADER, NO. 36 PEDIGREE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: "We picked up a lot. I kind of kept messing the guys up in practice, but this was a lot better run. "Qualifying position here is about like it is at Talladega. It doesn't mean much. Lap 50 means...
KEN SCHRADER, NO. 36 PEDIGREE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"We picked up a lot. I kind of kept messing the guys up in practice, but this was a lot better run. "Qualifying position here is about like it is at Talladega. It doesn't mean much. Lap 50 means a lot."
RON HORNADAY, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"This was like Martinsville when we were junk and had to change everything. These guys came back today and it looks like they believe in me. We changed everything we had to and we picked up a bunch. We picked up a little over a half a second and that's what we needed to do to get in the show."
JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"I don't know what happened. It was like two different cars from practice to qualifying. We unloaded fast (third quickest in practice) and didn't change a thing. It seems like the first set of tires we put on were pretty good. The second set wasn't very good and this set wasn't very good, either - with no changes. I don't know, but I'm sure Sunday will be better."
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"That was a good jump for us and yet I feel pretty sure that we're still not where we need to be. But we've got qualifying out of the way and now we can get our race stuff dialed in. For sure, it was a struggle to get to where we did today."
IS QUALIFYING A 'THROW-AWAY' HERE?
"Not necessarily. You still want to be good from the get-go. The cars will spread out a little bit during the race, but you don't want to give up anything."
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"I'm real happy with that. That's the best we ran all day. There were a lot of guys that picked it up. I was hoping that the track had gotten a little quicker, but I didn't know for us until we got out there and the track had gotten better. The changes we made didn't pick up all that time, but they definitely made the car better. We worked pretty hard in practice. We ran almost as many laps as the guy that ran the most laps, so we kept working hard on the car all day and it paid off in qualifying."
DO YOU LIKE THIS PLACE?
"I really do. We've never really been a factor to win a race here, but we've run in the top 10 all day at this place. It's a place that's fairly decent to us, but we needed to have a day like today to give us a little bit of a boost. If we can make this Pontiac drive a little better than what it did in qualifying tomorrow and Sunday, then we'll be pretty happy with the result."
THE WORLD OF OUTLAWS TEAM YOU OWN HAS A 21-POINT LEAD HEADING INTO THE
FINAL TWO RACES OF THE SEASON THIS WEEKEND...ARE YOU NERVOUS?
"As a cat in a room full of rocking chairs. Yeah, I'm real nervous, to be honest. The Outlaws season is over 100 days long. To know that it's down to tonight and tomorrow night, it's hard for me to be on the east coast and them to be practically on the west coast. The only way I can communicate with them is through the cell phone.
"I wouldn't say we've got a comfortable point lead, but we've got enough of a lead that if we go out and just run like we normally run at Las Vegas and have two decent nights in a row, then we should lock this thing up. "[Driver] Danny [Lasoski] sure deserves it and the guys on the crew deserve it because they've worked really hard. Those four guys worked so hard through the winter just getting the team ready to go -- to be prepared to go down to Daytona and run the All-Star races at Volusia and East Bay to prepare for the season - it would be nice to reward them with this.
"We've had a great season, even if we don't win it, by winning the Knoxville Nationals. But, if we can go there and finish this championship off, it would be an awesome feat for a rookie team."