BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: YOU FINISHED FOURTH HERE LAST YEAR, AND IT LOOKS LIKE YOU MIGHT START IN THAT SPOT THIS YEAR - YOU"RE GETTING PRETTY GOOD AT THIS ROAD RACING STUFF. "I don't know about that. It...
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
YOU FINISHED FOURTH HERE LAST YEAR, AND IT LOOKS LIKE YOU MIGHT START IN THAT SPOT THIS YEAR - YOU"RE GETTING PRETTY GOOD AT THIS ROAD RACING STUFF.
"I don't know about that. It seemed like I didn't have as smooth of a lap as I'd like to have, but a lot of guys have slowed up some so maybe it's not quite as bad as I thought. Jeff (Gordon) and Rusty (Wallace) ran about as fast as they did in practice, but they're about the only ones. We're very fortunate we had a good lap, I suppose, and we'd definitely like to stay in the top five when the day's over."
WAS THERE ANY PARTICULAR SPOT ON THE TRACK YOU FELT LIKE YOU LEFT SOMETHING OUT THERE?
"It just didn't seem like that lap was very smooth from Point A to Point Z all the way around. It just didn't feel like I was very smooth at all. Obviously something was working for me, not necessarily the driver, but the car was working better for me than I did. We're going to end up better than I thought we would."
YOUR BROTHER TERRY QUALIFIED IN THE TOP 10, TOO. IS HE TAKING NOTES FROM YOU?
"I haven't talked to my brother all week, but I always take notes from him, he doesn't take notes from me."
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"That was a pretty bad lap. The car felt good. I don't know where I lost the time, but I lost time somewhere. We've got a rev limiter in the car and I was hitting it earlier than I had at the beginning of my practice runs. So that told me I was getting through the beginning part of the course well. But overall it wasn't exactly what we've wanted. I'm really surprised we'll be starting third on Sunday. But either way we'll be okay for the race because the car is driving really well."
RON HORNADAY, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC:
YOU'VE HAD A TOUGH DAY, LOSING YOUR BRAKES AND CRASHING IN PRACTICE AND HAVING TO GO TO YOUR BACK-UP.
"We've had all kinds of problems. We took a lap in the back-up and the wiring burned up. Stuff like that shouldn't happen and that's what we got to look at. This team's a great team and we've been running al well, we just haven't been finishing from stupid things like that. Once we get a handle on it we're going to be good."
WHAT HAPPENED TO CAUSE YOUR CRASH IN PRACTICE?
"We unloaded the primary car and it was a good race car from the start. I think we were top 10 or top 15 early in practice, but we never got to tune on it because it broke a brake line and we wrecked it and had to go to our back-up car. That car really wasn't set up to be a back-up. I'm happy we got in but we were lucky we had a provisional or we wouldn't have made the show."
THIS IS ALMOST LIKE A HOME TRACK WITH YOU BEING FROM CALIFORNIA AND HAVING WON IN OTHER SERIES HERE. HAVE YOU PUT ANY EXTRA PRESSURE ON YOURSELF THIS WEEKEND?
"I've run here in a Cup car before, so I had high expectations coming here and have been let down - maybe I let myself down. Maybe I should have found the problem earlier, feeling what the brake pedal was doing, but we don't run recirculators week after week and then when we run them here, the pedal was spongy as it was so who knows. You just got to look at the bright side. We're in the race and all we can do is gain from there. This is a very tough race track and you've got to get around it and get around it smoothly, so if we do that we'll be alright."