Richmond II: GM teams qualifying notes, quotes

Juan Pablo Montoya Scores Front Row Starting Position at Richmond Richmond, VA - Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet, will start second Saturday night in the Air Guard 400 at Richmond International Raceway. The effort is the fifth front...

Juan Pablo Montoya Scores Front Row Starting Position at Richmond

Richmond, VA - Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet, will start second Saturday night in the Air Guard 400 at Richmond International Raceway. The effort is the fifth front row starting position for Montoya this season.

Clint Bowyer, No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet, qualified fourth for the 400-lap/300-mile race.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet was the ninth fastest qualifier in the 43-car field.

A total of 15 Team Chevy drivers qualified for the 26th race of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and final race before the start of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Carl Edwards (Ford) was the pole winner. A.J. Allmendinger (Ford) and David Reutimann (Toyota) completed the top-five qualifiers.

The Air Guard 400 is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. with live broadcast coverage provided by ESPN TV, MRN Radio and Sirius NASCAR Radio Channel 128.

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JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET -- QUALIFIED 2nd:

ON HIS EARLY DRAW: "Early, early, early. This Target Chevy has been great. It has plenty of speed and everybody on the Chip Ganassi team has done an amazing job. I don't think this is going to hold on to anything good. If you get a top 10 start being the second car out would be awesome."

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CLINT BOWYER, NO. 33 CHEERIOS/HAMBURGER HELPER CHEVROLET -- QUALIFIED 4th

HOW WAS YOUR LAP? "So far, so good. The car felt good. Shane (Wilson, crew chief) made a couple of good adjustments there and got us where we needed to be. I was excited about it. I'm excited about tomorrow. I'm excited about tonight. I think we've got a good shot at this Nationwide race. Kevin (Harvick) and I are both pretty fast and pretty happy with our cars. It's a pretty fun weekend."

DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR TOMORROW NIGHT? "Oh, yeah, I knew that month's ago. I've just got to go out there and make sure it all happens. We've had a lot of fun. We came down early and were part of the Nationwide test yesterday. Had a lot of fun there. Car is good for tonight. I'm excited. I think we've got a good shot at running up front and well tomorrow night and we came to do that."

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DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET -- QUALIFIED 9th

HOW IS THE CAR? "I think it's pretty good. We worked really hard testing for this race and I felt like we did come with some speed off the trailer. We really thought we had a great car in qualifying. We did and I just under drove Turn 1 really bad on both laps, which cost us some time. I thought I was going to send it in there a little bit harder in that second lap and I got down to the center of the corner and it wasn't rolling fast enough for what I needed to be doing. I still ran a good lap and the car is a lot better than that. So I guess that says something about what kind of speed we've got. I think that car could have qualified in the top five pretty easily.

"We tested really hard to come here and try to be good. You know you test at these tracks that aren't necessarily exactly like this place and you just hope you're doing yourself a favor and we feel like we may have helped ourselves by putting in that kind of work. We'll just have to see tomorrow. It's a set-up that only we are running (laughs), I'll tell you that. So, hopefully it works good. Today in practice, I didn't see big speed from it but compared to other guys the lap times were good and they seemed to be steady; like the car didn't fall off as bad as what we saw with some other guys. I think it's going to have good forward bite and that's what I've been fighting here the last couple of trips here."

ON HIS GOALS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR "The initial goal really is to see what kind of things we need to do to our team to get ourselves better. And we made a lot of changes last off-season and we thought that we would be better and we did see, especially at the beginning of the year, where we thought okay, here are some things happening that are good and maybe we did help ourselves. But from the halfway point on we've been the same team that we were last year. And so hopefully in the next 10 races we can try to see what it is it's missing. I think the entire company could use a bit of a boost. We've got some guys in the Chase that we want to be of assistance to. So we'll be really just going crazy and trying all kinds of stuff underneath the race car; trying things that our teammates want us to try and trying stuff that we want to try. We're going to do as much testing as we can and just try to be a better team. I mean I don't really know what the answer is to make ourselves better yet, but hopefully in the next couple of months we can figure out some of those things."

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JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET -- QUALIFIED 11th

ON HIS LAP: "We were really good in race trim and that set-up didn't work in qualifying trim. So we threw the springs qualifying package in there and got a good lap out of it. If we would have maybe started that way in qualifying trim I think we could have tuned on it a little more, but it was a decent lap. We're kind of happy with it."

-source: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya