Three Monte Carlos in top five: Earnhardt Jr., J. Gordon, Park. DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO (second): "It changes because they reseal the track every time we come here. It's a good thing; it really adds a lot of...
Three Monte Carlos in top five: Earnhardt Jr., J. Gordon, Park.
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO (second):
"It changes because they reseal the track every time we come here. It's a good thing; it really adds a lot of grip. It allows for the second groove; that's the only reason we're able to run two grooves here in a Cup race. It's a little different every time you come here and you just have to be ready to adjust the car."
ON THAT LAP:
"It really drives about like it always has for me. We have a real conservative setup. It seems to really be in the ballpark every time we come here."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO (fourth):
"The track was so awesome fast in practice. We were running some extremely fast laps. The DuPont Chevrolet felt good. I just couldn't get after the throttle as hard as I wanted to and I heard a lot of guys saying the same thing. The track's lost a little bit of something and we're just out there getting as much as we can. That's a pretty good run for us; we're pretty happy with that. Ward (Burton, polesitter) made a good lap."
STEVE PARK, NO. 1 PENNZOIL CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO (fifth):
"This whole Pennzoil team. They gave me a great race car and the first few guys that went out were complaining about lack of grip in the track; we made a last-minute air pressure adjustment. A lot of guys just slowed down, I think the Busch cars made the track kind of lose a little grip."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO (26th):
"I'm very happy, also very tired. Theres a lot that goes with winning a Winston Cup race these days. There's been media, friends and family, phone calls, trying to get my normal life back together. There's a lot of things you wouldn't think you'd have to do, but I do. But that lap was OK. This track seems like it's changed a lot."
ON YOUR SEASON:
"It looks pretty cool on paper; it hasn't hit my head yet and I don't want it to. Just want to keep chasing these guys down the racetrack every week."
TIMES ARE DOWN:
"The times are a little bit off practice; I'm not sure exactly why. I guess we'll find out. One of the bad things about going out so early, you don't know if (your time) it's good or bad, and you have to sit around and wait. But these guys have done an awesome job with his Lowe's Monte Carlo."
MIKE SKINNER, NO. 4 KODAK CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO (19th):
"The first lap we knew it was just going to slip and slide and for some reason the race track has lost a lot of speed right now. It will probably get it back later on in qualifying, hopefully not. We knew the first lap wasn't really good. We really had a great 1 and 2 on the second lap and really got in this corner (4) good, the car turned good, got back on the gas good, everything was all good until it got right up to the exit, the backend just broke loose. We had to let completely off the gas. I know that cost us a tenth or two, but we'll just have to race them from there, wherever we end up."
ON THE NEW SEALER:
"I love this place; the sealer is always going to be an issue here. They're going to run that race tonight; it'll knock the sealer off the bottom; we'll start getting a second groove about 30-40 laps into the race tomorrow night."
MICHAEL WALTRIP, NO. 15 NAPA CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO (27th):
"The track has slowed down a little bit. A .45 isn't good, but a .35 would be acceptable. That's a tenth of a second so I refuse to hang myself over a tenth of a second. We'll just get ready to race."
ROBBY GORDON, NO. 31 CINGULAR CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO (34th):
"We've been running really good on these Southern short tracks; qualified outside front row in Bristol; qualified ninth in Martinsville and then back as far as we are (20th out of 26 at that point) is not good. I expected a lot more; I know the team did too. These guys are working really hard. You know, we had to fight from the back last week in California, it looks like we'll have to do the same here."