Rockingham: GM - Benson qualifying press conference

JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: WAS IT AN ADVANTAGE TO GO OUT EARLY? "I don't know if it was an advantage or not. It was starting to rain a little bit. At first when I started the car up, he (the official) stopped me. I ...

JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

WAS IT AN ADVANTAGE TO GO OUT EARLY? "I don't know if it was an advantage or not. It was starting to rain a little bit. At first when I started the car up, he (the official) stopped me. I thought, 'Well, maybe it is raining.' But, I don't know if it matters here a whole lot. It does if the sun is out. But, I guess if it's overcast -- it's overcast here. It's cool and not real windy, so I don't know if it mattered if you went first, last, in the middle - not as much as it would on a normal week."

WITH YOUR RACE-WINNING CAR BACK AT THE SHOP, TALK ABOUT LEARNING A NEW CAR HERE "This is a new car. It takes a little bit of time. When we unloaded we were ready for qualifying. Then, we watched the weather and switched everything over to race trim just because the car has never been on the racetrack and we were concerned about the weather for tomorrow. We spent probably 25 or 30 laps just messing with it for race trim just to see what we were going to have. But, it didn't matter. We didn't qualify that good last year. We started back in the fall. Like Mark (Martin) said - it's not really a huge deal where you qualify here, although it's nice if you're up on the front row. We were just going to take our chances. I took it and made one run in qualifying trim and wasn't that happy with the car, so we made some changes. I guess the changes were right. It was pretty good."

ARE YOU TIRED OF DEALING WITH WEATHER? "We get here on Thursday night and leave here on Sunday, so I guess it doesn't matter what it does in between there. Obviously, we would like to see some track-time with all the new cars and new templates and things of this nature. But, other than that, you're here the same amount of hours. We'd prefer it to be a little nicer weather, though."

CAN YOU PINPOINT ANYWHERE IN YOUR LAP WHERE YOU MAY HAVE LOST THE COUPLE HUNDREDTHS THAT KEPT YOU OFF THE POLE? "I don't really care. I could sit there and look at that. I've missed it by a second before, so this couple (hundredths) ain't all that bad.

"Starting up there (in second) is better than where I started in the fall. You could probably say that, and I did say, 'You know, I wish I could run that again.' But, I might have screwed it up, too, so I'm happy with my lap."

-gm racing-

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