JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "Everybody's trying real hard. We had a great lap going, and I'm pretty disappointed in myself (for spinning in Turn 10). You've got to hit everything here, and when you're pushing so hard. I...
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"Everybody's trying real hard. We had a great lap going, and I'm pretty disappointed in myself (for spinning in Turn 10). You've got to hit everything here, and when you're pushing so hard. I got to Turn 10, and I'd been loose throughout the day and I drove it in there like it was going to stick and it didn't. I'm just thankful I didn't hit anything. I apologize to the guys, because I think we had a top-10 car and now we're going to start in the back."
BORIS SAID, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: NOTE: Won the pole for the Dodge/Save Mart 350. It is his first career NASCAR Winston Cup pole and the first for Pontiac this season.
"That was a good lap. This is big for the sponsor, but it's big for me too. It's huge. Every year, I come here, I overdrive the thing and I go off the road and wreck and spin out. Ryan Pemberton gave me a great car, and so did everybody at MB2. This Pontiac was fast. I'm tickled. I don't even care about the race right now. I'll worry about that on Sunday. My goal coming in was a top 10, and a top-five is like a victory for me. If I can get the pole and show up at Daytona in February, that'd be a great vacation for me in the winter!"
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"It was better until I got to Turn 7. I wheel-hopped the rear tires under braking, which was strictly driver error. I was a little timid into Turn 11 because of the wheel-hopping, and I made mistake there too that cost us some time. But, we made the car better than it was in practice, but we just didn't gain as much as we would like to have gained."
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"Well, we ought to have been a little quicker, but I messed up. I'm real happy. Practice was great, we were able to run a decent lap in qualifying, but I could have been so much better. I just made a few mistakes. The car was better than the time is.
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"I'm liking that my guys are getting happy about. We've come here before and not had anything to be excited about. It's just like my Enterprise commercial: having the right car makes all the difference."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DuPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"It's pretty obvious huow fast I would have gone if I hadn't driven off the race track. It's so deceiving. You go out there and they don't even give you half a lap to get the temperature in the tires. The cars are moving all over the place, and you think, 'man, I'm a lot slower than I was in practice,' but actually I was a lot faster. I came into Turn 10, and the car had been loose before that, and it actually pushed a little. It went off into the dirt and I had to get out of the gas to keep from wrecking it. I can't believe we still ran that lap. I'm amazed."
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"It was pretty smooth. Everything felt pretty good. We just didn't go as fast as I wanted to."
RON FELLOWS, NO. 1 PENNZOIL CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: NOTE: Fellows was 36th in practice, but was on the pole for some time before being knocked off by Robby Gordon. He wound up third fastest.
"We just changed it back to where it was when we tested. We struggled in practice, but we were anticipating the track would have less grip. We went softer with the car setup, and that was not the hot ticket. I made a little mistake in Turn 10 over there, but it was still much better than it was. Pinch me!" MORE FELLOWS TO FOLLOW
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"It was a good lap for us. The GM Goodwrench car has been good since we unloaded, but I left a bunch on the table getting up the hill into Turn 1 and Turn 2. I guess it's better to be too slow into one corner than too fast into another. I have a lot of fun coming to the road courses, Infineon and Watkins Glen, and we have a pretty good car in both divisions this weekend. I left a little sitting out there, but that's a lot better than I did last year, in screwing up the lap and not getting anywhere close to what we ran."
ROBBY GORDON, NO. 31 CINGULAR CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"It's the best lap we ran all day. We knew we needed to save a little bit here, because there's not a lot of room for mistakes. We were able to pull off a good lap. It seemed like it slid from apex all the way to the edge of the road every single time about perfect. I didn't overdrive it, I didn't under-drive it and I probably did about a perfect lap. We'll see if it stands." MORE GORDON TO FOLLOW