Talladega II: GM teams qualifying quotes

DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER MONTE CARLO SS: "They (NASCAR) kind of threw us under the bus there with that (restrictor plate size) change this morning. We ain't got no practice, so we don't really know what to do." SO TOMORROW COULD BE...

DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER MONTE CARLO SS:

"They (NASCAR) kind of threw us under the bus there with that (restrictor plate size) change this morning. We ain't got no practice, so we don't really know what to do."

SO TOMORROW COULD BE A GUESSING GAME FOR YOU? "Well, it's no more guessing. It's an impound race. So it pretty much is what it is. We just wish we'd have had some laps on the track or some practice with the new plate, which you would assume would be the case. But I guess not.

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JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S MONTE CARLO SS

"Looking at the speed the No. 38 ran, I'm not sure if they ran a really good lap, or if we're slow. That's a great pick up for us, we feel, even though we changed plates yesterday, we weren't real happy with the run that we made. The guys worked hard and got some speed in the car. The closest you can start to the front, the better things are."

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KYLE BUSCH, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S MONTE CARLO SS

"It wasn't as slow as I thought it might be. We have always had pretty good superspeedway cars."

YOU HAD A COUPLE OF ISSUES YESTERDAY AND YOUR CREW WAS LOOKING AT THAT WHEN YOU GOT OUT; THIS IS AN IMPOUND RACE ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH EVERYTHING? "Well, we will hopefully have a short run in the beginning, and then come down pit road and pull it out a bit and get some clearance, but we can't do anything to it now so we will just have to wait until that point. The car is good, but we are going to kind of hang out, and the Kellogg's Chevrolet was good yesterday in the draft, and I think we will be about 15th or so."

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KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH MONTE CARLO SS:

"These laps are all about the guys that work on the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet. It is a brand new car they brought here this time, they have done a great job working on it this weekend. I am a little bit surprised that it went as fast as it did, but I know the guys aren't. Good lap for us.

ON CAR IN DRAFT: "It was really good, the track is so smooth and the transitions are really good, so you can race three wide, no problem."

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TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT MONTE CARLO SS

YOU'VE FINISHED SECOND A LOT HERE. CAN YOU GET UP ONE SPOT TOMORROW? "I hope so. Even if you run in the top two here it's normally an awesome day. It's hard to win these races without a lot of help, and we've been good at being the helper. Our average finish here has been better than most over the past five or six years. That's something we're pretty proud of.

DO YOU HAVE A DECENT CAR? "I think so. I was really, really happy with it yesterday. I'm not quite sure what we're going to have now that we've had the plate change. I do know one thing, though. In about 26 or 27 hours, we're going to know whether it was good for us or not."

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JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT MONTE CARLO SS:

"Fourth is a good place to start here. We weren't exactly sure where we would end up with this being an impound race. We were hoping somewhere toward the front. The Yates cars are strong. We weren't sure we had anything for them anyway, we are pretty happy.

It seems like the plate change slowed everybody down about 4/10ths maybe even a little bit more. It did affect it, but it should have affected everybody about the same competition wise. I think the wind affected us more, we drew a late number and that certainly didn't work in our favor today."

-credit: gm racing

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