Texas II: GM Teams qualifying notes, quotes

Brain Vickers Scorches Field to Grab Texas Pole with New Track Record Chevy Drivers Capture Six of Top-10 Starting Positions for Sunday's Dickies 500 Ft. Worth, TX - Brian Vickers, No. 25 GMAC Monte Carlo SS, captured his four NASCAR Nextel Cup...

Brain Vickers Scorches Field to Grab Texas Pole with New Track Record
Chevy Drivers Capture Six of Top-10 Starting Positions for Sunday's Dickies 500

Ft. Worth, TX - Brian Vickers, No. 25 GMAC Monte Carlo SS, captured his four NASCAR Nextel Cup Series career pole for the Dickies 500 with a blistering new track record lap of 27.518 seconds, 196.235 m.p.h. at Texas Motor Speeway. It is Vickers' first pole of the 2006 season and his first number one starting spot at Texas.

Chevy drivers joining Vickers in the top-10 of the 43-car starting field are: Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowes Monte Carlo SS, fifth; Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Kinko's Monte Carlo SS, sixth; Tony Stewart, No. 20 Home Depot Monte Carlo SS, eighth; Robby Gordon, No. 7 Menards/Mapei Monte Carlo SS, ninth and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 8 Budweiser Monte Carlo SS will roll off in 10th spot.

Elliott Sadler (Dodge), Kurt Busch (Dodge) and Kasey Kahne (Dodge) fill out the top-five starters.

The 334-lap Dickies 500 is scheduled to start Sunday at 1:55 p.m. CST. Live coverage will be provided by NBC TV, PRN Radio and XM Sateliite Radio.

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TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 8th: "This is the car we won with at Atlanta and we won Kansas City with, it has always been a good car. This thing just feels really good. It just has one of those feels that I like. I guarantee for next year, even though we have a new car, we are going to be copying a lot of stuff off this car. We were either going to run Atlanta with this car or bring it to Texas, I felt like the way the tires fall off, we were going to need it more there. We have such a great crew back there at Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), these guys have been doing a pretty good job of turning these cars around. When I don't crash in to people and wreck and stuff, it is easier for them to turn the cars around in a week. It just shows how dedicated of a group of guys we have at the shop."

"I don't know if we are going to take this thing to Phoenix, but if everything goes well this weekend, there is a good shot it will go to Homestead too. There is just something about this race car that I really like. It matches how I like to drive the thing. It is just a combination that works well for us. I am really happy with it.

"It is like going and buying shoes and there ends up being that one pair of shoes you like better than all the others, that is kind of what it is like. I have never been one of those drivers who paid attention to, which chassis was which, I just always just drove the one they brought on the weekend. But this is definitely my favorite car so I guess I am falling in the category with the rest of the guys."

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JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 5th: "This car has been on a rail and driving so nice that everything was kind of going in slow motion. I could put the car anywhere I wanted it on the track. A lot of overall grip. Just a very good piece. I am very proud of my guys. They worked hard to get this car ready. We raced the car at Indy, we stopped and chopped the thing before Atlanta then worked around the clock the last couple of days to get it ready to bring it here. It is working really well."

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DALE EARNHARDT, JR, No. 8 BUDWEISER MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 10th: "I have been under the weather today. My guys gave me a good car that got around the track real good. I was able to get through one and two real fast, I pushed a little in three and four but that is what we had been doing all day.

"I am glad Atlanta turned out the way it did, it wasn't a whole lot of fun though at times. In hindsight, Tony Junior, we would have pitted. It was kind of my mistake not to do that. But it worked out and we finished third. I don't think we would have finished third if we would have pitted with the rest of those guys."

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BRIAN VICKERS, NO. 25 GMAC MONTE CARLO SS - Pole Sitter: "This thing was awesome. I told Lance when we unloaded; you just have these cars that just feel good. The thing felt smooth through out all of practice. Race trim, qualifying trim. It was awesome all through practice. I got in to one a little deep but got back in the gas and got up out of the groove a little bit, it was just smokin' through three and four. That is about as close as you can come to runnin' wide open in a Cup car here."

"You have to have luck on your side and I would rather be lucky than good any day, the draw was perfect. There is nothing better than going out late here because the track is better. You know where you stand just as soon as you qualify.

"Nothing would make me happier than to get another win for this No. 25 team. To get my first win in this car was very special for me, for a lot of reasons obviously, I am glad we got a pole this year and we can go chase another win. Texas might owe us one anyway.

"We came real close here in a Busch car in a car that felt almost as good as this one."

"We had a good car. A pole is something that is sometimes funny. You can go out there to qualify and the car can be different than practice and you can miss it by just a little bit. These Cup cars and the competition at this level, you have to put down a perfect lap on a perfect line with a perfect car to get the pole. Nothing is in the bag when you pull out on the race track."

-credit: ford racing

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Tony Stewart , Robby Gordon , Kurt Busch , Jimmie Johnson , Kasey Kahne , Brian Vickers , Elliott Sadler , Denny Hamlin
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing