ALL-STAR CHALLENGE QUALIFYING: RICKY CRAVEN, NO. 32 TIDE CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO ON HIS 20-SECOND PENALTY FOR ENTERING PIT ROAD TOO FAST "It hurts us a lot. But it's the name of the game. I tried to stretch it out probably a little bit too far.
ALL-STAR CHALLENGE QUALIFYING:
RICKY CRAVEN, NO. 32 TIDE CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO
ON HIS 20-SECOND PENALTY FOR ENTERING PIT ROAD TOO FAST "It hurts us a lot. But it's the name of the game. I tried to stretch it out probably a little bit too far. We paid the penalties. But it was an improvement over practice and how it relates to tomorrow night and next week. I'm encouraged by some of the improvements but obviously not encouraged by the penalty. This is really cool though. Three laps and throw a pit stop in there and don't speed on pit road."
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"The car drove really good and the guys had a good pit stop. This deal is tough. We don't get a chance to do this but once a year. This is actually the first time all of us did it right. We had two pretty decent laps and they guys had a decent pit stop so we're pretty excited."
HOW NERVE-WRACKING IS IT TO KNOW HOW MUCH ATTENTION NASCAR IS PAYING TO SPEED LIMITS ON PIT ROAD? "If they just did that during race weekend (laughs), but no. They do a good job. It's a lot easier when there is just one car coming down. It's hard when there are 43 of us coming down pit lane. It's good. It makes this a really fair event. It makes it tough. The hardest part for the drivers is just getting down on pit lane without making a mistake and costing us 20 seconds. We know they're watching when we get to those cones down there. It's just a matter of getting slowed down on time. I think this car is going to race really well. We tested here a couple of weeks ago and it was really good."
JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Had a 20 second penalty:
"It kind of messes everything up. The team has worked so hard to give me good cars here. We've got a different car (back-up). We didn't get to make any laps with it. It has a different tachometer and a different rear-end gear ratio and we're trying to calculate all this stuff. I think we got it pretty close. But I locked the brakes up a little bit getting on pit road and I had to let off or it was going to spin around. I think they (NASCAR) caught me right there on initial entry. But this whole U.S. Army team is working hard. It's going to be good for tomorrow night."
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 SNAP-ON GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET:
"It was a good lap for the Goodwrench Chevrolet. I think I lost a little bit getting in on pit road. I just kind of wheel-hopped the car a little bit. It doesn't take much to screw it up. But you've just got to go for it and put it out on the line. We had a good pit stop and two really good laps on the race track. So I probably just lost a little bit there and spun the tires too much getting off."
WERE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT SPEEDING ON PIT LANE? "Yeah, that was the last thing they told me. They said to watch my speed on pit road. It might have been that I was just a little bit too conservative on pit road and then just a little bit too aggressive getting off pit road. It just takes one or two mistakes and you're not going to get it."
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"I felt like I was going a little fast on pit road but at that point you can't really slow the car down. You got to take that chance. You've got to get the pole and nothing really matters. You've got to throw it all out there and we did. I made a mistake. My guys had a great shot. That's real encouraging for them. The driver make mistake. We got a long way to go to win the Challenge. It should be pretty exciting."
ON HIS CHANCES AND ON BEING A FAN FAVORITE "I'm glad. It's a fun race but we'll just have to see how it goes. I don't know how good my car is. We don't have any practice for this race so it's tough to see how this car is."