Ricky Hendrick No. 17 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet Silverado Hendrick qualifies 12th as Top Rookie "We qualified 12th. Of course we wanted a lot more than that. I think we probably should have qualified third. We ended up third after the...
No. 17 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet Silverado
Hendrick qualifies 12th as Top Rookie
"We qualified 12th. Of course we wanted a lot more than that. I think we probably should have qualified third. We ended up third after the last practice and then they made some last minute tire pressure adjustments. Obviously the changes didn't work too well. I couldn't turn the GMAC Chevy. We were really tight. Everyone else here is loose and we were tight, I just don't know. We are in the Top-20 and hopefully we will move up fast."
"The good news is that we are the Top Qualifying Rookie and I will be starting on the outside. I really like the high side. Give me 50 laps and we'll be up front."
After first practice:
"Jack and I have been talking a good bit today. I haven't been able to get the GMAC Chevy to go as fast as I want to do. I'm trying to learn how to arc into the turns and deal with that bump in turn three. Jack gave me some advice, but we both have our own driving styles. I spun early in the practice. Lance asked me if I was loose. Yep, I guess I was loose. They guys worked really hard to get the truck tuned up for qualifying. I think we will be ready to go.
"We are a little tighter in the center than I would like and it's a little loose in. I really want to get the GMAC Chevy to roll."
No. 24 NetZero Platinum Chevrolet Silverado
Jack earns the Bud Pole
"It's our second pole of the year and that's great! A win at Texas and now another pole. That's really cool. Hopefully we will win another race, even though last year was a gift. We really should have finished second, but I am definitely not complaining.
"We had no power steering at all. I just had to fight it the whole way. The run felt fine, but my power steering went out as soon as I started the NetZero Chevy up. Fortunately it was only a two-lap deal. I thought we'd probably run fifth, but I will happily take the pole."
"This is in line with what I've been running all year. It may be another one of those deals like last years where we lost power steering and won the race."
"We ran this track in Daytona. I named this truck. It's called Psycho. I named it after Dennis Connor. I really don't think I need to say anymore."