Team Chevy Claims Three of the Top-Five Starting Spots at Atlanta Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon to Start Kobalt Tools 500 in Third, Fourth and Fifth Hampton, GA - Three Team Chevy drivers put their Monte Carlo SS race cars in the...
Team Chevy Claims Three of the Top-Five Starting Spots at Atlanta
Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon to Start Kobalt Tools 500 in Third, Fourth and Fifth
Hampton, GA - Three Team Chevy drivers put their Monte Carlo SS race cars in the top-five starting spots for Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, race number four of the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season.
Defending NASCAR Nextel Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's/Kobalt Monte Carlo SS will roll off third, on the inside of row two.
Mark Martin, No. 01 U.S. Army Monte Carlo SS and Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Monte Carlo SS, will fill the third row starting fourth and fifth respectively.
Kyle Busch, No. 5 Kellogg's/Carquest Monte Carlo SS, qualified in the eighth position.
The 325-lap/500-mile race is scheduled to take the green flag at 2:00 p.m. EDT Sunday with FOX, PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio broadcasting the action live.
JOHNNY SAUTER, NO. 70 BEST BUY MONTE CARLO SS
"I am really proud of the guys on my team. We picked up over a second and a half from practice for our qualifying run. During practice, we were way off. But the really helped it, it was just awesome, so I just hope it is good enough to get in. I had to catch my breath after that one. I wasn't sure it was going to stick on that second lap, but I was going for it. The Best Buy car was sideways on the first lap, but I had asked 'Bootie' (Barker, crew chief) to tell me my lap time. I had to know. When I heard the time, I knew we had to step it up on that second lap, and it worked out for us. I'll be glad when we get past Bristol. Hopefully, we'll be solidly in the top-35 and I won't have to stress so much. This is making me old before my time."
JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 13 GINN RESORTS MONTE CARLO SS
"I got it sideways around that corner but I never let up. I tell ya, my ole heart can't take that every week. Man that is going to be good start. Man, Mark Martin had a good lap too. I just went for it all."
MARK MARTIN, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY MONTE CARLO SS
"I was coming down the straightaway and right when I got to the corner, I breathed out and fogged up my shield. I said, "Oh Lord, I can't do that any more. I couldn't see going in the corner, I hit the apron down here on the first lap and I am not a Mr. Second Lap kinda guy. It is such a priveldge to drive for this U.S. Army team and Robin Pemberton. We have underestimated so much how awesome Ryan and this whole team is. I saw what Sterling did and was real proud of him and I thought man, if I can just run that, we will be ok. Then Joe (Nemechek) I am so proud of him because he wasn't that good in practice. This is such a great group. I feel like I am living a dream, I am the luckiest guy in the world to be driving this U.S. Army Chevy."
JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS MONTE CARLO SS
"We struggled in qualifying trim today. We just never quite got it the way we wanted it. We were pretty far off. They made some really good changes. It was just way too tight, but they made some good changes because the car was way more drivable. At least I could carry some speed. It was way too tight to run as fast as we wanted to be. We've qualified really well this year and this is the first time really in quite a while that we've gone somewhere and didn't feel like we were very competitive in qualifying trim. You'll have that every now and then and we'll be OK tomorrow."
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER MONTE CARLO SS
"I drove it as hard as I could. We haven't had that great of starting spots so I was just trying to do really, really hard laps there for my team trying to get them a good starting spot. They gave me a great car. This car is really fun to drive. I don't really know how much the wind affected me. The sun is the worst part trying to get into turn one."
KYLE BUSCH, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S/CARQUEST MONTE CARLO SS
"I'm not bad right now. We're second. Hopefully that will put us somewhere in the top 10. I don't normally run well here but it's a fun place to race. You can go all over and there's not a lot of grip out there on old tires so you're kind of searching anyway. I'm proud of the way the Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevrolet boys came out here this week. They spent a lot of time trying to get me a better race car, trying to get me some more grip. So far it's working for us so we're looking forward to it. The Busch car is really good. This car is pretty good so it should be a good Saturday and Sunday."
JEFF GREEN, NO. 66 YELLOW TRANSPORTATION CHEVROLET
"It wasn't the lap I wanted. I had no idea what I ran. The car kind of pushed in (Turn) 1, but felt good coming off, then it tried to slide out through the center of (Turns) 3 and 4 on the second lap. I'm scratching my head. We've struggled all day in the Yellow Transportation Chevrolet. I know it's going to keep Harold (Holly, crew chief) awake tonight thinking about it, and I'm sure I won't sleep too well, either. Hopefully we can get a handle on it tomorrow."
-credit: gm racing