WARD BURTON, NO. 0 NETZERO HISPEED PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: Qualified 29th: "I didn't do a very good job. We were having problems getting the nose to turn, We made a lot of progress in the daylight, but the track changed here at night. It's kind of...
WARD BURTON, NO. 0 NETZERO HISPEED PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: Qualified 29th:
"I didn't do a very good job. We were having problems getting the nose to turn, We made a lot of progress in the daylight, but the track changed here at night. It's kind of difficult to judge on. We were about a top-15 car in the daylight, but we don't have that now."
THIS IS A HOMECOMING OF SORTS FOR YOU, BACK TO PONTIAC, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT? "I'm real happy and excited to be with Pontiac and this race team."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Qualified 9th:
"We didn't really know what to expect, and unfortunately, I think I could have been a little faster. We made such big changes from practice to qualifying and you try to commit at 100 percent, but somehow, you maybe didn't get all that you should. But this is a great improvement for this Lowe's Chevrolet team. Hopefully, this will be a top-10 or top-15 start for us."
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Qualified 10th:
"I lifted a little too much. The GM Goodwrench car has been really good since we unloaded it, and it drove really good. The driver just didn't get everything out of it that he should have. It was still a good lap for the GM Goodwrench Chevrolet and we just have to get our race setup together. As long as we can see him, we'll be fine."
JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: Qualified 8th:
"I didn't think my lap was that good. I got a little bit loose in Turns 1 and 2 and then coming up off the corner, it started turning sideways so I had to let off and that killed my back straightaway. I did pretty good the first lap through 3 and 4 and made up some time. This whole U.S. Army Pontiac team is working really hard and I'm just proud to represent them."
YOU HAVE A G.I. JOE DOLL IN THE CAR WITH YOU. DID HE ENJOY THE RIDE? "That's actually my G.I. Joe from when I was four or five years old. It's pretty cool to be representing the Army is incredible. It's one of our oldest institutions and I have definitely got the oldest sponsor in the country. Ryan Pemberton and this whole group of guys have worked so hard and they've been through a lot this year. I'm just proud to have a good run for them."
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Qualified 2nd:
"We went as fast as we could tonight, which was really good. We're second right now, and we might end up there, we might not. All in all, it was a victory. I've started 39th and was terrible in qualifying and came back and ran really well and won the race. I qualified fourth here last time, so it's a whole lot easier to start from the front here than it is from the back."
KEVIN LEPAGE, NO. 4 KODAK PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: Qualified 12th:
"I was very happy with all the guys on the Kodak Pontiac team tonight. This is the same Kodak Pontiac we ran at Charlotte and the guys did a little work to the engine. We thought we had a shot at a top-5 but in our predicament, we decided to go with what we could and we ended up 7th after our run. We'll still be in the top 15, and a top-15 effort for this ream--I'm just happy to be here."
YOU'VE HAD A RESURGENCE LATELY, QUALIFYING VERY WELL. ARE THE RACE RESULTS FAR BEHIND? "The finishes haven't shown what we are capable of doing. We ran 15th at Darlington our first time together, we were in the top 15 at Dover and had a tire problem and lost two laps. We had to come in, lost two laps and never lost another on the track. Finished 21st at Charlotte, and we had a small brake caliper part go bad at Martinsville. It's just little things that have been biting us, but it's nobody's fault. The results after the track is what we're working on for the future. Being here is a testament to not burning bridges; I was here a couple of years ago and left happy and I'm glad to be back."
RICKY CRAVEN, NO. 32 TIDE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: Qualified 26th:
"The Tide Pontiac was just too tight tonight. We picked up from practice a little bit, which was good, but we'll put the race setup on it and get it ready for Sunday."
JOHN ANDRETTI, NO. 1 PENNZOIL CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Qualified 11th:
"The Pennzoil Chevy was really good. The guys have done a great job. I feel better about it than where we were in practice. Last week in Martinsville we had a killer car in the race. If we can get this car anywhere near what we had last week, we'll be good."
BRIAN VICKERS, NO. 25 UAW DELPHI CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Qualified 4th in his Winston Cup debut:
"I can't say enough for this entire UAW-Delphi team, and for Ricky, Rick, and Papa Joe for giving me this opportunity. It's been awesome. I talked with Jimmie (Johnson) and Jeff (Gordon) right before we went out. We have a very similar setup and that helped me a lot to listen to their comments after they qualified."
DID YOU REALIZE HOW FAST THIS PLACE WAS BEFORE YOU GOT IN THE CAR? DID THEY TELL YOU AHEAD OF TIME? "No, they didn't. The main thing was to go out there, hold your line, and cross your fingers. It's an awesome track. I'm glad to be here at Atlanta."
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"That was pretty good. The car was good enough to get the pole, but the driver needs some more experience. We'll know better next time. But the car was good. Ryan's time was tough to beat. That was a fast lap. Those guys have certainly proved they can win a pole. We'll get a good start. We won't have to come from the back this time."