Atlanta II: GM Teams qualifying notes, quotes

Ryan Newman Will Start Second at Atlanta, Will Lead 15 Team Chevy Drivers to Green Flag Sunday Night Hampton, Georgia (September 4, 2010) -- Ryan Newman, No. 39 US Army Reserve Chevrolet was the fastest of 15 Team Chevy drivers in the...

Ryan Newman Will Start Second at Atlanta, Will Lead 15 Team Chevy Drivers to Green Flag Sunday Night

Hampton, Georgia (September 4, 2010) -- Ryan Newman, No. 39 US Army Reserve Chevrolet was the fastest of 15 Team Chevy drivers in the 43-car field that will start the Emory Healthcare 500 Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Newman will start on the outside front row for the 25th race of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

Tony Stewart will roll off fifth in the No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet. Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet qualified seventh with Juan Pablo Montoya along side in eighth in his No. 42 Huggies/Target Chevrolet.

Denny Hamlin (Toyota) was the pole winner. Kyle Busch (Toyota) and Carl Edwards (Ford) complete the top-five qualifiers.

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RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 US ARMY RESERVE CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 2ND :

"It was a good lap for the Army Reserve Chevrolet. Trying to break that jinx (on breaking Buddy Baker's record for number of poles at Atlanta) that you have given me. I felt like I had everything I could get out of (turns) three and four and didn't get everything out of it in (turns) one and two. The track is so unpredictable with the bumps and everything else that even when you think you hit your marks, you can hit a bump just a little bit the wrong way and get thrown off. We did our best and either way, it should be a good starting spot. Really looking for to it, I think we have a good car for tomorrow night's race."

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TONY STEWART, NO. 14 OFFICE DEPOT/OLD SPICE CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 5TH:

"Our car's not as good as Ryan. Well, actually probably as good as Ryan's, I just don't do as good of a job at qualifying as Ryan does. I am proud of this Office Depot/Old Spice Chevy. It is a pretty decent spot and we should get a good pit selection, pretty proud of these guys."

YOU HAVE NINE TOP-10S IN THE LAST 11 RACES, YOU ARE ON A ROLL WHEN YOU NEED TO BE: "I hope so. Bristol didn't quite work out how we wanted it to, but, we had a really good car there when we got crashed. We'll see. Ryan and I both have pretty respectable starting spots for tomorrow night. It seems like both teams are really hitting their stride right now. Hopefully we are the opposite of where we were last year at this time."

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JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 HUGGIES/TARGET CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 8TH:

"This Target/Huggies Chevy has been pretty good. I just got too tight. I got through the middle and picked up the gas and then the nose washed. At some point you are going to get on the gas and you put all the wheel you can so you don't drive it through the wall and as soon as it gets straight, it is going to kick out. We left some time out there. It's nice, we again come to another weekend and we have another strong car. We always run good here. It is a really fast place. I always enjoy it here. I always push it a little bit further than you normally do everywhere else. It is exciting. It is kind of hot right now for qualifying. It is normally a lot more fun when it is cooler. We normally run pretty decent here, we have missed it a little bit here but normally pretty good."

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JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 MCDONALD'S CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 12TH:

"I honestly didn't think I got through (turns) one and two that good. The car slides up and then when you hit the shade, there was quite a bit of grip. But (turns three and four) even coming to the green slid around on exit and coming back to the white to finish my lap. It is really slick in Atlanta. This is just a really hard track to get a hold of. We are so used to qualifying here at night and it, I was talking to Dale Jarrett about this earlier, it is always exciting to qualify here at night because you are going to pick up a second and a half or two (seconds) from practice but it is hard to do when the sun is out."

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BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 71 TAXSLAYER.COM CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 24TH:

"In practice we were way too tight. Dan (Stillman, crew chief) and the guys put a tight set-up on the car off of the trailer, because the last two times I drove the 71 it was way loose. I talked to him on Wednesday and we decided to come tight. We tried to free it up throughout the first practice on the same set of tires, and then we put on a second set and made a five lap run and got it better. It took us all day to get there. I appreciate the big effort from the TRG guys. We struggled the last two races with the car early, so I hope we have gotten over that aspect. We picked up some speed in qualifying, but it looks like everyone else did as well. Going early in qualifying was a bit of a disadvantage. The track cooled a little for the guys who went out at 5:30 p.m. as opposed to when we went out at 4:40 p.m. I am sure it dropped a few degrees for those who went later."

-source: gm racing

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Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya