Atlanta II: Johnny Benson preview

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Benson On Atlanta

#10 Valvoline Pontiac driver Johnny Benson believes the most exciting qualifying session of the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup season will be a little bit more exciting Friday night at Atlanta. The ultra-fast track will host qualifying under the lights - something Benson says could make the speeds even faster. In March the pole winning speed was 191.417 mph, which is faster than Daytona, Talladega and only trails Texas at 193.514 mph this season.

Johnny Benson On Changes In Qualifying At Atlanta

"Going qualifying at night in Atlanta is something we haven't done before so you are always a little concerned whenever you do something for the first time. What we do know is the track will be really, really fast, and probably pretty slippery. It will be a wild ride."

"Atlanta is about as on the edge as you can get when it comes to qualifying. It is so fast. Momentum is such a huge factor. You can get a lot of momentum through one and two but carrying that speed down into turn three is pretty hard. Sometimes you will see drivers out of breath when they get out of the car from just one or two qualifying laps. That's because it is so intense if you get right down to it. You put everything out there. In qualifying you have no time to relax."

Johnny Benson On Atlanta Qualifying:

"Those two qualifying laps at Atlanta are the most intense a driver is going to be during the year. It's a wild ride. But it only last for a short time. I'd say it would be about a 9 on the 10 scale. When you race there assuming your car is handling well it is about a 6 on that scale."

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