TERRY LABONTE, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S/GOT MILK? CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "That's a pretty decent lap. We picked up a little bit from practice, which we had hoped we were going to. That gets us a pretty good starting spot." DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 8...
TERRY LABONTE, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S/GOT MILK? CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"That's a pretty decent lap. We picked up a little bit from practice, which we had hoped we were going to. That gets us a pretty good starting spot."
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"The first lap wasn't exactly what I wanted. I hit the apron a little bit going into one, so I knew I had to try hard on that second lap. I had a great car. It should have been a little quicker, but we're real happy. That is the fastest we've ever really run here before."
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"It wasn't bad. The car was pretty good. It's just that qualifying is so tight here. But, we made some changes before qualifying because the qualifying run we made (in practice) wasn't as good as we would have liked to have had."
TONY STEWART, NO. HOME DEPOT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"It was a good lap, but it could have been much better provided I didn't do the big 'slide for life' off of four with my foot on the floor and my arms crossed to the right. For the most part, being able to pull out a 15.16 off of that was good. I thought my second lap was going to be the lap that was going to be better. To be able to run what we ran on the first lap, considering how bad a run I got to the line - I didn't have any momentum when I got down on the front stretch, so we gave up a bunch of time. Looking at the times, I think we could have been second or third quick if I hadn't have done that."
THAT KEEPS YOU FROM GETTING BORED IN QUALIFYING, THOUGH... "It got my attention. I thought I was going to be rolling out a backup car for a split second."
JERRY NADEAU, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"It was a smooth lap. The guys did a good job. The car has been comfortable ever since we unloaded. I'm anxious to see it in the race.
"We've been decent in every qualifying session. It's just a matter now of having a little luck on our side during the race. We've gotten bit a little bit the last two or three weeks, but I'm looking to have a good run this weekend."
JEFF GREEN, NO. 30 AOL CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
THAT'S QUITE AN EFFORT WITH A BACKUP CAR... "I put these guys in a hole - any time you pull out a backup car. You try to bring your best stuff, but I really feel like this car is better than the other one, so maybe it is an omen for us.
"I just wish we'd had more time with it. We could run a lot faster than that, but we were just too tight in qualifying. The field is just so close. If you could pick up a tenth, that would have been 15 spots for us. But, we'll take that."
THAT STILL GIVES YOU LIFE FOR SUNDAY, WITH A FRONT-STRETCH PIT STALL... "It does. You can win these races from anywhere, but it gets tougher at the shorter places like this. But I'll guarantee you, starting 21st, we still have a shot to win. We've just got to do all the right things in race mode. I always run good here in race mode, so we've just got to make sure we get good track position and hopefully we can keep that."
MIKE SKINNER, NO. 4 KODAK PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"I started cussing on the radio - I probably shouldn't have. I'm really proud of our guys. Our Pontiac did a good job for us. It stuck like glue through both ends of the racetrack. We got in the gas and the motor started skipping. It just went flat until it got almost to the start-finish line and then it took off. It did it both laps. I don't know what's wrong.
"But, this Pontiac was on time through the corners. She was bad-ass."