DEI's Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified 2nd and 3rd respectively. Their comments with the media follow: Michael Waltrip, No. 15 NAPA Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "What happened after practice really kind of messed up our qualifying...
DEI's Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified 2nd and 3rd respectively. Their comments with the media follow:
Michael Waltrip, No. 15 NAPA Chevrolet Monte Carlo:
"What happened after practice really kind of messed up our qualifying run. We were really good in (turns) one and two all through practice and then through (turns) three and four, my car would get really tight and push off the turn. So, mentally, when I ran my lap, I made it through (turns) one and two perfect. I was really fast through there. When I got to turns three and four, I tried to protect it a little bit from pushing and I just messed up. I should have been more aggressive because it didn't push like I was afraid it was going to. I left a little bit out there. Anytime you feel like you left something out there, somebody will usually clip you. I didn't feel like I did three and four like I needed to and then Dale Jarrett beat us.
"After watching qualifying the rest of the day, it wasn't so much that I missed (turns) three and four, it was the fact that he (Jarrett) made it through there way faster than anybody. I saw people that were tied with him as he got to turn three and he would beat them by a half a second. So, Jarrett didn't win the pole because I screwed up as much as he laid down a great lap.That will make it easier to sleep tonight - knowing that I did almost all I could do. He just went out there and did it a little bit better."
When you said you didn't do as well through turns three and four during qualifying, will that area of the track have anything to do with the race?
"No, it won't matter. Qualifying is qualifying. I just felt like I could have done better in (turns) three and four and so that's where I could have gotten the pole. And that's a little bit disappointing but he (Dale Jarrett) just really got that corner. I got (turns) one and two. I got that one. I don't think anybody has ever been through there any faster the way it felt to me. It was just perfect."
"I talked to Dale after qualifying and he said that if we could have combined our laps that we would have probably broken his track record and a lot of times when you put Jr. out there to go qualify, it takes two people to do what he can do."
Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo:
"Starting up front is pretty important but this is such a long race and such a wide racetrack that it's real easy to pass and real easy to work your way up to the front. I've started up in the front here and been in the back in a matter of 20 laps. I guess it's not as important as you'd think it would be at other places."