Charlotte: GM teams qualifying quotes

RICKY CRAVEN, NO. 32 TIDE CHEVROLET "I feel really good about the improvements that we made on the Monte Carlo at the very end of practice. We expanded on that here in qualifying and it was encouraging." KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH...

RICKY CRAVEN, NO. 32 TIDE CHEVROLET

"I feel really good about the improvements that we made on the Monte Carlo at the very end of practice. We expanded on that here in qualifying and it was encouraging."

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET

"It wasn't bad. It wasn't great by any means. It was just a little bit too tight. I couldn't get it off through turns three and four. Hopefully it doesn't cool down too much."

BRIAN VICKERS, NO. 25 GMAC CHEVROLET

"It's not a bad starting spot. Hopefully we can hold onto it. There's still some good cars left. It was a good effort for the GMAC team. We were a little tight off of turn four in practice. We fixed it but not enough of it."

ON COMPETING IN A LONG RACE AND STARTING TONIGHT: "It doesn't affect much. It does factor in today's race. You want as good as start as possible. It's a long race. It doesn't matter where you start or what happens to you. The biggest thing is just being there at end and adjusting the car throughout the race."

ON HOLDING ON TO HIS SPOT:  "I think Jimmie Johnson has the best shot
at it.  He was the fastest in practice.  He goes out last.  He has the
best qualifying spot.  The later you go the faster it's going to get."

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET

"From the car to the engine to the people, the whole effort was awesome. We unloaded and we were a little bit off. We were pretty conservative when we unloaded. We kept attacking and putting our best effort out there. Track conditions are fast right now and you can get really aggressive. That's a great effort. I'm really proud."

HAS THE TRACK CHANGED?

"Look how close I was. I was pretty far off of him in practice. Jimmie Johnson has a heck of a shot as well as a few other guys. The shade certainly helped most of the track right now. It's only going to get better, the engines are going to get better and time should only get better."

ON BEING OFF THE NO. 12 IN PRACTICE: "Those guys were really fast. We were pretty tight. We were creeping up on it. We were trying to deal with things last weekend that we learned at the All Star event that we wanted to try this week. We had a great decision making process from the end of practice to that qualifying lap."

-gm racing-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson