JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 3rd HOW DID YOU JUST GET SO FAST? "I'm just as shocked as everyone else. We have a great set up, a great car here and a great feel for this track but for whatever reason at night time is...
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 3rd
HOW DID YOU JUST GET SO FAST? "I'm just as shocked as everyone else. We have a great set up, a great car here and a great feel for this track but for whatever reason at night time is when we shine. In practice we were real loose, real out of control. I almost threw this car a way a couple of times. I crashed the Busch car. I've had my difficulties when the sun is out but for whatever reason when the sun goes down we fly and have a great race car."
YOU'VE HAD SEVEN WINS IN THE LAST 10 CUP RACES HERE. ARE YOU SURPRISED AT HOW SUCCESSFUL YOU'VE BEEN AT THIS TRACK FOR SO LONG? "Without a doubt. I don't even try to pay attention to those things. I just get in the car and go. It is quite an accomplishment. I can't say enough for Hendrick Motorsports and the commitment they have to this race team and obviously to be able to perform here for Lowe's at their home track and really the home track for the entire series. It's something we're proud of."
J. J. YELEY, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 4th
YOU'RE EXCITED BECAUSE YOU HAD A GOOD RUN AND GOT A GOOD PIT STALL, BUT THIS MUST BE BITTERSWEET FOR YOU: "Yeah, I'm still pretty disappointed that I crashed the car (during practice). This was only my second time in my short NASCAR Cup career that I've had to bring a back-up car out before I even got to qualify. I don't like tearing up equipment because I know someone back at the shop is going to have to fix it. But the only way I can do something good is to go out there and do something good now."
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 12th
"Our Reece's Chevrolet did pretty good in practice. We scuffed all our tires and made a qualifying run. We had a great race last week with our GM Goodwrench Chevrolet and hopefully we can do one better this week."
WILL THE BUSCH RACE GIVE YOU SOME TIPS FOR THE CUP RACE? "We have finished in the top five here a couple of times anyway. So we've got to get back to that. The last couple of years haven't been very much fun. But last week was fun and our test was fun. The cars are handling good, so I think that's the cure to most of the problems. If we can just put together a good strategy, that's going to be the main thing is just putting together a good tire strategy and knowing when to put and when not to pit and hopefully not make too many mistakes."
JOHNNY SAUTER, NO. 70 HAAS AUTOMATION MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 14th
"It was pretty cool. We were obviously worried about making the parade. I've got to thank everybody at Haas CNC Racing. They build darn good race cars. I'm just happy. I didn't know how fast we could really run. We struggled a little bit in practice. It was a pretty good lap. I'm happy.
HOW MUCH DID TESTING HERE HELP YOU? "A lot. I think it helped everybody. I've got to thank my teammate Jeff Green. He's helped me a lot obviously. I'm driving one of his cars actually. I'm even using his seat. It's just good for everybody at Haas. Hopefully it will hold up for a decent lap."
TRAVIS KVAPIL, NO. 32 TIDE/DOWNY MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 31st
"I'm pretty happy with that. It should get us into the show. On the first lap I drove a little too hard going into Turn 1 but hit my marks in Turns 3 and 4 and it felt great. Then on lap 2, the car was good. If any thing, the car was just a little tight but it drove nice. I'm happy with our overall performance today. This team is really working well together and progressing nicely."
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 32nd
ON HIS QUALIFYING RUN: "It was terrible. We spun in qualifying practice. We didn't have the confidence to go out there and run the lap we needed. The car is a little loose again. It's a decent car. We just don't need to wreck it in qualifying."
HAS YOUR TEAM BEEN ABLE TO FIGURE OUT SET UP WISE WHAT CAN BE DONE? "No, not yet. We're still working on it. We'll probably have an hour and half on Saturday to keep working on it. We'll just keep plugging away but right now it's not very good."
ON WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEKEND IN THE ALL-STAR RACE: "Last week is last week guys. This is a whole new week this week. We're just figuring out what we got to do for 600 miles now and not worry about an All Star race. It's a different breed. It's a totally different format this week. It's back to the normal grind."
ON NOT HOLDING GRUDGES: "We're just getting ready for a race that is 600 miles right now."
ON PIT STRATEGIES: "We're probably going to have 20 pit stops. Track position is going to be so important that it's going to be really critical to have good stops all night."
WILL THE PIT CREW BE A BIG FACTOR? "They (the pit crew) are probably more of a factor this week then we are as drivers. There's only going to be so much you can do behind other cars. I'm speaking from ours. We don't have a car that is good enough to drive through cars yet. If you've got a car like Jimmie Johnson has got, he can pretty much race with anybody on the track and he's the fastest car so he can get up there. Where we're at right now, anytime we can get a spot in the pits it's monumental for us."