JEFF BURTON, NO 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 7th "Qualifying well here is important because track position is always important. But I think the pit selection is more important. With as many times as you come down pit road...
JEFF BURTON, NO 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 7th
"Qualifying well here is important because track position is always important. But I think the pit selection is more important. With as many times as you come down pit road here with the smaller fuel cells, being able to get off and on it pretty critical. Track position is always important but if you can't work your way back to the front of the field if you drop way back on pit strategy, you wouldn't have been up there if you had started up there. It was a good lap for us, it will help us get that pit selection."
KYLE BUSCH, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 19th
"I came through one and two really well but as I came through three I was afraid to put more wheel in to it because I wasn't sure the backend would stick. Not a bad run for us, we turned an 83 so that isn't too bad for us. It is the best this Delphi/Kellogg's car has run all day, so we are pretty happy with it."
DALE EARNHARDT, JR, NO. 8 BUDWEISER MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 17th
"It was a good lap for us. I haven't been really great at qualifying this year. I am pretty happy with it. We practiced really well today and that was about what I thought we would run was pretty happy with it. I threw it in as hard as I can the first lap and did exactly the opposite to see what would happen and which was best.
ON THE POINTS: "We are feeling good about everything. We are still in shooting range of those guys in the front. We are in bow range now. Tony, Jr. has been bow hunting recently, which means we are getting closer, so we are in bow range."
ON DISTRACTIONS THIS WEEK: "None at all. We are highly motivated because of how well we ran at Talladega. For the most part, those races are going to play out that way sometimes. You have to focus on what is in front of you, if you look back, you might miss something. "
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 11th
"It is getting a little slick out there I think. It was a little unnerving to go out after somebody crashed but we got a pretty good lap out there. We would love to have had a shot at the pole but this is a good run. That will get us a good pit stall selection and that is what will be really important here during the race on Saturday night."
TERRY LABONTE, NO. 44 GMAC MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 43rd on Past Champions Provisional:
"Our car was a little bit too tight for qualifying. I thought we would do a little bit quicker than that. We will just have to get it a little bit quicker tomorrow.
ON CAREER COMING TO A CLOSE: "I have thought about it for a long time. Seems like the last few years have gone by pretty quick. I still feel good about my decision and have two races to go."
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 6th
"I got tired sitting there in the car with cars wrecking and some guys were late getting to the line. It was a good lap for our GM Goodwrench Chevrolet. I didn't quite get it all in one and two got it all in three and four. Good starting spot for us I hope.
"We had a strange deal with the tailpipe breaking and burning up the transmission in the spring. We had a few strange things at the beginning of the year. But the performance of our cars has been really good to overcome that, if we can keep it all together, we have run good here before, just haven't been able to close the deal.
ON HAVING TO MAKE UP POINTS IN THE CHASE EVERY WEEK: "Not really. We just go out and down whatever we have to do week in and week out and keep racing and however it falls, it falls."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 42nd on Owners Points
"We had to make a lot of judgment calls based on daytime practice. We were off even in practice today. When we went to qualify we just couldn't get the handle on it. We just freed the car up way too much. I'm just glad to have a car in one piece. It's a great race car. We hate to start in the back but we know we've got a car that can come to the front."
"We were trying to get the front end turning better all day long and we got it to turn then the backend went away. With nightfall, you have to be really committed in the corner and have the car stick really good. I almost lost going in to three coming to the green. We just made sure we brought the car back in one piece. This is a very good race car. It was just too loose."
ARE YOU CONCERNED FOR SATURDAY NIGHT? "No, in race conditions the car is great. I'm concerned that we don't get any night practice. But I think we'll be fine."
-credit: gm racing