Charlotte II: Labonte post qualifying interview

BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Pink for the Cure Dodge Charger) "It was a great lap. The guys did a great job on our race car this weekend. We tore our other car up at Kansas a couple weeks ago. We brought this car out and it is the same one we...

BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Pink for the Cure Dodge Charger)

"It was a great lap. The guys did a great job on our race car this weekend. We tore our other car up at Kansas a couple weeks ago. We brought this car out and it is the same one we had here last year. I don't think it has been touched since. They did a great job working on it. It hasn't seen a race track since the early part of the year. I thought our lap was great. We had a pretty uneventful lap. The car stuck really good and turned good. In practice we were getting better at it. I was really proud of everybody. It was a good effort for our race team and a good starting spot for us."

HOW MUCH HAVE THINGS COME TOGETHER SINCE YOU FIRST CAME TO PETTY ENTERPRISE?

"Obviously it was really good for us. The restrictor plate package that we had last weekend was the best one we've had since I've been at Petty's with Evernham's engines. They have been getting stronger all the time but that was a big step for us. We always want to get a little better. I think that their engine program always gets better just like everyone else's does. I think we're gaining on it. To come here to Charlotte I think it is a good package for this track. We always run good here. We've run good here in the past with the Petty's. I feel like it is one of our strongest tracks that we come to. So hopefully we can get some momentum on our side. Last weekend we had it for a while until we absolutely lost it but we've still been running pretty good here lately. With Doug Randolph as an addition to our race team, it has been really good. That has been helping out. I'm really proud of everybody working and getting the whole team better since I've been there."

DO YOU THINK THE TEAM HAS IMPROVED AS MUCH IN RACE SETUP AS YOU HAVE IN QUALIFYING?

"I do. I think that one lap of qualifying is different that 400 laps of racing. We probably excel a little bit better in qualifying than we did the race. We still need to be a little bit better for 500 miles. We are getting that communication between us. We're getting stronger as we go. Our engines are getting better. I think every team has 85 percent of what everyone else has it is just that last 10 or 15 percent that makes a difference. It is harder to get that 10 or 15 percent. I think we're getting stronger at the races but we still lack a little bit for the whole 500 miles."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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