Chevrolet Dover qualifying notes

STEVE PARK (No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Park will drive the same Monte Carlo that he piloted to a 19th-place finish earlier this season at Dover. Park finished 34th last week at New Hampshire and ranks 13th in the NASCAR...

STEVE PARK (No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Park will drive the same Monte Carlo that he piloted to a 19th-place finish earlier this season at Dover. Park finished 34th last week at New Hampshire and ranks 13th in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings (NWCS). DALE EARNHARDT (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Monte Carlo) Earnhardt finished sixth in this Monte Carlo earlier this season at Dover. He also ran it at both Bristol races, Rockingham and the Pepsi Southern 500 at Darlington. Earnhardt finished 12th last week at New Hampshire and ranks fourth in the NWCS, 201 points behind leader Bobby Labonte. BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Hamilton drove his Dover Monte Carlo earlier this season at Rockingham. He led 42 laps in that race and ended up 40th. Hamilton finished 35th last week at New Hampshire and ranks 31st in the NWCS. TERRY LABONTE (No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Labonte will drive a brand new Monte Carlo at Dover. Crew chief Gary DeHart said it was designed specifically for the one-mile concrete oval. Labonte finished 11th in June at Dover, 25th last week at New Hampshire and ranks 18th in the NWCS. MICHAEL WALTRIP (No. 7 NationsRent Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Waltrip will drive the same Monte Carlo he piloted to a 19th-place finish in August at Bristol. Waltrip finished 20th last week at NHIS and ranks 28th in the NWCS. DALE EARNHARDT Jr. (No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Earnhardt Jr. drove his Dover Monte Carlo earlier this season at Indianapolis (13th) and Michigan in August (31st). He finished 31st last week in New Hampshire and ranks 16th in the NWCS. STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Marlin will drive the same Monte Carlo at Dover that he piloted earlier this season at Bristol and Darlington. Marlin finished 22nd last week at New Hampshire and ranks 17th in the NWCS. TED MUSGRAVE (No. 01 BellSouth Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Musgrave will drive his Brickyard 400 Monte Carlo on Sunday at Dover. He finished 24th at Indy. He also drove the same Chevy at Darlington in the Pepsi Southern 500 and finished 13th. Musgrave finished 14th last week at New Hampshire and ranks 42nd in the NWCS with only 13 starts this season.

JEFF GORDON (No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Monte Carlo) Gordon will pilot chassis No. 2449 at Dover. It's the same Monte Carlo he qualified second and finished 23rd with at Bristol in August. Gordon finished sixth last week at NHIS and ranks 10th in the NWCS. MIKE SKINNER (No. 31 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Skinner will drive car No. 57 at Dover. It's the same Monte Carlo he drove earlier this season at Dover. He qualified eighth and finished ninth in that race. Skinner also ran the same Monte Carlo at both Bristol races this season. He finished 24th last week at NHIS and ranks 12th in the NWCS. JERRY NADEAU (No. 25 Michael Holigan.com Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Nadeau's Dover Monte Carlo finished 29th earlier this month in the Pepsi Southern 500 at Darlington. He also drove the car at Bristol in August and finished 32nd there. Nadeau finished 21st last week at NHIS and ranks 24th in the NWCS. JOE NEMECHEK (No. 33 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Nemechek will drive the same Monte Carlo that he piloted to a seventh-place finish in June at Dover. Nemechek finished ninth last week at NHIS and ranks 19th in the NWCS. KENNY WALLACE (No. 55 Square D Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Wallace finished 35th in the Pepsi Southern 500 at Darlington and will drive that same car here Sunday in the MBNA.com 400. Wallace finished 43rd last week at NHIS and ranks 29th in the NWCS. JOE BESSEY (No. 60 Power Team Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Bessey will drive the same Monte Carlo the team ran earlier this season at Bristol and Dover. Bessey made his first start of the season last week at NHIS and finished 27th after starting 42nd. A former winner in the Busch Grand National Series at Dover, Bessey will attempt to make his second career NASCAR Winston Cup start on Sunday. DAVE MARCIS (No. 71 Realtree Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Marcis started 43rd earlier this season at Dover and finished 29th. He'll run the same car in Sunday's MBNA.com 400. He also started 43rd with it at Bristol in August and finished 31st. Marcis will attempt to qualify for his ninth points race of the season.

JOE NEMECHEK (No. 33 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "We had been faster than that in practice, but the car got loose on our qualifying lap. I thought we could pick it up, but that didn't happen this time. We're in the show, so now we'll get to work on the car and get it ready to race Sunday."

DALE EARNHARDT Jr. (No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "We picked up a little bit from practice, but you expect to pick it up a little bit. We had a little bit better car there, but we just didn't use it. I guess we just didn't expect. I feel bad for Steve Park. He had a real good car in practice. We'll be all right. We'll change motors, and I'm sure we'll have a good car in the race. We had a good car here last time before we had the mechanical problems. I'm pretty happy with that. We worked hard to get the speed out of it. I'm real proud of the effort."

STEVE PARK (No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "Something in the engine was missing real bad. The car had been real good in practice. It handles real good. It's just got a miss in the motor. We had it in the last two runs we had in practice, but it just got worse and worse. I don't build the engines or tune 'em. I just drive 'em."

KENNY WALLACE (No. 55 Square D Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "The track just loosened up a little bit. Turns one and two were real good. We got into three and got a little bit loose. That cost us a little bit, but it's the same for everybody. We get out there early in the morning, practice from 10 until noon and get them set up for that temperature. Right now, the sun is straight up and the track just got hotter."

JERRY NADEAU (No. 25 Michael Holigan.com Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "That wasn't a bad lap, considering the fact we weren't that great in practice. We picked up quite a bit, but we totally changed the whole car around. We changed the gears, changed the setup. The guys did a good job. I'm pleased."

JEFF GORDON (No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Monte Carlo) "That wasn't a bad lap. We freed the car up and it definitely worked. It was a little bit freer than we needed it to be. I think the sun came out and that seemed to take a little bit of grip away from the race track. We've been pretty good all day, and I felt real good about the changes we made."

DALE EARNHARDT (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Monte Carlo) "It just hasn't been a good day. I haven't been fast since I got here and then I got slower in qualifying. End of story. We should qualify better. We've got just as good stuff as anybody else. There's no reason we shouldn't qualify better. If you fight back from 37th or wherever we end up, you don't have a fair shot at racing with 'em. You might end up in the top five if you don't get lapped. It's real discouraging for me and all these guys to work as hard as we do and then qualify as bad as we do. That's just not acceptable. We need to be starting up front. We can't race from the back and win a championship. That's just the facts."

BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "The car felt real good. It's probably the best driving car I've ever had here. Maybe this will hold up and we won't have to qualify again and we can get ready to race."

MICHAEL WALTRIP (No. 7 NationsRent Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "We made a last-minute adjustment up there on the line. I've run a .92 every time. I've never been able to run any faster. It was a decent lap. I know what I needed to do to go better. I needed to jump on the gas quicker and stay in it harder. We were just a little loose all day. We're in the top 25, and that gives us Saturday to concentrate on our race setup."

MIKE SKINNER (No. 31 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "We struggled to tighten the car up all day. I tried to set it up like the Busch car over there. It was pretty good toward the end of practice. I thought we were going to be OK. We made a gear change and loosened it back up. Then they tried to tighten it back up with air out there. We were just way too loose. It was a hand full. I'm just glad we brought it back in one piece."

RICHARD CHILDRESS (Car owner RCR Chevrolet Monte Carlos) NOTE: Childress comments on sponsorship from Lowe's on his No. 31 Monte Carlo driven by Mike Skinner. "Lowe's gave a release yesterday (Thursday) to their employees that they would not be back next year. On (Wednesday), the 20th, I met with them and they assured us we have two more years remaining on our contract and they would honor it. We plan on honoring our two years on their contract. That's about all I've got to say. "We've got two more years on our contract, and basically, we're going to honor our contract and we expect them to honor theirs. Two of their (Lowe's) executives (met) in Welcome (N.C.). Look at the competition. Look at where the car's sitting in the points and how the car has run this year. We're in the Busch Clash next year. All I've got to say is we've got a contract. They've got a contract for two more years. "We'll be looking at other sponsors. We're always looking at other sponsors. I haven't tried (to call them since Wednesday). All we talked about in that meeting was they're going to honor their contract, and we're going to honor our contract. I haven't been notified directly that they're not coming back. If they say they're not coming back, they're not coming back, but we haven't been told yet. "All teams are always looking, all companies are always looking at other sponsors. Three teams, four teams, five teams, associate sponsors. I mean, we're always looking, but we've got a two-year contract remaining, and they've got two years remaining. I've got a two-year contract with Skinner and he'll be at Daytona and beyond in an RCR car. We've got two years. He's happy driving for us. "We verified it (memo to Lowe's employees). It came directly from their offices. "We were discussing things with the race team. We could go look for sponsors if we wanted to, basically. We were never told on the 20th that they wouldn't be back. They just said they were going to honor their contract, and we're going to honor ours. Last March, we signed a contract for 2000, one, two and three."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Steve Park , Mike Skinner , Michael Ho