STEVE PARK (No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Park's Phoenix Monte Carlo finished 11th earlier this season in its debut at Martinsville. Park qualified 10th in that race. He qualified 26th and finished 15th last year at Phoenix and...
STEVE PARK (No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Park's Phoenix Monte Carlo finished 11th earlier this season in its debut at Martinsville. Park qualified 10th in that race. He qualified 26th and finished 15th last year at Phoenix and is fresh off a sixth-place performance at Rockingham. Since his first career victory at Watkins Glen in Aug., Park has scored seven top-10 finishes in the past 11 events. He's 12th in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings (NWCS), just two points behind 11th-place Mike Skinner. DALE EARNHARDT (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Monte Carlo) Earnhardt will drive the same Monte Carlo that carried him to a 12th-place finish on Sept. 17 in the restrictor-plate race at New Hampshire. He also drove it at Richmond and Pocono. The seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion is coming off a 17th-place finish on Oct. 22 at Rockingham. He trails points leader Bobby Labonte by 201 points in the NWCS with three races remaining. Earnhardt qualified 14th and finished 11th last year at Phoenix. BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Hamilton started 20th and finished 34th at Bristol in the Monte Carlo that he'll race at Phoenix. He scored a ninth-place finish on Oct. 22 at Rockingham, finished 23rd last year at Phoenix and ranks 31st in the NWCS. TERRY LABONTE (No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Labonte's "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" Monte Carlo competed earlier this season at New Hampshire and Martinsville. Labonte finished 28th last year at Phoenix, 38th on Oct. 22 at Rockingham and ranks 18th in the NWCS. MICHAEL WALTRIP (No. 7 NationsRent Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Waltrip will drive the same Monte Carlo at Phoenix that carried him to an 18th-place finish in May in the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Waltrip started 41st and finished 33rd last year at Phoenix. He's coming off a 35th-place finish at Rockingham and ranks 27th in the NWCS.
JEFF GORDON (No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Monte Carlo) Gordon will drive Monte Carlo No. 2434 at Phoenix, and it's been a workhorse this season with two starts at New Hampshire, the June race at Pocono, April race at Martinsville and the May race at Richmond. Gordon qualified second and finished 10th last year at Phoenix. In seven starts at Phoenix, Gordon has three top fives and five top 10s with a best finish of fourth. He's coming off a runner-up finish at Rockingham and ranks ninth in the NWCS.
JERRY NADEAU (No. 25 Micheal Holigan.com Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Nadeau will drive a brand new Monte Carlo at Phoenix. Nadeau started 35th and finished 37th at Phoenix last year. He's coming off a 27th-place finish on Oct. 22 at Rockingham and ranks 22nd in the NWCS. JOE NEMECHEK (No. 33 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Nemechek will drive the same Monte Carlo that scored two top-10 finishes this season at New Hampshire. Nemechek, 19th last year at Phoenix, finished second in the first race at NHIS this season and ninth in September. Nemechek finished 10th at Rockingham on Oct. 22 and ranks 15th in the NWCS. STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Marlin will drive his New Hampshire Monte Carlo at Phoenix. Marlin finished 25th and 22nd this year at NHIS. Marlin finished 40th last year at Phoenix, 33rd on Oct. 22 at Rockingham and ranks 19th in the NWCS. TED MUSGRAVE (No. 01 BellSouth Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Musgrave drove his Phoenix Monte Carlo earlier this season at New Hampshire, Martinsville and Richmond. Musgrave finished 29th last year at Phoenix, failed to qualify at Rockingham and ranks 40th in the NWCS. RICKY CRAVEN (No. 50 Midwest Transit Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Craven scored a season-best 15th-place finish on Oct. 22 at Rockingham. He finished 30th last year at Phoenix. Craven will drive the same Monte Carlo he raced earlier this season at New Hampshire and Richmond. Craven ranks 44th in the NWCS. RICH BICKLE (No. 60 Power Team Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Bickle will drive the same Monte Carlo at Phoenix that the team used at Martinsville in October. DAVE MARCIS (No. 71 Realtree Chevrolet Monte Carlo). Marcis will drive the same Monte Carlo that carried him to a 23rd place finish in the Pepsi Southern 500 at Darlington. It's Marcis Auto Racing (MAR) No. 13. "We decided not to skip a floor when we numbered the cars," Marcis said. "We ain't superstitious." KENNY WALLACE (No. 55 Square D Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Wallace will race the same Monte Carlo he drove earlier this season at Richmond and Martinsville. Wallace finished 18th last year at Phoenix, and 43rd on Oct. 22 at Rockingham. He's ranked 29th in the NWCS. DALE EARNHARDT Jr. (No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Earnhardt Jr. will race a brand new Monte Carlo at Phoenix. The Raybestos rookie-of-the-year contender will make his first start at Phoenix. He's fresh off a 34th-place run at Rockingham and ranks 16th in the NWCS.
MIKE SKINNER (No. 31 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Skinner will drive his New Hampshire restrictor-plate Monte Carlo at Phoenix. Skinner finished 24th in that race. It also competed in the Pepsi Southern 500 at Darlington and earlier this season at Las Vegas. Skinner finished 20th at Phoenix last year, 14th on Oct. 22 at Rockingham and ranks 11th in the NWCS.
STEVE PARK (No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "These guys give me great race car. We weren't that good in practice and we made a bunch of changes to the car that we thought would help. We took a little bit of a gamble and it paid off today. I've got a lot of confidence in these guys. It's not easy to make all those changes and try to go out there and put a lap down. We've got a great team, and we're excited to have an opportunity to qualify well. We were a little bit loose in practice and then we'd get it a little bit too tight. We just couldn't find exactly what we needed. We put our heads together and came up with something we thought would work. We made a little brake adjustment and went out there and put a good lap down."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "We just couldn't get it hooked up. By the time I got back to three and four coming out of the pits it was real loose. I got in one and it didn't grip real good. I got back to turn three and it was OK. The tires were a little different than in practice, but that should get us in there. We'll see where we'll wind up."
MICHAEL WALTRIP (No. 7 NationsRent Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "It was sliding around out there pretty bad. We made a couple of guesses and changed some things after practice and it didn't work out today. I'm disappointed. I think we've got a better car than that. We'll get back to work and try to figure out something to do to make it better."
KENNY WALLACE (No. 55 Square D Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "It went through one and two pretty good and it just slid around a little bit too much in three and four. I was looking for a 26.90 something. I'm a little disappointed. We've been in the top four since we've been here, but everything is fine. We're getting ready for the race. We're in the No Bull next year, and I want to get in the Bud Shootout, so we were going after it. It was just a little bit too slippery over there off four. I've never been to Phoenix when it's been threatening rain. We're not used to anything but sunshine out here, so this has caught us a little off guard, but it's the same for everybody. If it stays like this for us on Sunday, it'll be a brief relief for us because we're used to 90 or 100-degree weather out here."
JEFF GORDON (No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Monte Carlo) "I'm real disappointed. I expect to go out there and pick up some. It's just part of my nature. I like to qualify and I like to pick up when we go out there. The car was good enough to pick up. I got into one and the car turned right around the bottom. I got in the gas and got a little bit tight. I didn't think that hurt me. The car slid out a little too much in three and four and killed the lap. It felt good, but we weren't great all day long. I thought we were going to be better than that. "We want to win races no matter where we are. This has been a place where we've struggled. We just never have been able to hit it. Qualifying doesn't mean near as much to me as Sunday does. We've just got to get the car capable of winning here for Sunday. It's going to be tough from where we're starting, but we're going to give it our best shot."
MIKE SKINNER (No. 31 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "We haven't been very good all day. We can't get any grip. We didn't have anything coming to the flag. We've been on both sides of the fence today."
JERRY NADEAU (No. 25 Michael Holigan.com Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "We haven't been very good since we got here. There's not much more I can say. We plan to put on the race setup and see what we can do."
TED MUSGRAVE (No. 01 BellSouth Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "The car was really good in one and two and in turn three, but coming into four it got really loose. I had to let off the gas. It was spinning around and headed for the wall, so I didn't have any choice."
TERRY LABONTE (No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "If we could make one more change, I think we'd be pretty good. We changed a bunch of things after practice. We changed three springs, a swaybar and a control arm. I think we need to get back in line again because we gained a lot."
BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "That's better than we've run all day. I'm happy with that. No matter where it ends up, I'm happy with it. David Ifft is helping us out these last three races (as crew chief). I've worked with him before and it's been just like he's been here all year. It's been real smooth today. We unloaded pretty good and have been fine tuning. We're a little different on our setup right now, but we'll go back to what's worked before for the race setup."
DALE EARNHARDT (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Monte Carlo) "I got on the apron down there in one and two. I turned in good, but in the apex I got up on the apron and turned the car a little bit. That probably cost us a tenth or better there. We were good in three and four, but we were bad in one and two. The car felt good in practice. I thought I'd get more out of it, but I guess I was going after it too hard. I feel good about it though."
DALE EARNHARDT JR. (No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "We were about 43rd fastest in practice. We didn't know what was wrong with the car. I was driving as hard as I could drive. We changed motors. We might have had a slipping clutch or something like that in the other motor. We ran good, and that's where we want to be. We're really, really happy with that."
RICKY CRAVEN (No. 50 Midwest Transit Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "It was what we were looking for. We needed to pick up a couple of tenths and we did. We had a decent run at Rockingham and we're all pumped up. We just want to keep it going. This is a track I enjoy, and I think that's important. Attitude is a lot. It's a fun group of guys to work with. We're having fun. We've only got three races left to show some strength, and I think we're getting better and better."