Darlington: GM drivers qualifying quotes

DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THAT? "I think so. I'm pretty happy with my lap. I was just a little bit off in three and four. I made some mistakes, but the car was right there." BOBBY ...

DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THAT? "I think so. I'm pretty happy with my lap. I was just a little bit off in three and four. I made some mistakes, but the car was right there."

BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

ON QUALIFYING "It wasn't quite as good as we would have liked to have seen it. But, the temperature dropped a little bit. We thought it might be a little faster, but it wasn't. It's still a good run for us. The guys did a great job. We made a lot of changes on it today. That's the best we had for today."

HOW MUCH WORK DID YOU DO TODAY IN RACE TRIM? "I think we did about 35 laps. That's about all we had time for, to do both race setup and qualifying setup. We were just afraid the weather was going to come get us tomorrow. But, you never know."

MICHAEL WALTRIP, NO. 15 NAPA CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

WHAT DID YOU DO DIFFERENT IN QUALIFYING AS COMPARED TO PRACTICE? "It stuck a little bit better. The boys were telling me I needed run a lower line through three and four. I was just pushing a lot down there, so I was able to adjust my line a little bit and it did stick a little bit better. It was just a really good handling car when I tried to qualify. That wasn't 'Ryan Newman fast,' however. It was just OK. The car pushed a little bit."

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THAT? "I'm never satisfied until we're at the top of the board, but that was a real good run for us. We picked up from practice and you've got to be happy with that. Elliott [Sadler] has been real fast all day. We certainly closed the gap on him, but he put up a heck of a lap.

"I got a little bit tight down there in three and four, but other than that it was a great lap."

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

"That was probably the most exciting lap I've had in a long time. That car was really loose. We struggled a little bit. Our car was tight in practice, so we decided to free it up and we did a good job of doing that. The car was good."

TONY STEWART, NO. HOME DEPOT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

THAT PROBABLY WASN'T EXACTLY WHAT YOU WERE LOOKING FOR... "It's still four tenths faster than what we practiced.

"With the threat of the weather coming tomorrow we took the majority of our practice session this morning working on race setups, which we're real happy with the race practice that we did today. But, it's hard. This track is so hard to do qualifying runs on because your first run on your stickers is going to be your best lap. Then, it's really hard to get a feel after. But, we did pick up four tenths and I was happy about that, but we just missed it a little bit. I probably over-drove it a little bit in three and made the car push a little bit too much down there."

HOW IMPORTANT IS STARTING POSITION HERE? "Well, considering Sterling Marlin started last last year and won the thing, it would lead you to believe that it's not too big of a deal. It just depends. It depends on circumstances. Sometimes it's hard to pass here. A lot of the guys still think they're running the Busch Series here and have to race every lap like it's the last lap, so it does get hard to pass at times. But, if you've got a car that is driving good and has got a good balance to it all day, it's normally not too bad. But, if you're off a little bit it seems like it makes the day a lot longer."

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