Darlington: GM teams qualifying notes

CLINT BOWYER, NO. 07 JACK DANIELS MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 3rd "It was pretty sporty. We had a couple spark issues in practice. We bottomed out a little too much. These guys on the Jack Daniels Chevrolet have been working hard. They make a ...

CLINT BOWYER, NO. 07 JACK DANIELS MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 3rd

"It was pretty sporty. We had a couple spark issues in practice. We bottomed out a little too much. These guys on the Jack Daniels Chevrolet have been working hard. They make a rookie look good don't they?" (more to follow)

BRIAN VICKERS, NO. 25 GMAC MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 8th

"The GMAC Chevy guys did an awesome job. Lance (McGrew, crew chief) made some good calls in practice. We were real good in race trim. We felt we real tight in qualifying trim. We made a bunch of changes. We were afraid to over adjust. We did over adjust. We were still a little loose for qualifying but it's a good start."

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 12th

"Yeah, you pretty much just give it everything you got in that one lap. That's about all you can hold your breath for. It's definitely a white-knuckled lap. This place has a lot of grip for one lap. It's rough and you can really just use everything up in that one lap. The DuPont Chevrolet was pretty good there. It was a nice pick up from practice but not enough to be up there where we'd like to be. I told the guys they did a great job there and a few little things we could have done a little different but for the most part I'm pretty happy with everything."

TONY STEWART, NO. 20 THE HOME DEPOT MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 13th

"We had a good lap. It wasn't spectacular but it will do."

JEFF GREEN, NO. 66 BEST BUY HAAS CNC RACING MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 28th

"That was about 10 times better than it was in practice. We came here with some thoughts on how to do some things differently, but only having an hour and a half of practice to try some race stuff and qualifying stuff leaves you with no room for error. We may still try some different things for the race, but we had to go back and put a more conservative setup under it for qualifying. The car felt really good on that lap, and I could have probably pushed it harder than I did. To be honest, after the way it handled in practice, I didn't really know what to expect, so I just tried to get a good, solid lap and bring the car back in one piece."

JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 20th

"To qualify well, you've got to have a car that turns really good, but also it has to make a lot of rear grip. If you're going to be one of two things, you're better off being tight here in qualifying. But it's got to be a good tight -- a tight that's real secure to where you can drive it really aggressively. This is a track that you don't really want to drive aggressively 'cause it's so easy to hit something, but if you're going to run fast, you've got to go after it."

JEFF GREEN- NO. 66 BEST BUY HAAS CNC RACING MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 28th:

"That was about 10 times better than it was in practice. We came here with some thoughts on how to do some things differently, but only having an hour and a half of practice to try some race stuff and qualifying stuff leaves you with no room for error. We may still try some different things for the race, but we had to go back and put a more conservative setup under it for qualifying. The car felt really good on that lap, and I could have probably pushed it harder than I did. To be honest, after the way it handled in practice, I didn't really know what to expect, so I just tried to get a good, solid lap and bring the car back in one piece."

-gm racing-

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