KEN SCHRADER, NO. 36 M&M'S PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: "The M&M's Pontiac was good in practice. Newt [Moore] and the guys made some changes on it and we had a good banzai run [in practice]. We didn't get it (the pole), but at least we'll be able to see...
KEN SCHRADER, NO. 36 M&M'S PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"The M&M's Pontiac was good in practice. Newt [Moore] and the guys made some changes on it and we had a good banzai run [in practice]. We didn't get it (the pole), but at least we'll be able to see who did get it."
DOES IT MATTER WHERE YOU GO OUT IN THE QUALIFYING ORDER HERE? "It just depends on the weather and stuff. We went right after the Busch cars, so it (the track) didn't sit. But, there are just a whole lot of good race cars out here, so you just never know when someone is going to pull off a lap."
WHAT HAS BEEN THE REASON FOR YOUR QUALIFYING IMPROVEMENT SO FAR THIS YEAR? "We've just got better stuff. The guys worked really hard this winter making our cars better and right now it shows. We felt like we'd be good here because this is the car we took to Rockingham and it was a whole lot better there than what we'd had there before."
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"We picked up some speed from practice. We picked up some, but would like to have picked up a little more. All-in-all, this is a good run for us and a good effort. The guys did a good job. We didn't run but three or four laps in practice. Now, we'll go to work on our race setup."
JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"I didn't have any more than that. That was as good as it was going to go. That's the best we've been all day. We're just struggling a little bit, but not bad, because the car feels like it's going to be better in the race than it is in qualifying trim. I guess that's always a good feeling."
STACY COMPTON, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"Shoot, I thought when we ran a [lap of 29.39 seconds], I said, 'Man, that is a pretty good lap. I don't know where these guys are getting all this speed. We picked up almost three tenths and I was tickled to death with the lap, but everybody is picking up.
"We're in without having to use a provisional, which is one of our goals. But, we're just taking baby steps right now. We're trying really hard to get this team where it needs to be and I think we're getting better. We've still got a long ways to go, but we're definitely getting better."
GREG ZIPADELLI, CREW CHIEF, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON THE LACK OF RULES ADJUSTMENTS THIS WEEK "I'm not surprised that they didn't adjust it this week. We've been asking them to adjust something since mid-year last year and all they did was give the Fords something, and they don't really need it. I suspect that whatever they're going to do they're going to do for Texas, if they do anything at all. I don't know. I would find it hard to believe that they can't do something. Whether they will or not is yet to be seen."
DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOUR SUCCESS THE LAST COUPLE WEEKS HURTS YOUR CASE? "I think if it does, then they're just looking at what they want to look at and they're not being fair by looking at the whole picture."
NEWT MOORE, CREW CHIEF, NO. 36 M&M'S PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON THE LACK OF RULES ADJUSTMENTS THIS WEEK "What can you say? We all saw the numbers and the Dodges and the Fords got everybody whipped. It's pitiful, but what are you going to do? I can't go up in the trailer, get mad and tell them to change it. They're not going to listen to me.
"There is nothing we can do. We just keep working on our cars and making them better. Tony [Stewart] won last week, but what if he had had one of their cars? What if he had had a Dodge last week? Would he have lapped the field? Probably - the guy has got a lot of talent and they've got a good program. We're trying to get to that point. If we can get to that point, we'll be happy with what we've got."