All Chevrolet Front Row at Daytona with Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson as Rain Wins Qualifying for Coke Zero 400 Daytona Beach, FLA - It will be an all-Chevrolet front row for the Coke Zero 400 as rain at Daytona International Speedway forced...
All Chevrolet Front Row at Daytona with Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson as Rain Wins Qualifying for Coke Zero 400
Daytona Beach, FLA - It will be an all-Chevrolet front row for the Coke Zero 400 as rain at Daytona International Speedway forced NASCAR Sprint Cup Series officials to cancel qualifying.
Point standings' leader Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet, will start on the pole with Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, along side by virtue of his second place position in the standings.
There will be a total of six Team Chevy drivers in the top-12 starting positions as the 43-car field will be lined up by provisions set forth in the rule book.
Jeff Gordon will start the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet in the fifth position. Jeff Burton, No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet will roll off eighth. Tony Stewart, No. 14 Burger King Chevrolet, will be the ninth starter and Mark Martin, No. 5 CARQUEST Auto Parts/GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, will start in 11th place.
Completing the top-12 starters will be Kyle Busch (Toyota-3rd), Denny Hamlin (Toyota-4th), Kurt Busch (Dodge-6th), Matt Kenseth (Ford-7th), Greg Biffle (Ford-10th) and Carl Edwards (Ford-12th).
The 160-lap/400-mile race is set to start Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. EDT with live broadcast coverage on TNT TV, MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio.
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S/KOBALT TOOLS CHEVROLET
WAS THE WIND AN ISSUE OUT THERE? "I really couldn't feel it but I could see the flag out going down the backstretch. It is blowing and when I got out of the car, I could certainly feel it. I'm sure we'll get all of qualifying in with all the clouds and everything, but a great lap for the Lowe's Impala. I couldn't feel the wind but I can say my car felt fast and we weren't expecting a really good qualifying effort but, that was faster than we expected to go."
ON QUALIFYING CANCELED DUE TO RAIN:
"We were one of a few cars able to make a run. It was a good lap and it would have been interesting to see where we ended up. Regardless we have a good Kobalt Tools Chevrolet for tomorrow night. The guys did a great job getting the car ready. We'll get to start up front with a good pit stall and we'll see what happens from there."
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO 88 NATIONAL GUARD 8 SOLDIERS 8 MISSIONS/AMP ENERGY CHEVROLET
TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING: "I really like the new (restrictor) plate on the Cup car, all that power really is fun. The car really comes up to speed good. You can notice that little bit of difference. This car, we banged the wall a little bit and had to change all the right front suspension and seems to be fixed. We had a little toe-in issue but we got all that fixed. Seemed to be good. I don't know what kind of lap time that is, whether it is good or not, we didn't even make one in practice. Wherever it ends up we'll go from there, work from there. The National Guard team is doing great. Want to thank all of the Soldiers out there supporting us, we support you guys right back. We are really proud to be associated with such fine people. We will hopefully have a good race tomorrow, we have a little work to do tonight and get ready for tomorrow."
FINISHING SECOND HERE AND THE WAY YOU WERE ABLE TO MAKE THOSE MOVES LATE, DOES THAT GIVE YOU ANY CONFIDENCE OR EXTRA KNOWLEDGE FOR THE RACE?
"I know tires are a big deal. The track gets so slick. It's kind of like Darlington. Tires are really, really important. We'll just try to keep that in the back of our minds. We feel we can make some advances by taking tires when other guys aren't; and we'll try to do it. Hopefully we run up front all night and it's just a situation where we can just stay out and try to win the race."
IS THERE MORE PRESSURE FOR YOU TO MAKE THE CHASE THIS YEAR?
"Yeah, I think the pressure is a little bit more maybe. But it's only a little bit. It's a lot of pressure to make the Chase no matter what year it is; probably a little more this year. We're trying real hard. We feel like we've improved as a team, we just want to keep it up. We've got to get more consistent.
YOU'RE AT THE TOP OF THE PACK RIGHT NOW
"Well, I don't know if that's a good lap or not. Hopefully it's good. I don't really know what's fast so we'll just see where it ends up and get ready to work. We're ready to get this race started and get to work and hopefully have a good car."
HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT YOUR CAR FOR THE RACE?
"I feel about like everybody else does. The track is really slick and the cars move around a lot. So, just hopefully we'll have a good handle on it and we're able to make adjustments throughout the race and try to improve it."
AND CAN YOU TALK ABOUT TONIGHT'S NATIONWIDE RACE? YOU'VE GOT A GOOD QUALIFYING POSITION FOR THAT
"Yeah, we did qualify good in the Wrangler car so we're happy with that. Hopefully, again, it's going to be the same situation where the cars are going to move around and hopefully handles good on that car and we can make some adjustments if we have to in the race to improve. You just never know. We've got a good starting spot and hopefully we can maintain track position and get a win."
-source: gm racing