Dover: Raybestos Rookie qualifying quotes

Jimmie Johnson in the No. 48 Lowe'S Chevrolet was the highest qualifying Raybestos® Rookie at Dover. Johnson will start 10TH in Sunday's MBNA 400. He has now been highest qualifying rookie in six races this season. "We went for it. I'm a lot...

Jimmie Johnson in the No. 48 Lowe'S Chevrolet was the highest qualifying Raybestos® Rookie at Dover. Johnson will start 10TH in Sunday's MBNA 400. He has now been highest qualifying rookie in six races this season.

"We went for it. I'm a lot smarter now that I've made it through qualifying and what we should have adjusted on. We really thought the track was going to free up and we put a bigger sway bar in it and it helped me in some areas but killed me on the exit of the corners. I couldn't get in the gas like I needed to, but still looking at the big picture we're sitting ninth right now and that's great. It's great effort for the first time here in the Lowe's Monte Carlo. We're having fun and looking forward to the race on Sunday."

HOW DIFFERENT IS DOVER IN THE WINSTON CUP CAR VERSUS THE BUSCH CAR?

"It took me a couple of times out to get my rhythm in the car. It's more horsepower than anything. You've got to get used to the lifting points and how aggressive you can be in the gas coming up off the turns. But after two runs I was in good shape. The Busch car, last year with the bigger motors they had in them, really got us prepared this year for Winston Cup."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson