JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "The way we were in practice had us about 20th, 21st, so I'm not sure where this is going to put us. We made some big changes and we're trying to get up to the top of the board, but it's still...
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "The way we were in practice had us about 20th, 21st, so I'm not sure where this is going to put us. We made some big changes and we're trying to get up to the top of the board, but it's still too early to know exactly what's going to happen. Hopefully, this Lowe's Chevy will be up in the top 10 or top 15 and we'll just go racing on Sunday."
IS THIS LIKE ANY OF THE OTHER 1.5-MILE TRACKS WE RACE? "It's its own race track. This place has changed a lot. There's a lot of grip in the corners, but you don't pick that up until about the center of the corner which is a lot different than a lot of places we go. There's been a lot of thumbs up in the garage."
MIKE SKINNER, NO. 00 BACARDI SILVER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "I haven't been loose since I got here, and I was loose as heck [during the run]. I'd like to thank Michael Waltrip and the rest of the guys at DEI for giving us a chance to run this Bacardi Silver Monte Carlo. I think we can make the race with that. I'm a little disappointed in myself. We freed it up a little at the end of practice, I talked Bobby Kennedy into it. Ryan Pemberton told him, 'don't let Skinner talk you into loosening that car up, because he's always loose in qualifying.' I did and I was."
BOBBY LABONTE, NO, 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "Hopefully, we'll be able to get a good starting spot out of that, and we'll see where it ends up. It's been a pretty good week so far. These guys did a great job with this race car, and we didn't have to do a lot to it, so hopefully it'll stay that way."
JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: NOTE: Nemechek has qualified in the top 10 in each of the four races he has run in the U.S. Army Pontiac. "We'll take that. I think the track is heating up a little bit, it's getting a little slick out there, hard to find some grip. That was all we had."
HOW HAS BEING WITH THE TEAM THIS LAST FOUR RACES HELPED FOR 2004? "It's been really good getting a jump start on next year. This is a team that can definitely win races, and they have two poles this season. We're just trying to bring the pieces together, and we are trying to have some good runs and be up front at the end of the races. We definitely have a steep learning curve ahead of us now."
TONY EURY SR., CREW CHIEF, NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "We really don't know what's up with the car. We were real good on Wednesday, and real happy with the car, but then we got it in qualifying trim and it started raining so we didn't get to make any mock runs. We got it in qualifying trim this morning and haven't been happy with the car all morning long. He pushed all day long and when we finally got the push out of it and when he qualified he was sideways. We'll just start in the back and see if we can get it running as good as we did on Wednesday."
BRIAN VICKERS, NO. 25 UAW-DELPHI CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "Man, I thought the hump we had to get over was Ryan Newman, We finally beat him and now Bobby Labonte has the pole. Bobby had it hung out. This UAW-Delphi crew did an awesome job getting the car ready for qualifying and I'd like to thank all the fans for coming out today."
TERRY LABONTE, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S/got milk? CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "I thought we would be a little better than that. We were a little too tight there, and I tried to run two laps and it was even tighter on the second lap. We'll just see what that gets us, probably around 20th or something like that, and we'll work on it for Sunday."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DuPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "It was just grip. The sun came out and the track temperature went up. My car was still balanced real well like it was this morning, and I talked to Jimmie and Brian, but I just couldn't drive it as aggressively as I did this morning when it was sticking so good. I'm not disappointed with where we are now; I'm just disappointed because we were on top of the charts all day and we wanted to back that up."
WARD BURTON, NO. 0 NETZERO HISPEED PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: "We were pretty fast in practice on Wednesday, but since we put the qualifying setup in it we've been struggling. Sunday is really important, and we're going to be working really hard the rest of the day and tomorrow to get the right race setup in it. I'm kind of disappointed in the qualifying package, but that's all right. We made the race and we'll work hard to run good on Sunday in the race."
ROBBY GORDON, NO. 31 CINGULAR CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "I don't know what happened. We were 10th in practice, and the car handled pretty good. We went down into Turn 1 the first time and it turned completely sideways on me. The second lap, I backed out a little bit, but it was really loose all the way around. The track changed a lot, at least for our Cingular Chevrolet. We're pretty good in race trim. We did race practice all day on Wednesday. We ran a 29.80 in practice, and I think we just freed it up too much."
RON HORNADAY, JR., NO. 90 CHILDRESS VINEYARDS CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "These guys have been working real hard. We came down here to test this car for next year with a small spoiler and Richard Childress decided to run it. These guys have been working their guts out, and after what I did to the ACDelco car this morning in Busch practice, they'll be working their guts out for a while. I have to thank Richard and everyone at RCR for this opportunity."
WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO TO WIN THE BUSCH TITLE TOMORROW FROM THE BACK? "I just have to keep my cool. This whole RCR team is awesome. We know we have a good backup car, which is just as good if not better than the one we qualified. I learned something in the Busch car where I didn't do it in the Cup car. It actually worked out as the slower you go the faster you go. I'd like to sit a little farther up, but we're in the show and that's all that counts."
RICKY CRAVEN, NO. 32 TIDE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: "It's nothing to do with the track. The track is fantastic and they did an outstanding job and I'm really excited about racing here. But I've had a very difficult time with this Tide Pontiac getting down into the corners. It's a car that we went to late Tuesday afternoon and then it began to rain. We're paying the price for it a little bit right now. I am looking forward to racing on this track."