Homestead: GM teams qualifying quotes

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Dave Blaney -- #07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet
11th postion

IS THAT TIME ABOUT WHAT YOU EXPECTED? Well, we didn't know what to expect. We made a qualifying attempt last night, but it was dark, so I didn't know what we'd have. It's a good time and little bit better than I expected, so we'll see how it holds up. You know, we could use a good run to end the year and a good day for Jack Daniel's.

RE: WEATHER AFFECTING THE RACE TRACK Well, it affects every race track and this is no different. You've got the wind today; you've got the big tail wind getting into Turn 1, so you don't have as much downforce as you do into Turn 3. So, it's a different race track today.

Kevin Harvick -- #29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet
14th position

It was pretty good. Just a little bit, getting back to the gas like we needed to. But, all in all the GM Goodwrench Chevrolet was not too bad. It's going to be a good race. It was really good in race trim.

Jeff Burton -- #31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet
16th position

I think we're happy with that. The Cingular Wireless Chevrolet is pretty decent. We didn't make any qualifying runs in practice. So, that's pretty good. Kevin (Harvick) and I were just talking and we're all within about a half of a tenth of a second of each other and that's about the closest we've been all year.

Tony Stewart -- #20 The Home Depot Chevrolet
20th position

It was a just a solid run. We didn't go out there with the intention of getting on the pole or anything. We just wanted to make a qualifying lap. We didn't do a qualifying run last night because I spun, and that took our qualifying setup away from us. So, a good solid lap there and got something that was comfortable and the good thing is the car felt good. So, even though I didn't get that real fast lap, at least the car feels stable again.

HOW HAS THE TRACK CHANGED FROM YESTERDAY, WEATHER, ETC? I don't know. Like I said this is the first time we ran a qualifying setup so it's hard to tell.

HOW WOULD YOU ASSESS YOUR CHANCES FOR SUNDAY? I don't know, I'm not an odds maker. We're just going into the race. I don't know. We'll see. We're going to go out and have a typical Joe Gibbs Home Depot day. So, if we can just go out there and have a good run, we'll let the rest of it take care of itself.

RE: GOING INTO THE RACE, It's just like I told the guys today, just have fun. Just relax and have a good time because that's what this weekend is about for us. So, we don't have to create magic this weekend, we just have to go out and have a solid performance and the rest of it will take care of itself.

Jimmie Johnson -- #48 Lowe's Chevrolet
32nd position

Well, we didn't make a qualifying run in practice yesterday, so we were really going to roll the dice. We feel like we have a really good race car. We worked on it last night and we were really pleased with the car. Today, it's sort of the chance you take when you don't tape up and see what the balance is going to be. You take that chance. In Phoenix it worked out well. We at least qualified well but didn't race like we wanted to, so hopefully this will be the opposite of that.

HOW WOULD YOU ASSESS YOUR CHANCES FOR SUNDAY?
Our chances are good. Ideally we'd like to win the race and lead the most laps. Where we are right now-we started with a provisional last year, worked our way up and finished second. So, I feel very good about it. I know this race track. I would prefer to start further up than where I am, but it is what it is and we'll just go out there and get to work. It's going to be a long 400 miles. In last year's race there were a lot of things that went on, everything from Jeff Gordon having a flat tire and coming back and Kurt losing his right front-I think he even had another reason to go to the back during the race at some point. So, it's going to be a long race tomorrow.

You know, I'm proud of the team-we've been in championship contention for three years so far in our career at the Cup level. To win the championship is what we're here for and coming so close last year, there's really nowhere else to go in our mind than to up to win the championship. So, we're here for one thing tomorrow, and that's one thing-to win a championship.

Denny Hamlin -- #11 FedEx Chevrolet
45th position

Note: Hit the wall during his qualifying attempt

I have no idea. It just snapped around on me. No warning or anything. Evidently we're just way too loose or I don't know what I'm doing. One of the two.

Michael Waltrip -- #15 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet
46th position

Note: Hit the wall during his qualifying lap

I spun out. I had a crappy qualifying effort with the Busch car and decided I was going to put all the leg I had into it and just try a little bit harder. I guess I tried too hard.

-gm racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Michael Waltrip , Kevin Harvick , Jimmie Johnson , Denny Hamlin , Dave Blaney