MIKE WALLACE, NO. 4 LUCAS OIL CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "That was better than I expected, actually. That's about three-tenths quicker than what we practiced yesterday in our best practice speed. So I'm really excited about it. But there is a lot...
MIKE WALLACE, NO. 4 LUCAS OIL CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"That was better than I expected, actually. That's about three-tenths quicker than what we practiced yesterday in our best practice speed. So I'm really excited about it. But there is a lot of grip right now in the race track. It's really cool. So I hope it gets incredibly hot right now and it'll slow everybody else up. The guys have done a good job. We were a little concerned. We thought we broke a ring in a motor yesterday. It appears it's pumping some oil out, so we may end up having to change motors after all. So I'm a little disappointed about that."
JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"My Army Chevy is running good and I'm really proud of all these guys -- all the soldiers around the world who are supporting us. We're doing all we can to make this car go fast on a weekly basis. I think we're going to be good in the race. The track temperature is down pretty good and I don't think it's going to come up that much during the whole time of qualifying. But going earlier when the temperature is down on the track is definitely better."
BRIAN VICKERS, NO. 25 GMAC CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"Kansas is just now coming into it's own. I think as time goes on, the racing is going to get better and better as the track wears out like you see in all these tracks. Turn 4 and Turn 1, the wall is pretty tight getting into Turn 1 and coming off of Turn 4. Whereas at most tracks, you come off of Turn 4 and that's where you have your most room. Here, it's actually off of Turn 2. So that changes things. And the cars are a little bit looser off of Turn 4, but it's a great race track and the fans are great and we love coming here."
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"I thought we would pick up more. A lot of guys are going a lot faster. I'm kind of disappointed in where I'm at. We'll just have to get up through there tomorrow."
MICHAEL WALTRIP, NO. 15 NAPA CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"I spun out there (Turns 4 and 1) in practice yesterday, didn't I? I forgot about that. I was just trying too hard a little bit in practice. I got through Turns 1 and 2 really good and I wanted to see what kind of time I could put up. It's just a difficult track. You run really fast and there is not a whole lot of banking so guys are just driving out there wanting to get all they can get in this cool morning air to qualify well. But it seems to be calming down now. A couple of crashes will make believers out of you. We'll take the NAPA Chevy and try to do better with it."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"So far, it is a good lap. Track conditions are tricky and we were really concerned. We saw guys running fast but then getting in trouble at the same time. We really didn't know what to expect out there. We went a little bit more towards the conservative side and it paid off for us. It was a nice smooth lap for the DuPont Chevrolet team. We had a great car yesterday and felt like we were going to have a good one today, but with everything going on out there you didn't know what to expect. I'm very excited for the guys and Steve Letarte.
"The track has a lot of grip but the balance doesn't seem to be quite like it was yesterday. I was expecting my car to be one way and it really wasn't. Even though we were able to run a fast lap I had to be careful. I couldn't be super aggressive with it." More to follow
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"We were just a little too loose in Turn 3. I didn't want to end up like the last two guys who were a little loose into three, so I just rode it out. It was a good lap-both of them were good laps-but not quite quick enough to get us on the pole.
HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO HAVE THIS KIND OF RUN HERE TO ESTABLISH MOMENTUM? "I think we established momentum over the last three months, but it is just important to keep it right now. We just need to go out and keep doing what we've been doing. So far, it's been a good start to our day, but obviously there are a lot of good cars to go. If we can stay in the top 10 that will be a big boost for tomorrow."
"The track has a lot of grip right now. We probably didn't tighten the car up enough for as fast as the track was this morning. We were a little loose or we might have been able to put it on the pole. I'm really happy with the run, really happy with the lap. Scott laid down a really good lap and that was impressive to see first thing out of the box. I hope it sticks up for him. We just have to keep doing what we're doing."
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"The GM Goodwrench Chevy was just a little too free in turns 3 and 4 for me to go for it all. I could get to the gas in the corner, but couldn't put the pedal all the way down without getting loose. The car was good through (turns) one and two.
"It's a good enough lap for us to start somewhere in the middle and make our way to the front. We should be good for tomorrow."
Didn't get anything good on father-in-law and he didn't seem to want to talk about it much. You may have gotten something from TV, but if not I wouldn't worry.
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"The track has a lot of grip so I think everyone was being very aggressive and some guys didn't make it to the start/finish line because they were trying so hard. But for us it was fair. We struggled in practice yesterday. I think we've made the car better. We just need a couple of pit stops in the race to get it right."