Kansas: Petty Enterprises qualifying report

Bobby Labonte and the No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge team will start Sunday's race from the 21st position. Labonte's car was not to his liking during Friday's 1 ½ hour practice session. The chassis was 'tight' in the center of the corner...

Bobby Labonte and the No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge team will start Sunday's race from the 21st position. Labonte's car was not to his liking during Friday's 1 ½ hour practice session. The chassis was 'tight' in the center of the corner and 'loose' coming off of the corner. Kansas Speedway has relatively flat corners and a 'tight' condition is not uncommon. Crew chief Jeff Meendering made substantial changes to the chassis and Labonte radioed that the car was much better on the qualifying lap.

"We couldn't find any speed in practice because the car was so tight," said Labonte. "But Jeff came up with some good adjustments and I was able to carry a lot more speed during qualifying. The car is still tight, but it was a big improvement from practice. It gives us something to work with tomorrow."

Kyle Petty and the No. 45 Wells Fargo Dodge team qualified 22nd for Sunday's event. Just like his teammate, Petty's car was 'tight' in the middle and 'loose' off. Despite the fact that this is the first race at Kansas with the new car, meaning the notes package is pretty small, crew chief Stewart Cooper also made the right adjustments as Petty picked up over .2 seconds from his practice lap.

"That was a lot of good work by Stewart and the crew after practice," said Petty. "I'm pleased with that qualifying effort. We still have some work to do during the practice sessions tomorrow, but that's a good starting spot for Sunday."

-credit: pe

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Kyle Petty