Las Vegas: GM teams qualifying quotes, notes

Jimmie Johnson Leads Team Chevy in Qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race LAS VEGAS -- Three-time and defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) champion Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's/KOBALT Tools Impala SS, qualified third for...

Jimmie Johnson Leads Team Chevy in Qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race

LAS VEGAS -- Three-time and defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) champion Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's/KOBALT Tools Impala SS, qualified third for the Shelby 427 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The effort will put the California native on the second row behind pole winner Kyle Busch.

Ryan Newman, No. 39 Haas Automation Impala SS qualified sixth, Mark Martin, No. 5 Pop-Tarts /CARQUEST Impala SS qualified 8th, Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Shell/Penzoil Impala SS qualified 9th, and Newman's teammate, Tony Stewart, No. 14 Old Spice Chevrolet qualified 10th to give Team Chevy five of the top 10 starting spots.

A total of 16 Impala SS drivers qualified to start round three of the 36-race 2009 NSCS season. The race is slated to take the green flag at 1:30 p.m. Pacific (4:30 Eastern) with live coverage on FOX TV, MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio.

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JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 Lowe's/KOBALT Tools Impala SS, Qualified 3rd: "We are better here especially compared to last year and how bad we were here. This is a nice surprise. It was a good lap, definitely a solid lap. Maybe a little too comfortable, but we went a lot faster than we did in practice and I am very proud of the effort we put in. Hopefully, we've got everything right and where it needs to be come Sunday."

HOW ARE YOU DOING WITH THE BEARD? "I keep it short so the grey doesn't have a chance to really show. It is hilarious the interest and blogs and the "should I shave or should I not" I read. It is hilarious. I didn't think that facial hair would cause so much of a talking point. But Momma loves it so, I am keepin' it."

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RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 HAAS AUTOMATION IMPALA SS, Qualified 6th: ""I'm really proud of the Haas Automation team today. The guys did a great job getting the car ready for qualifying. I was a little tight during my qualifying lap, and I probably under drove it a little bit in turns three and four. But I think we're going to end up with a good starting spot for Sunday's race. Overall, it was a good effort by our team, and it's a good way to kick off our weekend. Hopefully, this means the tides are changing for us. We've had such a run of bad luck the first two races, I would like to think that we're going to have some good luck this weekend in Las Vegas."

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MARK MARTIN, NO. 5 POP TARTS/CARQUEST IMPALA SS, Qualified 8th : "That was a 10 man, that is what I am in for right there. Man I want to thank Alan Gustafson and everybody on the Pop Tarts/CARQUEST Impala team for letting me drive that car. Thank you. Thank you. Thank the fans. That was awesome. I know the draw might not help us out any, I don't care where we wind up. That was one heck of a race car I just drove and a great lap and that is what I live for."

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KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 SHELL-PENNZOIL IMPALA SS, Qualified 9th: "I'm pretty happy with that lap. i left a little on the table. I knew I missed the pole when I got into turn 1. I just didn't drive it in hard enough. We'll take it and work to get it dialed in tomorrow. I think we'll be in good shape."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Ryan Newman , Jimmie Johnson , Kyle Busch