JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger) "We've been really good today. We haven't made a lot of changes in race trim since we got here. The car feels really good. In qualifying, the car was way too loose. I don't think the rain...
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger)
"We've been really good today. We haven't made a lot of changes in race trim since we got here. The car feels really good. In qualifying, the car was way too loose. I don't think the rain delay helped us either because the track got a lot faster. From where we start tomorrow (32nd), we've got a long race. We just have to keep adding points. It's encouraging to see all the Ganassi cars running so much better."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (No. 10 Berlin City Auto Group Dodge Charger)
"We were just a little too loose today during practice. We kept working on our Dodge and by the time the last session was over, we were able to get the car to rotate better through the middle (of the corner). It's a long race tomorrow. It will be fun to start up front with all those guys chasing me at the green flag."
REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger)
"Our practice was pretty good. The track was really tight because of all the cloud cover. I was hoping for the sun to peak through so we could get a better idea of race conditions for tomorrow. I like our Target Dodge heading into race day. The car seems to be carrying really good corner speed and that seems to be where our strong point is on the track. We were good here last year. We worked on dialing in our race trim setup and the car reacted really well. We could be really good tomorrow."
ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 Dodge Charger)
"I think we have a strong car heading into tomorrow. We were fast when we unloaded the car and we're still fast today. I've always liked Loudon. I like the tight corners and the hard braking that you have to do here. It's like road racing and how you have to get the car rotating through the middle of the corner. Look at (Juan Pablo) Montoya, he's a good road racer and really fast here in his Dodge too."
ON WINNING HERE IN 2001: "It was my first win in NASCAR at the Cup level. It was a big race for us especially after the original race date was cancelled due to 9/11. We came here with Richard Childress Racing with guns blazing and had a really good run.
"The 2001 win here was special. In 2001, I sat most of the year out in the beginning of the season. I did a couple one-off races (Sonoma and Watkins Glen) and then came to Loudon and won. As soon as I won the race, I thought of all the people in New York City recovering from 9/11 that were having more difficult times than me. The first thing I did was take all the money ($203,924) from winning the race and donate it to all the families of the NYC Police and Fire victims from 9/11. I remember Richard (Childress) called me and said, 'Did you really donate all that money?' and I said, 'Yeah'. (Richard) says, 'Your half and my half?' and I said, 'Yeah', and off we went. So it was a very special race win and one that I will never forget."
DID YOU KNOW that Patrick Carpentier became only the second Canadian to earn a pole position in NASCAR history? At the 1953 International 200 in Langhorne, Pa., Lloyd Shaw, Toronto, Ontario, earned the pole on the one-mile dirt track of Langhorne Speedway with a speed of 82.2 mph. Shaw finished 23rd and collected $40 in race winnings in his only career start. Lee Petty (2nd) and Jim Paschal (3rd) were the highest finishing Dodge's.
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