TEAM CHEVY TAKES THREE OF TOP FIVE QUALIFYING SPOTS AT NEW HAMPSHIRE Loudon, NH -- June 27, 2008 -- In a rain-delayed qualifying session at New Hampshire International Speedway, Kevin Harvick powered his No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Impala SS to the ...
TEAM CHEVY TAKES THREE OF TOP FIVE QUALIFYING SPOTS AT NEW HAMPSHIRE
Loudon, NH -- June 27, 2008 -- In a rain-delayed qualifying session at New Hampshire International Speedway, Kevin Harvick powered his No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Impala SS to the third quickest time in the line-up for Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301, Round 17 on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tour. Showers temporarily halted qualifying after 24 cars had taken their times, but the session resumed after a one hour and 54 minute delay.
Scott Riggs, driver of the No. 66 State Water Hearters sponsored Impala SS qualified fourth, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 88 National Guard/AMP Energy Impala SS will start fifth, to give Team Chevy three of the top five qualifying spots. Patrick Carpentier won the pole; Bobby Labonte qualified second.
A total of 14 Team Chevy drivers will compete in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 race on Sunday, which gets the green flag at 2:00 pm EDT, and will be aired live on TNT.
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD/AMP ENERGY IMPALA SS, QUALIFIED 5th:
"They ran around the heat dryers after the rain so that makes the track slick for a little while. The track is better and we got going faster than some of these other guys. I am real happy with our lap; we have been good since we unloaded. Our National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet team did a good job testing. I just want to thank my guys. They continue to build me such good cars. I am really looking forward to this weekend. Our test was really really good in Milwaukee and I am going to put a good weekend down here for them. We have just had some good fortune; the test went really really well. We were good this morning in race trim. Looking forward to tomorrow's practice to improve on that and go out there and lead some laps and hopefully get us a W."
MARTIN TRUEX, JR., NO. 1 BASS PRO SHOPS/TRACKER BOATS IMPALA SS, QUALIFIED 8th:
"That was a good effort for us; we struggled in practice this morning. We were really good here last year so we just went back to that. I was way better than I was in practice. I wish we could have ran it that way in practice just so we know what we could have done, we could have tuned on it a little. I was still pretty far off, but it was drivable. It was pretty loose, but we were 10 times worse than that this morning. I wish we would have known, we could have worked on it a little bit, we could have been really good. We have always been good here and I was hoping we would have had a shot at it, but we just started too far off. Starting in the top-10 here will be fine. We just need to get our race car good. When you qualify towards the front, you get a good pit stall. You can pass here in the longer runs. So just try to get it back like it was last year."
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