Loudon II: Chevy qualifying quotes

GREG BIFFLE, NO. 55 SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "The guys brought a really good car here. It's similar to the one we ran last week in Richmond. It just drove really good right off the trailer. We haven't made many adjustments. We...

GREG BIFFLE, NO. 55 SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

"The guys brought a really good car here. It's similar to the one we ran last week in Richmond. It just drove really good right off the trailer. We haven't made many adjustments. We kind of went in a circle and ended up back where we started. It just drives real nice and goes down in the corner real nice. I'm pretty happy with it. I think we can get a top 10 qualifying spot here. I know that these Winston Cup guys pick up a ton when it comes to real qualifying, but hopefully I can keep it up there in the top five or 10 anyway. The car is handling real well. The track is in great shape. We're just running on the bottom for qualifying trim, but when race practice starts, we'll start moving up the track a little bit. And then we'll see how it is. But right now, it's really good."

MICHAEL WALTRIP, NO. 15 NAPA CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

"We were 10th quickest and the car drove really well. Actually, the car was a little loose, so we're going to adjust it a little bit. Hopefully those changes will give us a chance at the pole. We're close enough now that if we can just improve a little bit, we'll have a shot at it. The track is fine for qualifying today, but the track wasn't good when we left here in July. So if they haven't done anything to it, there's a good chance it'll tear up. Our cars just make so much downforce and our tires stick to the road so well that it doesn't appear that the track is capable of holding our 43 cars in lap after lap. But we'll see. We survived it last time. You have to get all the grip you can to go fast, and that's what's messing the track up."

MIKE SKINNER, NO. 4 KODAK CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

"We were a little timid after our crash the other day (testing at Kansas Speedway) and I think we were second fastest the second time we went out. We got off on the chassis a little bit and lost the car a little bit and then toward the end of the practice, we started getting it better and better. They're making some changes on the car, but we're really satisfied with the car right now. We're just trying to figure out this front-end stuff with the softer springs and all that we're running. We're excited. We feel like we still could contribute to the Monte Carlo camp before we go to Pontiac next year. I'd like to go out with a bang for them.

"I'm sore. I'm beat up a little bit. We thought about not driving. And then I decided to try it for a couple of laps. If I didn't feel right, we'd just get somebody else. But I felt okay and we started working on the car and the next thing I knew, practice was over. We'll just see how it goes."

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

"We didn't go super fast in practice. I was hoping the track would slow down a little bit and it certainly has. I don't think drawing an early number is going to help a whole lot. It's going to get faster as the runs go on. But it was a good solid lap for us. The car was well balanced. It didn't have the grip that it needed to go any faster, so we'll work on that and hopefully we'll end up pretty decent for Sunday."

DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

"It was not good (qualifying effort). We were way off, but we'll race good."

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

"Anytime you go in the first three or four here, you're in big trouble. But that's all right. We'll race good. We've got a pretty cool looking paint scheme representing our country this week. We're racing for a reason. GM Goodwrench took their name off the side of the car and put the American flag in their place. Everything that we win this weekend - Richard Childress and I - we're going to donate to the 9/11 Relief Fund. GM Goodwrench is going to build a few thousand die cast for their dealers and all those proceeds are going to go to the Relief Fund. We're going to start in the back, but we couldn't control that. But we've got a pretty cool-looking car to represent this great country.

JIMMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLT MONTE CARLO:

"It was a good lap. We've been struggling a little bit or I've been struggling a little bit. It's taken me a while to figure it out. I brushed the wall over there in Turn 4 a little bit during practice and put us behind. I don't have a lot of experience here. Today's been a little harder on me. I've got to stop hitting things on Fridays. Luckily, I've got a great team. We put an okay lap up there. I don't know where it's going to put us in the end, but if we beat the boss, we're doing okay."

TERRY LABONTE, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

"Our car is not quite as good as we'd hoped. This is actually our back-up short track car. We tore up the other one last week at Richmond. So we really hadn't planned on running this one. I don't really think it's going to be that bad. But it's just not quite as good as the other one. We're going to be making some big changes."

GREG BIFFLE, NO. 55 SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

"The guys brought us a great car here in this Square D Chevy. It's been running really good since we got here. We were just a little bit too free on that lap. That was the best I could do. Hopefully that'll get us a top five starting spot. I think we're going to have a good car."

MIKE SKINNER, NO. 4 KODAK CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

"The wall grabbed me. It felt pretty good on the first lap. We were a little bit loose getting in and a little bit tight off. The second lap was just a little bit tight off and pushed off the groove and got into the marbles. I'm a little bit disappointed because qualifying is so important here. But we'll have to work our way up during the race. We're going to change a lot of stuff on the car now. We'll put stuff in that's closer to what we raced (and won) here last time and we'll be better."

MIKE SKINNER, NO. 4 KODAK CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

"I'm little sore (from practice crash at Kansas Speedway last week) but we thought we'd come up here and give it a try today and see how things go. We really want to do something for Monte Carlo. We've had a great relationship with Chevrolet and before the year is over, we want to win a race for them. This has been a good race track for us but I think I had a bad Turn 2. I'll have to go back and look at the film. I really thought we were better on the second lap, but we were slower. The tires just gave us all they could give us and I probably overdrove second turn a little bit. So, that's just all we had for them today. We got close, but that should get us a good starting spot for Sunday's race."

ARE YOU GOING TO HAVE A RELIEF DRIVER STANDING BY ON SUNDAY?

"Well, I told Chris (Carrier, crew chief) that since he's always wanted to drive we could get him suited up and give it a try. I'm sure we'll know a lot more after Happy Hour in the morning. I don't know how many cars are here, but if anybody has to go home we'll probably ask him if they want to stay around until after practice tomorrow and see how I hold up. Right now, if I was to make a guess, I'll be okay."

HERMIE SADLER, DIXIE CHOPPER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

"We were a little bit too loose. We were tight in practice. We tried a couple of things and we loosened the car up too much. It was too loose to go fast. We'll be starting in the back, but we started in the back last week and worked our way up. We hope to be able to do that again this week. We're disappointed. We wanted to qualify a little closer to the front."

STEVE PARK, NO. 1 PENNZOIL CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

"I was just loose getting into turn one and got out of the groove. The track is pretty slick up high. We tried to catch it, but got into the wall with the right side. I'm disappointed for the Pennzoil team because we were running good in practice and thought we had a shot at the pole. It was a combination of just going for it and getting a little bit loose and we swept the wall. We'll have to come from the back." Note: Park goes to a back-up car, which is the Chevy he ran at Martinsville in April - finished 24th).

JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 25 UAW/DELPHI CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

"We didn't run as fast as we thought we should have. We slowed down quite a bit from practice, which isn't good. But, we've got Peter Sospenzo (new crew chief) over here now to finish out the year and this is a car I've never driven before. So, there are a lot of new things this weekend. But I think we're doing pretty good."

MICHAEL WALTRIP, NO. 15 NAPA CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

"I don't know if it's the track or what, but it just didn't stick. Everybody is slowing down (compared to practice), so I guess the track gives up some grip after it sits for a while. We went on stickers in practice. So it wasn't the fact that I had hot tires. It seems like the track is changing."

JEFF GREEN, NO. 30 AOL CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

"We just don't qualify very good for some reason. I can't put a finger on why. We practice good and race good. I guess if I had to pick one, racing would be more important than qualifying. But we want to try not to have a hole to dig ourselves out of every week and that's what we've been doing all year basically. We're just going to try to get ourselves up front and in position when the checkered flag fall. Track position will be everything again like it always is just about everywhere we go."

-chevy

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