Team Chevy Drivers Score Four of Top-Five Starting Positions at New Hampshire Loudon, N.H. (September 17,2010) - Four Team Chevy drivers scored top-five starting positions at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the first race of the 2010 Chase for...
Team Chevy Drivers Score Four of Top-Five Starting Positions at New Hampshire
Loudon, N.H. (September 17,2010) - Four Team Chevy drivers scored top-five starting positions at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the first race of the 2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Clint Bowyer, No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet and the 12th seed in the Chase field, will start on the outside of the front row. Tony Stewart, the sixth seed in the Chase, qualified his No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet in the third starting position.
Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing teammates Jamie McMurray, No. 1 McDonald's Chevrolet, and Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Energizer Chevrolet, qualified fourth and fifth respectively to give Team Chevy four of the top-five starters in the Sylvania 300 43-car field.
Other Team Chevy driver seeded in the Chase qualified as follows: Jeff Burton, No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet (10th seed) - 13th; Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont/National Guard Facebook Chevrolet (eighth seed) - 17th; Jimmie Johnson, No. 24 Lowe's/John Manville Chevrolet (second seed) - 25th; and Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet (third seed) - 27th.
Brad Keselowski (Dodge) was the pole winner for the 300-laps/317.4-mile race scheduled to start Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Live broadcast coverage will be provided by ESPN TV, PRN Radio and Sirius NASCAR Radio Channel 128.
CLINT BOWYER, NO. 33 CHEERIOS/HAMBURGER HELPER QUALIFIED 2nd:
ON HIS LAP: "The sun looks like it might come out here in a little bit. Maybe we will hold onto it. But it doesn't matter. What matters is that was a good effort. That's what it takes to be at this level. We weren't very good in practice and we made a couple of really good adjustments there and gut us where we needed to be. That's what this team needs to get better at and that's exactly what we just did."
YOU WERE 20TH IN PRACTICE, SO YOU MADE A BIG JUMP AHEAD: "Yeah, that's a pretty big jump. I think our fastest lap in practice was an .84 and we just ran a .53 so that's big on a short track."
TALK ABOUT HOW BIG TRACK POSITION WILL BE HERE: "It's always big on any race track, but these short tracks, it's hard to pass here, so that'll put us somewhere up front."
A NEW TRACK RECORD, WAS THAT A WHITE-KNUCKLE RIDE FOR YOU?: "The guys really made an awesome adjustment there between practice. We were off a little bit and just down on grip; tightened up a little bit and made an air pressure adjustment and it really made good. But actually I see some blue sky and hopefully some sun coming up pretty quick, so hopefully that'll bust out and we'll hold onto it.
TONY STEWART, NO. 14 OFFICE DEPOT/OLD SPICE CHEVROLET -- QUALIFIED 3rd:
YOU SEEMED PRETTY OPTIMISTIC AFTER PRACTICE, WHAT HAPPENED THERE IN QUALIFYING? "I just missed it a little bit (laughs). I tried a little too hard, I think. We've got a really good race car. I'm pretty proud of the guys. It drives awesome. We've got a great engine from Hendrick this week like I've been getting all year. This Old Spice Chevy with Office Depot on it is pretty fast. It may not have gotten the pole here but we're going to be something to deal with, I think, on Sunday."
ARE THE TRACK CONDITIONS STAYING ABOUT THE SAME? "I think so. It looks like it's probably going to stay pretty consistent through the session. I think guys' times are going to be pretty honest times."
JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 MCDONALDS CHEVROLET -- QUALIFIED 4th: ON HIS LAP:
"We really struggled here at the first race and obviously Jean (Montoya) ran well. So we came back with a similar set-up to what they had. I was really sick the first race. I don't really know what we would have had because I was sick all weekend. But that was good. I'm pretty happy with that. It's better than we practiced and that's all I think you can ask for is to just try to better your car from practice. I didn't really think we had a shot at the pole."
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR CHANCES IN THE LAST 10 RACES?
We've done a really good job. I feel like we were really inconsistent at the beginning of the year and we've taken our 25th place runs or 20th place runs and made those 15th's now. So the last two weeks have been really tough. We haven't raced very well but we've finished okay. So, that's good."
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 ENERGIZER CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 5TH:
ON HIS QUALIFYING EFFORT: "We had a very difficult practice. I think we unloaded too far off. We unloaded very close to what we normally run here and it was for some reason really bad so we did a lot of changes but we couldn't really get close when we did two runs in race trim. Then went to qualifying trim and did one run, it was ok, it was really really loose. Went to do another run and it started raining. So, it was just one of those days when everything went wrong. When you don't build momentum to qualify, it is very hard especially when you go out to qualify and you have no idea what the car is going to do."
HOW TEMPERATURE SENSITIVE IS THIS TRACK? "It is one of those deals that is going to be hard because I think the weekend is going to get hotter so it is a little bit of a guessing game. I don't think it is as much as it is when we practice in the daytime and race at night. So it will be ok."
-source: gm racing