Qualifying was rained out mid-way through today's session. Points will set the field for Sunday's Sylvania 300. TERRY LABONTE, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "That was a lot slower than what we practiced, so we'll have to see what's...
Qualifying was rained out mid-way through today's session. Points will set the field for Sunday's Sylvania 300.
TERRY LABONTE, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"That was a lot slower than what we practiced, so we'll have to see what's wrong."
JOHNNY SAUTER, NO. 33 SYLVANIA CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"It was good. We were just too loose. We put our favorite set of tires on that I thought could run a bit quicker. We did that. Hopefully that's good enough to get in the show. That's all I'm worried about."
SCOTT RIGGS, NO. 10 VALVOLINE CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"We made all kinds of changes to try to figure out the car, but we can't seem to find anything that'll make the car happy. We're not going to give up. The guys are making little tweaks here and there. We're missing something on this car. It's the same car we struggled with at Richmond. I'm not one to believe there's any kind of Voodoo in the cars, but there is something we're missing."
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"The car had a .90 in it I think. I didn't get in the corner as hard as I should have. The car has been pretty good all day. I'm real proud of the team and the efforts they've made. We ran a lot of race stuff in practice and were able to get a good lap and that shows a lot. I'm pretty happy with the car."
ROBBY GORDON, NO. 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"We lost about twenty-five hundredths or something like that. The biggest thing is just not getting sideways here. We worked the first lap on not spinning tires and not getting sideways and we were able to put down a good lap. That should get us somewhere around 10th. We'll be happy with that. We won this race before from way in the back. A good start for this Chevy will really help us a lot."
(YOUR FIRST CAREER NEXTEL CUP VICTORY CAME AT NHIS. DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL FEELINGS ABOUT THIS TRACK?) "It just gives us the confidence when we come here that we can win here. We've got a great race team. Richard Childress gives us all the tools to do our job, so hopefully we can put this thing in Victory Lane again this weekend."
WARD BURTON, NO. 0 NETZERO CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"It was loose in, tight off. It didn't run very well."
RICKY CRAVEN, NO. 32 TIDE CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"Of course I'm glad to be home. We struggled a little bit in practice, but I really owe a great debt to the fans here in New England. If there is going to be a last lap in the Tide car, it's good that it's here. If we can't be driving a race car next weekend (at Dover), the plan is to be at Fenway. We're working to get some tickets. If we can't be driving a race car, then we'll be rooting for the Red Sox."
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"I wish we could have gone a little bit better than that. But the guys did a great job. We struggled here the first race and at both races last year. I'd like to see this thing go on (not be rained out) because I think we'd have a better starting position than what the points situation might lend us. But we'll have to wait and see. But I'm still really proud of all the guys. Brandon (Thomas, crew chief) did a really good job this week getting into this race. We had a good car last weekend. We've just got to keep working on it."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"The race car is not bad, but when this weather gets here it looks like it's going to rain for a long time. It's getting close. But either way, we're going to start well. I think we'll be in the top 10. We have a good car and we'll take it from there."
(IS THIS A GOOD TRACK FOR YOU TO START YOUR RACE FOR THE CHASE?) "I think so. The 10 tracks that we have give a big variety for all the race teams. You have a short track. You have Talladega. You have a 1.5-mile. There are a lot of things that require different set-ups that really challenge the race teams. I've been anxious to get back here to Loudon and get some more racing in. Earlier in the year, we didn't have the best race. But we still had an okay day. We finished 11th. We still hope we can get this Lowe's Monte Carlo back where it was last year and get another victory."