Loudon Pontiac Friday Qualifying Notes

NOTES AND QUOTES Bud Pole Qualifying New Hampshire International Speedway July 9, 1999 BOBBY LABONTE (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac Grand Prix): "We made a couple of changes and thought we could go a little quicker than we did in ...

NOTES AND QUOTES Bud Pole Qualifying New Hampshire International Speedway July 9, 1999

BOBBY LABONTE (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac Grand Prix): "We made a couple of changes and thought we could go a little quicker than we did in practice. We'll take it. It's an improvement from practice. Any time you can do that, it's pretty good. I picked up a couple of tenths. I think the track is fairly close to the same. It's faster, but I can't put my finger on it. We're faster on a lot of tracks. I know the spoiler and air dam are different too and that might have something to do with it. Right now the groove is on the bottom. It always gets better as the weekend goes on. I really pushed in the middle of the corner in three and four. After that, it was pretty good. Fortunately, we didn't scare ourselves too bad. It was pretty uneventful. It was a good lap for us. Our confidence level and performance is up at flat tracks and short tracks. In the past we had struggled at places like this."

KYLE PETTY (No. 44 Hot Wheels Pontiac Grand Prix):  "Last year it was
really bad to draw an early number.  I was a little tentative going
through one and two.  That probably cost me a little bit.  That's a good
qualifying effort.  We ran really good two weeks ago.  We didn't have a
good week last week.  This team has rebounded and worked really hard this
week.  Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come this weekend. 

JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 43 STP Pontiac Grand Prix): "I'm actually a little bit disappointed. We'd been working on the car and they had the car great for qualifying. I didn't trust it enough and I could certainly have gone faster. They pay us on Sunday and hopefully we can get this thing up front on Sunday."

TONY STEWART (No. 20 Home Depot Pontiac Grand Prix): "It wasn't too bad. Greg Zipadelli and all the guys have done a great job building this new Pontiac. It's been pretty good all day. I'm still trying to find my limits right now and I just left a little bit on the table in one and two. I had a good corner in three and four. Now we'll work on race setups tomorrow."

ERNIE IRVAN (No. 36 M&M's Pontiac Grand Prix):  "If weren't not on top
we're not happy.  It's real hard to compare what you do in practice to
qualifying.  We need to work on it some."

WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Pontiac Grand Prix): "We weren't sure what qualifying had in store for us, but it turned out OK. We made it first round so now we can concentrate on race setup. Tommy Baldwin and the guys made some good changes to the car after practice and now they can do the same thing to get us ready to race."

RICH BICKLE (No. 45 Lucky Dog Pontiac Grand Prix):  "It was just really
loose in one and two.  I couldn't drive it the way I wanted to through
there.  That killed our lap."

DERRIKE COPE (No. 30 Jimmy Dean Pontiac Grand Prix): "I got through turn one pretty good and I feathered the throttle a little bit. I probably got out of it a little too soon. The car started to push and it kept on going and I wasn't able to hang on. I tell you, this must be what they mean when they say, 'When it rains it pours.' It just wouldn't turn coming off turn two. Now everything boils down to one lap tomorrow for us. I just pray it doesn't rain."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tommy Baldwin