Martinsville Friday qualifying Chevrolet notes

>From NASCAR Public Relations and Chevrolet Friday, April 19, 1996. Martinsville Speedway. First-round qualifying Goody's Headache Powders 500. Chevrolet notes, quotes. KEN SCHRADER (No. 25 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "I ran...

>From NASCAR Public Relations and Chevrolet

Friday, April 19, 1996. Martinsville Speedway. First-round qualifying Goody's Headache Powders 500. Chevrolet notes, quotes.

KEN SCHRADER (No. 25 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "I ran over something and the rear wheels started hopping. I'm not hurt, but I know I've made a sudden stop recently. I got in a contest with Ricky Rudd to see who could make the longest black marks going up to the wall and stop right before you hit it. Neither one of us successfully stopped before we hit it, but I didn't hit as hard as Ricky, so I believe I should win. We had a little trouble when we first went out today. The guys did a great job getting the backup car ready to go. That's probably not going to be the front row, but we're going to be able to see the front row from there. We didn't get a lot of practice laps with the backup. but we got enough."

TERRY LABONTE. (No. 5 Kellogg's Corn Flakes Monte Carlo) "It's nice knowing when we go out that we're a real contender and not just struggling to make the race all the time. Richard Petty is someone I've always admired, and he's done so much for our sport. To me, it's an honor to be mentioned in the same article with Richard Petty. This is a tough track. A lot of beating and banging always goes on up here, and it'll be a great place to break Richard's record. I just wish I was breaking some of his other records. At least we made the race today, and we'll get to pit on the front straightaway. Our car had been pretty good, and that's about as quick as we had run in practice. We picked it up a lot on the second lap. I really wasn't trying to run that hard on the first lap. I just wanted to try to get everything warmed up and turn in a flood lap for the second one. I thought we might have picked it up a little more, but that's OK."

JEFF GORDON (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "We slowed down about a tenth from what we practiced. I don't know what was wrong. We just couldn't make it go. This is probably the toughest place around for me to qualify. I don't think anybody getup a perfect lap here. It just ends up with whoever slips and slides the least."

DALE EARNHARDT (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "We feel pretty good about our lap. We ran just a tick faster in practice. Maybe we'll end up in the top five or 10, but it's real competitive right now. We went out on stickers, and the fastest laps we ran today were on stickers, so I think that was the way to go."

DARRELL WALTRIP (No. 17 Western Auto Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "We're better than we were last week, but we're still not where we need to be. We picked up just a tiny bit from practice. This is a brand new car, and we tested it here. We couldn't make up our mind if we wanted to race it or our old car. I've always had good luck here with new cars. Just about every race I've won here has been in a brand new car. I didn't want to break tradition."

STERLING MARLIN (No. 4 Kodak Film Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "We came up here and tested and ran a 20.27 with this car. We just couldn't get it running all day, We changed motors and changed gears right before we qualified. If we'd had time to work on the chassis, we might have been a little better, but I hope that gets Its on the front straightaway. We didn't get any practice with the new motor, but it was a lot better."

DAVE MARCIS (No. 71 Prodigy Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "It s amazing what goes on in qualifying these days. This is the same car and same engine we had last week, and we didn't make the race last week. We just couldn't get it hooked up last week. We did our own thing this morning, and what worked for us is the way we went. I wasn't sure where that would put us, but I was sure it would put us in the race, and that s all I care about right now."

BOBBY LABONTE (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet) "We really needed that run. we were about 35th fastest in practice. We changed the motor right before qualifying. We had a little doubt about the engine, so we rallied around and changed it. We really didn't have anything to lose. We came up here and tested, and that's about what we ran in practice."

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