Martinsville Friday qualifying Pontiac notes

>From NASCAR and Pontiac Racing NOTES AND) QUOTES Busch Pole Qualifying Martinsville Speedway April 19, 1996 KYLE PETTY (No. 42 Coors Light Pontiac Grand Prix): "I didn't want to win the pole because of what's happened to the Pontiac ...

>From NASCAR and Pontiac Racing

NOTES AND) QUOTES Busch Pole Qualifying Martinsville Speedway April 19, 1996

KYLE PETTY (No. 42 Coors Light Pontiac Grand Prix): "I didn't want to win the pole because of what's happened to the Pontiac pole-sitters this year (wrecking on Saturday). I wanted to race Sunday. This was a good qualifying run. We haven't been qualifying good this season. We did all right last weekend at North Wilkesboro, and you have to qualify good here. Martinsville's a place where qualifying can make or break you Starting on the outside line doesn't bother me. I've started on the outside here and made good times, started on the inside and gotten good times, but I've also started on the outside and gotten kicked to the back and started on the inside and gotten kicked back. At least I've got a good car in front of me. If you have a good car in front of you, it doesn't matter whether you start inside or inside. You'll get where you need to be eventually it will weed itself out. We've been really good since we've been here. We made a change just for the sake of making a change. We hated running and saying, 'Yeah we didn't do anything. We didn't change anything.' We changed the sway bar and chanced the track bar and it worked. We are race ready. We've got to work on some motor stuff. I seem to run decent here. It's a good track for me. I've had some really good runs here. The best race I ever drove I drove here. I was about three laps down and made them all up. That's what I consider the best race I ever drove. But this place has been bad to me sometimes, too."

BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 43 STP Pontiac Grand Prix): "It was perfect. Everything ran fine. We had a good race here last time. You just have to keep your nose clean This car will really race good. If you're there at the end you can usually be in the top-10 somewhere. We were fast in practice all day. Heck, my qualifying run was perfect. It just didn't go nowhere."

Rick MAST (No. 1 Hooters Pontiac Grand Prix): "I slowed up because my car was pushing real bad. The car started out loose in practice, then we loosened it up a little bit, and then it started pushing real bad. We should have made a dummy run. We're going to have to start making dummy runs. The car was way, way too tight when I qualified. We loosened it up just a tick to qualify and it was still way too tight."

JOHNNY BENSON (No. 30 Pennzoil Pontiac Grand Prix): "We really thought we could run a low .40. I really thought we could. We ran faster than this in practice. We tried to loosen it up and we didn't go enough. As long as we're in I don't care, but I was a little disappointed. It sounds like most everybody slowed down a little bit. My car didn't feel real good, but when we tested here my car was really good on the long runs I'm pretty excited about the race "

WARD BURTON (No. 22 MBNA Pontiac Grand Prix): "I'm real disappointed. I just couldn't get back on the gas soon enough coming off the corner. It didn't respond the same way it did during our simulated qualifying run.''

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