Martinsville: GM teams qualifying rain out quotes, notes

Martinsville, VA -- Four time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and current point standings leader Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Impala SS, will start on the pole for the Goody's 500 at Martinsville Speedway rain because qualifying was cancelled due...

Martinsville, VA -- Four time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and current point standings leader Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Impala SS, will start on the pole for the Goody's 500 at Martinsville Speedway rain because qualifying was cancelled due to rain.

This is the first race this season that weather has dictated the field for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race to be set per the provisions set forth in the rule book. It is also the first time the field will be gridded by 2009 team owner points.

A total of four Impala SS drivers will start in the top-10 of the 43-car field. Clint Bowyer, No. 33 BB&T Impala SS, will start third. Tony Stewart, No. 14 Old Spice/Office Depot Impala SS, will roll off seventh.

Defending and three-time NSCS champion Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Impala SS, is set to start in ninth.

Kurt Busch (Dodge), Kyle Busch (Toyota) and Carl Edwards (Ford) complete the top-five starters for the sixth race of the season.

The Goody's 500 has a scheduled start time of 2:00 p.m. EDT with live coverage on FOX TV, MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio.



WERE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO QUALIFYING TODAY? "Honestly this is the first time that I have ever been here looking forward to qualifying. Our car was fast and the rain came. I feel like we made enough race runs, we made some headway and the things that I was talking about earlier. Going to the little track at Rockingham looks like it is going to pay dividends. I'm excited about our chances for Sunday and I think I've got as good of a car as I've ever had here."

WHAT IS IT LIKE WHEN OTHER DRIVERS FAKE YOU OUT WHEN THEY ARE COMING TO PIT ROAD AND WHAT EXPERIENCES HAVE YOU HAD WITH IT? "Especially on these short tracks they open pit road quick. You really have to relay to your crew chief quickly the changes that you would like or do your talking quick because pit road opens fast and then you have to get caught up and then all of the sudden they might stay out right at the last minute and you are like, 'What do I do, what do I do?' Bottom line is that you have to have your mind made up. Short tracks like this you need to know the situation you're in that way if that happens you can make a wise decision in a split second. It is a little dicey on these short tracks especially Martinsville and Bristol seems like it opens fast. Even more so it seems like you have to be caught up because you can get caught sleeping a little bit and you might lose some spots on pit road or cost yourself on gaining some spots on pit road if you're not caught up."

DID YOU RACE AT KEVIN HARVICK'S LAST NIGHT AND WHAT DO YOU DO TO KILL TIME WHEN IT RAINS? "I went to the something-brawl a couple years ago that was the title of the race -- the Fall Brawl -- that's exactly what it was. (Tony) Stewart gave the fans their money's worth. I guess he won and (Kevin) Harvick won last night backwards so it must have been a hell of a race over there. It sounded like they had fun and he said they had fun anyway. For me, a rain delay I try to get them to call it as soon as possible so I can go home especially when we're this close to the house. I'm an hour away so I can go back home and eat dinner at home."

DO YOU FEEL READY FOR THE RACE IF YOU DON'T PRACTICE TOMORROW? "I think everybody was looking at the weather and the forecast is still calling for rain tomorrow. Whether we will practice or not -- we'll see. That's definitely something that you have to be ready for. We ran some race runs so we went through the changes that we wanted to go through over the course of the weekend all in one practice session. We hit on something -- it took us a while and we didn't run as many laps as we wanted to, but we made the changes and went through the changes that we wanted to and I feel like our car was acceptable to them. Just like what we thought from our test sessions that everything held true and showed some promise so I'm excited."



ON PRACTICE AND QUALIFYING BEING CANCELED AT MARTINSVILLE: "We worked hard to be in this position," Gilliland said. "We will be starting a little farther back than I think we would have qualified, but we will be racing on Sunday. We spent 99% of our time in race trim. The radar is looking like it is going to rain up until Sunday, so we really focused on our race setup.

"Being in the top 35 in owner points coming in here allowed us to do that as opposed to just running qualifying laps all practice. We got the car driving well. Slugger and the guys unloaded the car and it was pretty close and we were able to work on it some in the practice today and I have no problem racing it on Sunday."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Kurt Busch , Jimmie Johnson , Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer , Kyle Busch