JASON LEFFLER, NO. 0 NETZERO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: "That's right where we practiced, and it was an uneventful, smooth lap. We ended up like 29th in practice and we didn't make any mistakes, so that's about all you can ask for." DALE EARNHARDT,...
JASON LEFFLER, NO. 0 NETZERO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"That's right where we practiced, and it was an uneventful, smooth lap. We ended up like 29th in practice and we didn't make any mistakes, so that's about all you can ask for."
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"I don't know if that's going to be good enough, but it was fast. We had a great car, and we've always done really well here. I'm excited about Sunday; I have a good enough car to win, as long as I don't make any mistakes. We'll get us a good starting spot; hopefully it'll get us in the top five." WAS THAT 20.35 A PERFECT LAP? "Naw, never. I don't know if anybody's ever run a perfect lap here."
TERRY LABONTE, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S/got milk? CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"We weren't very good in practice and we made a lot of changes and are trying to get a little better. That's the fastest we've run right there, so it got better for us."
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"That was a pretty fast lap. I'm not sure where our Chevrolet is going to wind up, but it shouldn't be 39th like it was the last time we were here. It was pretty good. We ran about that in practice, pretty close to that. We'd have liked to have picked up some more, but--"
JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 25 UAW-DELPHI CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"I think that's pretty good. We were fighting what I call the 'cold tire syndrome.' The car just really wanted to be loose there at the start and it's just trying not to spin the rear tires too bad. It's a very fine line between trying to go fast, and if you bust loose, you kill your whole momentum. You have to work on it really hard."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DuPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"It's not over yet, but it's been a great day for the DuPont Chevrolet. We were pretty good in practice, but when we went to make our qualifying runs, we didn't pick up as much as I hoped we would. We made some adjustments and the guys did a great job. The laps were good and smooth and I just tried to get as clean a lap as possible on that last lap. Temperatures cooled down a little bit for qualifying, and last time we were here we picked up two tenths from where we practiced and I was hoping we could do that again, and that's exactly what we picked up.
MIKE SKINNER, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"Yeah, I was really hungry. I wanted to go out with a good qualifying effort, and I'm happy with that lap. That's the fastest we've been and it more than backed up what we'd run earlier. We made a couple of subtle adjustments to the car and I let them free it up a little too much for me. I'd been a little tight and I usually get loose qualifying. I didn't, so it's probably driver error."
DESCRIBE YOUR TENURE HERE WITH THE U.S. ARMY PONTIAC TEAM. "Ryan Pemberton and Jay Frye and all these guys on the MB2 Army car have just been like family. It's just gotten better and better every week. We've gotten our act together a lot better on Fridays, and we're just starting to learn each other for our racing stuff. It's a shame that every time I get really good chemistry with a crew chief and a team, we seem to get the rug jerked out from under us. I guess somebody at Hendrick Motorsports wanted another driver in here, so I wish them all the luck and a lot of success and a lot of success to this race team. I want to see them do really well. I have a bunch of new friends, and friends are hard to find these days."
RICKY CRAVEN, NO. 32 TIDE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"It was OK. It wasn't what we had hoped for or expected, but it was OK. The Tide Pontiac really hadn't driven that good in practice, but I feel really good about it in race trim tomorrow and Sunday. The Tide car has led a lot of laps here. I'm looking forward to it and I really appreciate the guys' efforts on it today, because the Tide Pontiac just didn't unload that fast."