Martinsville Pontiac Racing qualifying quotes

KENNY WALLACE, NO. 27 EEL RIVER RACING PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: "This place has always been pretty good to me. I'm not happy with the car right now. We've still got some work to do. "We came here and tested, and the track is not even the same, so ...

KENNY WALLACE, NO. 27 EEL RIVER RACING PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"This place has always been pretty good to me. I'm not happy with the car right now. We've still got some work to do.
"We came here and tested, and the track is not even the same, so we've still got our homework ahead of us. But as hard as it is to get qualified here, that's just a lap that is going to get us a starting position. We're not too proud of it. But by God, we made it - we'll have to take it."

TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
(ON HIS RUN) "That was a decent lap. It wasn't what I was hoping for, but normally when we've been here it has either been feast or famine. We've either been on the pole or dead-last, so we'll take it."
(WILL THE WIDER PIT ROAD BE A HELP ON SUNDAY?) "It will help, except for the guy on the pole. It used to be a big advantage to be on the pole, but it's not going to help a lot now."

BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"The car got a little bit loose in qualifying, which is different. I really didn't expect it to get too loose, but it did. I spun the tires too much."
(ON THE WIDER PIT ROAD FOR SUNDAY'S RACE) "I hope it's better. I think it will be. I haven't really paid too much attention to it yet, but I think it will make things a little bit better for everybody."

JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
(ON HIS RUN) "It wasn't too bad. It was just a typical Martinsville lap - you just kind of slip and slide. I'm happy, but I'm not. I thought we could run a little bit quicker than that. Now we'll just have to worry about Sunday."
(HOW TOUGH IS IT TO GET A HOLD OF THIS TRACK WITH THIS TIRE?) "It's about the same as it has been in the past. It's a place that takes five, six, seven laps to get going. In qualifying you only get two and a half to three laps, so it's not going to be its best today. But here I think it's just more me than it is anything."
(ON GAINING TRACK POSITION QUICKLY SUNDAY) "There are a couple things you have to look at. Yeah, you want to get as much track position as you can early on, but you have to do it without damaging the race car. Right now, with where we're starting, it's important for us to make sure that we keep the nose on the car, let some time go by and then just decide what is going to happen from there.
"I have finished in the top 10 here before, one lap down -- not that we want to do that, but you'll have a hard time finishing near the front if you don't keep the front end on the car."

-Al Larsen

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