Jamie McMurray Fastest Chevrolet in Michigan Qualifying Brooklyn, MI -- Jamie McMurray, No. 1 GE Reveal Chevrolet, will start on the outside of the front row Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. His second-fastest effort leads a contingent...
Jamie McMurray Fastest Chevrolet in Michigan Qualifying
Brooklyn, MI -- Jamie McMurray, No. 1 GE Reveal Chevrolet, will start on the outside of the front row Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. His second-fastest effort leads a contingent of six Chevrolet drivers in the top-10 starting positions for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400.
Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet, will roll off third in the 43-car field with Jeff Burton, No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, in the fifth starting position.
Jeff Gordon put his No. 24 DuPont/National Guard Job Skills Chevrolet in the sixth spot on the grid. Ryan Newman, No. 39 US Army Chevrolet, will start eighth and Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet, in 10th place.
A total of 14 Chevrolet drivers will take the green flag in the 15th race of the 36-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
Kurt Busch (Dodge) was the pole winner. Kasey Kahne (Ford) completes the top-five qualifiers.
JAMIE McMURRAY, NO. 1 GE REVEAL CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 2ND:
"I think that for us going out early was going to be a huge disadvantage, and the rain maybe equalize that out a little bit, and it looks like the sun's even come out now, so it might be an advantage. I was really frustrated when we got the number one draw. It might work out for us. Our GE Reveal Chevrolet was really good in race trim. I thought maybe it was one of the best cars we had all year, so I think that's going to be a good lap. I don't think it'll be the pole, but it's going to be a good one."
ON RACING AT MICHIGAN "This has been a great race track. It's just a fun track to run on. It's so wide and qualifying is not super important, although we've run a pretty good lap so far and now the sun's coming out so I'm pretty excited about that. But it's a fun track to race on."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 3RD:
"Great lap there. I'm not really sure how it could've been much faster. Very, very impressed. I'm very, very excited for this race. We had the last two get away from us on fuel, and I hope this isn't a fuel-mileage race, because I know we can handle well and race for it."
HOW HAPPY WERE YOU WITH THE LAP? "Yeah, I was very pleased with that lap. I'm not really sure if I could have gone much faster. Maybe an earlier draw might have helped with a little cooler track temperature. But my car was great. I'm very proud of that effort. We were very fast in race trim earlier today. We split our practice up. Usually we just do qualifying trim on Fridays but with the weather out there we made a race run this morning and went to the top of the board with it and then was second-fastest in q-trim. So, I'm very happy with things and am looking forward to the race."
WHAT DO YOU WORK ON TOMORROW? "Of course we'll try to make it drive better. This asphalt is pretty abrasive. It does wear the tires out relatively quick. So the easier you can be on tires in race trim, the better, and we'll try to do that tomorrow."
THIS HAS BEEN A FORD TRACK. WHAT WOULD IT MEAN TO WIN HERE? YOU'RE SUCH A CHEVY GUY "Yeah, for years it's been a Ford track for whatever reason. I kind of lean a little bit more toward the team than the manufacturer. I could be wrong with that but I would assume that Roush has had a stranglehold on this place more than anyone. But we've been very close. I think last year leading up until the white flag on one race and then the lap before the white on the other and had it in control in both situations and ran out of gas shows that this Lowe's Chevrolet is ready to win a race here if we can just have enough fuel in it to make it to the checkered."
JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CATERPILLAR CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 5TH:
"I just didn't know what to expect, but I knew my guys were going to give me a good car. I was pretty confident we could go good. I was actually thinking going right after the jet driers was a good thing. A lot of people get nervous about that. I never once after a rain did go faster, so I feel good about going early, and if the suns comes out, like it's doing right now, we'll be in good shape."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT/NATIONAL GUARD JOB SKILLS CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 6TH:
"The sun has come out and the track temps have gone up a little bit, but I'm pretty disappointed in that time. It felt like we've been so awesome all day today and all we needed to do was make a few adjustments and I felt like we were going to be right. But I did not expect the track to do what it did. So, it kind of caught me by surprise. Coming to the green, I adjusted for it on the lap and still made a decent lap, but we'll just see what the track conditions do for the rest of the guys."
RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 U.S. ARMY CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 8TH: ON THE LAP
"We're proud of what we did because we went out pretty late. Going into the day we thought we had a good draw and it ended up being a not so good draw because of the rain. But it was a good run for the U.S. Army Chevrolet and hopefully it puts us in the top 10 and we'll go from there with it. We made some pretty decent changes from practice to qualifying and picked up almost a half a second with a hotter race track. So, I'm proud of the guys."
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 10TH:
ON HIS LAP "Well I thought it was pretty good. In Turns 3 and 4 off the corner it was just too tight. It just sucks because normally when you get a late draw here, it helps. And with that rain, anybody that ran early gained. We just ran what we ran in practice. And that's probably harder than practice, so that's pretty good."
WELL WE CAN'T FIRE THE DRAW GUY "Well, it's just what the year has been, you know? This Target car is incredible. I want to thank everybody. Our Chevrolet motors are running incredible every week. It's just nice to have a good race car. We just need a little bit of Lady Luck on our side."
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 27TH:
We worked on the car in race trim when we first got here and felt like we had a really good car but there was really a lot of grip in the track in the morning. I like the balance of the car. We went into qualifying trim and ran an OK lap but the car wasn't glued and gripped up into the race track like it had been, like it normally feels in qualifying trim. It actually felt better in race trim than in qualifying trim. We went out there and ran just now and it really was about the same. It wasn't very good. But it felt like what we unloaded this morning felt pretty good to me."
-source: gm racing