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J. J. Yeley Captures Career-First Bud Pole at Michigan International Speedway Chevy Monte Carlo SS Drivers Capturer Eight of Top-10 Starting Positions for Citizens Bank 400 Brooklyn, MI - J. J. Yeley, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Monte Carlo ...

J. J. Yeley Captures Career-First Bud Pole at Michigan International Speedway
Chevy Monte Carlo SS Drivers Capturer Eight of Top-10 Starting Positions for Citizens Bank 400

Brooklyn, MI - J. J. Yeley, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Monte Carlo SS, captured his career-first NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Bud Pole at Michigan International Speedway. The driver from the Joe Gibbs Racing stable captured the top starting spot by one one-thousandths of a second over Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Monte Carlo SS.

A total of eight Chevy drivers captured top-10 starting spots for Sunday's 200-lap/400-mile Citizens Bank 400. Kyle Busch, No. 5 Kellogg's/ CARQUEST Monte Carlo SS will start third. Joe Nemechek, No. 13 Haier Monte Carlo SS will roll off from the fifth spot on the grid.

Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Monte Carlo SS qualified sixth followed by Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Freight Monte Carlo SS in seventh and Martin Truex, Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Monte Carlo SS in eighth. Jeff Burton, No. 31 AT&T Monte Carlo SS will start in the ninth position of the 43-car field.

The Citizens Bank 400 has a scheduled start time of 2:00 p.m. EDT Sunday with live broadcast coverage courtesy of TNT, MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio.

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KYLE BUSCH, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S/CARQUEST MONTE CARLO SS, QUALIFIED THIRD:

"I've got to thank all these guys. They did an awesome job preparing this Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevrolet and it was pretty fast today in practice. We kind of made some steady laps there, we didn't want to do anything out of control and we were able to get a quick lap right there. We picked up a lot so that was definitely good. I don't know if it will stick or not but I'm proud of that lap and that effort."

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CASEY MEARS, NO. 25 NATIONAL GUARD/GMAC MONTE CARLO SS, QUALIFIED 13TH

"We've ran well here in the past and I feel really comfortable around here. Hopefully we get the car tuned right for the race. We put a decent lap, little bit too loose there in qualifying but I think we'll be good for Sunday."

On Finding Out Monday That Dale Earnhardt Jr. Would Be His New Teammate And His Reaction: "I was excited. You heard rumblings so you never knew exactly what was going to go down but I think it was a very good deal for the whole Hendrick organization. We're looking forward to having. He's a good friend and a great guy and I think that we're going to have a lot of fun next year. We're really looking forward to it."

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JEFF GREEN, NO. 66 BEST BUY MONTE CARLO SS, QUALIFIED 42ND

"We've been struggling with our qualifying these past few weeks. We didn't slow down as much as some guys did from practice, but we weren't that great in practice to begin with. I just didn't have a lot of grip coming out of (Turns) 3 and 4, and that killed our lap. We've been fortunate to be able to dial it in on Saturday the past few weeks, so hopefully we can do that again."

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JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 13 HAIER MONTE CARLO SS, QUALIFIED FIFTH

"We unloaded fast today and stayed that way through qualifying," said Nemechek. "I go back to last week in Pocono when we made some changes during the race that really made a big difference. It's working here and we're confident that we'll be just as good in race trim. It feels good to start up front, lately we haven't been qualifying well."

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J.J. YELEY, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES MONTE CARLO SS - POLE WINNER

"It was an excellent lap. It was kind of funny because after the lap was over I couldn't find out from my crew guys what I ran. I kept asking and asking and no one told me what was going on. But the car felt really good, it was just a little on the free side. It wasn't so free that I didn't have to check up so it was a good lap. Hopefully it hangs on. It would be awesome to get my first pole on Father's Day.

"There's still 20 cars to go but we're on the completely western side of the eastern time zone so I'm hoping that the sun stays out and the track temperature doesn't cool down too much because this is one of those race tracks that if you get a little bit of a cloud or a shade it picks up so much grip and because it's so big it takes about that much to pick up a tenth or two. So hopefully we can hang on."

CAN YOU WIN HERE FOR CHEVY? "I sure hope so. Every time you watch this race it seems like there's a Roush car out front. Tony's always run well here. Last year we had some good runs, we just didn't get the finishes we needed. Hopefully this will be the right week, we can get it done and get Joe Gibbs racing in the winner's circle."

ON WINNING THE POLE: ".it's very fitting for a green car to lead us to the green flag and hopefully it will be the checkered flag too. The guys did an awesome job. They worked all through practice just on qualifying and to do it that close. man. I'm glad Jimmie Johnson was just that much slower than us. I love this race track, it's one of the most favorite race tracks that we come to so to get a pole here and it be my first one is pretty special.

"These guys have been working their tails off and I just want to go out and do good for them. We had a little bit of a heartbreak at Dover - we had a mechanical failure that definitely cost us some points, running 38th at the end of the day. Hopefully we can rebound this weekend and try to win a race."

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KYLE BUSCH, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S/CARQUEST MONTE CARLO SS - QUALIFIED THIRD

".right now that Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevrolet was pretty good. The guys did an awesome job for me and we're not done yet. We've got plenty of business to take care of here still.

"It's a good track for me. I always seem to run well here and we're always pretty fast. We lead a lot of laps here - we lead some laps here - and we can run up front. We just keep having our troubles here for some reason. We'll either have a lug nut fall off or a speeding penalty on pit road on my end or flat tires, hitting the walls, stuff like that."

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JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT MONTE CARLO SS - QUALIFIED SIXTH

"I love this racetrack here at MIS. We've had success here but it's always been one of my favorites. I just love that multi-groove wide race track, fast race track. There's just a lot you can do as a driver here. Of course Hendrick Motorsports, DuPont and Chevrolet always bring me great race cars. Just a pretty good pickup from practice. We were pretty far down the list so made some good adjustments, Steve Letarte and all the guys. We're having fun again - let's see what we've got for them on Sunday.

"We definitely made some improvements to the DuPont Chevrolet so I'm really proud of Steve and all the guys. We were off a little bit more than we wanted to be when we unloaded but right there towards the end we made some gains and track conditions haven't changed a whole lot so getting a later draw hasn't helped us out a lot. I feel like it hurt us a bit last week. The consistency was from the beginning of the lap to the end of the lap where in practice I felt like our air pressures that we had weren't very consistent."

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MARTIN TRUEX, JR., NO. 1 BASS PRO SHOPS/TRACKER BOATS MONTE CARLO SS - QUALIFIED EIGHTH

"Little disappointed. We were quickest in practice and we got it too loose right there so we were real good at the end of practice but kind of gambled on the track changes and we missed out a little bit. Great run for the Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet and these guys are doing an awesome job for me, they've been for a long time. I just have to thank all them and we're going to have a great race car on Sunday."

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CASEY MEARS, NO. 25 NATIONAL GUARD/GMAC MONTE CARLO SS - QUALIFIED 13

"The only reason you'd get a faster second lap is if you mess up your first lap. Everybody pretty much knows the tires are falling off a lot and they're going to fall off a lot through the race run this weekend. We'll see how it goes. It's a pretty good lap for us. We'll see what happens. Kyle (Busch) ran a great lap and we'll see how it ends up for Sunday."

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DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER MONTE CARLO SS - QUALIFIED 23RD

"Looking forward to moving and getting things going and deciding what else we've got to decide over there. But trying to get the best qualifying position we can today. Working real hard with the Budweiser Chevrolet, thanks to my crew chief Tony Gibson, he's doing a real good job. Martin (Truex, Jr.)'s got a great car. He might have a shot at the pole. We're going to try to get it up there in the top 10 for him.

"The car was pretty good. We tightened it up way too much for qualifying - we were too loose and then we got too tight. I love this track and I love running here. I'm anticipating getting in the car tomorrow and trying to get her dialed in. I think it will be good. We ran good here last here and we're trying to use a lot of the information that we had last year that worked so good. Keep the car fast and hopefully we'll have a good one by the end of the practice for the race."

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TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT MONTE CARLO SS - QUALIFIED 43RD

"We were just a little bit too free but we've been that way all day. The good part is that we've been consistent and that's a lot easier to fix than being tight. Even though we didn't get all the way there today by the time we get two race runs in tomorrow we should be in good shape."

ON RACING ON FATHER'S DAY: "It's a lot of fun. Obviously a lot of fathers come in for this weekend and my father's the one who got me started in racing and who I drove for for 10 years. It's neat to have him come watch what we do full time."

ANY ADDED PRESSURE WITH HAVING HIM WATCHING? "No, he's watching every week so it's the same amount of pressure. You just go out and do your thing."

ON DALE EARNHARDT, JR. MOVING TO HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS: "I've been busy worrying about what we've been doing. We don't all just sit around and watch TV all day, we work seven days a week. It's not like we have much time to think about anything else."

ON THE PRELUDE TO THE DREAM RACE AT ELDORA SPEEDWAY: "We're still waiting to see how well financially it did for Victory Junction but everybody was really excited about how it went off."

ON RACING AT MICHIGAN: "I love it. This is one of the big tracks that you can go to and you can move around and if your car is loose you can move up, if you're tight you can move down but you can directly affect how your car does here."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Joe Nemechek , Jimmie Johnson , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch
Teams Hendrick Motorsports , Joe Gibbs Racing