SCOTT RIGGS, NO. 10 VALVOLINE CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "We were a little bit different than we were in practice this morning. All the guys did a good job. They gave me a good car. We've got a great car for the race, that's for sure. We probably ...
SCOTT RIGGS, NO. 10 VALVOLINE CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"We were a little bit different than we were in practice this morning. All the guys did a good job. They gave me a good car. We've got a great car for the race, that's for sure. We probably could have run a little quicker than that. It seemed like the sun and the temperature and maybe the Hoosier rubber out there made a little difference. The Goodyears are just a little too slick out there and the cars are a little loose getting in the corners. I had to slow down and that hurt our time a little bit."
JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"I'm fairly pleased with the lap. The track has heated up quite a bit from this morning. It seemed like the track just had a ton of grip in it this morning and we ran some really fast time. Then the ARCA cars qualified and they have a different tire. Going out early - I don't know if it's going to be a pro or con today but that'll give us a good starting spot for the U.S. Army Chevy. This is one of my favorite cars. This car runs good every time we run it."
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"We didn't pick up a lot. We spent the majority of the practice session working on race stuff so we did a lot of race runs. Hopefully that'll pay off for us tomorrow and Sunday in getting a little bit of a head start on our race package."
(HOW MUCH FUN IS THIS RACE TRACK - YOU HAVE A SMILE ON YOUR FACE)
"It is fun. This is one of the few tracks where the driver can make a difference. With it being as wide as it is, if your car is loose you can move up the race track and run around the wall. If it's tight you can move down to the bottom and run around the white line at the bottom of the track. We at least have some flexibility as drivers not being set on running one line. At some point during the day on Sunday I'll be down on the white line and at some point I'll be running up by the wall. I'm sure I'll be in between there a lot during the middle of the race too. It's just a fun track as drivers. We make a pretty big impact on how our day is here."
WARD BURTON, NO. 0 NETZERO CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"We've been battling a little bit for what we need the car to do, but we're working on it."
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"It seems like everybody is slowing down a little bit. This GM Goodwrench Chevrolet felt pretty good. It was a pretty good lap. We slipped a little bit off of Turn 2. We got a little bit loose over there. Other than that, it wasn't too bad."
ROBBY GORDON, NO. 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"We knew we had some left in practice. The key was getting up to speed on sticker tires. I talked to my crew chief and all the guys. We got through Turns 3 and 4 real good on my warm-up lap coming to the green. That's probably where we left some in practice. The car drove exactly like it did in practice. The guys did an awesome job. Everybody has been working really hard at RCR."
(WHAT DICTATES WHERE YOU RUN ON THIS WIDE RACE TRACK? THE COMPETITION, THE DRIVER, OR THE RACE CAR?) "There are a lot of things that dictate that. It seems like every time we can run with the top 10 cars, we run better and turn faster lap times. Maybe the air is cleaner and gives us more downforce. If that's the case, we'll probably be able to run toward the bottom. I've watched Tony Stewart dominate this race before and he's been able to keep his car right down there on the white line. We're going to work on that and see how the Goodyear tires like it down there. The tires are really what dictate if you move up the race track or stay on the bottom."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"He just got us (Jeff Gordon). There are still a couple of good cars to go. But for us, a top five starting spot here is something we haven't had. If anybody else was to get the pole, I'd want it to be one of my teammates - especially Jeff Gordon. This is looking like a good day for Hendrick Motorsports all around."
(HOW IS YOUR CAR SET-UP FOR THIS WEEKEND?)"The things we learned at Pocono and the stuff we had at Charlotte crosses over to the big tracks and we're at another one. What's been working for us will hopefully work here. Hopefully we'll see those Hendrick cars up there again."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
(ANY HARD FEELINGS ABOUT BUMPING YOUR TEAMMATE, JIMMIE JOHNSON?) "We'll, he's been wearing us out here in the last several weeks. I'm sure he doesn't mind if we sneak one in there. What an awesome job this race team has done - really all of Hendrick Motorsports is very impressive with what they've accomplished here lately. Engines, chassis, the bodies - everything has been phenomenal. The chemistry among all the teams has been great. We're just trying to make up for Charlotte and Dover. Those were kind of ugly for us. Last weekend was a good run for us. The car has just been phenomenal ever since we unloaded this morning."
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"That wasn't too bad. We picked up a little bit from practice. We slid the nose a little too much in practice. We thought we had adjusted on it enough to make it a little bit better. It stayed about the same. We did pick up some speed though. It's still a good deal because we were able to go a little bit faster. Maybe it'll get us a top 10 by the time the day is over. The guys worked hard on the Interstate Chevy."
(IS THIS A FORGIVING TRACK? IF YOU MISS THE SET-UP A LITTLE BIT, CAN YOU MAKE IT UP?) "If you can find it back later it will be better for you. It doesn't necessarily mean if you miss the set-up that you're going to find the right groove, but it will help you with a multi-groove race track to be able to find something that's more helpful for you until maybe the next stop until you get something worked out that's better. That would be different than say, some track that are less forgiving. It does have its good characteristics that way, which is why we love coming here. But hopefully you don't miss the set-up too much because you can't get around it no matter how wide the track is."
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"The car is a lot better. We worked on it in practice and we'll see how we can get in into race trim tomorrow."
(DO YOU HAVE FUN RACING ON THIS TRACK?)
"It's a very good race track as far as having a progressive banking. You can run down on the bottom. You can run on the top. It's a real nice - just as long as you get a good car. No place is any fun unless your car is handling real good and driving real good. Hopefully I'll get that lucky this weekend."
TONY EURY, SR., CREW CHIEF, NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"This type of race track has been bothering us all year long. We've worked real hard to fix the type of problem we've been having on this type of race track. Last week we stumbled on some things during the race and figured out what direction we need to go anyway. So today we qualified a lot better here. Hopefully tomorrow we can get this thing dialed in and get up there to run with those Hendrick cars.
"The team is pumped up. Everybody wants that NEXTEL ring, you know. It keeps morale up in the shop. It just makes all those guys work harder. We've been testing so much that we haven't been helping those guys back at the shop. They've been working real hard trying to give us good cars every week."
DAVE BLANEY, NO. 30 AOL CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Note: Crashed in Turn 2 during qualifying attempt.
"I just got loose trying to get too much out of the car. We've been on the loose side all day and I was just too greedy with it trying to run too fast. I kind of had it saved, but it got back away from me."
(IT WAS ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK YOU WOULD BE IN THE CAR - FOR HOW LONG?) "We'll see. If we keep wrecking, not for very long. No, I don't know. Whatever Richard (Childress) and AOL are happy with. We'll just keep going hard. You don't get anywhere running easy, so we'll just keep running hard."
BRIAN VICKERS, NO. 25 GMAC CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"It was pretty good. Hopefully it'll end with a one-two-three for Hendrick Motorsports. I wanted that pole pretty bad, but it is a great starting spot for this GMAC Chevy here at Michigan. We're happy to have that one-two-three for General Motors and Chevrolet so far."
(DID YOU SEEK ADVISE ON HOW TO GET AROUND THIS PLACE FROM JEFF GORDON?) "I'm always seeking advice when I go to Jeff Gordon. He told me one thing not to do and that was to ask too much out of the car and go to the gas too soon. He said it would get tight. I did that anyway in Turns 3 and 4. And that's probably what cost us the pole. But the car was good and obviously he applied that wisdom a little better than I did, but better luck next time."