Brooklyn, MI - Team Chevy drivers claimed five of the top-10 starting positions for Sunday's CARFAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Mark Martin put the No. 5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Impala SS on the outside of row one in second place followed...
Brooklyn, MI - Team Chevy drivers claimed five of the top-10 starting positions for Sunday's CARFAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
Mark Martin put the No. 5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Impala SS on the outside of row one in second place followed by Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Impala SS in the third starting spot of the 43-car field.
Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Impala SS, will roll off fourth in the order with Martin Truex, Jr., starting fifth in the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Impala SS.
Ryan Newman, No. 39 Haas Automation/US Army Impala SS, will start the 200-lap/400-mile race from the seventh spot on the grid. Brian Vickers (Toyota) won the pole.
MARK MARTIN, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S/CARQUEST IMPALA SS, QUALIFIED 2ND:
"All I know is that scared me to death. Way too loose. I rubbed the wall coming to take the green and I can't hardly talk right now. Pretty loose. I was so loose I was scared to get in to turns three and four easy so I just went in too hard I cause I figured it would make it push for a little while at least. I think that is finally where I made my time up."
ALAN GUSTAFSON, CREW CHIEF, NO. 5 CARQUEST/KELLOGG'S IMPALA SS, QUALIFIED 2ND:
HOW MUCH AS THE TRACK CHANGED SINCE WE WERE HERE AND YOU WON IN JUNE? "From what we have seen today, quite a bit.The summer sun has beat on the track and it is just really slick and exaggerating all the issues you fight here. You are tight in the middle, seems tighter in the middle this time and then looser off. You wouldn't think too much would be a big deal, but track temperature is up a lot and hot and slick. We are working extra hard to get this Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevy driving good and see what we can do on Sunday."
BRAD KESELOWSKI, NO. 25 GODADDY.COM IMPALA SS, QUALIFIED 12TH:
"It was pretty good. Almost as good as the Michigan team is going to be this year. I predicted nine wins by the way. I thought it was good. Really happy with Tony (Eury) Jr., and the effort on this GoDaddy.com Chevrolet. It has just been a good weekend. I haven't come here and ran well before. I have two good cars to run well here, the Nationwide car is flying too. Really excited about that. Happy to be here in MIchigan and back home and really happy to have two fast race cars."
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD/AMP ENERGY IMPALA SS, QUALIFIED 15TH:
"I got a little tight in the center of one and two and my angle off that corner was a little wrong once I got out to the wall and had to pinch it a little bit and just about brought the rear around. We worked really really hard to try and make the car a little bit better and I loved it down in three and four. Real happy with the changes that we made. We are working on it. This AMP Energy/National Guard Chevy should be pretty good. We're gaining on it. We need to get a little bit more. We are working on it."
TONY STEWART, NO. 14 OFFICE DEPOT/OLD SPICE IMPALA SS, QUALIFIED 18TH:
"We picked up from practice. I'm proud of all the guys on this Office Depot / Old Spice Chevy. We gained on it and a lot of guys didn't back up what they ran in practice. We gained, so I'm proud of our guys for that."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S IMPALA SS, QUALIFIED 4TH:
"That was a good lap. I didn't leave a lot on the table. I was very pleased with the effort in practice. We didn't start like we wanted to and had to work on it throughout the day. We might not have the pole today but very proud of the effort and how hard we worked and where we are."
-credit: gm racing