NOTES AND QUOTES Bud Pole Qualifying Michigan Speedway June 11, 1999 ERNIE IRVAN (No. 36 M&M's Pontiac Grand Prix): "This is definitely better than what we've been doing. The car was real good. We sat on the pole here last time and we came...
NOTES AND QUOTES Bud Pole Qualifying Michigan Speedway June 11, 1999
ERNIE IRVAN (No. 36 M&M's Pontiac Grand Prix): "This is definitely better than what we've been doing. The car was real good. We sat on the pole here last time and we came back with the same stuff. Right now we need to build on runs like this. You never have enough momentum. This is the same team I was with last year. We were right at the brink of being in the top-10 in points. I ended up getting hurt. We've got all the same people, it's just a matter of putting it all together. This is the same Grand Prix we won the pole with here last year.
"Right now there's no way anybody knows if it's going to be a fuel mileage race or just a flat-out, the-fastest-car-is-going-to-win-type race.
It's going to take pit strategy, too, everything it takes to win a Winston Cup race. Normally, here at Michigan, it can come down to fuel mileage. Each year you come here you've got to make sure you get good fuel mileage.
You've got to be prepared for it.
"Right now, you've got to be able to run as fast as you can throughout the whole race. Obviously, when you're in the lead, you may use a little more fuel than some guy running right on your bumper and drafting. I don't know everything, but I know everybody is going to try and make their car as fast as they can."
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac Grand Prix): "The car just pushed really bad. We'll just work on our race setup now. We're capable of running well here. We'll keep on working."
WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Pontiac Grand Prix): "The car was really good. I don't know why it didn't go any faster. All the guys on the team made some good decisions and I've been really happy with the car since we've been here. It never helps to go out early here at Michigan. The temperature stayed constant, so it probably didn't make that much of a difference this time. I'm real pleased with the way the car is and I think we'll be good on Sunday. I've got a good friend who's child was hurt this week, Kevin Hatcher, and we've got his name on the car. We want to have a good race for him."
JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 43 STP Pontiac Grand Prix): "I think we've got a good race car. I don't know what the problem is. Maybe it's the driver, I don't know. We're getting around here pretty good and it feels pretty good, but we're just kind of stuck in one time bracket. We can't get out of it. Hopefully, we can stick in that time bracket the whole race and then we'll be really good."
DAVE BLANEY (No. 93 Amoco Pontiac Grand Prix): "It was a decent run. I feel like I didn't get as much as there was there. It was pretty uneventful. I don't know if that means I didn't run the thing hard enough or what. I would have liked to have another 10th, but hey, we're still in the show, and that's one of the goals we wanted to accomplish. Like I said, I think we had a little bit more in it, we just didn't get it."
BUCKSHOT JONES (No. 00 Cheez-It Pontiac Grand Prix): "That's faster, but not where we need to be. Our problem is that we don't have the basic information that you need here at the track. Whenever we get here, we're learning. We don't have any notes to fall back on. It seems like we get a little better and a little better, but you've got to be right on the mark from the start."
DERRIKE COPE (No. 30 Jimmy Dean Pontiac Grand Prix): "It's better than we've been, so that's a start. I sure wish we could have cracked the top-25. That would have been nice. We still made some good choices and made a decent lap. It was a little free, but I hung on. We'll just have to keep working at it. That's all we can do."
RICH BICKLE (No. 45 Lucky Dog Pontiac Grand Prix): "I've been loose getting in and I still was in qualifying. We've been getting better and better. The guys are working their tails off. This is a new body on this car and we've built a whole new Pontiac for Pocono. As long as they keep working at it we'll get better."