Monte Carlo Indianapolis qualifying notes

Kevin Harvick, No. 29 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet Monte Carlo (qualified 11th): "I haven't been nervous for qualifying for a long, long time. But this place brings out a lot of history to a lot of people and this is pretty cool for me ...

Kevin Harvick, No. 29 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet Monte Carlo (qualified 11th): "I haven't been nervous for qualifying for a long, long time. But this place brings out a lot of history to a lot of people and this is pretty cool for me right now. It's hard to tell what we want right now. We don't know how much the track has slowed down. As long as we get in the top 10, we'll be fine."

Terry Labonte, No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet Monte Carlo (qualified 35th): "The car was too tight. We were tight this morning in practice and we really thought we should leave it alone because we thought the track would get a little looser. Yesterday afternoon, our car was faster when it was hotter. So we just don't know right now. I think we're making progress. We'll learn more in Happy Hour later today."

Steve Park, No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo (qualified 13th): "Our run was not too bad. We brought a really good car. This Pennzoil Chevrolet has been running good. We were in the top 10 during practice. We probably would have been a little better off going out a little earlier. The track seems like it's loosing grip the hotter and hotter it gets. We have a good racecar. We'll be okay for the race. Happy Hour is going to be more like the race conditions for Sunday. With the IROC cars puttng some more rubber down and everything else, it'll give us a good indication of what we need for Sunday. I'm looking forward to the race. We've got a new engine design here that's working really well. The guys have worked hard to give us the horsepower we need here at Indy. With these long straightaways, the key is just having the right horsepower. My hats off to the engine shop. They've done a good job."

Robby Gordon, No. 31 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo (provisional - starts 40th): "We were really good in practice and had high hopes for qualifying. But I just missed my line a little bit going into turn four. I don't know if it was the wind or me or what the deal was, but I got off. I saw a couple guys in front of me smack the wall and I figured we were better off lifting than hitting the wall. It just killed my lap time.

Did the track change a lot from this morning?

"Not really. The track was pretty similar. I was just disappointed in what I did in turn four. I feel really comfortable with the team. Richard Childress runs a great organization and I feel privileged to be driving the car. The most important thing is to have a good run."

Jeff Green, No. 30 AOL Chevrolet Monte Carlo (qualified 31st): "We've struggled a little bit with the set up for some reason today. We didn't have a lot of grip. We got a great draw. So I think the way the day's going to go, it'll be better for us."

Michael Waltrip, No. 15 NAPA Chevrolet Monte Carlo (qualified 14th): "It was a pretty good lap for us. I don't think many people from here on out will beat us. But it's just the fact that the track has gotten slower that when those first guys went. We should wind up in the top 20. We did some good things to the car when we tested here a couple weeks ago. We're real pleased with the results we had when we tested. For this time of day, it was a pretty good lap. I could have done better. I didn't exactly make all the corners perfect. Those guys that got an early draw really got a break.

"I miss him (Dale Earnhardt) a lot here. He knew how to have a good time. He raced hard on the track, but he also enjoyed this place and what it means to everyone. Winning that race (the Daytona 500) is a special memory and his knowing I won it. That's what he wanted me to do. I think about him every day that I get up - not just at every race. It's a part of my life now. Daytona has always been a part of my life, but it's just a little deeper now.

"I've certainly always realized what this place means to the history of racing and I'm so proud to be here. The fans show up in such huge numbers, it makes it really fun.

-GM Racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Terry Labonte , Michael Waltrip , Steve Park , Kevin Harvick , Jeff Green , Robby Gordon