Monte Carlo Kansas qualifying notes

Kevin Lepage, No. 4 Kodak Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "This is pretty disappointing really after coming here with a positive attitude yesterday with a real good racecar. For some reason we just lost overall front grip. We couldn't get the car to turn.

Kevin Lepage, No. 4 Kodak Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "This is pretty disappointing really after coming here with a positive attitude yesterday with a real good racecar. For some reason we just lost overall front grip. We couldn't get the car to turn. And it didn't turn again today. But all we're looking for right now is just a starting spot for the Kodak team. It'll be close. The track I'm sure is going to get a whole lot better. Drawing #1 (qualifying spot) is not good here. We'll just have to see what happens. We've been struggling all year with the team and I just can't put my finger on it. This is a brand new car. But we'll go back and see what we have to do to make it better. I believe there's room in the car to make it better. We'll just do what we've got to do."

Terry Labonte, No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "That's pretty close to what we ran in practice. I think the track is a little bit slower right now. It's a little bit hotter than what is was (this morning). Hopefully that'll get us a pretty decent starting spot. We are hoping to be in the top 15 or the top 20. We'll just have to see how that stacks-up. I'd like to say hi to Dale Lambeth, one of our crew members who is back in Winston-Salem in the hospital, and wish him the best. We have a pretty good car this weekend."

Michael Waltrip, No. 15 NAPA Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "When I got to turns three and four, I picked up a push. The NAPA Auto Parts Chevy didn't get the lap that we thought we were going to get. In practice, we were real pleased with the car. It's hard to get what you need sometimes. One and two seemed to be a freer turn - you're able to get around there better. I don't know why. There seems to be more grip down in turns one and two than I can get in turns three and four."

Joe Nemechek, No. 33 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "It seems like we've just been struggling since we've been here. We just can't seem to hit on it. I don't know why. Everybody's working hard on our Oakwood Chevy. We just need a little bit of luck to go along with this to get us in the show. I think we're going to have a pretty good racecar. This car's been great. I think it'll race good."

Kenny Wallace, No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "I would have like to run a 30.9, so we're not real happy with that. But like any racetrack, when you go to a new racetrack, the track's just getting blacker and blacker. The speeds are a little bit slower now, but we're still scratching our heads about where all our speed from yesterday went. But all the DEI teams are. Hopefully Dale Jr. will go quicker and he'll carry the DEI flag."

Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "We're still not as good as we were yesterday. The car just hasn't stuck. So we'll start in the back and before the day is over hopefully we'll be up there where we need to be."

Kevin Harvick, No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "We loosened the Winston Cup car a little bit to be more like the Busch car, and we loosened it up too much. Sometimes they help each other (Winston Cup car and Busch car), sometimes they don't. Hopefully that'll get us in the top 15 in the Winston Cup car, and outside front row (qualified 2nd) in the Busch car isn't too bad. All in all, I think we're pretty happy.

"The biggest thing was that the Busch cars practiced between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. this morning and obviously the temperature rose up a little bit and the track got a little bit slippery and the times slowed down. We probably should have had a little bit different gear in the car if we'd know it was going to slow down that much.

"I don't think your new racetrack is going to be like a 20 or 30-year old race track, groove-wise. It's going to take a little bit of time. And the natural characteristic of the car off the corner is to go up the racetrack. I think from the center of the corner out, is going to be a two-groove track. But I think going into the corner is probably going to be about a groove and a half for a little while. But you never know. It could change any time after Happy Hour."

Bobby Hamilton, No. 55 Square D Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "It was actually pretty good. This place is going to be a lot like Charlotte (Lowe's Motor Speedway). We found out a couple of things and the changes worked. We're real happy about the way things are going right now - getting all the way up to a 10th place finish last week in Dover really helped. Things are turning around for us and that's good."

Robby Gordon, No. 31 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "It wasn't a bad lap for as much work as these guys (crew) have had to do. We lost a motor in practice and didn't get a lot of time this morning. The car was a little bit loose all the way through. I think if we would have got to practice a little bit more on scuffed tires this morning, we would have had a better feel. I've still got one set of stickers left. (more to follow)

Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Dupont Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "We were hoping that our adjustments were the right ones. There's a fine line out there. You've just got to hit all your marks. You want to be aggressive, but you don't want to get too aggressive in the corners. That'll get you in trouble.

-GM Racing-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Gordon , Bobby Hamilton , Terry Labonte , Michael Waltrip , Kevin Harvick , Joe Nemechek , Kenny Wallace , Kevin Lepage , Robby Gordon