Monte Carlo Talladega qualifying notes

<B>Joe Nemechek, No. 33 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet Monte Carlo (qualified 10th): "I think I'll take it. It's a pretty good lap. This entire Oakwood Homes team works real hard on their speedway stuff. That's a good lap for us right now. ...

<B>Joe Nemechek, No. 33 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet Monte Carlo (qualified 10th):

"I think I'll take it. It's a pretty good lap. This entire Oakwood Homes team works real hard on their speedway stuff. That's a good lap for us right now. We've just been off a little bit. It's not going to be the pole, but hopefully it'll be in the top 10 or 12. It's just little tiny small things. They've changed the restrictor plate and did some other things and it slowed the cars down. So we're just trying to find all the things it takes to make the cars go faster. We had a good test here a couple weeks ago and we'll be ready for them in the draft."

<B>Bobby Hamilton, No. 55 Square D Chevrolet Monte Carlo (qualified 14th):

"I'm real happy with that. We ran a .52 in practice and to turn around and run a .30 is good. We're pretty happy with that. Any time you can pick up at a place like this that means their restrictor plate program is pretty good. Most of the time you know, you can come here and run pretty good and then slow down - that happens to a lot of us. The Square D Chevrolet's been good all day. It's been good on the restrictor plate races and this is the car that Kenny finished second here with, so I know it's good. I've just got to do my job."

<B>Jerry Nadeau, No. 25 UAW-Delphi Chevrolet Monte Carlo (qualified 11th):

"This track s really funny about air -- the way the air was circulating. We need some more speed. Maybe the way the air was circulating gave us a false reading during practice."

<B>Kevin Harvick, No. 29 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet Monte Carlo (qualified 9th - top Raybestos Rookie of the Year qualifier):

"This has nothing do to with me. This is all the guys on the team and this is their day. You only have as good racecars as they put under you. I just hold the pedal down and turn the steering wheel, so we'll just see what happens. I've got two good coaches in Richard (Childress) and Kevin (Hamlin). We had a good test here and I've raced the Busch cars here so I think we'll be okay for Sunday."

<B>Michael Waltrip, No. 15 NAPA Chevrolet Monte Carlo (qualified 8th):

"I ran up high and that keeps the momentum good coming to the white flag, and that's what it's all about. I knew this car would be right when we got down here to Talladega. I'm real confident about the race. I'm happy to be in Talladega. What great fans we have here and it's going to be fun on Sunday. I feel so good about (the chances of) winning this race. But that's crazy to say because you can be running first on the last lap and finish 10th or 12th or 20th. It's just real wild with the rules. But I feel confident that I have a car capable of winning and I just have to figure out a way to put myself in a position to win. It's like a chess match almost. You work all day long to figure out where you need to be in the end. And the NAPA Auto Parts Chevy should be a part of the story anyway. And that's all you want as a driver when you head to the track anyway. I've good teammates, too, and I'm looking forward to working with them on Sunday. It's going to be a good day in Talladega."

<B>Steve Park, No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo (qualified 17th):

"A lot of these guys are trying to get up a lot of speed running high on the first lap and then throwing that lap away and then bringing it down to the bottom. We were down here testing and we just kind of stuck to our game plan. We needed to run where this Pennzoil Chevrolet wanted to run and that was on the bottom. We run a tick slower than we ran in practice. Anytime you go through tech here in Talladega it always seems like they don't give you something, they always take a little bit away. But hopefully that will get us solidly in the field. I feel this car's going to draft real good and I've got some great teammates to work with too."

<B>Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Dupont Chevrolet Monte Carlo (qualified 13th):

"I'm pretty happy with that lap. I knew that we had run a .21 or something like that in practice and that was drafting. So, I knew these guys had it in 'em. They did a great job preparing this car. We're happy to have Pepsi on board this weekend on the Dupont Chevrolet. We're going to have some fun and go out there and put a good show for the fans. It's going to be a heck of a race on Sunday. Anybody can win this race. You can be sitting in 10th and come down here and win this race. Anything's possible here. You know, when we won this race here last year, the rules were different. Now with the new rules configuration, it's just anybody's game. It's hard to say who's going to win this race. It's all about track position, staying out of trouble, staying focused. You've got to be patient. There's a lot more racing room here and that can be a good thing and it can be a bad thing. It will be anybody's race and it absolutely makes no difference where you start."

<B>Mike Skinner, No. 31 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo (qualified 12th):

"That's a good lap for the Lowe's Chevrolet. This is a race where you don't have to be on the pole to win. The guys worked their tails off all day and I'm real proud of them. I'm not sure where you have to be to win this race in the end. I think maybe 16th or 17th or something - I don't know. But we've paid a lot of attention and we've done everything we can to get ready. Last time it was just a matter of a car hitting us from behind and then that car happened to check up and we didn't have any help. We've just got to get in the right situation. But I'm real proud of my guys and this Chevrolet and we can't wait to get racing. I'm really happy to be here at Talladega. We're going to race the Rockwell Automation car on Saturday (in the Busch race) and we've got a good starting place (6th) with it and it was real good in Happy Hour. Hopefully we can get the Lowe's Chevrolet dialed in too."

<B>Dave Marcis, No. 71 Realtree Chevrolet Monte Carlo (qualified 15th):

"I'm very happy. All my guys have been working hard. Richard Childress's guys have been working hard - Richard Childress's engines and the Realtree people have been on this limited schedule. I can't say enough about everybody. The fans are great. The back us, they support us, we get letters and mail and phone calls you can't believe. It's been a good relationship for myself and Realtree. I miss not running every week. But there's a lot of things we just can't keep up with since we're a small team. We're pretty much chasing our tails trying to make it to the next event, so I feel like we're better that we were. We need to get more cars built so we can be more competitive when we run."

-GM Racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Bobby Hamilton , Michael Waltrip , Steve Park , Mike Skinner , Kevin Harvick , Joe Nemechek , Jerry Nadeau , Dave Marcis