Monte Carlo Watkins Glen qualifying notes

Jerry Nadeau, No. 25 UAW-Delphi Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "I tell you, the guys did a superb job. Practice doesn't count. We came out here and just basically laid it on the line in qualifying. The car was a good, and then it got a little bit tight...

Jerry Nadeau, No. 25 UAW-Delphi Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "I tell you, the guys did a superb job. Practice doesn't count. We came out here and just basically laid it on the line in qualifying. The car was a good, and then it got a little bit tight in the center of the turns, but it seems like it ran a lot better in practice. I'm happy for everyone. The guys did a great job and hopefully this will give us a decent starting position for Sunday."

Robby Gordon, No. 31 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "I got loose going through the esses and I had to check up in turn three actually. I know there was a ton of time there. I knew we'd lose a little bit; I didn't know we'd lose that much. That hurt us a lot. I'm disappointed. It's all about the pole. It was all about coming here for the pole."

Ron Fellows, No. 87 Bully Hill Vineyards Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "We were just a little bit pushy in places. Normally we're terrific up through the esses and a little bit pushy. It's about where we've been. We're in the race and that's the critical thing."

Michael Waltrip, No. 15 NAPA Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "The car drove good. I used to come here and qualify well - at Sears Point, too. But I'm missing something. I don't know what it is. I'm about a second off of where I thought we should be. That's disappointing. Nevertheless the car drove well. And we have to do well on Sunday, too to have a chance to win. Hopefully we can work on that."

Joe Nemechek, No. 33 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "There's so many turns out there and you've got to hit them all good. The Oakwood Homes Chevy had been good all day and that isn't what I ran in practice. I thought I could run about a half a second faster. I was good up through the chicane, got into turn five and got a little bit greedy there. The car slid up and it got really loose and I had to go to the top of the track and it cost me some time. Overall it's been a good day and we're going to have a good racecar.

Do you and Ron Fellows share about the race?

"When we were up here testing, we were able to look at some of the things he does with his car that he likes. Some of them work for me and some of them don't."

Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Dupont Chevrolet Monte Carlo: "It was a pretty good run for us. We slowed down from practice. I don't know if we had a shot at the pole. The first few corners were excellent. I was real happy with it. I was just a little bit free. It looked like the car just got freer and freer as the run went on, so we didn't get the lap we were looking for.

How important is it to start up front?

"It's pretty important. This is a road course where you can pass a little bit easier than some of the others, especially Sears Point. We've started further back before and we haven't always been on the pole when we've won our races here. I think we'll have a great racecar on Sunday. Our set-up has always been really good here. We've not always been spectacular in qualifying here. So, I'm not too worried about how we're going to race. I think we'll be good."

Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender, Kevin Harvick, No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Monte Carlo:

"I blew it big-time up through the esses. I had to check-up twice. We were a little bit loose everywhere else, but nothing like I had to check-up like I had to through there. I didn't get loose, I didn't push. I just turned too soon and had to over-adjust. It was a good day and the guys worked hard.

"Everything's going really good this year under the circumstances of how we started the year off. We all just put everything together and the year has just been incredible. We've got a few more months we've got to keep it up and try to cap off the day. We had a good (qualifying) run today, but the driver screwed it up. We blew a motor this morning and the crew did a good job of changing it today. So everything turned out okay.

"The double-race weekends are done. We've got one more weekend where we have to race in different states and that's Martinsville and Tennessee. So they're pretty close - within a few hundred miles instead of thousands.

Did you learn anything from the Busch race in June that you can bring to this race?

"The biggest thing is just hitting my marks and getting used to the racetrack. The set-up is totally different. Robby Gordon came up here and tested and we're using everything that he's got in the car so the car's really good. I just didn't get a whole lot of time to get used to it. In qualifying, I turned off into the dirt in the esses and ran over the curb and screwed everything up. But we have a really good racecar thanks to Robby Gordon."

Talk about the difference between your two wins this year and which one was more satisfying?

"I'd definitely say the second one. The first one was so soon. We had so many different emotions going on that we didn't know whether to jump up and down or cry. Winning is always good, but that one was obviously different under the circumstances."

Jerry Nadeau, No. 25 UAW-Delphi Chevrolet Monte Carlo:

"It was a pretty good lap. We made a few changes to the car to make it turn better. It was a decent lap considering we went out really early. The track seemed really slick when I went out. I know Mark (Martin) and Tony (Stewart) slowed up quite a bit, so I feel like that was the best I could have gotten out of my car. There was no way I could have gotten anything else out of it. Maybe if we'd gone out later, or even when the clouds were out, we might have had a better run. I'm pleased with it.

"Practice is practice. Usually when you put your qualifying face on, you tend to get pretty much everything out of the car. It seemed like it turned out pretty good for us. The guys have done a good job. We tested at PIR a couple of weeks ago. We worked on brakes and transmissions and it seems like everything's working good."

Robby Gordon, No. 31 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo"

"I'm disappointed. We came here to qualify in the pole and we gave it up. We got loose going through turns three and four, which are the two fast esses. We learned when we were testing that if you could get through there good, it was worth a half a second. I had to lift off the gas. I got sideways up there in both those turns. I'm happy that we're in the top five, but I'm disappointed that we're not on the pole. We came here and we felt we would have a car and a team that would be capable of qualifying on the pole and being a real threat for the race. Now the most important thing is the race.

"I've been asked a lot of questions about my future with Richard Childress Racing. I was trying to make sure he had to run me in at least two races next year."

What can you say about your future with Mike Skinner scheduled to be back in the car next week?

"Mike's got a good race team under him. This team is definitely capable of winning races. What I was talking about was the Bud Shootout and the Winston Select in Charlotte - trying to get in those two events and trying to be funny about it. I think Skinner will do a really good job. He's done a good job for them all year. I've just tried to keep them steady - nothing too extreme. I've tried not to damage cars and put them behind in the shop. I've tried to do the best job I could. Richard Childress runs a very good organization. It would be excellent if an opportunity like that came my way next ear."

What's next for Robby Gordon after this race?

"I'm just sitting around right now. There's a couple thing out there. But going into the next few months, it's musical chairs. You've got to be able to go to the right chair at the right time and be able to sit down. I think I've got to pick and choose the events I do, and try to do the best job at those events that I can."

Instead of just a one-shot deal like some of these road racers have here, does running with this tem for a couple of races give you ad advantage?

"Last year we came with our own team and finished fourth. The guys tried really hard, but we lacked in pit stops and pit strategy. Coming in with an experienced team really helps. But you can't count out Scott Pruett or Boris Said or Ron Fellows. Those are good race teams. Ron Fellows's team runs a full-time Busch deal so they'll have good pit stops and they'll be a threat in the race. I think the two biggest guys though will be Jeff (Gordon) and Tony (Stewart). They were the guys to beat at Sears Point. Those guys looked real good in practice. I thought Tony looked really strong and that he might be a guy for the pole. Those are the two guys that I'm going to pace with early in the race to see were they run and see where they're better than we are and keep working on our car to be as good as or better than them late in the race."

Did you learn anything from Sears Point?

"I think the most important thing is to keep a comfortable lead, but don't burn up the tires exiting the corners like I did at Sears Point."

Steve Park, No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo (did not qualify - takes a provisional): "I got into the car and got ready to go out, I stepped on the brake and it went straight to the floor. The guys tried to fix it. Paul Andrews climbed into the car and tried to fix it. NASCAR gave us 10 minutes, but we just couldn't do it. I'm disappointed and it's going to be a long day on Sunday. The good thing I guess, is that we didn't find out we had a problem in the first turn."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Michael Waltrip , Steve Park , Mike Skinner , Boris Said , Kevin Harvick , Joe Nemechek , Robby Gordon , Jerry Nadeau , Ron Fellows , Scott Pruett