Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999. New Hampshire International Speedway. Bud Pole qualifying for Dura Lube/Kmart 300. Chevrolet notes and quotes. JEFF GORDON (No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Monte Carlo) "That's the worse lap I've run all day long...
Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999. New Hampshire International Speedway. Bud Pole qualifying for Dura Lube/Kmart 300. Chevrolet notes and quotes.
JEFF GORDON (No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Monte Carlo)
"That's the worse lap I've run all day long as far as my line and hitting my marks. It felt great coming off turn four and I went down into turn one and it felt good. I got it turned but I let it drift up a little bit too much in the middle. I got out of the groove and that was it. I was actually pretty happy with the grip. I'm surprised I ran that lap because I got out of the groove a good bit coming out of turn two. The car felt great, and turns three and four were perfect."
WALLY DALLENBACH (No. 25 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"It's real tough to get heat in the tires. The car was real slippery, but that's about a tenth and a half faster than we practiced. Hopefully that'll keep us in the top 15 somewhere. We adjusted a little bit from what we had here last time. We had to make some changes because our second and third laps were pretty good, but we weren't getting any heat in the tires on the first lap. We adjusted, and that helped us out."
TERRY LABONTE (No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"That's a little bit slower than we ran in practice. We about spun out down here in three and four. That really hurt us."
BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"That's about as good as we could be. Trash was blowing everywhere in turn one out of the grandstands. It's the luck of the draw, and an early draw is never that good here. We ran about a tenth slower than we practiced, but an early draw is just never good here. You've got to be a river boat gambler to go out early here. It'd be nice if you had about three laps to warm up your tires. You'd see some really good speeds then. This is a brand new car. I think we've got about 16 laps on it, so to qualify ninth is pretty good under the conditions."
MICHAEL WALTRIP (No. 7 Philips Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"The car was a little tight. I don't know if I wanted too long, but my segment times weren't good and I slid sideways. It was just a bad lap by the driver, I guess. All I know is I didn't qualify as good as I should have, but we'll work hard this afternoon and get ready for the race."
DICK TRICKLE (No. 41 Kodiak Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"I didn't lose it, but my line took me into the wall. If I let off, I knew I wouldn't make it into the show, so I held it down and held my line and knocked the wall down."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"We slowed down a little bit, but we just haven't been good all day. The corners are slick, and man they just need to concrete this place or do something so we can get some grip. We'll work on it and try to get better. There's no grip out there, so all you do is slip and slide. It's hard to race on. There's just no grip."
KEN SCHRADER (No. 33 Skoal Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"It's a little wobbly when you first go out there, but it was OK. It did what we thought it was going to do. This ain't nothing we don't fight every week. I left a little bit laying there. I knew if I went too slow and ran a .70, it wouldn't be the end of the world. We were decent in practice. I think we were sixth. We saw some people back up what they did in practice. A lot of them didn't back it up, so I went out thinking I was going to leave something laying there. I told them when I crossed the finish line that it wasn't good enough, but it ain't bad. We ran basically the exact same thing we ran in practice. Between the track and tires, when they tell you to go out there and run fast for one lap, it's a thrill. You know it's not going to feel real comfortable. You just don't know which way it's going to go. We race each other real hard, but you look out for each other, too. Driving down into turn one at the start of this race, underneath the man that's running for the championship, it would be stupid for me to worry about one spot at a time. We'll make sure things go real good there."
JOE NEMECHEK (No. 42 BellSouth Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"The car drove the same way it did in practice. We've been really consistent all day, and that's good. We've started here in the back before, so it's going to be good to start up front this time, and I know we're going to have a good race car."
MIKE SKINNER (No. 31 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"I really thought it would be a better lap than that. I must have messed up getting down in the corner. Man that thing came off the corner and the engine ran super. I hit the chip really early from what we did on our practice run, and I ran slower. I gave up a little bit too much getting down in the corner trying not to make a mistake and then I picked the throttle up a little too early. Man that thing ran up the straightaway. I just think I left a little too much on the table getting into the corner."
DALE EARNHARDT (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Monte Carlo)
"There was some more there. I was just real loose in the center of the corner. I could have run a faster lap, but I bobbled in the middle of three and four. It's a little cool here, and I needed some heat in the tires. The car is really good. I think we've got a great race car. It's the same car we had at Richmond last week. The qualifying run might be a little better this week."
STEVE PARK (No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"These Pennzoil guys have been working real hard. It feels great to be home here in New Hampshire. Every time we come up here, it seems like we get a day of rain. That's about as fast as we ran in practice. I left a little bit in turns three and four. I got through one and two pretty good, and I didn't want to mess up in three and four. It was a little bit of a conservative lap. The guys had been complaining that the tires were cold and the track was cold. The track is in good shape. Maybe it'll get slicker the more you run on it. Since nobody got a chance to run much on it, the track really came in good this morning. I'm pretty impressed with it." Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999. New Hampshire International Speedway. Bud Pole qualifying for Dura Lube/Kmart 300. Chevrolet notes and quotes. Page 3.
RICKY CRAVEN (No. 50 Midwest Transit Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"I wish we could have picked up a little more. I'm happy with the way the car got in the corner and through the middle. It was a handful coming off, and the track is just real tricky right now. It's a combination of the tire and the cold weather. There's no side grip. If you get in just a foot too deep you're going to slide up the race track. We ran well here last time, and it's the same car. I'm disappointed we didn't run a little better, but I'm proud of these guys. They don't race every week, so the repetition is pretty important to us. I think I do (have an advantage here) psychologically, but it doesn't many anything on the race track. It's pretty important to me mentally. This is probably the worse I've ever qualified here. I just couldn't get hold of the race track all day. We needed to qualify better, but I just struggled to get the grip. Everybody has had the same problem, but I just couldn't get in as deep as I needed to in the corners."