North Wilkesboro Chevrolet qualifying notes

>From NASCAR Public Relations Friday, April 12, 1996. North Wilkesboro Speedway. First-round qualifying for First Union 400. Chevrolet notes, quotes. DARRELL WALTRIP (No. 17 Western Auto Chevrolet Monte Carlo) "We were hoping to be a...

>From NASCAR Public Relations

Friday, April 12, 1996. North Wilkesboro Speedway. First-round qualifying for First Union 400. Chevrolet notes, quotes.

DARRELL WALTRIP (No. 17 Western Auto Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"We were hoping to be a little better than that. We've got some work left to do."

STEVE GRISSOM (No. 29 Cartoon Network Racing Monte Carlo)

"We never put on tires to make a qualifying run in practice, but we picked it up from when we unloaded. I'm not sure how good that will be, but it should be good enough to make the race."

KEN SCHRADER (No. 25 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"I went just a little too slow, but I knew we were going to be good. I knew we had a good top 10 car if I didn't mess up. I probably went a little too conservative. That was pretty decent, but you've got to remember who you're talking to and where we're at. That's better than decent for me here. I'm glad to see Terry and that Kellogg's Chevy up there, but that's a good lap for us and it'll give us a real good starting spot for Sunday."

BOBBY LAB0NTE (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Monte Carlo)

"We ran about what we practiced, but that wasn't good enough today. Maybe I'll go get some pointers from Terry."

JEFF GORDON (No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Monte Carlo)

"We're happy with that lap, but everybody else is picking it up. I think this will be a real good car in the race, but we can't get it to qualify as fast as we want."

ROBERT PRESSLEY (No. 33 Skoal Bandit Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"We really need this. We've had a lot of good runs this year, but we've just had some bad breaks. Maybe we can turn it around here. We did a lot of testing here, and we hope it pays off. I've got to thank all of the guys. They've haven't quit a bit I'm real happy with that lap. If I'd have been off a tenth, we probably would have been going home. It's really close here. Everybody kept getting better, so we really didn't know what to expect."

DALE EARNHARDT (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Monte Carlo)

"That's the same thing we ran in practice. That's going to put us back in the field, but that's just one of those deals. It's real tight in qualifying, just like we were at Bristol. We were 19th at Bristol and when the race ended we were fourth and we were coming all day. It's the same thing here. We've got a good race car, and we've got a good setup for this race track. We'll just have to wear 'em out come race day. We just wanted to get in the race. I wish we had a better starting position, but we'll get 'em."

TERRY LABONTE (No. 5 Kellogg's Corn Flakes Monte Carlo)

"The guys worked on the engine a little bit before qualifying, and it would really go down the straightaway. It was a little loose, and I didn't think it was going to be that good, but it was good enough. This has been a good track for us, so now we'll just try to go out and win the race. I've never driven a silver car before When they told me I was driving a silver car all I could think about was Earnhardt last year at The Winston. I thought, oh no.' We were fair in practice today, but I didn't know if we were as good as we needed to be or not. We made some changes on the car, and worked on it pretty hard. The track really hasn't changed over the years. It's pretty much like it's always been, but it might be worn out a little more. I hope I can wear it out a little more on Sunday.

"I'm with a team that I knew would have a chance to win the pole when we came here. It was a great lap, but I really didn't know if it would be good enough. I would have been happy to be in the top 10, so this is really a bonus. It was just good enough. When I came around for the green, I was a little looser than I thought we needed to be. It got hooked up pretty good.

"We usually pick up a little bit here, but some of the guys were running faster than they practiced. I can't think of a better place to start the race. This is the best team I've ever been with, and that's what really excites me about going for this record. I feel like we've got a chance to win the race, too. I was sitting there on pit road, and Gary Depart (crew chief) said, trust me.' It's going to stick. He said if it didn't the car in the truck is better than this one. We worked on the shocks and made some minor adjustments.

"I got to thinking last week that we might should have come up here and tested, but we didn't. We feel like our short track program is pretty good, and we've raced this car here before. We have some confidence in our equipment. This all has attracted a little more attention than I thought it would and maybe a little bit more than it deserves. I guess when you look around, there's not too many big stories right now."

STERLING MARLIN (No. 4 Kodak Film Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"If we could have put the two laps together, we would have been really good. I missed it in turns one and two on the first lap and I missed it in three and four on the second lap. We'll be all right. We've got a good starting spot."

RICKY CRAVEN (No. 41 Kodiak Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

"We tested here and thought we would really be good on the long runs, but we weren't sure about qualifying. We came here pretty excited about the race, but we weren't real excited about qualifying. I was wrong about qualifying. I hope I'm not wrong about Sunday. I never imagined Terry would run that fast for the pole, but I didn't think my time would stand up for it, either. We're in the top 10, and if you can't be on the pole, that's good enough."

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