Phoenix: GM drivers qualifying quotes

BRIAN VICKERS, NO. 25 UAW-DELPHI CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO qualified 2nd: "Joe (Nemechek) did an awesome job of qualifying, and it seemed like he slowed down a little bit, so I'm not too concerned about it. Hopefully it's enough to stay on top. I...

BRIAN VICKERS, NO. 25 UAW-DELPHI CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO qualified 2nd:

"Joe (Nemechek) did an awesome job of qualifying, and it seemed like he slowed down a little bit, so I'm not too concerned about it. Hopefully it's enough to stay on top. I think that's about all she had. We had to go out on stickers. We didn't get to scuff our qualifiers, and that might have hurt us a little bit, but that's part of it."

HOW IMPORTANT IS IT FOR YOU TO BACK UP QUALIFYING WITH A STRONG RUN ON SUNDAY? "It's very important. We had a good qualifying effort in Atlanta as well and had some bad luck, some misfortune at the start of the race and kind of hurt it, but hopefully we can finish it out this week and get some experience. It's very important to stay out there on the racetrack and get as much experience as possible. I also want to thank all of the fans for coming out today."

JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY PONTIAC qualified 10th:

ABOUT YOUR LAP. "It wasn't too bad. The U.S. Army crew is working really hard to give me some good cars, and they've given me some great cars. I just didn't back up my time from practice. I needed to run in the 26-second bracket and didn't quite get there. It just seemed like the track was a little bit slick. (DID IT HURT YOU GOING OUT EARLY IN QUALIFYING?) "Normally when you go out early, it's not good. It seems like the track just keeps getting better and better. But we'll take it. We have a great Pontiac here for the race."

TERRY LABONTE, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S/GOT MILK? CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO qualified 19th:

YOU PICKED UP ON YOUR SECOND LAP. ANY REASON WHY? "I don't know. It just was a better lap than the first one. Our car's been pretty good in practice, and that ought to get us a pretty decent starting spot, I hope, and we'll work on it for Sunday. But I think we've got an awfully good car here this weekend."

TALK ABOUT THE RUN THIS TEAM HAS BEEN ON THE SECOND HALF OF THE SEASON. "I tell you, these guys are just doing an awesome job on this Kellogg's/got milk? Chevy team. It's been a lot of fun going to the racetrack, and it's a lot different than it was a year ago for us. I think we're awful competitive now. We've still got three to go, and we still want to win another one. And we're still in quite a battle in the points deal for 10th place, so we've got a lot of work to do."

WARD BURTON, NO. 0 NETZERO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX qualified 20th:

Note: Burton made contact with the wall on the backstretch on the second of his two qualifying laps.

WHAT HAPPENED ON THAT SECOND LAP? "The driver was just trying a little bit too hard. The car was a little bit too loose. We had one of the best practices I've ever had in Winston Cup today, from where we started to where we ended up, a top-five or top-10 car, and I think it will be on Sunday.

HOW BAD IS THE CAR DAMAGED? "It's not that bad. You can see right there, but we're going to fix it. I'm just sorry the team's got to do a little extra work."

DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO qualified 11th:

"We would have like to run a little bit better than that. We weren't going to run as fast as Ryan (Newman), but it was still a good day for us. Hopefully that will put us in the top 10 and give us a good start for Sunday."

DOES THE CHANGE IN THE RACE TRACK AFFECT THE CHANGE IN THE SET-UP FOR THE RACE CAR? "No, not really. I really like what they've done to the race track It's nice to have the tunnel to get in and out and they've moved the wall and everything. They've done a great job and I really think the fans are going to see a great race on Sunday. Hopefully we'll be up there in the front winning the race."

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO qualified 4th:

"I couldn't be happier with the way things have been going for us lately. It just seems like when we need things to go our way they have been with the adjustments and communications. It's been awesome. They made the right adjustments right there today with the Dupont Chevrolet. The car did everything I wanted it to do. I almost wish I could do it again because I wasn't doing it like that in practice and I think I learned some things right there at the end that made us a little bit better. I'm real happy with the power that's underneath this car and we'll go from there."

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

"I'm real proud of this Lowe's team and everything they've done here today. We're looking forward to a great day on Sunday. We're going to have a great race car. This is the same car we won with at Loudon. Hopefully things will work out well."

-gm racing-

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