NOTES AND QUOTES Bud Pole Qualifying Pocono International Raceway June 23, 1999 BOBBY LABONTE (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac Grand Prix): "We kept working on it all day long. This isn't the same Pontiac we had here last time. We tore...
NOTES AND QUOTES Bud Pole Qualifying Pocono International Raceway June 23, 1999
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac Grand Prix): "We kept working on it all day long. This isn't the same Pontiac we had here last time. We tore it up at Loudon. We had to deal with a little different setup and we were a little loose. We kept tightening it up in practice and really it's not tightened up enough yet. The guys did a great job. I think we were all down a little earlier because we were so good here a month ago. But they did a great job working on the car and it worked out really well. It got better as it went.
"It was a good run here for us last time. Like I said, this isn't the same Pontiac, and it kind of makes you feel good that we can run that well. We picked up about four and a half tenths. We were hoping it would be better on new tires and it was a little better than I even expected. It's a great race car. We moved a little weight around in it prior to qualifying. I just needed to be a little tighter. I couldn't run as free as I could earlier."
JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 43 STP Pontiac Grand Prix): "It's a pretty good lap. I think we could have gone a little quicker, but I'm not going to be disappointed because last time here we struggled a little bit. We brought a brand new Grand Prix and the guys did a great job with it and we ought to be great in the race as well. The Indy test this week helped us a lot. We ran this car there. It wasn't our favorite car, but it's a new car, so we thought we'd bring it here. We wanted to massage it a little bit and if it runs really good here we'll take it back to Indy for the race. We did the same thing last year and it worked out OK. We'll see how it comes out this year."
WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Pontiac Grand Prix): "That's a little bit faster than we had practiced. I was hoping for a little bit more, but it's not about where you start, it's where you finish. I know we've got a good car for Sunday. We're going to work real hard on this thing tomorrow and try to get it a little bit better than where we've got it now. We'll see if we can't put this thing where it's supposed to be -- in the Winner's Circle. It's got fast corners, but this track has short track characteristics. That's suits me pretty good. I like places where we can go fast. I've had some cars here and that's 99 percent of it. You need a good car and a good team under you like I have with this CAT team."
TONY STEWART (No. 20 Home Depot Pontiac Grand Prix): "The guys did a great job on this Home Depot Pontiac again. The driver made a mistake over the tunnel turn. That was a pretty good lap for us. I got through turn one good. I had to check up a little in two and that cost us some time. Turn three was good and stable, so all in all, it was a pretty good lap for us."
RICH BICKLE (No. 45 Lucky Dog Pontiac Grand Prix): "It was loose and I was thinking, 'My gosh, how can we be one of the fastest 12 cars in practice and then we're dead.' We put a new set of tires on and we tightened it up a little too much. It was actually a good lap. The guys on this team are doing a helluva job. This is the first Pontiac we built that has an in-house body. It finally had some downforce in it. We went to Indy and tested earlier this week and we learned some stuff there that helped us here. The guys with the 10-10-345 team have really worked hard to get me to this point. I think we'll finally have a top-25 qualifying effort because we've really been terrible in qualifying this year. The way this car feels right now I think it will race really well, too.
DERRIKE COPE (No. 30 Jimmy Dean Pontiac Grand Prix): "We were real tight in practice and the car just wouldn't turn. On our qualifying lap I was loose in turn one and tight off three. It just seems like when I really want to get in the throttle in the turns the car wants to just skid out towards the wall. The pressure is on us again tomorrow."
KYLE PETTY (No. 44 Hot Wheels Pontiac Grand Prix): "We've been struggling. I had a tough time getting through turn three and that killed our qualifying lap. We'll work with that 43 gang and together come up with something good."