Pontiac Joliet qualifying notes

JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: ON YOUR RUN "It felt good; I'm just surprised it wasn't a little bit quicker. We just haven't been as good as what we wanted since we unloaded. But, it made the top 36, so we'll be...

JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

ON YOUR RUN

"It felt good; I'm just surprised it wasn't a little bit quicker. We just haven't been as good as what we wanted since we unloaded. But, it made the top 36, so we'll be OK."

DID THE TRACK CHANGE MUCH BETWEEN PRACTICE AND QUALIFYING?

"Well, you're talking about a practice that was almost three hours earlier and it's a lot hotter now. The sun has just been sitting on it (the track) all that time. "We just haven't been as good as we wanted to be. I still think we're OK. Hopefully we'll be OK in race trim."

KEN SCHRADER, NO. 36 M&M'S PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

ON YOUR RUN

"It seems like all year long we've been racing better than we've qualified and we didn't qualify real bad today, so I'm ready to go.

"The car has felt good. We've just tweaked on it since we've been here. We worked on some race stuff yesterday, so we've got a place to start for tomorrow. We'll just hit it for an hour and a half.

ON THE TRACK

"I love the place. I wish it was three years old already and the groove was widened out and the asphalt wasn't as grippy. But, it's going to be a place that we'll look forward to coming to for years."

RON HORNADAY, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

ON YOUR RUN

"We're pretty excited.  This is the car that we ran at
Bristol and it's just been sitting down there [at the shop].  It's a body
that we've been looking for.  I uncovered it about three weeks ago and said,
'How come we're not running this thing?'  We cut the cross member out of it
and lowered it down, and it's a great race car.  Pontiac builds a good car.

We've just got to get our balance right and I think we found that balance. "This car really drove good off the trailer and I think there is more in it. We did something with air pressure just then that I was kind of leery about, but there is more in the car. I think it should have been a top 10, but I'm very happy to even make this race the way we've been struggling.

"Missing Daytona was a freak deal, but weather and The Lord had something to do with it. That's why we missed Daytona. Things always happen for a reason and that just made this team stronger and better. We're getting really humble about everything. We're looking forward to the next couple of weeks now."

BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

WHAT WAS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PRACTICE AND QUALIFYING FOR YOU?

"The car just didn't stick that good for qualifying where in practice the car was gripping really good. We just lost grip, for whatever reason."

-GM Racing

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