Pontiac Racing Darlington qualifying notes

JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: ON IT PAYING OFF TO HAVE SUCH A GOOD START TO THE SEASON "It sure does. A day like today this early in the season, when you have no qualifying, it does pay to be good in the points. But in...

JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

ON IT PAYING OFF TO HAVE SUCH A GOOD START TO THE SEASON

"It sure does. A day like today this early in the season, when you have no qualifying, it does pay to be good in the points. But in the same token, you've still got to race here. You've still got to race a lot of laps and you've got to be there at the end. It's just nice to be able to start up front. But having been here with James [Ince] before, we've sat on the front row, so we would have liked to have seen qualifying happen. But, in the same token, we know that this is going to happen throughout the year. This is just all part of it."

JAMES INCE, CREW CHIEF, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

DOES NOT HAVING ANY MARGIN FOR ERROR IN THE WEEKEND SCHEDULE BOTHER YOU?

"I don't think it bothers me at all because, let's face it, if you look at the schedule there is no margin for error any day, for any sort of weather. If it rains out on Sunday, when are we supposed to race - especially if we're at Las Vegas or Sonoma or some place like that?

"It's part of what we deal with. The fans are still going to get to see the same show that they were going to get to see Sunday anyway. For us, it actually saved us money today because we kept laps off the qualifying engine and guys got to sleep in their own beds an extra night.

"I'm still tickled to death with the way we're doing it. It's unfortunate that some guys had to go home without having the opportunity to make the field, but that is big-time auto racing. Somebody has always got to go home. Somebody is going to get their feelings hurt, and we can say that, because we've had to go home before.

"I still like the system with the two-day program and what we've got going here. Nobody can predict when fog is going to roll in, when it's going to rain, or when it's going to snow. When they figure out how to do that, then we're living in a perfect world. Until then, let's face what we've got to deal with and go deal with it."

KENNY WALLACE, NO. 27 EEL RIVER RACING PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

ON NOT GETTING TO QUALIFY HERE

"I love qualifying. It's always been one of my strong points. This is just something that has happened and now we've got to go on with it.

"I think there is a common theme around the garage area that we're racing 36 weeks a year, our schedules have been condensed and it just seems like we don't have any room for error in this sport now if Mother Nature interrupts us at all. This is something that had nothing to do with anybody. It's just the way it is."

ARE YOU STILL OKAY WITH TWO-DAY SCHEDULES EVEN THOUGH THIS HAPPENED?

"It's still a hell of a lot better than if you don't make the top 25, having to be miserable all night long knowing that when you come to Darlington that there is no way you're going to go faster the second day anyway."

BARRY DODSON, CREW CHIEF, NO. 27 EEL RIVER RACING PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

IS NOT QUALIFYING A BLESSING OR A CURSE FOR YOU TEAM?

"I think it's a curse. Kenny [Wallace] qualifies well here and we were looking forward to turning things around as far as our qualifying effort. But, we're still happy to be in the show."

CAN YOU STILL HOPE TO HAVE A GOOD RACE STARTING NEAR THE BACK?

"Yeah. If you start in the back, but you've got a good car, you can really do some passing and that's what we're going to try to do."

-GM Racing

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