TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: ON HIS QUALIFYING RUN "It wasn't very good, obviously. We're just too light on downforce on a place that you need downforce. There's nothing we can do about it. That's the best we can do with...
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON HIS QUALIFYING RUN "It wasn't very good, obviously. We're just too light on downforce on a place that you need downforce. There's nothing we can do about it. That's the best we can do with what we've got."
JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
HOW WAS YOUR LAP? "Slow. I thought we were going to be a little bit better than that, but I guess not. I was just too loose the first lap. It's just not near as fast as what we were looking for. "We were just off a little bit. I think we're going to be pretty good in the race - there's no doubt."
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON HIS QUALIFYING RUN "That wasn't really the lap we needed, but it's our lap, so we'll have to work on it from here."
DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING YOU CAN WORK WITH YET? "No, not really. We're just not really at a good place to even start, yet. We picked up a little bit, but that's just a function of the time of day. Everybody picked up accordingly. We've got a ways to go.
JAMES INCE, CREW CHIEF, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON THE DODGES DOMINATING QUALIFYING "The disappointing thing is that we're benefit racing right now. It's pretty pathetic, as hard as we're having to work right now. We've asked and we've asked and we've asked for help on these Pontiacs and they (NASCAR) are not giving us anything, so we're going to sit back here and suffer. Go back and look at Rockingham last week; it shows who the better race teams are because as big of a deficit as we've got, we could still run up front. It's just sad that they (Dodge) have that much of an advantage and they (NASCAR) continues to let them do it."
WHAT ABOUT RACE DAY? "Come race day, you've got better race car drivers and you've got better teams on pit road that will do a better job. But it's still a whole lot to overcome to go do this. "They (Dodge) did a hell of a job getting the rules that they got, but it's not fair for the rest of us."
GREG ZIPADELLI, CREW CHIEF, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON DODGE DOMINATING QUALIFYING "I'll make it short and sweet: if the last six or eight weeks haven't shown that things are quite a bit off-balance, then I guess it's just not worth saying anything.
"This is sickening. I don't begrudge anybody for working hard and getting where they're at, but when they (Dodge) have got something that is far better than anybody else and far better than us - and I know we're working every bit as hard or harder - it disgusts me.
"And it's not just here; it's the speedways. We said we needed help. We explained what we needed. We were completely, 100 percent honest and we got nothing. We got pushed out of the way into the corner and basically treated like, 'We don't care about you,' or whatever. So, I guess what you need to do is just lie through your teeth, rather than just try to be honest. "Whenever a reporter comes up to you and asks you about it, the last thing you want to do is say, 'Well, if we had their car, we'd be better,' like half of these other people. It's just frustrating to come to a place where I know that our stuff is as good as anybody else's, as far as our team and our package, and then you ask the driver (Tony Stewart) and he says, 'No grip.' I go to talk to Bobby [Labonte]: 'No grip.' It's the same freakin' thing all over.
"Look at the top 10. Two of those guys are supposed to be losing their rides. My driver has won two races here and you're going to tell me that those guys are better than my guy?"