ANDY HILLENBURG, NO. 49 BAM RACING PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: ON YOUR RUN "Every corner I got a little sideways. We've got a front-end problem. We made an adjustment and went the wrong way. It's very frustrating, but that's the way it goes. I gave...
ANDY HILLENBURG, NO. 49 BAM RACING PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON YOUR RUN
"Every corner I got a little sideways. We've got a front-end problem. We made an adjustment and went the wrong way. It's very frustrating, but that's the way it goes. I gave it 100 percent and almost wrecked four different times. We made the most out of what we had. We'll got get some better stuff."
JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RUN?
"Terrible. That's about it. I was slipping sliding all over. Our starting position is not going to be very good, but that's what we've got to deal with. We'll see what happens in the race. "There was just no grip. It was totally different when we qualified. We ran about eight or nine tenths slower than what we practiced. This is just one of those places where the sun really affects the way the track is going to be. Unfortunately we just missed it. It was a huge difference."
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON YOUR RUN
"We had a shot at the pole today, but we just missed it. We were really loose in that run. But we can go out and win this things on Sunday." (HOW
WILL THIS AFFECT YOU FOR TOMORROW?
"We'll get it fixed. Qualifying is over now. There is no point in worrying about what we did just now. We'll just get ready for the race now."
DO YOU HAVE A GOOD SHOT AT WINNING TOMORROW?
"I think so. The car drove good here in race practice when we tested here a couple of weeks ago, so we'll just put this behind us and see what we can do. It's not a bad qualifying run, but we really had a shot at the pole. The car drove good this morning. We slowed down over a half a second. That's a lot here."
IS THE TRACK CHANGING A LOT?
"I don't know. I didn't run on it 10 minutes before I went out. All I know is that I was just loose this time versus the run before [in practice]."
WHAT ARE THE PLANS FOR 'HAPPY HOUR?'
"We'll just get the race setup on it and try to make sure the race setup is good. There is nothing we can do about our qualifying run now. We've still got a good enough car to win this thing."
DID YOU HIT YOUR MARKS IN THE CORNERS?
"No, I didn't. If I had hit my corners we'd have been on the pole. The car has been quick enough to be on the pole today and we were second quick in practice by eight thousandths [of a second]. If I went out and hit my marks and if we were tight enough, we were going to be on the pole, but we were too loose."
ANY PROBLEMS IN TURN FOUR?
"I had problems all the way around."
KEN SCHRADER, NO. 36 M&M'S PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON YOUR RUN
"That's quicker than we've run since we've been here. We just haven't seen a lot of speed. When we were here testing we worked on our race setup the whole time. It looks like that's biting us some. We'll just hope it pays off tomorrow."
RICK MAST, NO. 27 DUKE'S MAYONNAISE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
HOW WAS YOUR RUN?
"Not good. We haven't been fast for two days. This is a car that we didn't come up here and test with, and we're just like a day behind. Yesterday we were a day behind what we should have been. We picked up today, but we're still a day behind where we needed to be. In qualifying, the car was just extremely loose. It was way, way too loose to try to run hard. We kind of rolled the dice a little bit, but it wasn't to be."
RON HORNADAY, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE IN THE SHOW?
"That's all that counts, especially for Conseco. We definitely needed this. These guys are awesome. We found something just before qualifying and had no idea what the car was going to do. Everything was against us. We went out 53rd, we were 42nd fastest in practice and just the extra pressure of running here for A.J. [Foyt] and Conseco, with this being their hometown. It's unbelievable - just unbelievable."
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
DID THE LATE QUALIFYING DRAW HURT YOU?
"A little bit. The track is 30 degrees hotter now than when the first car went out, so that probably wasn't in our favor. But, the car was really pretty good for qualifying. We didn't lose as much grip as I had anticipated losing. We probably didn't adjust enough for that. I got a little bit tight down there in one and it hurt the lap more than anything. But [turns] three and four were really good, so we probably just didn't adjust correctly for it. But the track is hotter now than it was earlier."
ARE YOU PRETTY SATISFIED WITH THE LAP?
"I think this morning after practice we were 20th fastest, so I think the adjustments we made on the car were probably really good. We probably didn't adjust enough. My car didn't change as much as I thought it would. But when we were up here testing we didn't try any qualifying runs, so I'm pretty tickled with it."
NOTHING HAS COME EASY FOR YOUR TEAM THIS YEAR, HAS IT?
"Well, it's not supposed to be like that and I'm glad it isn't. It's making us better people and a better race team. We've just got to work on this Interstate Batteries Pontiac a little more and get the balance right so it will be a little bit better than it has been so far in the first two hours of practice and get it right for the race."
DOES LAST YEAR'S WIN HELP YOUR CONFIDENCE HERE AT ALL THIS YEAR?
"It does, I guess, in a way. But for the most part, last year was last year and it's all history and done with. We've got to make sure that we're on top today because we can't live off of what we did last year."
HOW TOUGH WAS IT TO GET A READ ON THE TRACK?
"It was tough. I probably didn't read it right. I didn't compensate enough for it. We probably should have adjusted the car more. But it's still a great run for us. To be 15th after going out next to last probably isn't all that bad. We weren't really a threat for the pole, but we definitely picked up some from practice and were better than we could have been."
DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE IN A POSITION TO REPEAT HERE?
"I think so, but I'm not going to say a whole lot. I mean, I want to be and I think we are. But, it's a step at a time. Deep down inside our hearts on this team, we feel like we're pretty good. But with the year we've had, we're not going to just go out there and announce, 'Hey we've just won a race and we fixed everything.' That's not it. But, I do know down deep in our hearts that we have come a long ways and we're getting better. We've just got to go out there and work real hard in making our car balanced as good as possible. If we do that, we'll have a shot at something."
HOW HARD WILL PASSING BE HERE TOMORROW?
"I don't know. We haven't run in traffic, yet. But, it's probably not going to be any different than last year or the year before or the year before that, to a certain extent. It'll be somewhat different, somehow, but I don't know how much. We'll just have to wait and see."