Pontiac Racing Joliet practice notes

JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: HOW DID YOUR FIRST PRACTICE GO? "We're a little bit behind right now, so we're glad we had it. We're not as good as want to be, but we feel like we're going to be OK by the time it counts.

JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

HOW DID YOUR FIRST PRACTICE GO?

"We're a little bit behind right now, so we're glad we had it. We're not as good as want to be, but we feel like we're going to be OK by the time it counts. We're trying a lot of different things and just trying to get better. Like always, we're just working hard. Now we just have to go out there and get a little faster."

WHAT THINGS ARE YOU CHASING?

"With it being a new track, I thought we'd be in pretty good shape. But it's a little bit different than I thought. The car is a little 'iffy' getting in [the corner' right now. But it's not that bad. James [Ince] always makes great calls as far as adjustments that need to be made on the car and we'll get that fixed. We've actually got a lot of it taken care already. Now we just need to go look for a little speed."

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT SUNDAY?

"It's going to be interesting. I think any time you come to a new facility it is apt to be a one-groove racetrack. And I think that will be the case getting into the corner and maybe in the center, but it looks like it may open up as far as grooves coming up off the corner. That's important to us. But time is going to tell. "We're obviously going to have a Busch race before and we're going to watch that very close and see what happens. In any case, we should have a better idea by Sunday."

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

ON THE TRACK

"I think it's a nice place and it's going to get nicer as the pavement gives up a little bit and gets a little less grippy. It's really not like a 'cookie-cutter' track. It's a little bit different. The transitions are really good. I think they did a really nice job on it." (WHOEVER WINS ON SUNDAY WILL HAVE DONE 'WHAT' REALLY WELL?) "He's going to get to the line before the other cars. It's that simple. He is going to have to have the whole package, just like every week we race."

GREG ZIPADELLI, CREW CHIEF, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

ON THE TRACK

"It's not bad. I think it's a pretty cool little place. I expected it, from some of the stuff I heard, to be more like Texas with the banking and things, but I think it's a cool little place. I don't know how hard it's going to be to pass and stuff because the preferred line seems to be right down on the yellow line, so we're kind of working real hard at getting our car down there right now. But it's driving good and I think Tony [Stewart] has adapted to it pretty good.

"It seems like a beautiful place. Everything is nice, big and open. It's a joy to come to a place where you're not just crammed in there and banging jack handles against your neighbors' door. It seems pretty nice."

WILL THERE BE MORE THAN ONE GROOVE COMING OFF THE CORNER?

"There are a lot of people that are running different lines up off of four. Some people stay right down low and some people are letting it run right up to the wall at the exit. I think you'll see a bunch of people moving around, but Saturday it will show up a lot more in race practice. Right now, with so few cars on the track at once, we're just not quite sure what to expect."

-GM RAcing

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