KEN SCHRADER, NO. 36 M&M'S PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: "I'm not very happy with that lap. It's not very good. That's just what we ran in practice basically, but it's sure not what we needed. We came here and tested and thought we'd run better, but we...
NO. 36 M&M'S PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"I'm not very happy with that lap. It's not very good. That's just what we ran in practice basically, but it's sure not what we needed. We came here and tested and thought we'd run better, but we didn't. We've got to find something."
NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"I'm extremely. Everybody on the Valvoline Pontiac has just done a tremendous job - especially here. This is not my best racetrack. James [Ince] does an excellent job here and I'm just glad I could hold up my end of the deal by at least qualifying good.
ON BACKING UP A GOOD PRACTICE RUN "That's one thing I've always struggled with here in the past. I've been OK in practice, but then I could never back it up. I've always slowed down quite a bit, but this time I was able to back up what we ran.
ANY TROUBLE SPOTS ON THE RACETRACK? "Here it's usually the whole track. It's hard to get around. Martinsville is one of the toughest places. With the new tunnel, there is a little bit of a dip there, which you kind of expect when something like that goes in. But then the concrete is different, too, than the rest of the track so it's extremely slippery. As we build rubber up as the race goes on it will probably be fine, but right now it's real tricky to get across there."
DID YOU KNOW THIS MORNING WE YOU GOT HERE THAT YOU WOULD BE THIS COMPETITIVE TODAY? "You always come to the racetrack thinking you're going to be pretty good. That's why I really like coming with this race team because you've always got a great attitude coming to the racetrack because you know you're going to be competitive.
WHAT WAS DIFFERENT WITH YOU TODAY? "It goes back to having confidence - just knowing that you're going to have a good race car. That's basically what it comes down to. I know these guys build great race cars and I think that's been a good thing."
CREW CHIEF, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
DO FEEL LIKE YOU LOST A SHOT AT THE POLE TODAY? "Yeah, the racetrack was a whole lot better 10 minutes later. I asked them to go out and check the racetrack and they said, 'No, you've got to go.' I guess it's their game and it's our loss. Jimmy Spencer had a good car in practice and it really messed him up bad. We were able to just slide around a little bit, but I'm sure it cost us something. I think we had a shot at the pole for sure, but we'll just deal with it and go on.
"It's just frustrating because we had a chance at a pole, which we've been working hard at this year. We haven't really had an opportunity very many times this year and we had a good legitimate shot at one here. Picking your pits is just so important here - I don't know. We'll just take what comes to us."
NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
[FOURTH TIME THIS SEASON AS HIGHEST QUALIFYING RAYBESTOS ROOKIE] ON QUALIFYING "Even that first lap, running a 20.66, that was the best we had done. We changed spindles, changed front springs, changed sway bars and actually changed manifolds to get it up off the corner. These guys don't say 'die;' they just keep on working. We had to make changes or we were going home.
"My hat's off to this team. We've got a lot more in it now because those were the first laps I've taken since changing like six things on the car, so I'm very excited about it. That's a good lap for us. I thought we were going home.
"We had a good car here last time. We brought a drop-snout. But, A.J. [Foyt] made us cut it apart and bring a standard car here, so we had to standardize everything and we finally figured it out. "This just tells me the whole team is pumped up and ready to go because about three months ago we were like this. I think we were about ready to load it on the trailer, but these guys on the Conseco team just kept working on it and we got it better."
ON THE NEW TUNNEL "I think the biggest plus that's ever happened to Martinsville is that tunnel coming underneath [turn four]. There is nothing worse than if something happens to you in the middle of the race and you've got to sit around and watch your fellow competitors run around here for another 500 laps. They've definitely made everybody very happy."