Pontiac Racing qualifying notes

TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: "That was a pretty decent lap. It's better than we've been all day, for sure, and it gets us a good starting spot for Sunday." HOW CRITICAL IS A GOOD STARTING SPOT HERE? "It really doesn't...

TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"That was a pretty decent lap. It's better than we've been all day, for sure, and it gets us a good starting spot for Sunday."

HOW CRITICAL IS A GOOD STARTING SPOT HERE?


"It really doesn't matter. As long as you stay on the lead lap here, your starting spot really doesn't matter unless something happens right at the beginning of the race. But it feels a lot better if you can start up towards the front, and if the car is good enough, hopefully you can stay there all day."

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

ON POSTING THE BEST SPEED BY A GM CAR IN QUALIFYING AND ENDING UP SEVENTH:

"I feel good that we ended up as good as we did and our guys worked as hard as they did. We should have been in the same boat as Ford coming here - getting some spoiler cut off or something like that - to bring us up to where the Dodge is."

IS IT FRUSTRATING?

"No. There is no sense in getting frustrated coming here. With the way the rules are, Sunday will be frustrating enough, so I'll just try to chill out until then."

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

ON PICKING UP ON HIS SECOND LAP:

"It was a good pick-up, it's just not a good time. That was better than we ran in practice. But we came to race. We knew we would struggle a little bit in qualifying. We'll be OK with this M&M's Pontiac."

ON DODGE AND FORD TAKING THE TOP SIX SPOTS IN QUALIFYING:

"Well, I don't think it's a big surprise, is it? We kind of knew that's what we were up against when we came in here today. The rest of us will just have to hope that things balance out somehow on Sunday."

JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"We were looking for a lot more than that, but I'm pretty confident that we'll get it to race good and that is really what counts."

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO IMPROVE THE CAR FOR THE RACE?

"I can't be giving all of our secrets out, but there a lot of things that we can do. We're just working through a couple of things right now. Like I said, we thought that it might not qualify as good as what we would want - maybe not this bad - but, I think it will race fine. It's a car that we've had here before and it's run really good. It's just a matter of getting through the day and seeing what Sunday brings."

BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"This is the same car that we had at Daytona. The guys did a good job putting it back together, putting a new body on it, re-doing the chassis and everything. That's a lot of work in a short period of time, so that's the good thing about it.

"We probably screwed up a little bit qualifying. We weren't quite as good as we needed to be. We were a little better in practice. But, we tried something a little different and it didn't work out. That's the way it goes."

-GM Racing

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