Richmond: GM drivers qualifying quotes

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "I'm a little frustrated. I left some out there and I know that I did but I'm not sure why. We slowed down a little bit. I think we definitely have a great race car to get the good finishes,...

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

"I'm a little frustrated. I left some out there and I know that I did but I'm not sure why. We slowed down a little bit. I think we definitely have a great race car to get the good finishes, we just haven't gotten there yet. I was hoping that we'd go a little faster and get closer to what we did in practice. It was a good lap for us. We'd been in that speed bracket for most of the day. I just make a couple of small mistakes out there and I didn't get the lap we needed. But it will be a great start for the Lowe's Monte Carlo and we'll be good tomorrow night. The track does change, but it's reminding me a lot of what we saws last spring here. I think it'll be very similar to there."

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

"I'm real happy to see my teammates Terry Labonte and Joe Nemechek up there in front. And, Jimmie Johnson did real good too. So it will be really nice to see all the Hendrick cars up there in the top 10 starting spots tomorrow night."

JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 EAGLE ONE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"I'm not real excited about that (lap), but I think the Eagle One Pontiac will race really good tomorrow night. I really believe this thing will run really good. I think we'll be able to run in the top five and hopefully give us an opportunity to win this race."

JERRY NADEAU, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"The guys did a great job. I'm happy with this U.S. Army Pontiac. We ran a '38' in practice; we ran a '44' here. The track was a little bit slicker than it was in practice.

"I'm looking forward to the race. This is a great race car. As soon as we unloaded it (today) we were in the top five and we pretty much stayed in the top five or top 10 in practice. The car really turns great and it's really comfortable to drive, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow night's race. It should be a lot of fun."

BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

"That wasn't bad. We were a little bit off there, I probably didn't get the best lap, the car pushed a little bit and you throw all that together and we're off a half a tenth. The guys did a really good job. These cars are really good. Everybody back at the shop is doing a great job on these engines and bodies and chassis, so I'm really proud of everybody.

"We had a good car in practice and that's a good speed for us."

ON THE TEAM COMING TOGETHER "It really is neat. Michael [McSwain] is great to work with - all the guys here. We've had a great first third of the season. We've had some good runs. We've had some bad finishes, but it seems like we run good week in and week out. That's exciting for them and for me, too. It's a lot of fun. Hopefully, we can just continue that."

TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

"That wasn't as quick as we wanted, but the track sometimes gives up a little grip. Sometimes in gains grip; sometimes it gives up grip in qualifying and today seems to be one of those days it gave up a little bit."

DO YOU FEEL ANY PRESSURE FROM THE FACT THAT PEOPLE SAY THAT YOU'RE THE GUY TO BEAT HERE? "No. I like them talking that way. That means they're worried about us. We'll just do what we can."

-gm racing-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Terry Labonte , Joe Nemechek