JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 25 UAW-DELPI / UNCLE KRACKER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "The No. 25 UAW-Delphi Chevy is running strong. It's driving good in practice. It drove good in qualifying. I do think the early draw kind of hurt us." DALE EARNHARDT JR.,...
JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 25 UAW-DELPI / UNCLE KRACKER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "The No. 25 UAW-Delphi Chevy is running strong. It's driving good in practice. It drove good in qualifying. I do think the early draw kind of hurt us."
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER / STAIND CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO (HOW WOULD YOU RATE YOUR QUALIFYING EFFORT?) "I'd have to give in an 'F'. We just haven't been as good as I wanted to be all day. We just struggled a little bit."
STEVE PARK, NO. 3O AOL / THIRDEYEBLIND CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - Qualified in a back-up car after crashing during practice - "For the amount of time we had to get the AOL Chevy fixed up - it is a back-up car - the guys have just kept digging. Again, now to transform into race set-up we'll be a lot better in race trim. We just didn't have a lot of time to get any good qualifying runs in. They're working right now to get the car better.
WHAT HAPPENED DURING PRACTICE TO CAUSE THE CAR TO SPIN AROUND? "It just got real loose. We had problems with the brakes early on. I just got a wheel hop in the back and got the car spun around. Richmond is real slick with that sealer on it and with new tires, a lot of guys have been fighting the track during practice to keep from spinning around. Again, we were a victim of a slick race track. We're just going to lick our wounds and move forward and run as good as we can on Sunday."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "That second lap was probably going to be little better. You can just feel on the race track when you're making your laps there's just a shine on the race track. It's really slick. We sat on the pole here before but didn't have what we wanted in the race. We tested and learned some thing that we think are going to make us better. We still have some practice left and I think we'll be in good shape. We wish we could have qualified a little better than that, but we've still got racing left."
JOHNNY SAUTER, NO. 4 KODAK CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "This morning I thought we were better than that. I think maybe we just tightened it up too much. We'll have to live with it now."
DID YOU THINK YOU'D GET BETTER ON THE SECOND LAP? "Yeah, I think here everybody is going to go faster on the second lap. The race track is just real slick.
RICKY CRAVEN, NO. 32 TIDE PONTIAC: "It wasn't that good at all, actually. It's going to be okay though. We'll have a good practice here. We've had a couple of good weeks with two eighth place finishes. I think we can keep that momentum going.
WE KNOW THAT QUALFIYING IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THESE DAYS, BUT HOW IMPORTANT IS IT ON A SHORT TRACK? "It's very important. I think we've created a deficit for ourselves. But it's certainly something you can overcome and that's what we'll do with the Tide team. This is a place you can pass. This is a place you can race, so that works in our favor as opposed to some of the places we race at. But if I had a choice, I'd obviously rather have qualified better."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE: "That first lap is really a throw-away lap. You're just trying to get heat in the tires and get a balance and feel for the car. I couldn't get after it as much as I could in practice and that's where we lost a little bit of speed. But I'm really happy with that."
TONY RAINES, NO. 74 BACE MOTORSPORTS CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "That was scary. It was decent, but it wasn't as good as I think we could have done. We were behind a little bit in practice, but we got the most out of it. We made a lot of changes right before qualifying and we've been making good changes lately. We'll change some more and hopefully get it better in Happy Hour."
MIKE SKINNER, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: Won the pole. It is the second pole for Pontiac this season, and the second for the U.S. Army Grand Prix. Boris Said won the pole at Sonoma earlier this season. It is a little sweet revenge on Richmond, where Jerry Nadeau was injured in May. In addition, Skinner crashed hard on his first lap of practice Friday and was forced to a backup car for qualifying.
"I told them [his crew] to take our spot [29th] because the track was slowing down and slowing down. They said, 'Nah, we're going to go last. It's going to take us some time to get this car ready and it'll cost us some time to get ready for Happy Hour.' I'm just so proud of this U.S. Army team. On our very first lap...I don't know what happened to our car, but we tore the heck out of our car. We pulled the back-up car. The Hendrick guys put a different engine in it and it did a great job for us. I just can't thank Pontiac enough, and the U.S. Army. There are a lot of people who have hung in there with me."
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOUR TEAM TO WIN THE POLE HERE WHERE JERRY WAS HURT? "I asked Jerry-he's here-if we ought to paint this car a different color when we come to Richmond. You didn't make it through practice and I didn't make it a lap before I tore the hell out of it.' He just laughed. He's really eager to get back in the race car and we're all pulling for him to get back soon."