Richmond Team Monte Carlo Friday qualifying notes

KENNY WALLACE (No. 55 Square D Chevrolet Monte Carlo) “I’m really happy with it. It was an awesome lap. It’s not fast enough for the pole, but it’ll probably end up eighth to 10th. It should be a good starting spot. It’s a real...

KENNY WALLACE (No. 55 Square D Chevrolet Monte Carlo) “I’m really happy with it. It was an awesome lap. It’s not fast enough for the pole, but it’ll probably end up eighth to 10th. It should be a good starting spot. It’s a real good track for me. Every time I come here I always qualify good and don’t race as good as I want. We used a lot of our qualifying practice to work on our understanding of what we need to do different with this car. I think I would have been happier if I’d run a .50. I think I’m about a tenth and a half away from the pole, but the second lap the car did everything I wanted it to do. That’s all we had.”

RICKY CRAVEN (No. 50 Midwest Transit Chevrolet Monte Carlo) “That’s all we had today. We searched and searched and we really can’t fix what we think is wrong. It was a nice effort by the team. We worked hard for that because we haven’t been that great all day. We keep making changes, but obviously we haven’t made the right ones yet. That’s respectable, and we’re looking forward to the race. I’m proud of the guys for making progress. This is always a fun race on Saturday night. A lot can happen.”

GEOFFREY BODINE (No. 60 Power Team Chevrolet Monte Carlo) “That was a pretty good lap. It’s probably the best we’d run all day. We have to be happy with that. The car was real good in one and two. We slid the nose a little bit in the middle of three and four, and I’m sure that slowed us down a little bit. That should get us in the race. The way this car drove the last time here when my brother Todd was driving it, if it runs that good again, we’ve got a good chance.”

TED MUSGRAVE (No. 01 BellSouth Chevrolet Monte Carlo) “The track tightened up a little bit, so we should have loosened the car up more. I had to wait a long time to get back in the gas, and that kills you here because you can’t roll through the center of the corner. I guess we’ll just have to blast through the field again.”

JOE NEMECHEK (No. 33 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet Monte Carlo) “We just didn’t pick up. I’m not sure what happened. The car didn’t drive too bad. It was pretty decent in the corner. We just didn’t pick up like everybody else. It’s a shame. The car drives really good. I think it’s going to race awesome. Not picking up is definitely going to hurt us.”

MIKE SKINNER (No. 31 Lowe’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo) “Right there at the end of practice we got the car pretty good. We went off to qualify and the car was so loose you couldn’t touch the throttle. It was loose getting in and loose getting off. We really missed it this week. We’ve struggled for the last three weeks, and then right at the end of practice we seem to find something. We’ve been in the top five the past couple of weeks, but it just didn’t work for us this week. We’ll work really hard tomorrow. We’ll work with Larry (crew chief McReynolds) on race stuff, and if we have to take a provisional, so what. We haven’t used one yet this year. We’re going to work on making that thing race good and try to get in the race.”

BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Chevrolet Monte Carlo) “We picked up, but everybody else did, too. I think the worst case scenario, we’ll be 36th. We’ll just have to see what happens. Usually nobody goes faster the second day.”

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Chevrolet Monte Carlo) “We worked on the car, and I think it was going to be a good lap. We got across the finish line and it blowed up. No warning. It just let go. We hate it, but that’s the way it goes.”

DALE EARNHARDT (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Monte Carlo) “I thought we could have run a .60. The car was that good. The guys worked good. We lost an engine in early practice, but all the guys worked hard getting it ready to go. We tuned on it. I think we were in pretty good shape, but we were just a little bit off. If we end up in the top 20, I’ll be happy. It’d be great to win that million. We were close last year. We should have taken four tires. We’ll just go out and race ‘em and see what happens.”

STEVE PARK (No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo) “I think you’ll see two or three grooves and it’ll go back to the old Richmond. We’ll take that lap. It’s the fastest one we’ve turned so far. We sat on the outside of the front row here last time. I thought we had something that could do that again, but these guys are turning some good laps. Jeff Burton seems like he’s really got a handle on the race track, and my hat’s off to him. Hopefully that will get us solidly in the top 10 and we can work on the race setup and get that Pennzoil Chevrolet up front in the Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400.”

JERRY NADEAU (No. 25 Michael Chevrolet Monte Carlo) “We weren’t that great in practice. We had an awesome test here a couple of weeks ago, so I guess we should be pleased with that. Anywhere in the top five is good in Winston Cup. We know we’ve got a good race car. I just need to calm down a little bit and take things the way they are. We’ll be good Saturday night. We wrecked this car in practice here before the last race, and we almost wrecked it again today. I about wrecked coming off turn two. It’s a good thing God was looking over me. We’ve got the car in one piece, and we’ve got a good starting spot, so we’re ahead of the game from last time. I’m happy for the guys. They busted their tails all long. We made a change right before qualifying. We took a chance and Tony Furr and the guys made the right call. They’re the ones who did it. We’ve got good track position to start with, and we’ve got a good car for the race.”

DALE EARNHARDT Jr. (No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo) “We didn’t hook up. This is the same car we won with here last time, and our race setup is going to be the same, but our qualifying setup wasn’t. When we came and tested, we didn’t practice any qualifying setups. We didn’t bring back what we brought here last time for qualifying. We qualified pretty good here last time. Maybe we should have brought it back. It’s a long race, and we’ve got a good race setup. We’ve got a chance to win a million, and I guess starting in the back will make it more exciting.”

JEFF GORDON (No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Monte Carlo) “I brushed the wall coming to take the white flag. That was the lap I was really going for it. It messed us up a little bit, but I think we just freed the car up a little bit too much, and that’s why I kind of got into it. It got a little free up off the corner, but it was still a good, solid lap. It was almost exactly what we ran in practice. You’ve got to pick up. Other guys picked up out there and we just didn’t do it. It’s tough to pass here, but it’s not the worst track to pass on. In fact, it’s probably one of the better ones. The last time we were here, it was not easy to pass. Nadeau tested good here. He can put the pedal down. When it sticks, watch out. That was a great run for those guys.”

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Michael Ho