Rockingham II: GM drivers qualifying quotes

BRIAN VICKERS, NO. 25 UAW-DELPHI CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "It was a good lap. I have to give all the credit to the guys, Peter and all the UAW-Delphi guys did a great job getting the car better and I held my breath for one lap. It was about all she...

BRIAN VICKERS, NO. 25 UAW-DELPHI CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "It was a good lap. I have to give all the credit to the guys, Peter and all the UAW-Delphi guys did a great job getting the car better and I held my breath for one lap. It was about all she had in her, so I shut her down and coasted on in. Hopefully, it will hold up like the Busch qualifying did, but either way it will be a good starting spot for us."

WHY DID YOU ONLY TAKE ONE LAP? "You just try to get as much as you can out of that first lap because the tires may only last one lap. The car was a little free in, but it was fast. It was a hold-your-breath lap."

ROBBY GORDON, NO. 31 CINGULAR CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "We did pick up from practice, but Brian Vickers obviously put a lap down. He picked up from practice too. A .70 was good for us, and it will get us in the top 25 and we'll race from there. We'd have gone a lot faster but the car hit the track there coming out of Turn 4. I'm pretty pleased. We only ran a 24.0 in practice, and to come back with a 23.7 is pretty good."

WARD BURTON, NO. 0 NETZERO HISPEED PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: "We made some good changes and the track changed a little bit. These cars are really sensitive and it's going to take a couple of weeks to figure them out. Everything we try to do to it, it responds to it, but we have to get to where the changes are in little increments instead of making big, big changes."

TIRE WEAR HAS BEEN KEY HERE AT ROCKINGHAM. WHAT IS THE SECRET TO MAKING THEM LAST? "Nose turning. If the nose turns, it keeps forward bite in the car and stops the tires from wearing out unevenly. If the nose doesn't turn, you're going to get a push and you'll get loose."

JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: "I was hoping to run a .50, because I think it's going to take at least a .40 to win the pole and Ryan [Newman] is coming up here at the end. There are a lot of fast cars, but I'll take that qualifying run for this whole U.S. Army Pontiac team. They've been working really hard and we're starting to make things click. I think we have a great future."

HOW DO YOU CONSERVE TIRES HERE? "You have to have an easy foot. That's where it all starts. Setup and handling are the key. You have to have a great setup and it has to be easy on tires. There are a lot of things we do with springs and shocks to help that happen."

JOHN ANDRETTI, NO. 1 PENNZOIL CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "It's just loose. It's been free all day but the Pennzoil crew has done a great job and it's getting better and better.

MICHAEL WALTRIP, NO. 15 NAPA CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "We didn't hit anything but I'm pretty proud of that lap. I think we could have done a lot better if we hadn't gotten messed up on (Turn) 4. But nevertheless, it's pretty decent."

HAVING TESTED HERE WITH DALE JR, HOW WILL THAT HELP YOU ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON? "It's really beneficial to come and test and learn what kind of direction you need to go in and you start the final practices on Saturday morning with a car that you know you were happy with when you tested it and it's a matter of just tweaking it. When you learn a lot in testing then you can just get down to the fine-tuning of the car during those practices and we're pretty optimistic about our test and really looking forward to practicing tomorrow."

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "I was hoping to pick up a little more, obviously. But when we unloaded today we had an extremely loose race car. These guys have worked their tails off to get it drivable and changed a lot of things. We changed pretty much all four springs two or three times in practice. So I've got to give these guys a lot of credit for getting it turned around. Again, we were still a little too loose in qualifying today. But we've had trouble here lately qualifying at Rockingham, but we've raced very well. So I'm very happy actually that we're not going to need a provisional. That's going to be a first for me here in a couple of starts."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Brian Vickers