Sears Point: GM teams qualifying quotes

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Boris Said- #36 Centrix Financial Chevrolet
4th position

COMMENTS ON QUALIFYING STRATEGY HERE, BEING OUTSIDE THE TOP 35 IN POINTS I know I'm in the show and that was the biggest thing for me. People don't understand that when you're not in that top 35, you don't have that mulligan. You have that one lap and if you screw up, you're going home. I couldn't take that chance. Frankie Stoddard and everyone at Centrix gave me a car capable of the pole, but I could have screwed that up, but I ran about 90% and left a little bit on the table. That's hard for me, because I'm normally my own worst enemy. I like to overdrive cars. That's when you get scared and that's when it's fun.

HOW ARE YOUR CHANCES HERE? These guys are good and have won a lot of races, so I don't have any excuses anymore. A lot of help from Valvoline, Centrix and the U.S. Army and it just gives a driver a lot of confidence.

COULD THIS BE THE YEAR YOU OR ONE OF THE OTHER RINGERS PICK UP A CUP WIN? It could be, but you know these regulars are good. They are the best drivers in the world and they drive these cars every week. They put them on like a comfortable pair of shoes. My goal would be that if I could get in the top 5, it would be like a win for me. And if I'm in a position to be in the top 5 at the end I could have a chance to win. It's a long shot if you look at the records, but it is definitely my best opportunity.

Robby Gordon- #7 Harrah's Chevrolet
5th position

Well, you know, we're about midseason and I said at Daytona that our team would come alive about midseason. It just happens that it happens on a road course. We qualified 8th last weekend, performances have come up a long way. To come up here and draw a number like we did-we actually drew a bad number for qualifying-not to make any excuses. The sun is out shining hard and hopefully it stays that way for qualifying to make it as equal as possible.

HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS RACE FOR YOUR TEAM? It's important. Any race is important for us. Any place that we can come and run good only builds morale. I say these guys have been burning the midnight oil. We've built race cars and finally got out inventory up and now we can go race them.

Tony Stewart- #20 The Home Depot Chevrolet
7th position

That was an okay lap. We need some more grip getting back to the gas. We'll work on that tomorrow and get it ready for Sunday.

Terry Labonte- #11 FedEx Chevrolet
8th position

Well, I think it's a good start for the FedEx Chevy. We just want to get a good run in here at this track. The car was pretty good. We were pretty good in race setup today and we'll work on getting better tomorrow.

HOW HAVE YOU AND MIKE FORD CLICKED SO WELL HERE? Well, I don't know. We just spent some time together and come out here and the car was pretty good right off the truck. I know Mike is new to this team and they are learning a lot, too and I think he's going to be big help to these guys and bring a lot of confidence and experience. We seem to communicate pretty good.

WHERE DID THE SETUP COME FROM? YOURS? HIS? GIBBS? I think it was the same setup Tony had. He was 7th and we were 8th, so it was pretty close.

YOU COULD HAVE JUST SAT AT HOME AND WATCHED THIS RACE ON TV. HOW MUCH HAPPIER ARE YOU THAT YOU'RE HERE? Well, you know, I was probably going to do that. They called me and it's been fun. The thing that's kind of neat for me is to be teammates with Bobby for one weekend. We've raced together for so many years, now we're actually on the same team.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.- #8 Budweiser Chevrolet
10th position

HOW WAS YOUR QUALIFYING LAP? My team's real happy and I'm real happy. I think I could have run a 50 or 60. I wish I could have been able to do that for them.

HOW WAS PRACTICE EARLIER TODAY? The car was real good in practice. We did mostly race stuff. I'm pretty happy with the car in race trim. We'll see.

Kyle Busch- #5 Kellogg's Chevrolet
13th position

HOW WAS YOUR LAP? It wasn't that good. I wasn't happy with it. I really struggled, just basically because I didn't get enough heat in the tires. Coming to the hill toward turn 2, really didn't start off too well just because I wasn't able to turn in there real well. Once I got up to the top, I couldn't make the right hander to make it over towards 3, so, other than that, it was a solid lap. Just wanted to make sure we got it in the show good enough where we didn't have to work on anything or wreck it or anything. Haven't done too well in testing, so just making sure we run well today.

WILL RUNNING IN THE SOUTHWEST SERIES HELP YOU HERE? Yeah, the extra laps are really paying off. It will be great to go out and run that race. I think we qualified 12th or something there, it might be about the same thing here-between 12th and 18th. I probably could have picked up about a half to three-quarters of a second on that lap.

Scott Riggs- #10 Valvoline Chevrolet
16th position

You know, not bad. It seemed like it was a little slick out there, sliding the front end and spin the rear tires real easily. I wish we could have got some scuff on those tires.

Yeah, we always lean on Boris as much as we can. His car is pretty much setup the same as mine. Really the only questions I have for him is really just track conditions and how he enters different corners. We really have the same complaints, he's just able to get through his problems a lot better than I am.

Kevin Harvick- #29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet
21st position

The GM Goodwrench Chevy was just too loose getting off the corners. I just lacked forward grip and spun the tires when I got back in the gas."

I'm disappointed with the lap.  It doesn't mean a whole lot as far as the
race goes, but I hate not qualifying well here.  This is one of my
favorite tracks.  That wasn't one of my best laps.

Brian Simo- #33 Korbel Chevrolet
22nd position

Note: Simo has not raced professionally since 2001

YOU'RE KNOWN AS A ROAD RACING SPECIALIST, IS THAT JUSTIFIED? You know, all these guys are so good. I think the term 'road racing specialist' doesn't mean what it used to. These guys are so quick. Just to be here and run in this company is beyond belief

WE'VE HEARD YOU HAVEN'T BEEN RACING SINCE 2001, IS THAT TRUE? No, I haven't run anything but the station wagon to the grocery store in the past couple of years. So, it's good to be back in the car. I've got a little bit of tuning up to do, I'm a bit rusty, but we'll get it figured out.

Bobby Labonte- #18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet
33rd position

The guys worked really hard today. We had the mishap in the morning and had to scramble all afternoon to get the backup car ready. It wasn't the best situation, but at least we'll have some practice time the car tomorrow.

Ron Fellows- #32 Tide Chevrolet
43rd position

COMMENTS ON YOUR LAP Well, getting up to turn 2 was my fault. We were just real loose. The way I make speed is by carrying it in, and as soon as I did that, by the time I got to turn 7 it was just a mess. It was just an ugly lap.

IT LOOKED, HOWEVER, THAT THE SECOND HALF OF YOUR QUALIFYING LAP WAS QUITE GOOD Yeah, I mean, once we got through the fast stuff, it wasn't too bad. But, I'll take the heat on that. I didn't do a good job on the first part.

WHAT WILL YOU WORK ON TOMORROW? Well, this was qualifying, so tomorrow we'll work on race setup. We've got a good plan for the race, we've just got some cars to pass.

-gm racing-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte , Tony Stewart , Boris Said , Kevin Harvick , Robby Gordon , Ron Fellows , Brian Simo , Scott Riggs , Kyle Busch