JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO DO YOU THINK YOUR QUALIFYING TIME WILL HOLD? "No, I don't. We went out early and I think that's going to hurt us. I got off the track a little bit over there in Turn 2. I can't seem to get away...
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO
DO YOU THINK YOUR QUALIFYING TIME WILL HOLD? "No, I don't. We went out early and I think that's going to hurt us. I got off the track a little bit over there in Turn 2. I can't seem to get away from that spot on the race track. That's the same thing we did last year. I tried to compensate for it but I don't think that's going to hold up. I hope that'll be a top five. It was a good lap but that little bit I got off there certainly give the guys an opportunity to put us back a few spots."
FOLKS ARE BEGINNING TO ASK WHEN THAT 'OTHER GORDON' IS GOING TO WIN A ROAD COURSE RACE AGAIN "Yeah, you know Robby (Gordon) was really good here and at Watkins Glen last year. I still feel like we had the car to beat but you've got to be out front and really can't afford to make mistakes on those road courses in order to get those wins. That was one little one there and hopefully we'll get through that and be able to put this DuPont Chevrolet up front the whole day on Sunday." More to follow.
BRIAN VICKERS, NO. 25 GMAC CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO
"We worked on the car a lot today in practice. We worked on race trim more than qualifying trim. I was happy with it."
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO
"I think our car last year might have been a little bit better. It's a little bit better than it was in the middle of practice. My car was a little bit loose. But hopefully it's a little better and a little quicker and it has a little more grip and we can get a little more out of it."
ARE YOU DOING ANYTHING DIFFERENT THAN YOU HAVE HERE BEFORE? "No, I'm trying not to. I'm trying to be smooth. It's different because the track is a lot faster. You've just got to try to take it easy and not get over your head. It's real easy to get over your head."
AUSTIN CAMERON, MCMILLIN HOMES / NAPA CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO
"I'm really happy. Things couldn't be happier. This is a pretty amazing deal. This is like my present for putting stuff (cancer) back in remission."
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO
YOU'RE RUNNING SOUTHWEST AND CUP, CAN YOU FIND ANYTHING ELSE TO DO THIS WEEKEND? "Yeah, we're going to run to Las Vegas on Saturday night and run Late Models. We always try to do that once a year. This GM Goodwrench Chevy has been really good since we've been here. I just didn't get into Turn 2 with enough speed like I needed to and gave up a lot of time right there. But all in all, it was a pretty good lap. As long as we're in the top 10 we can have a chance in the race."
ROBBY GORDON, NO. 31 CINCULAR WIRELESS CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO
"We tire hopped down there and when it's doing that you can't turn. You just have to keep going straight. We got lost a little bit in practice. The car was so tight we made some changes. I never thought we'd have to turn the brakes back. We should have just given it more front grip. But we gave it enough that it picked the rear tires up and it started chattering."
DO YOU THINK YOU'RE GOING TO BE OKAY ANYWAY? "Yeah, it doesn't matter. It's one lap. I think we'll start somewhere around 14th."
WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES FOR GOING FROM 14TH TO THE FRONT? "You just keep the fenders on the car. It'll make it exciting, for sure."
YOU SAID THE CAR WAS TIGHT BUT IT LOOKED LIKE YOU GOT A LITTLE LOOSE AT TIMES DURING THE LAP. DID YOU GO TO FAR? "We went too far. It wouldn't turn. (Jeff) Gordon and those guys were having problems with it turning. I was having the same problem. We made a big adjustment and it didn't work."
JOE NEMECHEK, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO
"We've been struggling a little bit with our U.S. Army Chevy. We never really got a good fast lap in practice. It looks like the track has lost some grip. You just can't overdrive it. Goodyear has got a little different tire now. You go back three or four years you could hustle pretty good but your tires would wear out at the end of the tire run or gas run. Now, it's different. They repaved it. And when the guys were out here testing - I didn't come, Scott Riggs came out and Boris Said came out to help him and they said the track had a ton of grip. Well, when we came back today, there has been so much rubber put down that it's totally different. It sat there and baked and the track got hotter and it's definitely slower right now. You have to take what it'll give you. If you try to take to much, you're asking for trouble."