Talladega: Team Monte Carlo qualifying quotes

MIKE SKINNER, NO. 4 KODAK CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO (DNQ): "It felt good getting up to speed, then it just tightened up and went flat. I came around turn 4 to take the green and glanced down at the oil pressure. It was zero, so I shut the car off. ...

getting up to speed, then it just tightened up and went flat.  I came
around turn 4 to take the green and glanced down at the oil pressure.  It
was zero, so I shut the car off.  I knew it would not make it around for
two laps.  This team cannot get a break.  It is unreal."

DALE EARNHARDT JR, NO. 8 BUDWEISER MONTE CARLO: "We're real happy. It's half a second faster than we practiced. We were pretty frustrated with the car, we couldn't find any speed out of it, and Tony Jr. and Tony Sr., (Eury), my crew chief and my car chief, they both came together and got half a second out of it, and that's huge, huge for us." The Budweiser Chevrolet, it normally runs real good on restrictor plates. I think everybody knows that. We were just wanting to get to qualify up front and keep that string of good runs and good qualifyings alive. It's a good run for us; we're real happy."

"We weren't getting the kind of laps in practice that we wanted, so we just went back to a lot of basic stuff we've been running in the past and it pays off. We got the car back up toward the front."

JEFF GREEN, NO. 30 AMERICA ONLINE MONTE CARLO: "You got to get into the show. That is the main thing. We wanted to run better. We're disappointed. All the guys worked hard really hard every week. We want to be on the pole; we don't want to do any worse than that. We're not satisfied with that, but we'll get there."

KENNY WALLACE, NO. 98 AARON'S MONTE CARLO: "Man, we're thrilled to death to have DEI on our side. We came here and this is a backup car that they had done some testing with for NASCAR last year, but Aaron's, it's a dream week for them. They'rs sponsoring both deals. We're happy with the 52 flat. It's a half of a second off little E, but still we were really slow in practice. I've been lucky enough, I've been dumb enough probably to leave Andy Petree and lucky enough that everybody believes in my talent. That helps a lot."

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S MONTE CARLO: "I'm not surprised. That's a very good lap. We were hoping we could get down into the threes with our lap. The thing that's amazing to me is that this is the car that we had in Daytona and the body was knocked off of it. The guys in the fab shop and on the 24 and 48 team worked real hard to get this thing back together. We had to borrow a motor from the engine department. It's a total team effort to come here and go this fast again. We didn't have a chance to go to the wind tunnel or take it testing. My hat's off to the guys on the Lowe's Monte Carlo. They did an awesome job." JIMMIE JOHNSON (continued): YOU'VE RUN RESTRICTOR PLATES IN WINSTON CUP AND BUSCH: "Luckily the aero packages are close to the same. I just have a lot to learn about the draft. I learned a lot in Daytona; hopefully I'll do a little better here Sunday afternoon."

STEVE PARK, NO. 1 PENNZOIL MONTE CARLO: "We're really happy with the Pennzoil car. DEI has a heck of a speedway program. We were hoping to run an .80. To run a .70, we're pretty happy with that. That's pretty cool." YOU PICKED UP A BUNCH ON THE SECOND LAP: "We just ran high on the first lap to just get up enough speed in the Pennzoil car to get it down low and try to pick up on the second lap. That's what we did all day in practice and we always felt the second lap would be faster and it was today. We were trying to run an .80, so my hat's off to the whole team for giving me a great race car. The whole Pennzoil team, they did their job." IS THIS NERVE WRACKING? "I think so. You can't beat the fans here in Talladega. Just being able to see them and being able to come back here and race and qualify good, it's what we wanted to do. We're happy for the whole Pennzoil team."

MICHAEL WALTRIP, NO. 15 NAPA MONTE CARLO: "The only thing this team is willing to accept this weekend is a victory. We feel like we've got the fastest car and that we can do this job, and we plan on winning on Sunday, and that's a great feeling to have a car that allows you to look at a race that way." DID YOU HAVE THE WINNING CAR IN DAYTONA? "We felt like we did all the way up until the race got going on and we got too tight and you got to be perfect to win. People say a lot about restrictor plate racing, it's just about where you're at. You don't get where you're at if you don't have a perfect car. Our car pushed a little bit all day. We had a shot to win the Daytona 500 and this is the same car. Slugger has had a little more time to caress on it tweak on it. It's faster than it was. We qualified eighth in Daytona and I don't think we're going to be that far back here. We've definitely got an improved car and we should be able to win this race and that's what we're here to do."


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