Texas: GM - Bobby Labonte qualifying press conferecne

BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: WERE YOU ABLE TO TRANSFER ANYTHING FROM YOUR SUCCESS AT ATLANTA TO YOUR RUN HERE TODAY? "I think one thing that we brought with us was probably confidence. Obviously, we were ...

BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

WERE YOU ABLE TO TRANSFER ANYTHING FROM YOUR SUCCESS AT ATLANTA TO YOUR RUN HERE TODAY? "I think one thing that we brought with us was probably confidence. Obviously, we were running good in Atlanta and having run good here in the past also helps out. It's just the confidence in our program, as far as tracks like this go. We did run good at Atlanta and we brought the same car, so I guess we did bring some stuff with us. But, it still it is a different racetrack in a lot of ways - the way you drive it and the way the car handles around the racetrack and what you've got to do with it. But, yet, the speeds are still there like Atlanta, so you go fast. It's of those where you get all you can get out of it and when you get done with your lap you can breathe."

ON NOBODY REPEATING A POLE OR A WIN HERE "I'd say right now I'd like to do that (on Sunday). It's a tough racetrack. We've had some good runs here before in the past. Last year, we had a little bad luck; the year before that we had some bad luck. But, we always run pretty good here, so we're really looking forward to getting out there in tomorrow's practice and get our car set up really good and see what we've got. But, we'd love to be able to continue that 'different winners' since '97."

HOW IMPORTANT WOULD IT BE TO WIN HERE AS A NATIVE TEXAN? "I know Terry [Labonte] made a comment after he won here - 'This is the biggest race I've ever won.' Obviously, it would be the same for me. If we can pull that off, it would be great. We'd love to be able to do that. Tomorrow we've got to get our competitive. But obviously, winning here in Texas is a big deal."

ON THE PROBLEMS WITH THE '20' CAR EARLIER TODAY "It was a bad situation with the '20' car. Obviously, rules are rules. I don't even know how that thing is checked. But, obviously, NASCAR decided that wasn't what they wanted to see, so they pretty well let everybody else know what they're going to do and what they're going to do if that certain measurement is wrong. But, that's the way it is. They got their backup car out and got to run and qualify today. Tomorrow will be a little better day for those guys."

DO YOU AND TONY USE THE SAME FAB SHOP? "I know we've got the same fab shop and the same guys. But, their car was more of a new car. It might have been our old chassis, for instance - I don't know what that is. But, I know they hadn't raced that car before. I don't know if the measurement they took was with the way they hold the tape measure there or something like that.

"I'm not really sure about that. The '20' car has their car painted orange, obviously, and mine are painted green. It's not like when they come out that it's like, 'Well, who wants this one?' Usually our chassis go in there and we know who is going to get what. 'Fatback' (Michael McSwain) orders our chassis and Greg [Zipadelli] order their chassis. We've got the same guys that work in the fab shop that do both. I don't know the answer to why this one here was like it was. But, I don't think it was the luck of the draw as much as it's just everybody is just trying to get everything you can out of what rules they give you."

WHAT IS DIFFERENT THIS YEAR? "It's just a lot of little things. There is no one thing. Obviously, we've got new bodies, we talked about new chassis, new crew chief, some new crew members, some of the same crew members, same driver - some things different, some things not. I can just say that it's working, so far."

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