KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "We've had a good car since we've been here. That will give us something good to work with. Last week we went for (the pole) and ended up starting 27th and had a good race car. This week...
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 GM GOODWRENCH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"We've had a good car since we've been here. That will give us something good to work with. Last week we went for (the pole) and ended up starting 27th and had a good race car. This week we just wanted to repeat what we did in practice, so we left a little bit out there. But, what do you do? You just go on with it."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"We've always run well here. We've just had our problems here in the past. But, the last two years have been good. Man, all day the car has been solid. It's really been awesome today. We've been playing catch-up ever since we first went out there this morning. The track is just tightening up on us a little bit and we weren't able to stay up with it. But, that's a good solid lap for us."
IS THE TRACK THE SAME AS IT'S ALWAYS BEEN OR WILL YOU BE ABLE TO RACE MORE ON IT THIS TIME? "No. It's a one-groove racetrack, ride around the bottom as fast as you can get after it. It's super-fast right now. I think the only thing that would help is if it got warm and the sun came out. I think that is about the only thing that would help."
JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 VALVOLINE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"That was OK. Obviously, that wasn't the time that we wanted. We wanted to go a little bit quicker than that. I don't know if we didn't scuff tires enough or maybe too much. I don't know. When I went to make my run, I just couldn't quite get a hold of it."
DO YOU THINK THIS WILL BE A ONE-GROOVE TRACK ON SUNDAY? "I don't know. Everybody keeps calling it one-groove. But, I remember a year ago when we were here and were leading, we got passed on the outside, so I don't think it was one-groove then. I think it will be a good racetrack. It's always a little bit slippery at the beginning of the week, which it is right now. But hopefully, as time goes, the groove will widen out."
STEVE PARK, NO. 1 PENNZOIL CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"That was pretty good. The car actually handled perfect. To go fast, we just need to have a little more speed. We're not going to go any faster through the corners. I practically ran wide open through the corners and the car handled good. It ran a decent lap."
JEFF GREEN, NO. 30 AOL CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
YOUR FIRST LAP WAS PRETTY FAIR AND THEN WHAT HAPPENED? "I guess we blew some oil out or something and got on our right rear tire up off of four going to the white flag. I smelled the smoke, so I knew I wasn't going to be able to go another lap.
JEFF GREEN, NO. 30 AOL CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"I wish I could have had it, but something - we must have gotten it too full of oil or something. We'd have been right there where Kevin [Harvick] was, I think."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"Bobby [Labonte] put up a heck of a lap up there, but that was a great lap for us. We'd been fighting a little loose in and we got that cured. I was a little tight into the center, but I'm not complaining. I carried a lot of momentum and I really thought that was about as good as I could do. Chad [Knaus] brought a great race car."
DAVID STARR, NO. 75 TEAM TEXAS CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
"I'm disappointed because when we were down here testing last week we ran faster than we ended up running today. We just got off to a bad start. We kept hitting the racetrack. We hit the racetrack so bad that we ground off our flywheel. We couldn't even use the starter to crank the car up. About the time we figured out what was going on the practice session was over with. We fixed it. In qualifying, I could get into the corner and we didn't actually hit the racetrack and it stuck. The only problem was it was just so tight off the corners. If I had kept in it I would have knocked the wall down, so it wasn't worth crashing a car over. We went forward. We just didn't go forward enough."
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO WORK WITH? "Yeah, we're learning. We're learning. We just wanted to get the car qualified today. I'm real happy with the lap and the guys are pretty satisfied. We've got our work cut out for us to get the car handling great tomorrow."
IS THIS SAME OLD TEXAS? "Yeah, it's same, old Texas - ain't nothin' changed. I like it."
TERRY LABONTE, NO. 5 KELLOGG'S/GOT MILK? CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO WORK WITH? "Oh yeah. I think we'll be better with our race setup than our qualifying setup. This is a good car and it's running good. We'll work hard on it tomorrow to get our race setup, but I think it's pretty good."
JERRY NADEAU, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
"The guys did an awesome job. We went and tested the other day and ran a few laps with it at Kentucky and had a great run there. Then, we unloaded here and were quickest in practice, so I was pretty pleased. The track changed a lot.
"It was a lot cooler this morning and got a little bit hotter there and it seemed like it was a lot slicker. Our car was just a little bit too free. But, the guys did a super job. This is a brand new car. We built this in-house and we're pretty excited."