Texas: GM teams qualifying quotes, notes

Ft. Worth, TX - Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont/National Guard GED Plus Impala SS, will start on the outside of the front row in Sunday's Samsung 500 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS). Gordon, who sits atop the...

Ft. Worth, TX - Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont/National Guard GED Plus Impala SS, will start on the outside of the front row in Sunday's Samsung 500 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS).

Gordon, who sits atop the NSCS standings heading in to the TMS event, turned a lap of 28.392 seconds, 190.194 m.p.h. to capture the second spot in the 43-car starting field of the sixth race of the 2009 season.

Tony Stewart will start his No. 14 Old Spice/Office Depot Impala SS seventh in the field and Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Kobalt Tools- Tough Tools for Cool Schools Impala SS, will roll off ninth to give Team Chevy three of the top-10 starters.

A total of 17 Impala SS drivers will take the green flag Sunday.

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David Gilliland, No. 71 Capital Window/TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Impala SS -- Qualified 30th

"You would think that I would get used to this feeling of having to qualify our way in, but I just can't. It is just something that is indescribable. I am really proud of all of the TRG Motorsports guys. They have worked hard the past couple of weeks and we deserve to be racing on Sunday.

"The car was definitely better in qualifying than in practice. Slugger and the guys just keep making it faster every time we go out on the track. We don't have teammates to go lean on for information. We are doing it the tough way, good old fashion hard racing. This team is doing the job. Making the races keeps us on the track, on TV and in the headlines to get that attention from potential sponsors, which is what we need right now."

"You have to have a car that turns good coming off of the corners. It tends to get tight exiting the turns and that really affects your speed down the straights. You got to turn. We have gotten better and better each practice and will work on it some more in the last practice tomorrow."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Jimmie Johnson , David Gilliland
Teams TRG Motorsports