Texas II: GM teams qualifying quotes

Jeff Gordon -- ...

Jeff Gordon -- #24 DuPont Chevrolet
2nd position

I'm very pleased with that. You never know what you're going to get out there. We took advantage of a late draw. And I'm just so proud of these guys. We need to make some adjustments. I got a little bit tight in the middle of Turns 3 and 4, but other than that, the car just drove beautifully. Our plan is just to get our stuff right so we can go out there and compete for wins and have fun. There's no pressure on right now, but we hope there is a lot of pressure on next year at this time.

IT LOOKS LIKE YOUR TEXAS TEST HELPED We're hoping it's going to help us out more here. This is the car we had here. We didn't race this car in Atlanta, but we knew we were going to race it here. It's a great race car. We didn't make any qualifying runs, so we only worked on race stuff. I hope that means that our race stuff is going to be good too.

Joe Nemechek -- #01 U.S. Army Chevrolet
4th position

I'm really proud of this entire U.S. Army team. They are strong -- just like all those soldiers out there. We've had a tough year, but man we're going to be tough too. It's a good day.

It was a pretty good lap. I thought I got about all I could. I left a little bit on the table getting into Turn 3, but that's where I kind of struggled. A lot of people are struggling right there today and the wind is blowing really hard today and it's blowing down the backstretch. That kind of messes you up.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -- #8 Budweiser Chevrolet
10th position

I'm excited for me and my team. As a company, I wanted to win a couple of races and get these guys motivated and excited about next year. If we don't finish this year off on a good note, it'll be tough for morale around the company. I just want everybody to be excited about next year because I really am and I want them to know how focused and determined I am going into next season.

Dave Blaney -- #07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet
13th position

We've gotten lucky with the draw here the past couple weeks in a row. We weren't that good today in qualifying trim. We stayed in race trim for half the time. We weren't all that fast. But we had the track to our advantage.

Tony Stewart -- #20 The Home Depot Chevrolet
16th position

We picked up a little bit in qualifying, which I didn't know if we could pick up any more than we ran there. But, the guys did an awesome job. It's the same car we ran the Brickyard with. So, It will drive good this weekend. We've just got to get through the motions and get through today. I wish we didn't get the early draw that we did. It should be a good car for the whole weekend.

Brian Vickers -- #25 GMAC / ditech.com Chevrolet
21st position

HOW WAS YOUR LAP? It wasn't that bad. The car was pretty good. I think it will be a good lap. I wish we could have been a little bit faster, but I thank the guys because this is the best the car's been all day.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THIS NOT BEING AN IMPOUND RACE? DO YOU REALLY NEED A HAPPY HOUR HERE? You know, I think any track, that's an advantage or disadvantage for any race track. Honestly, I don't think you need to impound any more here that you need to impound anywhere, possibly with the exception of the superspeedways. Qualifying at the superspeedways is probably the most boring thing I've ever done in my life. I love having the impound. I'd like to impound every week to be honest with you. It just saves time, saves money and it really doesn't affect you that much in qualifying. You're still going to get a good qualifying setup.

Scott Riggs -- #10 Centrex Chevrolet
22nd position

HOW WAS THAT LAP? It wasn't bad. You know, we were really tight in the center and off the corners in practice, so we made a lot of changes. We've gotten a lot better. We carried more speed through the corners.

Kyle Busch -- #5 Carquest Chevrolet
24th position

HOW WAS YOUR LAP? I'm pretty happy with that. I think we could have been just a little bit better but that was all she wrote for the lap. For some reason we are excellent through Turns 1 and 2-we are just money through there. And then we just get going through 3 and 4. It gets turn 3 good and then as soon as I get down to the bottom it just starts four-wheel drifting. We haven't been able to fix that all day today. So, overall a good run for the Carquest Chevy and we'll just see where it lines us up. Tomorrow is a big project for us and we'll work on that for race trim and just get better there.

Bobby Hamitlon, Jr. -- #32 Tide Chevrolet
25th position

HOW WAS YOUR LAP? It was a good lap for us. I didn't know we could run that fast. I think that will get us in the show.

HOW DO YOU APPROACH THIS, NOT BEING AN IMPOUND RACE? Yeah, you've got two hours of constant practice. You don't have an hour on this and an hour on that. You know, I love this place. It's got a bunch of grip. RCR stepped up and gave us a little bit more horsepower. So, the main thing is just getting in for Sunday.

Kevin Harvick -- #29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet
33rd position

I'm not sure what happened, but something wasn't right under the hood on that first lap. The fuel pressure gauge was all over the place and the engine just didn't sound right. I wanted to run a second lap, but didn't want to risk doing anything more to hurt the motor.

This means we'll be starting in a hole, but I'm confident this GM Goodwrench team will put together a good run on Sunday.

Terry Labonte -- #44 Kellogg's Chevrolet
34th position

I think we'll be pretty good for the race. We came out here and tested, but we didn't make any qualifying runs and I think we should have.

ON HAVING TEXAS BE HIS LAST RACE NEXT YEAR I grew up in Texas and raced here a lot and I just figured this would be a good place to end it right here next year. So anyway, that's the plan. We're sticking with it. We're going to run 17 races next year. We're going to run seven races for Hall of Fame Racing and then 10 for Hendrick Motorsports and wind up here next year in the No. 44 car.

-gm racing-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Terry Labonte , Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Joe Nemechek , Scott Riggs , Brian Vickers , Dave Blaney , Kyle Busch
Teams Hall of Fame Racing