Texas: Pole sitter press conference

BOBBY LABONTE , ...

BOBBY LABONTE , #18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES CHEVROLET - qualified on the pole

"I think we were about fifth on the first time by. I thought well I don't know, I don't think the car can go much faster. But then it stuck pretty good out of two and then we got a real good run off four."

"It stuck like glue. I don't think it could have gone any better today. We did one lap in practice in qualifying setup. Then we did one more to make it a little faster."

"I think we have a great race car. Good things will hopefully come from today. We had a good qualifying run and hopefully that will give us some inspiration for a good practice tomorrow."

ON BREAKING A BAD STRING OF LUCK AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY:

"Last year the car didn't handle well. The big thing is we have to make sure we have a car that handles really well, is balanced really good. Then make sure it stays that way throughout the day and not have problems."

WERE YOU AWARE OF THE OVATION FROM THE CROWDS DURING YOUR RUN?

"When the grandstands are full on race day you can see that sort of thing. But not today. There are lots of people here which I really appreciate. It's an awesome feeling. I certainly noticed it when I came back to the pits. It's my home state even if I was born a seven-and-a-half hours drive away from here."

ON SIMILARITIES TO ATLANTA:

"It's a lot different. Atlanta has its own characteristics. It's not like here and it's not like Charlotte. It might be based on the same blueprint but it's quite different. We didn't bring the same car we had at Atlanta. This track is faster... faster. As the race goes on the tires don't really give up grip like they do at Atlanta and you don't see multiple grooves here like you do in Atlanta. So there really aren't many similarities."

-gm racing-

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