RON HORNADAY, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: ON HIS RUN "We're happy with that. We just wanted to get somewhere near the front because we've got a good race car. We've got a real good body on that Pontiac, and now we've just got to get the...
RON HORNADAY, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON HIS RUN
"We're happy with that. We just wanted to get somewhere near the front because we've got a good race car. We've got a real good body on that Pontiac, and now we've just got to get the thing ready for Sunday."
DO YOU LIKE RUNNING HERE?
"I like it; it just doesn't like me. We've run good here in the trucks. We ran good here in the Busch car. We just haven't finished well here. We just need to finish a good race here."
JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 EAGLE ONE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
WHY DID YOU PICK UP SO MUCH ON THE SECOND LAP?
"It was still slippery out there from somebody dumping oil and I got into it. I just wanted to make sure that I didn't do it on the second lap."
DOES IT HELP MUCH HERE TO START UP FRONT?
"Yeah, it does help. I think as long as you're in the top 20, you're in good shape. We've started from further back and have run good here. I'm looking forward to the race. I think the Eagle One Pontiac will be pretty good. It wasn't as good in qualifying trim as we though it was going to be - it's a new car. But, it's just a matter now of getting it into race trim, and I think it will be pretty good."
KEN SCHRADER, NO. 36 M&M'S PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON POSTING A SOLID QUALIFYING RUN
"We just kept working on feel, feel, feel in practice, and we got it to where it felt better. Then we put the stickers on for qualifying and knew it had some left in it. We just had to go get it."
HOW DO YOU LIKE THE TIRES THIS YEAR?
"I like these tires. I like these tires a lot better. There were times that it seemed like the tires were so good that you could just get close and then lay on the tires. I don't like that. These tires are really good, but they don't feel like they're stuck so tight that you can do anything."
HOW MUCH DID YOUR EIGHTH PLACE RUN AT ATLANTA THREE WEEKS AGO HELP PREPARE
YOU FOR TEXAS?
"I've struggled the last couple years at Atlanta and here. But when I came out of the motorhome today I was pumped up and ready to go. Coming here with the right attitude means a lot. Newt [Moore] brought a different car, but this is the one he wanted to bring. We ran good at Atlanta and knew we could here."
BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
ON QUALIFYING SECOND
"The car was just perfect. We worked real hard on in throughout practice and made a lot of changes on it, of course, from the beginning of practice until the very end. We pretty much surprised ourselves to be as good as we ended up because we really didn't think we'd go that fast."
WAS THIS THE BEST LAP YOU COULD HAVE GOTTEN TODAY?
"Yeah. Today it was. If I had to do it over tomorrow I might be able to do it a little bit better, but when I do that I usually screw up. We didn't really have any practice laps doing qualifying runs. Usually my first shot is the best and if I do it too many times I usually screw up, so maybe it was the best I had for the situation today."
YOU QUALIFIED 2ND, YOUR TEAMMATE, TONY STEWART, 37TH. COMMENT ON THAT
"We talked about things quite a bit after practice was over. It's just about the feel of what you want in the race car. Our setups were different today. I did drive his car for about three laps. I ran slower than he did. I think it was more of a feel thing that he needed in his car that I found in mine earlier today. We kind of went up one branch of a tree and he went up another branch of a tree. That was probably more of the difference than anything."
ON THE CROWD TODAY
"It was great. What a great crowd. I didn't say it, but I heard somebody else say it: I don't know how many people they had here today, but it looked like it could have been a full house at some racetracks - at a smaller track or something. It was pretty awesome that they had this many people come out on a Friday afternoon. "Like Dale [Jarrett] said, it's great to see Junior (Dale Earnhardt, Jr.) get the pole. He does need a boost. That's great for their team. The crowd definitely cheered him on while he was qualifying and after he won the pole. That's still a great deal for him and for all the fans to be here to see that. The amount of them is still overwhelming on a Friday afternoon. You just wouldn't think of seeing this many at most places."
HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS WEEKEND FOR YOUR TEAM?
"It's real important, and to come here to Texas is more important. But the way we've run the past couple weeks, then we had a couple problems the two weekends before, we've really felt like we've a fish out of water you might say. Coming here and qualifying second today definitely gives us a lot of confidence for Sunday's race. I sure would like to win this race because Terry [Labonte] has done it before and I would like to say that I did the same thing he did. It would be kind of cool."
HOW MUCH WILL YOU HAVE TO CHANGE THE CAR FOR SUNDAY?
"It's no different than any other in a lot of ways, if you change the setup. You've still got to hold on to it for 500 miles. Still to me, it's a tricky race track. It's tricky to figure out a lot of times. The past four races here have all had different scenarios thrown at them - from first lap crash to exciting finish at the end - different types of situations. Your thought process is probably no different than Bristol. You just have to take care of your stuff and you've got to be there at the end. It will be faster than Bristol, but it's still the same thought process."