DAVE BLANEY, NO. 20 AT&T PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: (ON WINNING THE POLE) "This is great. I've been struggling plenty and so has this team, so this is a good deal for everybody. I knew we ran a good lap, but I didn't think it would hold up for pole.
DAVE BLANEY, NO. 20 AT&T PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
(ON WINNING THE POLE) "This is great. I've been struggling plenty and so has this team, so this is a good deal for everybody. I knew we ran a good lap, but I didn't think it would hold up for pole. Now I just hope we have a good race on Saturday. We've always qualified pretty good here, but it seems like we always have something happen in the race. I know I broke a rear end one year - just things like that."
(ON THE LAP) "It was good until turn four and then it got out from under me and got loose a little bit, and I had to get up out of the throttle. It was a real good lap until then, but I thought that killed my chance at it."
(ON BEING A CONFIDENCE BOOSTER FOR THE TEAM AFTER STRUGGLING SO FAR IN 2000) "Of course they feel good about it. But they've been steadily getting better. We were pretty good in practice this morning and just kept working at it, trimming the car out. Our last run in practice was pretty good and we went a little quicker in qualifying."
(DID HE THINK HE HAD A SHOT AT THE POLE TODAY) "Yeah, I thought we had a car to do it. I felt like if I got through (turns) one and two really, really good, yeah, then I could go down there and take a shot at it. I did get through one and two good, but then I just got a little bit - I don't know if I got greedy down there (in three and four) - the car was just freer than it was earlier."
(DID HE THINK HE WOULD LOSE THE POLE LATE IN QUALIFYING TO EITHER MARTIN, BURTON OR KENSETH) "Yeah, I really thought they could. But it wasn't really bothering me because I had already resigned myself to the fact that one of them was going to."