Coca-Cola 600 Pit Note # 6
Ryan Newman (pole-sitter, 188.475 mph, No. 39 Stewart-Haas / U.S. Army Chevrolet) - "Yeah, right now, I'm gonna call it even between me, the 18 and 24, and throw Tony Stewart in there on Sunday, too. Believe it or not, my very first Cup pole came here, but I didn't stick around that long. It's a great job, top to bottom, of everybody involved. It's a survival battle. Just look forward to the opportunity to drive good cars. We've just got to keep doing what we've been doing and move forward. The cars are very similar, based off our Sprint All-Star performance."
Kyle Busch (second-fastest qualifier, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing / M&Ms Toyota) - "Trying to get the thing running as to where it'd be fast. Messed up in the corner, and it cost us. Just trying to make it as to where it would bust loose, but it turned out the exact opposite because of the way I arched into the corner."
Jeff Gordon (third-fastest, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports / DuPont Chevrolet) - "Very happy with the run. Car was pretty fast. Ryan's always a threat for the pole wherever he runs. It means a lot to me, winning my first race here. This is a very special weekend in motorsports for many reasons. If I'm in good shape, like Mark [Martin, one of his Hendrick teammates], maybe I'll consider racing when I'm 50, like he's doing, because he loves what he's doing."
Steve Letarte (crew chief, third-place qualifier No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet) - "I think the DuPont Chevrolet unloaded okay. You know, it's hard to practice here at Lowe's during the day. It's just real slick; you know, the track gets real slick in the temperature, but Jeff's a veteran driver and let us know that he thought the grip would be fine in qualifying. We made some changes and qualified third; it was great. I think if we had had a better draw we would have had a great shot at the pole. So, to finish third and go out that early, we're pretty optimistic. We can't wait for Sunday, especially after how we performed last weekend in the Sprint All-Star Race."
On going from day to night: "I think our car will be okay. We're not going to worry too much about the day, we're going to let the driver try to handle that. We're going to make sure he has the car to win when the sun goes down."
Tony Gibson (crew chief, pole-winner No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet) - "This will be great for momentum. We're doing better each week. We just try and focus on each event. We don't try and look out five weeks ahead. We are still on the defense on the points deal. So, any time we can pick up a little momentum or spark, we latch on to it. This will be huge for the company. You know, first win last week for the company [Stewart-Haas Racing], it will be the first pole for the company. We can use this momentum to build on for Sunday. We had a great car last week and came up a few laps short. It was a good car. This wasn't the same car, but it was the same setup. We just took those four shocks and springs out and put right in this car, and it drove just like the other car. Hopefully, it's a good setup and we learned a lot from last week. We were in race trim when we got here and learned some stuff today. Hopefully, it will all pay off and we can get a win Sunday. If not, we can get a top-five."