The Pit Stop

February 10, 2008 4:01 PM

Daytona 500 Qualifing notes and other news....

Jimmy Johnson continues where he left off last season as he takes the poll for the Daytona 500. "My guys really put the speed into that car," said Jimmy Johnson. He was the only car to break the 187 MPH mark with a speed of 187.08.

Sitting along side of him on the front row and getting the only other locked in starting spot was Michael Waltrtip in a Toyota. He said that the car was good for a time in the 20's. He was right with a fast lap of 48.20.

"Awesome day, said Joe Nemecheck. "Didn't know that Michael could go that fast." Joe Qualified in third place.

"Picked up a couple tenths from practice," said Casey Mears. He qualified sixth.

"Ford Fusion was pretty fast," said Boris Said. He qualified ninth and was the fourth fastest driver that needed to get in on time forcing him to qualify in the Gatorade Twin 150's.

"Very happy with that run," said Jeff Gordon. Jeff qualified in 10th spot.

Patrick Carpentier said that his car pushes alot today. He qualified in 11th.

In other news:

Martin Truex Jr. has started on 2009 contract talks with DEI.

Chad McCumbee could wind up driving in some extra Sprint Cup races this year  in a third car owned by CNC/HAAS racing.

Clint Bowyer and DEnny Hamlin have been added into the Gillette Young Guns program.  They join Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne, and Carl Edwards.  Jimmy Johnson and Jamie McMurray are not in the program this year.

The #5 car of Casey Mears was found to be too low in a post race inspection after the Budweiser Shootout.

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