BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Go Gurt Dodge Charger) -- 11th "The guys did a great job in the pits. I was too cautious on entry, but overall it was a good qualifying effort for us. *** KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) -- 3rd "We don't...
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Go Gurt Dodge Charger) -- 11th
"The guys did a great job in the pits. I was too cautious on entry, but overall it was a good qualifying effort for us.
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) -- 3rd
"We don't have anything to be ashamed of. We're very proud. There's nothing to complain about. It was a real good team effort. Leaving pit road is a gas, trying not to spin the tires. It's really a unique event one time a year and the crew really gets pumped up about it. I think we had a 12.7 on our stop, so we were pretty close all around. The track cooled down, and Kasey got a real good lap. Kasey is going to be a candidate for the pole next Thursday. We're very happy to start third and race to the front.
"The motivation for my wedding I guess (is what it's going to take to win). I've got to pay for that thing. It's been a fun race. Are we still having the inverted field? I haven't done my homework yet and it shows, but to be able to come out in front in that final segment that's going to be the key ingredient. If you can be leading going into the final 20, you're going to be hard to pass. I think that's going to be the key. You'll see how it shakes out in the first 40 and the next 30 is going to be a real challenge to race each other and see who is going to be the lead guy going into the last 20 laps.
"That was something that took up quite a bit of our time when we first showed up today as far as our practice was concerned. We spent a considerable amount of time checking our tires, making sure we've got the right amount of laps on 'em. We've got all our sets rubbed in in case there is a spin. We've got four sets left. They're going to make you changed 'em during the 40-lap green flag run. rom what I noticed in testing with the test motor, we're getting about 37 laps (on fuel). Thirty-five might be the window. I think it's going to be an interesting race strategy wise to see who does what."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- 18th
"We got caught speeding coming into the pits. I don't know why you can go as fast as you want out of the pits and have a limit coming in, but that's the way it goes. The car is good. I feel good about the race."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel My Circle Dodge Charger) -- 5th
"All in all that was a pretty good qualifying effort. I think there's going to be more grip in the track tomorrow night when we race. It's not like it used to be. It's not as much fun, but there's potential for it to get back to the way it was."