All-Star: Ford teams qualifying quotes

ROBBY GORDON -- No. 7 Jim Beam Ford Fusion (Qualified 25th) YOUR TEAM WORKED HARD TO GET THE BACK-UP CAR OUT AND THEN DECALED LATER. "We made it back out in 35 minutes. From the time we stuck one in the wall until the time we were back on the...

ROBBY GORDON -- No. 7 Jim Beam Ford Fusion (Qualified 25th)

YOUR TEAM WORKED HARD TO GET THE BACK-UP CAR OUT AND THEN DECALED LATER. "We made it back out in 35 minutes. From the time we stuck one in the wall until the time we were back on the race track was 35 minutes. We were prepared. The reason our cars come black as back-up cars is because if I don't have to use them this weekend, then they'll go the next time we use as a back-up car as well. We've got wraps to make our car look like a Jim Beam car or a Menards car or a MAPEI car or a Motorola car and we can do that all before it comes time to put it back out for qualifying or the race."

WITH WHAT WE'VE SEEN IN QUALIFYING AND PRACTICE, WERE YOU CONSERVATIVE WITH YOUR LAPS? "We talked about it before. We got the car back on the race track and I drove it a couple of laps. I think I did four or five laps and we didn't really get a good qualifying run going. At a race like this, where you don't have to qualify and you're not using any past champions because it's really just for the fun of it, yeah, we're not gonna qualify up towards the front like we'd like to, but I think we'll be OK when it comes time to go racing."

IS IT JUST A CASE WHERE THE TRACK IS SLICK AND THE TIRE IS HARD? "The tires just don't have a lot of feel. They just don't have feel until they're gone, like you saw with Michael (Waltrip) and like you've seen with Stremme. How many have been in the wall today? There's just not a lot of grip on the tires. Our first lap on the race track put us like 15th or 16th in practice, so I think our car is pretty good in race trim and we'll just keep working on it throughout the race and try to learn as much as we can going into the 600."

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MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Qualified 1st)

"This thing is a team effort and usually we have the pit stop to win it because these guys are the best on pit road, I think, by far. Usually, I mess it up, so I didn't get on pit road very good but our car is handling great, which is pretty surprising. I didn't think our car would handle as good as it is and that's the best my car has ever felt here qualifying, so I felt good about the laps on the track and certainly our pit stop and leaving pit road seemed pretty good, too."

WHAT ABOUT KNOCKING JIMMIE OFF THE POLE. "This is a team thing. This is about the over-the-wall guys. It's more about the pit stop than anything and I'm just happy for those guys. The pit stop competition is a lot different than what we really do and this is a lot closer to what we do on Sundays and that's when those guys really shine."

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GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 Ameriquest Ford Fusion (Qualified 12th)

"I just got a little bit loose. Man, the car drove awesome. I'm so excited about the car. We've got some new guys on our pit crew. We're working really hard on it to get better. We've got a new jack man, a new tire changer and new carriers and we're really excited about it. We think we're gonna get better and better."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jim Beam