Atlanta: Ford teams qualifying quotes

GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Qualified 5th) YOU PICKED UP SO MUCH IS THAT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DAY AND NIGHT? "Yeah, that's the difference between day and night, also we were way far off with this car when we unloaded it and I'm ...

GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Qualified 5th)

YOU PICKED UP SO MUCH IS THAT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DAY AND NIGHT? "Yeah, that's the difference between day and night, also we were way far off with this car when we unloaded it and I'm real proud of the guys. I didn't do anything to it. They have made it a lot better to drive. We've got a long ways to go in race trim, but I'm pretty happy with it right now."

YOU WERE NOT HAPPY WITH THIS CAR ABOUT 90 MINUTES AGO. WHAT HAPPENED? "I don't have any idea what happened. The guys went to work on it, I know that much. I still can't replay the lap in my mind. I don't know what I did down there in one and two. I think I still have some more speed that I gave up, but I'm pretty happy to be up there right now. I can't believe nobody has beaten us yet, so that means we're probably gonna be in the top 15. That's what I'm hoping for."

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JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Irwin Ford Fusion (Qualified 3rd)

"That's a really good lap. I don't know if it's the tire that Goodyear has brought here, but when we unloaded in practice I thought that we were two or three seconds off the pace and it ended up we were like fifth-quick for most of practice. The cars just drive really odd. They're really free getting in the corner and then once the car gets loaded up, it seems like it gets real tight. Now in qualifying trim it's a little bit different because it just has so much grip and you put all that tape on the grille and it's night time, so it will be an interesting race on Sunday."

WILL WE SEE ENGINE ISSUES LIKE AT VEGAS? "I know that Doug Yates and Jack Roush have worked really hard throughout this week to ensure that we're not gonna have any problems. The biggest issue we had at Vegas is that the track was a lot faster and the gear ratio that we had, the pace just didn't slow down. We turned 9300 RPMs at Fontana and then we went to Vegas the next week and we turned 9800 the entire run, so all of the issues that we had was just because our engines are built to run 9600 and when you run them 9800 for 400 miles parts are gonna break. But I don't think we're gonna see a problem here. They've tweaked on them a little bit and I think made them a little more durable and we're not gonna see the RPMs here."

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DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion (Qualified 39th)

"It's been a pretty frustrating day. We unloaded and it wasn't very fast. We've made gains, but when you start so slow you can only pick up so much. I think we know the direction we need to go, but we started off so bad and everybody else is so far ahead. It's been a tough day. We don't have the speed that we want, but the good news it's Friday and not Sunday morning."

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BILL ELLIOTT -- No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion (Qualified 35th)

"It's been one of those days. It's either do or die and we'll see what happens. It's gonna be tight. Qualifying was a lot better, but in practice we were all over the place -- loose in, tight in the middle. We'll just see what happens."

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TRAVIS KVAPIL -- No. 28 Golden Corral Ford Fusion (Qualified 22nd)

"It's just so taxing. It's all you think about all week is that lap right there. I'm just really happy with my team. I didn't feel like the car was driving very good off the truck. It had reasonable speed, but it sure didn't drive very good. It felt kind of loose and I just wasn't real happy with it. Ben and Nick and the guys did a great job. They made all the right adjustments throughout practice and got it to where I could drive hard and we put in a solid lap. I'm just really happy for Golden Corral. We didn't give them anything last week, so we've got them on board this week and we're gonna do good for them on Sunday, too."

-credit: ford racing

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