Bristol: Ford teams qualifying quotes

BOBBY LABONTE -- No. 96 Ask.com Ford Fusion (Qualified 37th) "We rubbed the front splitter a little bit too hard on that qualifying lap and that cost us some grip. But you'll have that here at Bristol. We'll be ready to race on ...

BOBBY LABONTE -- No. 96 Ask.com Ford Fusion (Qualified 37th)

"We rubbed the front splitter a little bit too hard on that qualifying lap and that cost us some grip. But you'll have that here at Bristol. We'll be ready to race on Sunday."

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GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Qualified 4th)

DID YOU LEAVE ANYTHING OUT THERE? "I don't know. I drove it off in there to three and four really hard and got back in the gas the best I could. It pushed up a little bit off of four and I tried to wheel it to stay down, but I had to come out of the gas. I might have been able to make it, but it was gonna be close and I didn't want to take a chance. I knew we were already second-quick. I don't know if I was gonna beat Mark or not, so I just shut it off."

HOW ARE YOUR RIBS NOW? "They're hurting after that lap. I don't know. I kind of grunted hard on that last lap there coming off of turn four. I'm a little sore right now, but I'll be good for Sunday."

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JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Qualified 9th)

"We ran a little better than we did in practice, and the track maybe seems to be a little off, so that should be 10th to 15th, which will be OK for the day. It's not great, but it's OK."

HOW ABOUT SUNDAY'S RACE FROM A PHYSICAL STANDPOINT? "I'm not worried about that. I'm not sick at all anymore. I feel a ton better than what I did at Vegas, so I should be OK."

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TRAVIS KVAPIL -- No. 28 Golden Corral Ford Fusion (Qualified 17th)

"It was a good lap. I'm just proud of my team. From off the truck we were top 10 and I think we'll end up somewhere in the top 20 here. Definitely from this point on there's a lot of uncertainty for our team, so we need to go out and have a good run. We've had just an incredible amount of bad luck, I feel like, this season and at the time where we need the most luck to have a couple of good things go our way. We've had very fast race cars and have raced competitively, but just haven't had the results with our finishes. Hopefully, we just have a good day on Sunday and run all 500 laps."

IF YOU DON'T HAVE A SPONSOR YOU WON'T GO TO MARTINSVILLE? "That's my impression. I feel like, though, everything is set and ready to go and at a moment's notice we could pull the trigger on it. I think that's the plan is to kind of not go to Martinsville, but, at the same time, we'll see what happens this weekend and we definitely are still in the middle of talking to a couple sponsors. It seems like they have a lot of interest, but time is running out."

HAS IT BEEN GUT-WRENCHING THESE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS? "Yes and no. Every week I tell my guys that they give me great race cars. There's nothing you can do about some racing luck with the engines and blown tires and things like that, but I feel like I'm much more competitive this year than I was a year ago, but we're just not getting the results to show for it. Anything can happen here at Bristol, but we just want to go out and have a good, solid day. I think if we do that, we'll have a good, solid top 10 and then you never know about next week."

-credit: ford racing

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