ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Stanley Tools Dodge Charger) Qualified 10th "Not good enough for the pole, but we went out in qualifying so early (third) that the track was real slick. My Stanley Tools Dodge crew did a great job preparing the car. We've...
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Stanley Tools Dodge Charger) Qualified 10th
"Not good enough for the pole, but we went out in qualifying so early (third) that the track was real slick. My Stanley Tools Dodge crew did a great job preparing the car. We've got 500 laps to run here on Saturday night; we'll just have to pass more guys than we'd like. Qualifying isn't as important as it once was here as you have two grooves to pass. I think we have a fast car here at Bristol. We'll just work on it some more and go racing Saturday night."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) Qualified 11th
"I'll take it. I'm happy that we improved our Alltel Dodge from where we were at in practice earlier today. We'll start 11th. It's not a great thing, but considering we were down in the speed charts during practice (28th), we'll take it."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Qualified 13th
"We just couldn't get our Budweiser Dodge to turn good on that qualifying run. It's hard to go fast when you can't turn. The track didn't seem a whole lot different (from practice) to me; it seemed really similar. We just have to keep working on our car to get it better for tomorrow night. We had a great car in practice (No. 1 overall), but were just a little tight on the qualifying run. We just have to fix it."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Qualified 19th
"We were just slipping and sliding around no matter how hot or cold the track was today. I just couldn't get our Miller Lite Dodge to turn at all."
KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Wells Fargo Dodge Charger) Qualified 29th
"It was good to get back into the car this weekend. May seems like a long time ago. We weren't very good in practice, but Stewart (Cooper, crew chief) did a nice job with the adjustments. This team is fun to be around, man. They're just racers. I didn't realize how much I missed them. We have one more practice session tonight so we need to continue to work hard and get this No. 45 Wells Fargo Dodge dialed in."
REED SORENSON (No. 41 Tums QuikPak Dodge Charger) Qualified 30th
"We're just happy to be here this weekend with TUMS on the car. We're trying to figure out how to get it better. When we got here, the car was tight. Now, it's loose in and tight off. We have to do our homework this next hour before practice and figure out how to get our car better."
ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. Dodge Charger) Qualified 31st
"We were just too loose. The track changed (got slicker) and we just didn't make the right adjustments on our Barrett-Jackson Auction Dodge. We just made a mistake and that's going to hurt us tomorrow night."
SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Qualified 35th
"We thought that we could be a little bit better than what we ran in practice but we're just a little bit too free getting in on the first lap and we made some small adjustments. I just feel that we're a little too free with the Mobil 1 Dodge but the big thing is that we keep our heads up and keep working at it.
"The car hopefully will be pretty good in race trim. I think that we found out some things that are going to help us out a lot from the time when we switched over to qualifying today that we're going to be able to take with us to a racetrack. I'm looking forward to getting that final practice in and see where we're at. It was a little scary, a little too free getting into (Turn) 1 and into (Turn) 3 on that first lap. I was hoping that we didn't get ourselves into another problem. We've had a frustrating day for sure."
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Box Tops for Education Dodge Charger) Qualified 37th
"We just haven't hit on a set up; we're not hooked up with the track. Right now, we don't have an answer. We'll make changes and try to get a something that will work during this final practice session. We have some work to do."
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Juicy Fruit Slim Pack Dodge Charger) Qualified 39th
"We were just way too loose. I couldn't get the car to turn and lost too much momentum to try to get a fast lap."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (No. 10 Valvoline Dodge Charger) DNQ
"I don't know what happened. Our Valvoline Dodge was strong in practice and I was happy with the setup. The crew did a great job this morning getting it prepared. I was just really loose getting into one and two. The car slipped up the track and I had to catch it. I guess the track just got really slick sitting in the sun all morning.
"Right now we're not happy. The Valvoline team is better than this and we've made every race we've attempted to qualify for this year. So this isn't going to sit well. But I'll tell you one thing, it really motivates us for next week."
-credit: dodge motorsports