Charlotte: Dodge teams qualifying quotes

KYLE PETTY (No. 45 My Coke Rewards Dodge Charger) "We could have been faster. I wrecked a car here in qualifying last week and we didn't know how far to go to change things, so we just stayed like we were in practice. If I had known what I know...

KYLE PETTY (No. 45 My Coke Rewards Dodge Charger)

"We could have been faster. I wrecked a car here in qualifying last week and we didn't know how far to go to change things, so we just stayed like we were in practice. If I had known what I know this week last week I wouldn't have crashed last week and we would have been better last week. Both of our cars ran good last week, but we were real good dodging wrecks. That's what you get paid for sometimes."

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KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)

"I think we were on the tight side trying to be conservative, but then the rear end was sliding around a little bit. We ended up about where we thought we would. The track was much looser today. I think because of the warmer temperatures."

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KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)

"We didn't get through the corners like we wanted to, but it should end up in the top 10. We'll see what we've got Sunday night. I think we're going to have a really good car. I thought we had one of the best cars last weekend in the all-star race. It's going to be a long race. We'll have to take care of the car and be there at the end."

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RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger)

"We're getting tuned in. We struggled a little bit. We brought a different car, and I think it'll be a little better in the race. We never did a qualifying run in practice, so what we got is what we got. Finishing fifth is not where we deserved to finish last week. We had about a 15th-place car if 43 cars had been out there. I know we'll be better this week. I just hope we're good enough to run in the top five all day. We haven't given up on qualifying. We've just got other things to hatch right now. We need to have a good racecar so we don't have to worry about track position as much. We've got to take care of the most important things right now and that's getting ready for the race."

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CASEY MEARS (No. 2 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger)

"That wasn't very good. We've been tight, tight, tight in practice. We got it where it was loose in and still real tight in the center. We were lucky to end up 30th."

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DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Lone Star Steak House Dodge Charger)

"I thought we could go faster than that. I screwed up some just trying too hard, but we're in solid. We're trying hard, yet we've got to be conservative until we get back in the top 35. I'm proud of my guys. We've got a real good car and we're turning things around."

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BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Go Gurt Dodge Charger)

"We made one qualifying run in practice and it just wasn't sticking good enough for me to go too hard. I knew what it felt like last Saturday night. I wanted to make sure we had something to get something out of instead of having to screw up. A little bit of being careful today in practice and it was hammer down tonight. After last week I thought we could run a really good lap in qualifying. I'm excited about that. This is been one of the better cars I've had this year, so I'm excited about that, too."

-dodge motorsports

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup