DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Qualified 7th) "The guys will run faster as it cools off some more, but it was a great lap for us. Billy (Wilburn) made an air-pressure adjustment right before we went out and we really got the car to turn well.
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Qualified 7th)
"The guys will run faster as it cools off some more, but it was a great lap for us. Billy (Wilburn) made an air-pressure adjustment right before we went out and we really got the car to turn well. It was all I wanted. One hundred and ninety miles an hour around here is incredibly fast, but it was a fun fast. I've really got to say thanks. Billy and Jason (Burdette) have done a great job and everybody on the 88 team, but say thanks to Todd Parrott and the guys from the 38 crew. They've done a tremendous job the past two weeks in helping us get better prepared in getting our cars more alike. Thanks to Elliott. We talked a lot today during practice about things he was doing because he was fast. He's been fast everywhere this year and is always fast, so he kind of walked me through what he was doing and that helped me, and some of the things that they did help me gain some confidence in my race car and allowed us to go run that. So it'll be a good starting spot and hopefully that will translate to a good Coke 600 on Sunday night."
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 Pedigree/M&M's Taurus (Qualified 10th)
"I was just really tight. I'm not really sure. It felt like those tires were a little bit tighter than what we had in practice. It's just one of those deals. We know we're gonna have a good car for the race. I mean, we're gonna be disappointed with that starting spot of course, but we think we'll be OK come race time. We'll just do the best we can. Six hundred miles is a long race, we'll get 'em there."
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Smirnoff Ice Taurus (Qualified 35th)
THIS TRACK IS GOING TO CHANGE A LOT SUNDAY. WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR? "It used to be a big deal in the past with the track changing so much. Now with this new surface it pretty much stays the same. You do gain speed at night, but what happens in the daytime is it used to be real slick and now it won't be as slick. With the new lucky dog rule, you can get your lap back if you're too slow in the beginning, so there are gonna be plenty of cars to race for 600 miles."
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Charter Taurus (Qualified 29th)
"I tell you what, I was real excited with the lap. I was kind of hootin' and hollerin' on the radio coming to the start-finish line because the lap felt so good. I got a lot of speed across one and two, and really got a lot more speed in three and four. I felt like it was gonna be marginal for the pole and it was three-tenths off the pole, so I really have no idea where the speed went but the car drove really, really good. That will be a key element in Sunday's race - the drivability of that race car and it was really, really good there. So I'm excited about that, but not excited about going out early and, of course, being only fifth right now. We'll probably be in the top 20 for a starting spot in the 600."
NOW YOU HAVE TO DO THIS 400 TIMES ON SUNDAY. WHAT WILL CHANGE WITH YOUR MENTALITY? "I'm glad that the bonsai run is over with because you always go out there and see how fast you can go for one lap, so we got that out of the way. We're really looking forward to practice on Saturday. That will really tell the tale on how people will stack up in the race. We'll have that happy hour. We'll get some 30 or 40-lap runs in and see how our car is maintaining its speed and see what problems arise. The key is not putting too many miles on your car. You know you're gonna put 600 on it Sunday, we can't change engines or transmissions or any of that, so we don't want to put too many miles on it, but, yet, we've got to figure our race car out for Sunday - get some adjustability in it and get ready for the race."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Genuine Parts Taurus (Qualified 16th) - "Like everybody we wish we went later on in the draw, but I'm pretty happy. We picked up three-and-a-half or four-tenths - something like that - from practice. The car is good, it's just too tight. We were too tight last week, so we went home and worked on it a little bit and they got it better. We just need another dose of that. We need to get the front end to turn. It's a new car and the track is a brand new race track, so we could be more aggressive with the car and they're sneaking up on it. But I know how these other guys are running faster, they can just drive it deeper and have the front stick and that's what we need to work on."
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DeWalt Taurus (Qualified 3rd)
YOU BROKE THE TRACK RECORD BUT DIDN'T GET THE POLE. "Well that's normal whenever Newman is in the field. Pole day, I always call it Newman Day because that's what it usually is. We're never usually a threat for the pole, so I'm really happy where we qualified. That's a lot better than we usually do." WHAT'S THE KEY FOR SUNDAY? "This is just a starting position. This is not an impound race, so we did get to do what we want to qualify, so we did work on race trim today and our car seemed much better than it did last week. We'll work on it Saturday night in practice and hopefully have it right for Sunday."
IT MUST BE CRITICAL TO HAVE TEAMMATES LIKE YOU HAVE. "Yeah, it does help a lot but every car has its own personality. Last time we ran this car it ran really well for us. We have awesome engines with Doug Yates doing them. We have really great equipment, we just, as a team, got to figure out what to do with it." HOW WAS YOUR LAP? "Honestly, my lap wasn't really that eventful. My car was plenty tight. It wasn't very hard to drive. It was just a good, solid lap. Usually, my laps are really eventful and not very fast, so it was really solid. The track has a lot of grip. When it cools down here it gets a lot of grip."
CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 RoundUp Taurus (Qualified 12th)
"Hopefully we'll stay up there in the top 15. The car was really good. We picked up half-a-second from practice. The track cooled off and we really benefited from the late draw and our RoundUp Ford was pretty good. I left a little bit on the table. Mark went before me and he told me that it had a lot more grip, so I kind of gambled and I went in the corner way farther than I had before, but I could have gone a lot harder than that. I didn't realize how much more grip it had, so I learned that lesson. We'll take that to the next race and maybe we'll qualify a little better."