Charlotte: Ford teams qualifying quotes

KEN SCHRADER -- No. 21 Little Debbie Ford Fusion (Qualified 41st) "We've been fighting, everybody has, getting tight in the center but you're free in and free off. Even though the front won't turn the back end is wanting to step out. We've ...

KEN SCHRADER -- No. 21 Little Debbie Ford Fusion (Qualified 41st)

"We've been fighting, everybody has, getting tight in the center but you're free in and free off. Even though the front won't turn the back end is wanting to step out. We've got new pavement and real hard tires, so it's gonna be exciting."

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MARK MARTIN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Qualified 21st)

"I just told Todd Zeigler that I love driving his car. What a special guy he is here. It was a terrible draw. That will be 20th or 25th or something like that, but for when we went that's sweet. It was a good job by the AAA team and it's too bad we didn't have these qualifying deals switched around to where it started later so it was more equal on the draw. But I'm sure proud of these guys. It really is neat to drive their car."

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CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Qualified 22nd)

"I was just talking to Mark and that was a good solid lap for us, but I'm sure it's gonna be 25th or 30th place just because of the draw. That draw can go both ways and I've benefited from it, but of any race to start in the back this will be a fine one to do that because it's 600 miles and you can pass here, so it'll be alright."

WHAT GOES THROUGH YOUR MIND WHEN THE FIRST CAR OUT THERE SPINS? "Wally (Brown) told me, 'You can do whatever you want, but our backup car is not as good as the car you're sitting in, so don't wreck it.' I was real cautious and that's usually better for me."

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GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 National Guard Ford Fusion (Qualified 7th)

"The luck of the draw has a lot to do where you qualify out here and it cools down a bunch and the lap times just get naturally faster. I turned a little bit late getting into turn one. It was just a bad mistake on my part, but it might have been just a half-a-tenth better or something and when a driver feels like he left just a tiny bit out there he feels like he's gonna get beat and has every reason to by somebody. We'll just wait and see what happens. I thought Kasey and Jeff might beat us, but there are a lot of good cars to go."

YOU GUYS ARE WORKING YOUR WAY BACK INTO THIS THING. "The whole team is working so well together and I'm just excited to be here and racing at home for a couple of weeks and have National Guard on the car. Hopefully we can get the 16 car into a few more victory lanes and get up there in the top 10."

HOW DID THE CAR FEEL? "Unlike in race trim, in qualifying trim I commented to the crew that I couldn't believe how stuck the race car is. The race car is just absolutely stuck into the race track. We had the nose all taped off for just a two-lap run and the temperatures are dropping, so the track is naturally gonna get faster."

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MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 R&L Carriers Ford Fusion (Qualified 6th)

"It was so tight. I couldn't believe how tight it was and it still ran that quick. We were in the gas hard, but it just wouldn't turn at all. I'm real happy and real surprised we ran that fast because the car sure didn't drive like that. I'm glad to have R&L Carriers on the car this weekend and can't wait for the 600."

IT'S BEEN SIX YEARS SINCE YOU WON. "Yeah, I'm getting old aren't I? It's definitely a special race. It's probably my favorite race of the year and I love running here. Jimmie Johnson and those guys are obviously almost impossible to beat here, but hopefully we can learn some stuff on Saturday and get running a little better. We really haven't been running that great here. We're still searching a little bit to try to find the right combination and hopefully we can find that on Saturday."

-ford racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson