Charlotte II: Dodge teams qualifying quotes

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) "I think I left a little bit out there. We were a little loose, but I didn't know we could go that fast.. I think it's still a blessing we have a small fuel cell because the car goes through a ...

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)

"I think I left a little bit out there. We were a little loose, but I didn't know we could go that fast.. I think it's still a blessing we have a small fuel cell because the car goes through a major swing. When you have such a hard tire you've got to loosen it up so it'll last and not get too tight at the end of the run. If we had the 22-gallon fuel cell a lot of guys would have to start way, way loose. I knew Kahne would run a good lap. He's fast in his Dodge Charger. Our lap was pretty good. We're trying to get the feel for Charlotte since they gave a harder tire to us. The track has come a long way in a short time, and it feels good to go out there with 600 miles under your belt. We know what to expect for this race. Cooler temperatures, Saturday night action, everybody likes racing under the lights. We'll see what we have for 'em."

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

"It's exciting to qualify. I want to get poles. I want to get everything we can. With the team I have I think we can get more this year. I feel like we have a shot at winning races and running up front and doing everything we can to challenge for the Nextel Cup. We're going to do everything possible. We had a couple of bad breaks and got behind a little bit. This is a good team. They give me great cars every week. It's just a matter of circumstances, and hopefully we can run up front all weekend long. I'm excited with that lap. We'll see if it holds up. We've got some great cars to go.

"We'll need to get our car fast in race practice. We did about three or four runs today and the car felt really good. It's going to change a lot Saturday night. If we can stay caught up with it we'll have a good shot. It's too early to write it off because we gained almost 100 points last weekend. I was surprised we could do that. We also lost 280 points in three weeks. It can happen. Whether or not it will, we'll have to wait and see. I think we have a good shot at the pole tonight, if not, I think we'll be up front.

"I think the track is definitely going to be better than it was earlier this year for side by side racing. I think the tires are holding up real well, and the track should be good. The car has a little more grip, and the tires will probably wear a little quicker. The car turns a little better. It should be a good adjustment. I've always enjoyed racing at this track. It's one of my favorite places to race.

"I'm worried about a lot of guys. The track has a ton of grip and it's really fast. Riggs goes out late. Cars all over the place can get close to that, whether they can beat it or not we'll have to wait and find out, but that was a pretty good lap."

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REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger)

"We've had some bad luck in the last couple of races. It's nobody's fault, but it's been rough. This is a place where we can turn it around. Hopefully we'll end up somewhere near the front and have a good race Saturday night."

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RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger)

"I was good in three and four in qualifying, and I was good in one and two in practice. I was tight in three and four in qualifying, and loose in one and two in qualifying. It made sense to split between the different ends of the racetrack, but it was a good effort. We picked up half a second, but the track gave us that much. I think the tire situation is definitely better than it was for the spring race, but it's definitely a hand full when the track is greasy."

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ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)

"The guys did a great job. They gave me a great racecar. I messed up a little bit out there. I left a little bit on the table, but the car is unbelievable. It's got a great motor in it. Everybody at Evernham Motorsports has been amazing. We've had a lot of fun the past few weeks. I've got one teammate on the pole and another one coming up that's got a great shot at him. I think we're going to have some great racecars come Saturday night.

"Goodyear has changed the tire a little bit. We've got more grip coming back this time. Everybody is not as out of control as we were the first race here. Goodyear has done a good job with that. We'll be able to tell a lot more tomorrow night after the Busch race as far as tire wear goes. I think the small fuel cells are a good thing. We should be fine for tear wear and things like that. I think you're going to see a good race because everybody is going to be on fresh tires because of the smaller fuel cells. Five hundred miles, the middle of The Chase, The Chase is putting on a good show for everybody. It should be a good weekend."

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DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Charger)

"We unloaded and we weren't as good as I'd hoped, but we've been picking up a lot. This weekend we're all working really close. I'm proud of all my guys. We're making improvements. The Dodges are running good tonight. The rpm's and gear range we're running, I think everything is working good for the Dodge. I like running here. It's fun, and I'm really looking forward to the race Saturday night."

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SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge Charger) - pole winner

"I was probably more nervous to make this qualifying run than anywhere else ever. I knew we had a good car, and I knew it was up to me. I knew Rodney (team director Childers) and all the guys did a good job bringing the same car back and making the right adjustments and making sure we didn't adjust ourselves out of it. When your teammates are good in practice and you're good in practice and you know you've got a car capable of doing it with a late draw, I just put the pressure on myself. I knew I needed to make it happen. I talked to Rodney a little bit before that qualifying run and tried to figure out how hard to drive it in the corner. I didn't want to overdrive the corner. He just assured me he knew it would be there for me, and that's what I did. I was real aggressive with it and drove it the way I wanted to drive it. To get another pole is pretty cool.

"I think Rodney even told me this week they found every suspension piece and part that was on the car before and brought it back like everything was the same. The cars get totally disassembled and cleaned and a lot of times they put a different lower control arm or something on it that should be the same, and it usually is the same and consistent, but just for your own benefit and thoughts they put everything back the same as it was when we were here for the 600. We led the most laps and put ourselves in position to win the race before in the 600 and just made some mistakes. I've been making some mistakes here lately. The entire team has made mistakes this year, and that's what's taken us out of races and put us back in the points and being in victory lane a couple of times. What we don't want to do this weekend is make mistakes. We wanted to come here and first go after the pole and then tomorrow make sure our car drafts well and handles well in the long run. Then we want to make the fewest amount of mistakes come Saturday night and try to get to victory lane.

"Kasey did a good job. We knew Kasey and Elliott both had good cars today in qualifying trim in practice. We knew we had the best draw. We knew we were going to go out latest. It was going to be the coolest, best conditions. We just had to make sure we did the best job we could do. Kasey did a great job and after watching his lap on TV and hearing him say he left a little bit out there and watching Elliott. He said his car was a little bit too tight. I knew the conditions were going to be the best for us. I felt good about the balance on our racecar and I felt that if I could hit my marks we could have a shot at it. They were saying the dew is coming down and all that kind of stuff. I've been outside every chance I could get the last couple of months, and every time the sun goes down is when the dew falls. After 8 o'clock it doesn't fall anymore. I didn't listen to that. I just listened to my team director telling me it was going to be good. He told me to put it in the corners as hard as you want to, it's going to stick, and that's what I did."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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