ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 19 Stanley Ford Fusion (Qualified 9th) "I'm glad to be back at Charlotte. We've got a brand new race car these guys have brought for me this weekend. I'm very happy with it in race trim. I don't know where that's gonna ...
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 19 Stanley Ford Fusion (Qualified 9th)
"I'm glad to be back at Charlotte. We've got a brand new race car these guys have brought for me this weekend. I'm very happy with it in race trim. I don't know where that's gonna stack up because there is plenty of grip tonight in the race track. I don't know about my track record. I don't know if it's gonna last through the night or not, but I'm proud of my guys. It was a great night and I'm very happy with it. We'll go and get the most of it on Saturday night."
HOW IS IT TO PRACTICE IN THE DAY AND RACE AT NIGHT? "That's when you have to have a good crew chief, and I think I've got the best one in the garage in Todd Parrott. We've had a lot of success together. We qualified second last week and that's the best we've qualified in a long time. We feel like we have a really good car for this weekend. It's his job to make all the adjustments and my job to try to hold it to the mat, so he did his job very, very well for tonight. I was very, very pleased with the car. We'll see how it ends up."
AJ ALLMENDINGER - No. 43 Insignia/Best Buy Ford Fusion (Qualified 3rd)
"The 43 team has been fast unloading the last few weeks and in qualifying the last couple of weeks we just kind of lost it a little bit. I'm not very good around here, so when I threw that lap down, it felt good but there was so much grip on the race track you didn't really know how good the car was, but Mike Shiplett and all the guys on the 43 team pumped me up. Mike is fun to work with. He's always pumping me up, even when I'm a little nervous about qualifying or struggling after practice. He's just a great guy to work for and have as a crew chief, so I'm happy we've got Wix Filters. We've got a sweet little paint job on the car this weekend, it's their first time as a primary, so we've got them up front and hope we have a great Saturday night."
PAUL MENARD - No. 98 Menards Ford Fusion (Qualified 5th)
"It was a good lap. I was hoping for more and an early draw might hurt us here. I'm not sure how much more it's gonna cool off, but it'll probably get some more grip. It was a good lap, though."
HAVE YOU EVER GONE THIS FAST BEFORE AT CHARLOTTE? "It's pretty close if it's not. I remember some guys running in the 27's here a year or two ago. I'm not sure if I was one of those guys, but it was pretty fast."
HOW WAS THE LAP? "Charlotte is one of the most temperature sensitive tracks we go to and obviously we practiced and it was sunny out and a little bit slicker. The sun went down and it's dark, so the track has a lot more grip. I was hoping I'd go a little bit faster. The car felt really good and it felt like I could maybe have gotten a little bit more, but we'll just have to see how it holds up. I didn't hold back anything, but I messed up because I didn't run a perfect lap. I ran a 95 percent lap. I could have gotten just a little bit more here and there if I would have hit my marks just right, but there is more speed out there and somebody is probably gonna get it."
CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion (Qualified 2nd)
"I was just telling them that I've got my own billboard up there in turns one and two, so you have to run well when you've got your own billboard. We were close to getting the first spot, but that was a really good lap. That's a fast lap around here. It's almost too fast to take in what's going on around the center of the corner. When you watch these cars go around, you're all bound down in the corner, your elbows are up and you're doing everything you can to keep it going in the right direction and my guys did a really good job. That was a fun lap."
DAVE BLANEY - No. 37 Andy Griffith Show 50th Anniversary Ford Fusion (Qualified 47th)
"The track has tons of grip, but mine just wouldn't go any faster. I ran it way harder than I should have and that was it. We just didn't have any speed in practice and I didn't think it would cure itself there. We'll see what we can do Saturday night."
BILL ELLIOTT - No. 21 JDRF Ford Fusion (Qualified 37th)
"The main thing is that it's a new deal this week and everything is different. We've got a lot of new pieces, but practice today wasn't bad. We learned a lot of new stuff and we keep gaining, so the goal is to just try and keep getting better. That's what we've got to keep doing and I'm looking more towards the race. That seems to be more forte anyway, but it's great to have this new paint scheme with the Juvenille Diabetes Research Foundation on our hood and I hope we can bring more awareness to this cause by running well in the race on Saturday night."
DAVID RAGAN - No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion (Qualified 26th)
"The lap felt really good. Obviously, it's a pickup from our practice time, but I felt like it should have been a little faster than that. The car did what it was supposed to and we made a few small adjustments, but, overall, it felt great. It was a little weird it didn't go much faster, but we'll have to race that. It looks like we've got some good cars around us, but everybody did a good job and that was about as fast as it would go."
TRAVIS KVAPIL - No. 34 Long John Silver's Ford Fusion (Qualified 48th)
"The balance of the car was pretty good. We just seem to be lacking some speed today in qualifying trim. We worked on race trim for 90 percent of practice and found a decent balance. So I think we found something that will be really good to start with tomorrow. I'm disappointed in the lap time - the car handled not too bad. I'm not sure we would change anything if we had to do it all over again. I'm happy with the work the guys did today and excited to start off tomorrow in race trim."
DAVID GILLILAND - No. 38 Taco Bell Ford Fusion (Qualified 36th)
"It was a good day. We came into Charlotte with our Taco Bell Ford Fusion having to qualify again, so we really focused on qualifying trim. Peter (Sospenzo) and the guys came with a good setup right off the trailer. We were second-fastest of the go-or-go-homers and from there we just worked on it and kind of made it better. We didn't make any big gains in practice, but we did make small gains. And we're in the race - that's first and foremost. I'm really looking forward to tomorrow to be able to run some race trim stuff and see what kind of car we have in race trim. I feel really good and confident about our set-up and I feel like we're going to have a great day.
-source: ford racing