Charlotte II: Newman post-qualifying interview

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) -- Interview after qualifying second fastest "I'm disappointed because I know our car was faster than that. I'm placing some blame on myself for not getting two good laps. I overdrove the car a little...

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) -- Interview after qualifying second fastest

"I'm disappointed because I know our car was faster than that. I'm placing some blame on myself for not getting two good laps. I overdrove the car a little bit on the first lap and underdrove it on the second lap. It was a good run for the Alltel Dodge and if you're disappointed here qualifying second you've got real high expectations and we do have high expectations when it comes to qualifying at this track.

"You don't know if that's going to be the case because there's a lot more practice to go. We saw quite a few cars get into the fence today so they might go to a backup car tomorrow. The whole non-impound procedure could definitely change that, but the guys up front in The Chase are there because they run good, and qualifying is a part of that. I'm not surprised at all. Who would have thought we'd have 22 cautions in the first race here this year.

"There's no doubt it (the track) was fast. The only happy thing I had for the day was when we got beat for the pole we didn't get our track record taken away from us. (Actually, pole winner Elliott Sadler did break the track record).

"There's not much difference (with faster speeds). The spotter just has to take under consideration that if there's a crash the car might hit one or two more times before it comes to rest because of the speeds, but as far as fast cars and slow cars, that's not going to really change. They've just got to be on their toes because if something happens it's going to happen fast on the racetrack.

"There's definitely a bigger adjustment going from the Cup car to the Busch car than it is from the old track versus the new track or the first race versus the second race."

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