JUDY WHEELER (Director of Dodge Marketing) "Sponsoring this race the same weekend that the Dodge Charger returns to dealer showrooms around the country is a great opportunity for us. The Dodge Charger was a terrific vehicle in the 1960s and ...
JUDY WHEELER (Director of Dodge Marketing)
"Sponsoring this race the same weekend that the Dodge Charger returns to dealer showrooms around the country is a great opportunity for us. The Dodge Charger was a terrific vehicle in the 1960s and 1970s -- both on the streets and on the tracks -- and we believe the icon is back. In fact, we hope to see a Dodge Charger back in victory lane on Saturday night.
What makes the new Dodge Charger a great car is the HEMI. It's got a 5.7 liter engine, with 340 horsepower. It's a screaming machine, and it's fun to drive. It's a great way to unleash your inner passion. That's the way it makes you feel when you drive it. The experience of driving it is so exhilarating The Dodge Charger started shipping to dealerships this past week, and the majority of vehicles will arrive in the next month."
JEFF GREEN (No. 43 Betty Crocker/Cheerios Dodge Charger)
"That was pretty good. We've got the car balanced and we picked up half a second from practice. We practiced race setup mostly. It's hard to tell how you're going to stack up in practice because everybody is on different tires (tires with possibly few or many laps). From what I've felt in the past here, I think we're pretty decent. The tires will still fall off in the race. It'll still be a lot of slipping and sliding around. Whoever slips and slides the best will win."
JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger)
"We didn't make a qualifying run in practice, so that was pretty good. We'll still probably end up about 20th, but that's OK. We'll start the race and see what we can do."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Charger)
"I didn't know anything about it until yesterday. It's pretty cool to race this long in this series. There have been a lot of changes in this sport, and I've enjoyed every minute of it. Darlington is one of my favorite tracks. We tried to tighten up the car some for qualifying, but it was still too loose. I thought we could run faster. We were real loose. I thought going out of the pits they left the wheels loose on the left rear it was wiggling so much. We didn't run a qualifying run in practice. We really didn't know what to expect. We should have a little better grip on the tires. I know it's my 650th start, and I've made 42 of those here and won a couple of times. Maybe we can catch a break and get us another one Saturday night."
TRAVIS KVAPIL (No. 77 Kodak/Jasper Dodge Charger)
"I tried to drive down into turn one on the first lap and see if I couldn't get a little more. I used up a little too much racetrack and got up into the wall a little I was going for it and we were a little bit too free and didn't get the back end hooked up. It wasn't too shabby."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
"We were pretty good. It was just a little bit too free, but that was a good lap for us. I feel real good about the race. Overall it was a great lap for us. We'll do the best we can to keep our Dodge Charger up front because we're going to start up toward the front somewhere. Hopefully it'll end up in the top 15 or so."
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
"That was a pretty good lap. I'm pretty happy with it. We ran a .70 something in practice and qualified at .30. I thought the team did a great job getting it ready. The track has got real loose. The shorter spoilers make the cars looser. You have to compensate with a track bar and wedge, but it was a good run for us. I'm happy with it."