JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) "That was a pretty good lap. We have a good car, but we weren't as fast as we wanted to be. We did a lot of practice with race setup today and didn't work that much on qualifying. I think we'll be...
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge)
"That was a pretty good lap. We have a good car, but we weren't as fast as we wanted to be. We did a lot of practice with race setup today and didn't work that much on qualifying. I think we'll be real good in the race. We'll fine tune on it tomorrow. I don't think the walls will be a problem. I'm not as concerned about them as I thought I would be. I'm really looking forward to the race. We finished sixth down here last time, and we'll try to improve on that Sunday."
DODGES AT DARLINGTON -- Dodge will own a large part of this weekend's race festivities thanks to the Carolina Dodge Dealers and their fourth-year sponsorship of Sunday's Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race.
As part of Dodge's support of the race sponsorship, NASCAR fans will see a 2004 Dodge Ram SRT-10 pace the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 Busch Series and Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 Nextel Cup Series races. Also, 43 Dodge Ram Rumble Bee trucks will be used in the Nextel Cup Driver Parade before the running of the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400.
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)
"One and two was really good. It really drove great. Three and four was great, too. We've learned a lot today. We've done a lot of chassis work and learned a lot of things. I never have been a guy who runs real high on the racetrack, and I've taken a lot of criticism for that. Movin' 'em down to the middle of the track in the groove I normally run in is not too bad for me."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge)
"I messed up, but that's a good excuse. The ALLTEL Dodge was good. I'm really looking forward to the race, and hopefully we'll end up with a top five starting spot. The walls are there and they're the same for everybody. It's going to make track position that much more important. The car should be really good for the race. Kasey ran a really good lap, and I don't know if we could have beat that, but we should have been closer. I messed up in turn two. I got too low and just about stuck it in the fence."
JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge)
"We struggled a little bit today. We got through three and four pretty good on the get-up lap and we got a pretty decent lap. I think we'll be good for the race. It's been a lot better this season with all three cars running good. We can compare setups now, and last year Casey and I couldn't really do that. We all have similar setups this year, and that makes it better for all three teams."
CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge)
"It was all right. It wasn't a bad qualifying run. I expected to go faster. We were free in practice and made some small adjustments to tighten it up a little bit and it was way too tight. We might have been better if we had left it alone. When you feel like you don't have to adjust, sometimes you should, and sometimes when you should, maybe it's just hard to get it right. It's about where we've been. It wasn't a bad run. I just wanted to go faster."
BRENDAN GAUGHAN (No. 77 Kodak Easy Care Dodge)
"We gained six tenths. We only got one shot at a qualifying run in practice. We spent a large part of it getting race runs in. We've been struggling, and we wanted to get race practice in. Our Bristol test went great, and we wanted to come here and see if it was the same way. So far, this is our best Dodge yet. It's going to race well. We're not going to start real high, but we'll take it. You notice the difference a lot in three and four. One and two is still about the same."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge)
"We were a little loose. We've been loose all day. The wall is going to get hit. I guess six or eight guys hit it in practice, and that was on good tires. You run against the fence in one and two. It's made it tighter. We have room to race side by side. You'll have to give and take a lot. I don't think it will hurt it a whole lot. We ran some race runs in practice, and we were pretty satisfied in practice this morning. It'll probably be the same Darlington. There's some shade coming down in three and four right now, so it's going to get better and better for qualifying. We'll just see what happens. We had a lot of fun in qualifying. I was a little out of breath when we finished, but this is Darlington and you've got to let it all hang out."
JEFF GREEN (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge)
"We wanted to be better. I got a good, solid lap. I think you can win from anywhere, so we just wanted to make sure we didn't tear it up before the checkered flag. The walls hurt us a little bit. It took some race track away from us. The track wasn't half as wide as it needed to be anyway. It'll make it a different race, and I think you'll see more cars torn up because of it."
KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge)
"We spent all day working on race setup again. That's what we've done all year long. We made one qualifying right at the end of practice, and we picked up half a second from that, so we're pretty pleased. That was a good lap for us. You're going to have to be really positive in the race before you make a move. You've got to make sure you can get through with it because you can't count on the other guy giving you any room. He won't have any room, either. Before it was a give and take racetrack. Right now, you've got nothing to give. You may have a ton to take, but you've got nothing to give, and that's where you might have a problem. Knock on wood, I hope I don't get in any crashes, but this might be one of the places where they might need to change the rules. It might be that if you get in a crash you have to park it and not come back out there because there's no place out there to get out of the way."