CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Qualified 38th) THE GOOD NEWS IS YOU'RE ON THE POLE FOR THE NATIONWIDE RACE. "Yeah, that's good. We did the best we could over here, but we're missing something. Something is not right and that's...
CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Qualified 38th)
THE GOOD NEWS IS YOU'RE ON THE POLE FOR THE NATIONWIDE RACE. "Yeah, that's good. We did the best we could over here, but we're missing something. Something is not right and that's just the best we could do. We'll just see what happens."
GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Qualified 1st)
CAN YOU KEEP THE POLE? "I hope so. We're real confident, but there are still a lot of cars left to go. The sun is going down a little bit and the track temperature is dropping dramatically right now, so I don't suspect that will hold up for the pole. If we would have beat Junior by maybe a tenth or two I would have thought maybe we'd have left some room, but there are a lot of fast race cars here. We just have a great 3M Ford Fusion car. The guys did a great job. We spent a lot of time in race trim and feel like we have a really, really good car for tomorrow night. We hope it holds up for a front row start or a top five start. We'll be extremely happy with a top five start."
ARE WE MAKING TOO MUCH OF THIS NEW SURFACE? IS IT HARD TO FIGURE OUT? "It really is. The biggest thing is we're two-and-a-half-seconds faster than we had been and it's just the margin for error. Darlington has always been right on the fence. That margin for error hasn't gone anywhere other than we're so much faster that it bites you so much quicker and easier now. It's almost tougher now with the speeds we're running."
TRAVIS KVAPIL -- No. 28 Lafayette Ford Fusion (Qualified 24th)
"We were a top 10 car all weekend and I don't even think I was really trying that much harder, but I just drove into one like I had been and it didn't stick this time. It just kind of slid up the track and I got in the wall a little bit. I'm pretty disappointed in myself. The guys gave me a great car all weekend. I don't know. It's a bummer. I know we'll really race great tomorrow night, I was just hoping we'd qualify a little bit better. We're gonna have to work our way up through there. In race trim we were able to have a fast car and were able to drive our way up and pass guys, so I feel like we're gonna be fine tomorrow, I'm just disappointed in my effort right there."
DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Qualified 15th)
"Considering what we went through today and not getting a lot of practice -- beating the right side of the car back out from that first practice -- it was a nice pick up. We've got a fast car, it's just a matter of fine-tuning on it. Qualifying and practicing here in the day and racing at night, we just have to make sure we make the right decisions going into tomorrow night. It was a decent lap. If I would have known the car was gonna stick that good, I probably could have gotten a little more out of it. Everybody always says that, but when you're here at Darlington, just about the second you think you've got this place figured out and everything is under control, it'll bite you."
A LOT OF GUYS WERE IN THE WALL TODAY. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR TOMORROW? "I don't know. There are a lot of unknowns about where's the best place to pass and where can you afford to overdrive a little bit, and what part of the track is gonna save you if you overdrive. Hopefully, running the Nationwide race tonight will help a little bit with my passing lanes and how the restarts are and how getting on pit road is, but there are just a lot of unknowns about a new track surface, a new tire and a new car at this track, but that's what makes this sport so great. Somebody is gonna get it figured out."
BILL ELLIOTT -- No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion (Qualified 20th)
"I held my breath enough. It got through one and two real well, but I got loose on the second lap. I didn't feel I did as well getting through one and two on my second lap and then I got into three and I was trying to pinch it down a little bit too much and got it out from under me, so I just aborted."
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