Darlington: Ford teams qualifying quotes

AJ ALLMENDINGER - No. 43 Insignia/Best Buy Ford Fusion (Qualified 12th) "Everybody with the Insignia/Best Buy Ford has had just a great day. I'm proud of everybody at Richard Petty Motorsports. They're building good cars, but we can't do...

AJ ALLMENDINGER - No. 43 Insignia/Best Buy Ford Fusion (Qualified 12th)

"Everybody with the Insignia/Best Buy Ford has had just a great day. I'm proud of everybody at Richard Petty Motorsports. They're building good cars, but we can't do anything about the draw. I don't know where that's gonna put us, but the right side is clean and we just had a solid day. We're happy with that. I think we've got a pretty good car in race trim. We're gonna fine-tune it tomorrow, but it's been a good day."

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PAUL MENARD - No. 98 Menards Ford Fusion (Qualified 20th)

"I was really happy with that . We picked up four or five tenths. The car stuck a lot better. We made some air-pressure adjustments. I left a little bit out there. I was kind of kicking myself because I could have got back to the gas sooner off of four and gained a little bit more speed coming to the checkered, but, overall, I'm real happy with the Menards team and we've got a good race car, too." THE DRAW DIDN'T HELP. "The draw is not gonna help, but it hasn't seemed to have cooled off a whole lot, so, hopefully, it'll stay hot and sunny and it won't be an issue."

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KASEY KAHNE - No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion (Qualified 10th)

"That was a good lap. I felt pretty good about it. We made some gains from practice and picked up a lot of speed. The track, it's late in the afternoon, so I would say it could pick up some more speed for some of these guys at the end, but it is what it is. Hopefully, we end up in the top 10."

WILL GUYS GOING TO BACKUPS BENEFIT BY QUALIFYING LATE? "Well, I don't know. I know one thing - our car is clean. It probably won't be after tomorrow night's race, but it's clean so far and there are a lot of cars that are not clean. It's tough. The track has been very fast and the grip has been minimal at times, but it's been an interesting day. It's gonna be an interesting night in the Nationwide race and then tomorrow in the Cup race."

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KEVIN CONWAY - No. 37 ExtenZe Ford Fusion (Qualified 46th)

HOW HAS THE LADY IN BLACK TREATED YOU TODAY? "She hasn't been very kind to us, but at least she hasn't jumped out and bit us just yet. We still have 500 miles to go tomorrow night, but we were just really, really tight in qualifying. We were a little tight in practice and didn't want to over-adjust for qualifying and stayed just really, really tight."

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DAVID RAGAN - No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion (Qualified 21st)

"This is always a fun place to qualify, and our UPS Ford is pretty good, I think. This was a good pickup. You'd always like a little bit more, but, all in all, I think our car is really good for the race. We ran a lot of laps today. I think we ran the most laps in both practices, so I'm pretty happy with what we've got. Hopefully, Donnie and I can make a few of the right changes and be good when they drop the rag tomorrow."

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GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Qualified 17th)

"That car is really good. I didn't notice anything about it that wasn't fast, so I was pretty happy. We'll just wait and see tomorrow night. I gave it what I had, but I could have been a little faster than that. I was a little nervous and just had to take care of it a little bit. I don't know what happened in practice. I just got loose. The car had been loose all day and we just weren't able to tighten it up enough and I got loose down there."

-source: ford racing

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Richard Petty
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