Darlington: Newman qualifying interview

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel My Circle Dodge Charger) -- 2nd fastest "That was a pretty good lap, but Kasey put down an awesome lap. I'm happy to be up there on the front row in the Dodge Charger 500. Darlington is my favorite racetrack, and I'm...

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel My Circle Dodge Charger) -- 2nd fastest

"That was a pretty good lap, but Kasey put down an awesome lap. I'm happy to be up there on the front row in the Dodge Charger 500. Darlington is my favorite racetrack, and I'm looking forward to racing here. It was a good qualifying lap for us. We were a little too loose balance wise. It was a good effort, but it would take a perfect effort to beat Kasey He looked real good. I knew we were capable of picking up from practice. We were fortunate we made the right changes, and we should pick up more in race practice. We look forward to another opportunity to win here. I think it's going to be a good weekend for us. We almost had it last year and that mysterious caution came out.

"I've always loved this racetrack. It's fun running when the car sticks, and it's fun running when the car is sliding around. I like the racetrack. I had a pretty good lap. I really can't complain other than being just a little bit too loose. I think if we had our car perfect we would have been just as good as Kasey. If he was perfect or not I don't know.

"I guess it rewards you as far as grip and being able to go fast. It feels nice, but usually nine times out of 10 you've got experienced guys winning races and less experienced guys going fast and winning poles. I just like the place. I can't tell you one thing that stands out other than the grip and the way it feels. It's a blast to drive this racetrack. When they started building cookie cutter racetracks they didn't take this mold, that's for sure. I wish they would have.

"It's still a 50-50 shot. I still say if Carl Edwards wasn't as talented a driver we would have won the race (here last year) because he would have crashed on the backstretch and there would have been a yellow. In hindsight last year, it probably would have paid off to have some kind of tires, but you never know the situations.

"They warn us here in the drivers meeting to respect the racetrack and the competition. Otherwise you'll end up crashing. At the start of the race you respect the guy who won the pole. If he doesn't get a jump you take advantage of him. Otherwise, try to keep it a clean start and let the best guy win.

"We did two qualifying runs today in the Cup car and none in the Busch car. We spent a lot of time in race trim, more than we usually do and maybe not as much as some. We definitely tried to put a little emphasis on qualifying because of how important track position is here."

-dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Carl Edwards