Daytona 500: Dodge teams qualifying quotes

PATRICK CARPENTIER (No. 10 Valvoline Dodge Charger) ON QUALIFYING TIME: "I'm pretty happy. We almost backed up what we did yesterday, but with the wind today it picks up the front of the car or whatever it is and just pushed it more. The guys...

PATRICK CARPENTIER (No. 10 Valvoline Dodge Charger)

ON QUALIFYING TIME: "I'm pretty happy. We almost backed up what we did yesterday, but with the wind today it picks up the front of the car or whatever it is and just pushed it more. The guys did a good job. The No. 10 Valvoline car was powerful enough to get us through the wind and hopefully we will stick up there and be apart of the Daytona 500."

WHEN YOU SAY IT PICKS UP THE FRONT END DO YOU MEAN DOWN THE SUPERSTRETCH? "The wind is different then what you had yesterday. In these cars it seams like when it's windy it picks up the front of the car and makes you a bit tight. We worked though it."

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SAM HORNISH, JR. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger)

ON QUALIFYING: "Obviously, we could be happier, but we're in the race already. We just need to learn as much as we can. We brought a car that we knew wasn't going to be great in qualifying, but it's definitely a lot better running in a pack. That's what we're here for, so we'll keep our heads about us and do the best we can. We're really looking forward to the Duels. That's the big thing for us this week."

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KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)

ON QUALIFYING: "It was good. We ran maybe a little warm at the start finish line with all the tape that we had to have on there. We picked up two-tenths from yesterday. We thought we had three, but hey we'll take it. We're going to be out there scrapping in our 150 to make sure that we get locked in. We've got a good handling car on longer runs so I hope that we have everything where we need it."

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DARIO FRANCHITTI (No. 40 Dodge Journey Dodge Charger)

ON QUALIFYING: "These guys work so hard to come up with every little fraction that can to make the car as fast as they can and then you go up against a headwind like that. It's all for nothing. If you're not going to be on the front row, you just get yourself the best position you can and look forward to Thursday. A good race car is much more important."

HOW BIG OF A FACTOR WAS THE WIND? "Huge! I would like to say it's the same for everybody, but I think it just depends when it gusts. The wind doesn't affect the car too much in the corners, but it kills the speed on the backstretch."

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KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Wells Fargo Dodge Charger)

ON QUALIFYING: "We came here to run the (Daytona) 500. I say that every year. We didn't come down here to qualify. We didn't come down here to run the 150s. We came down here to run the Daytona 500. That's what it was all about. That's what winter testing was all about. That's what our focus has been all about. Once again, we came down here and sucked qualifying. That's your excuse. You say you came down here to run the 500 whenever you suck qualifying -- I will say that. We just have to get our crap together and figure out how come we run so slow when we run by our self, but we were slow in winter practice."

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KEN SCHRADER (No. 49 HealthLife.com Dodge Charger)

ON QUALIFYING: "I can't tell in there (inside the car) if the wind is a factor. It's the best we've run; that's what we needed to do. We learned a little bit last night and will put that stuff under this car and see how it goes Thursday."

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ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Best Buy Dodge Charger)

ON QUALIFYING: "It's just qualifying here at Daytona. You try to hold the wheel as straight as you can and just get you a starting spot for one of the twins and then go from there. The real heartache and the real racing start Thursday. My guys brought a good handling race car down here and I'm looking forward to the 50th running of the Daytona 500."

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ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 Jim Beam Dodge Charger)

ON QUALIFYING: "It was a decent lap for us. We'll probably be somewhere around 25th or 26th when we get done. That's where we were yesterday. The changeover has been good. It's been a lot of work, but we're really excited about working with Dodge and everybody on the Charger and try to get the most out of it."

ARE YOU HAPPY WITH WHERE YOUR CAR IS RIGHT NOW? "It's pretty decent for not testing, so if you can take the (qualifying) sheet and fold it in half I'd say that it's respectable for a very quick turn and burn on this program."

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RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger)

ON QUALIFYING: "It was a little bit slower than yesterday; it looks like the other guys picked up a little bit. It was a good run by the Alltel Dodge; it was the fastest of the two teammates, so we'll take it for what it's worth and go on. It feels like you are pushing a pretty decent wind down the back straightaway. When you come off turn four, the car comes alive and then you're at the start-finish line and it's over, so you don't have much to gain. We have something to work with for the 500 for sure. We learned today how our car is compared to others. It's nice to run fast. If you run fast by yourself, it helps you in the draft too."

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BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger)

ON QUALIFYING: "It's just not what we wanted to see from yesterday's practice. If we'd have backed up our practice from yesterday that would have been a lot better, but we weren't able to. It's not that big of deal just disappointing that we couldn't back that up."

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KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger)

ON QUALIFYING: "We kind of drove around and tried to be right on the yellow line at the end and saw how fast we could go. It's right where we were yesterday and it's a little windier, so yeah we gained a little bit. We did a good job of gaining a little speed from where we were. That's all we had. That's a pretty good job for the team and for the guys. Our car is kind of right there with all of the other ones."

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KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger)

HOW MUCH WILL RUNNING THE BUD SHOOTOUT LAST NIGHT HELP? "None for today, but as far as the Daytona 500 I think we definitely got some benefit. We learned a lot about how these cars run in the draft for the 150s on Thursday."

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REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger)

ON QUALIFYING: "Anytime you qualify at Daytona or Talladega, if you don't have a shot for the pole and you're not outside the top 35, it's not a big deal. You're just getting a spot for the 150s here. You can start last here in the 150s and be leading in 10 laps. We knew coming in we weren't going to be on the pole, so now we focus on the 150s and the Daytona 500."

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JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger)

ON QUALIFYING: "We were a lot better than this in practice. We thought we could be in the top 15 in qualifying and we're 40th (Montoya qualified 42nd). I don't know what happened."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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