Dover II: Petty Enterprises qualifying report

Kyle Petty and the No. 45 Wells Fargo Dodge team will start tomorrow's race from the 38th position. This will be Petty's 52nd start at the "Monster Mile," where he owns one win. The team had a solid practice session in preparation for...

Kyle Petty and the No. 45 Wells Fargo Dodge team will start tomorrow's race from the 38th position. This will be Petty's 52nd start at the "Monster Mile," where he owns one win. The team had a solid practice session in preparation for qualifying, but the track conditions were not ideal as the sun was beaming on an otherwise cool Dover afternoon. The team, however, is confident heading into the weekend.

"We just didn't have any forward bite," said Petty. "That is critical here. We didn't catch a break with the cloud cover and that didn't do us any favors either. But I'm encouraged with the way we practiced. Each time out we continued to get better. We need to do the same thing tomorrow to get the Wells Fargo Dodge dialed in."

Bobby Labonte and the No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge team qualified 42nd for Sunday's event. Labonte, who won the 'spring' race at Dover in 1999, had to deal with a car that was 'loose' during the practice sessions. Crew chief Jeff Meendering made adjustments to 'tighten' the chassis for qualifying, but they were a bit too much.

"We fought loose, loose, loose all practice, so we had to try something to tighten the car up," said Labonte. "The adjustments were just a little too strong and the car was really tight. But at least we know that we went in the right direction and we have two practices tomorrow to find that middle ground."

-credit: pe

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Kyle Petty