Fontana II: Dodge teams qualifying quotes

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Sony Dodge Charger) "It was a good effort by everyone on this Sony Dodge Charger team. The guys worked hard on it. I don't know what to say about the race track, if it's better or worse or the same. We did qualifying runs in...

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Sony Dodge Charger)

"It was a good effort by everyone on this Sony Dodge Charger team. The guys worked hard on it. I don't know what to say about the race track, if it's better or worse or the same. We did qualifying runs in practice, and we changed some important things before qualifying and went the right way. The track just seems a lot slower. I think it's just the temperature and heat and grease coming out of the track. I don't know about the heat. It cooled down pretty good last night after the sun went down. It's a different kind of hot. You just don't sweat like you do at home when it's this hot."

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BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Dodge Charger)

"We were fair in practice and the guys made a lot of changes on the car before qualifying. It got better, but the car still isn't where it needs to be. We've got a work left to do before the race."

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CASEY MEARS (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger)

"The car's been tighter than hell since we've been here. On a scale of 1-10 it's about a 15. It won't turn, and that's the way we've been since we started. That's the way we qualified, too. It got a little better, but it's still way too tight. The track is hotter and slicker, but it's got the same characteristics it's always had. It's going to be warm for the race, but it's not going to be hot. The track will get a lot more grip and hopefully the front will grip a lot better than the rear when that sun goes down."

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ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)

"It just got a little bit too loose. I had Josh (Brown) and the guys make some changes on it before qualifying and they loosened it up too much. It was my fault. We're not where we should be, but we should be somewhere in the top 20. We'll have a great car for the race. We've had some good pit stops the past two weeks, and we'll be fine come Sunday. It was just a driver mistake today."

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SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Charger)

"We were going out there trying to qualify in the top five. We worked a lot of practice today in race trim and only did one qualifying run. We were fourth on the board and to wind up fourth is good for us. We're happy with that. We've been seeing improvements on the inside and those improvements are now just starting to show to other people on the outside. I've been telling everybody this team is getting better and better and the last half of the year we're going to come on strong. I think it's now starting to be recognized on the outside. All my guys are doing a better job. I think I'm doing a better job of describing what the car's doing. Everything is coming together and we're getting results. I'm happy. It's been three years since I've been in a car that I felt I could go out there and compete and race for wins."

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KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)

"It bounced around a lot. We need to work on that and get the front more stable. The car felt pretty good in three and four. I think we picked up some time there. We've got a lot of combinations to work on tomorrow. It'll be good to work with the 19 and 10. Hopefully by the end of practice tomorrow we can put those three car setups together and have something good for Sunday."

-credit: dodge

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup