Ryan Newman (No. 12 alltel Dodge Charger) WHY HAS EVERYONE BEEN FASTER ON THE FIRST LAP? "I only did one lap in practice and the didn't feel perfect to me, so I figured I better just take that security lap just to make sure I didn't screw...
Ryan Newman (No. 12 alltel Dodge Charger)
WHY HAS EVERYONE BEEN FASTER ON THE FIRST LAP? "I only did one lap in practice and the didn't feel perfect to me, so I figured I better just take that security lap just to make sure I didn't screw anything up. Obviously it was a really good first lap with the alltel Dodge and now I just hope that it hold up. It was faster than I thought it was going to be.
YOU SAID YOU TOOK THE SECOND LAP BECAUSE YOU THOUGHT YOU LEFT SOMETHING ON THE TABLE. DID YOU FEEL SOMETHING? "Well the track is king of tricky because it builds progression banking-wise coming towards the exit of each corner. You can kind of give up a little in entry and then push it really hard middle and off. That's what I felt like I did the first time and maybe that paid off for me. I felt like I didn't slip the car enough actually in the first lap and maybe that's a good thing."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
"These guys are going a good job. The No. 48 team is tough to beat no matter what time of the week it is, so that's good. If we can start in the top-five we'll be happy and try to end the season strong. We've had an up and down year and it would be good to end with some momentum and have a good off-season."
TALK ABOUT THE OFF-SEASON AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO HEAD INTO IT WITH SOME MOMENTUM FOR NEXT SEASON? "The off-season is going to be fun. Relax a little bit and build some really nice cars for next year and just kind of get ready to go again. I have some things planned to kind of enjoy myself and I know the team does too. I'm just looking forward to it. I'm looking forward to Christmas and Thanksgiving and all that stuff too. Then we'll get ready race next season at Daytona."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
"We were excited about that lap with the Miller Lite Dodge. We scraped the right side in practice earlier, so it's been a longer than usual day for us thus far, but to have a shot at Ryan (Newman) on a Friday qualifying day -- that means you did something good."
IF YOU DON'T ROUGH UP THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE CAR IN PRACTICE IT'S ALMOST LIKE YOU'RE NOT DOING YOUR JOB. YOU REALLY HAVE TO PUSH IT HERE AT MIAMI. "You do. This track it really unique. You people in South Florida should really be proud of this. People come here in the dozens or thousands because you can pick any lane. The low lane, the middle, the high lane. I just went to the high lane too soon and there were some marbles up there. It was like you push the cushion in dirt track racing."
JUAN MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger)
"Horrible. Crappy. I don't know. It was terrible. Getting up to speed I had to get off the gas coming into the start finish line. It was tight already just getting up to speed and that just killed us."
PARTRICK CARPENTIER (No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Charger)
"It was good. I've got to say we have good power. I have to say thanks to these guys. They put out some good power. The car was good. We just had too much push in turns three and four. At first I thought that it was not even close, but it was not too bad. I hope we make it. I think we will make it. Hopefully we will make it. I'm pretty happy."
REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger)
"Yeah, it wasn't very good. I mean we picked up from practice, but I mean it still wasn't that great. We just weren't very good in qualifying trim. We weren't very good in race trim either, so we have time to practice tomorrow to make it better. We haven't qualified that good at a couple of these bigger tracks and still ran good once we got in the race. As long as we didn't tear it up in qualifying doing something stupid then that's fine."
SAM HORNISH (No. 06 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger)
"For the most part it was pretty good. We were a little bit too tight with the car. That hurt us a little bit, but I think our times are pretty respectable. Out of the seven cars that have gone so far I think only one of the go or go home cars is ahead of us. We look okay, but we also know that it could cool down quite bit and that could hurt us. We'll see what happens."
HOW WAS IT QUALIFYING THIS CAR AS OPPOSED TO THE CAR OF TOMORROW LAST WEEK IN PHOENIX? "I'm probably the opposite of what everyone else here will tell you, because I'm so used to a car that doesn't move around this much with how the Indy car is. The Car of Tomorrow is a jump in that direction. It's not anywhere near it, but it's more in that range. I actually liked the Car of Tomorrow a lot better because it doesn't move around as much. I'm looking forward to next year with the Car of Tomorrow at every race.
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger)
"It wasn't a very good lap at all. We have a lot of work to do tomorrow to get this car where it needs to be. We've been in this situation before and I'm confident that we can get the car dialed back in. This has been a decent year for us and we want to make sure we go out on a high note."
DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Target Dodge Charger)
"It was okay. This is one of the No. 41 cars that we brought and I'm learning it, but it's just mediocre and that's probably where we'll end up in qualifying. We have a couple hours to work on it and get better. I have a lot of fun here, so we'll see what goes on."
THIS IS YOUR LAST RACE IN THE NO. 40. LOOKING BACK ON THIS SEASON A COUPLE YEARS FROM NOW WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE AWAY FROM IT? "I mean, I learned a lot. With the experience that I've gained over the year, the last two years, it's been pretty valuable. You never know. The world is a big circle and I might get back in it at some point in time. I've had a lot of fun driving for Chip (Ganassi) and Felix (Sabates), but lets keep diggin'. I love racing and that's what I'm here to do."
-credit: dodge motorsports