Homestead: Qualifying quotes

Ford 400 Qualifying Quotes Ford 400 pole winner Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 97 Sharpie Ford "First and foremost, is this Friday? I never knew we could do things like this on Friday. I'm somewhat puzzled at how we're able to do so well - just...

Ford 400 Qualifying Quotes

Ford 400 pole winner Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 97 Sharpie Ford

"First and foremost, is this Friday? I never knew we could do things like this on Friday. I'm somewhat puzzled at how we're able to do so well - just a great balanced race car that we scienced out with what tires we needed to put on it as far as stickers or scuffs, and then as far as the tempo on what to push hard during qualifying. Everything fell into place for us."

Second-place qualifier Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 National Guard/Subway Ford

"The guys have really worked hard on the car. It's our best car. We made a small shock change just before our qualifying lap and it just really got down on the race track and I could use the throttle a lot. It was just a little bit too free. We were gonna go up a pound of air in the right rear but I'm glad we didn't. It was just right."

Third-place qualifier Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge

"Our Dodge was top five in practice and top five again. We just didn't pick up enough. I thought in practice we were capable of running a .17 and we ran a .15 in qualifying. It just wasn't quite enough."

Fifth-place qualifier Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet

"I've really got to hand it to this DuPont team. That was a great lap for us. When we came here and tested, we didn't run any qualifying set-ups. This will definitely give us a good starting spot."

Sixth-place qualifier Bobby Labonte, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet

"The car was pretty good. We didn't start off very good but we got better in practice and then qualifying backed up our speed. Some guys picked up. A lot of guys lost. I think as far as average goes we were better than average. The car felt pretty good on the lap that we ran."

Ninth-place qualifier Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet

"It was a good lap for the GM Goodwrench Chevrolet. The car was good through Turn 1 and 2 on the first lap, but I got too tight in the throttle in (Turns) 3 and 4. That probably lost us a top-five starting spot, but I'm still pretty happy with it. We've been strong with our qualifying set-ups recently. It's good to end the season with one like that."

24th-place qualifier Michael Waltrip, driver of the 15 NAPA Chevrolet

"I just didn't get in the corner right. I've been loose in and when I'm loose in I guard against that, wind up getting a little too low and then make it push off. I'm afraid of my entry not being right and it hurt me on my exit. I thought I would do better than that. I was hoping to run better than we practiced yesterday. That's a good goal to have but today it didn't work for the NAPA Chevy. The boys did a good job with the car and we'll be ready for tomorrow."

39th-place qualifier Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe's Home Improvement Chevrolet

"The car was really, really loose."

-hms-

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Bobby Labonte , Michael Waltrip , Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Jimmie Johnson