Kansas: Ford teams qualifying quotes

KEVIN LEPAGE - No. 66 Peak Fitness Taurus (Qualified 6th) "I can't say enough for the whole Peak Fitness team. EAS is on the car this week. Greg Conner and all the guys, the last three weeks we've been really fast right off the truck and just...

KEVIN LEPAGE - No. 66 Peak Fitness Taurus (Qualified 6th)

"I can't say enough for the whole Peak Fitness team. EAS is on the car this week. Greg Conner and all the guys, the last three weeks we've been really fast right off the truck and just had gremlins. Hopefully we can overcome the gremlins and put this EAS/Peak Fitness Ford with a good top-20 finish. That's what we really need is some momentum to finish the rest of the year out."

A GOOD PICKUP FROM PRACTICE. "That's a credit to this race team - Greg Conner and all the guys. They worked real hard. We looked at it yesterday and made a few changes and put the EAS Ford second right now. Hopefully that will be a top 15 start, but it's just a pleasure for me to drive for these guys."

CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Office Depot Taurus (Qualified 5th)

"That was very conservative because our car is that good. Our car is just awesome. They built this new Office Depot Ford. I saw Kasey Kahne wreck and saw Denny Hamlin wreck, and I know how good those guys are so I thought to myself, 'Man, this would be really dumb to put it all on the edge the first lap.' So the first lap was real conservative and the second lap was everything I could get but be safe."

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A NICE HOMETOWN STORY HAD YOU WON THE POLE. "Yeah, but we want to win the race. The pole is great and all that, but the car is so good it would have been foolish to come out here in cool temperatures on another day and lay it all on the line the first lap and have a wreck. Scott Wimmer is an awesome guy. It would be cool to see him get a pole, too."

HOW HAS IT BEEN HERE AT HOME THIS WEEK? "Coming home here to Kansas Speedway is awesome. I got to spend a little time in Columbia, Missouri to see some friends and family. The fans are awesome here. Right now, it looks like we're gonna maybe be a top five starting spot or something. That would be pretty cool. We've got a car that can win this race, so that's the most important thing. If I could leave here on Sunday as the victory, that would mean so much to me."

ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Qualified 2nd)

"I thought we had a chance at the pole. We were the fastest yesterday and we did not touch the car. I said, 'Guys, I think that's good enough to start in the front row at least.' That's a good lap for us. I don't know if it's gonna hold up or not, but Robert and Doug Yates gave me a lot of horsepower this weekend. The guys in the fab shop built me a new race car. The M&M's Ford Taurus is gonna be really fast tomorrow."

HOW IMPORTANT WAS YOUR TEST HERE? "Big time because we've been struggling on the mile and a halves this year. We didn't run near as good this year as we did last year, but the guys built me a new type of race car. It's brand new and never been to a race track until we tested here two weeks ago and it's really, really fast. We'll see what happens. Everybody on the team is pumped up. We're really working hard together and we'll see if we can get 'em tomorrow."

HOW WAS THE LAP? "It was on the edge. That's not like you're riding around or anything, but it wasn't scary. The guys did a great job of building me a new race car. It was really fast yesterday in qualifying trim, so we knew we had a shot at the pole. I really wanted to get a pole. That's as fast as I can run. If they can beat us, they can have it."

KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Sharpie Taurus (Qualified 10th)

"There was a lot to digest. The car was very loose coming to the green and then it stayed that way the first lap. On the second lap I felt like I threw away a couple of tenths because the car came up to speed, the tires stuck real good, and I just wasn't ready to stand on the gas. That means it's a good car. It wants tire temp, so that means it'll race pretty good on Sunday so I hope we did our homework."

HAS THE TRACK CHANGED FROM YESTERDAY? "It's just very cool out. It's very fast. At Kansas Speedway every year we come back it's better and better. That's why we see the sellout crowds here. Everybody is anticipating a great race Sunday. This will be the best one yet."

MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DeWalt Taurus (Qualified 1st)

"The guys did a great job of putting this thing together. It's been pretty fast and we found a couple of things when we went testing last week, so, overall, I'm real happy with it. It's real fast in race trim and that's a good lap qualifying. We'll see where that ends up, but it will be nice to start up front tomorrow."

WHAT ABOUT THIS TRACK? "Kansas and Chicago are pretty much sister tracks. You've got to have your car tight enough to get into the corner good and you've got to have it turning real good through the middle to get off the corner and we've been able to find that combination here and Chicago. We ran well at Chicago and have run well so far here this weekend. It's just a couple of things. These cars are so finicky with aero packages today that you have to have everything just right."

GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus (Qualified 8th)

"I'm really happy. That's really what we needed to do there. The car was way better than I thought it was gonna be. The guys just did a fantastic job getting it ready for this q run. I'm extremely happy with it. I was really worried, but I feel a lot better now. It was a good car and it was a little bit free down there, which is what I like to see in a qualifying run, so I'm pretty happy."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kasey Kahne , Scott Wimmer , Denny Hamlin