MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DEWALT Tools Taurus (Qualified 15th) "We struggled a lot in practice and just changed a lot of things to try to get it better. All of my DEWALT guys did a good job of putting a decent qualifying setup in where we could get...
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DEWALT Tools Taurus (Qualified 15th)
"We struggled a lot in practice and just changed a lot of things to try to get it better. All of my DEWALT guys did a good job of putting a decent qualifying setup in where we could get a nice, smooth lap, so, overall, I'm pretty happy with that lap. We've got a great engine in this car and, hopefully, we can get it tuned in for the race."
YOU TESTED HERE. WHAT DID YOU LEARN? "We did a lot of race runs and probably put 400 or 500 miles on here testing to try to get something that we could be fast with and also be turning good and reasonable in traffic for the race. This is a place - here and Chicago - where we struggle a little bit more than maybe some of the other mile and a halves, so we really tried to stress finding a good race setup that will work good for us."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Keep it Genuine/Motorcraft Taurus (Qualified 12th)
"We won practice and that was great, but I'm really disappointed. I just couldn't get a hold of the race track like I did early on. We were on the borderline earlier in the day of not having enough grip and I don't know if it was just the heat in the race track or what. It was about 8-10 degrees hotter and I just couldn't get a hold of it. It's not like it did anything wrong, it just didn't stick like it did in practice. It's unfortunate. We had a real fast race car and still have a fast race car, but we just didn't quite get it figured out for qualifying. From that aspect it's pretty disappointing."
ANY IDEA WHY YOU SLOWED DOWN? "We were definitely very good in the morning when the track was cooler and I'm not really sure. We put on a set of stickers just like we did earlier when we ran really fast and it just didn't go as fast. The car didn't stick as good as it did in practice and I'm not really sure why. I don't know if it was the difference in tires or the heat in the track. Our setup was maybe right on the borderline. I'm disappointed in one respect, but really just tickled to death. We're disappointed that we didn't win the pole, whereas early in the year we were disappointed because we might have used a provisional. We've come a long way."
HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR CHANCES SUNDAY? "It's a rebuilding process right now and it's getting better each week and here's another new week. There's no question we're gonna be better at Kansas this time than we were last year. Hopefully, we can get the car dialed in where we can challenge to run up front. This is the car we ran at Fontana and it ran very well there, so we'll see. We made up three laps there. Hopefully, we can run as fast but not have to make up laps."
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Qualified 11th)
"We've really been struggling a lot today. We're just really, really tight and we can't get the car to turn. I think with the track getting slicker like it is, it kind of just magnified the problem we've got. We want to run good Sunday. We've got a cool paint scheme. We've got the Wizard of Oz paint scheme here in Kansas, so we want to make all the fans proud here. We'll see what happens and we'll do the best we can. We'll try to adjust on it a little bit and, hopefully, make it better for Sunday."
HOW HARD IS IT TO NOT PUSH TOO HARD AND OVERCOMPENSATE? "You can't leave anything on the table because this is qualifying. You have to pretty much go as hard as you can and take what it gives you, but we were just a little bit too tight. We won't be starting as good as this team is used to starting, so we'll have our work cut out for us, but we think we'll be fine come Sunday."
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Qualified 18th)
"We were hoping for better than that. I thought I could pick up a little bit from practice, but we were loose there so I couldn't. We didn't wreck, though, so that's good. I hoped to do better than that. We were a little off in practice and I was hoping to pick up a little bit, but we were too loose there."
HAS THIS CHASE CHANGED THE WAY YOU APPROACH THINGS? "I've been racing for 30 years. It's a little too late for me to be changing. I'm just real thankful that I'm driving for such a great team - working with Pat and the Viagra team. Everybody at Roush Racing has given me the right stuff this year and it's making me look good."
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Qualified 9th)
"It was a good run and that was a pick up for us. I think the track has probably slowed down a little bit and we picked up almost two-tenths, so I'm pretty happy with that. This is our best car so far this year. We made a few adjustments on our qualifying procedures and things. We know it races good, so, hopefully, it's gonna translate into a good weekend for us."
THIS TRACK HASN'T BEEN KIND TO YOU. "It's been a great race track with great fans, but as far as finishes we haven't had any of those to speak of. I'd like to make my first finish here end up in Victory Lane."
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus (Qualified 6th)
"We had a really, really good car and I just hadn't put down a lap that I thought the car was capable of and the guys did a great job on the National Guard car. I told them I was gonna get the pole, but I just couldn't squeeze the throttle down on that lap. I was just a little bit too loose. It hadn't been loose all day. We were on the last run and we tightened it up just a little bit and I just couldn't put the gas down. The pole was staring me in the face, but I just couldn't push the throttle down."
CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Roush Racing Taurus (Qualified 16th)
"I can't say enough about everybody at Roush Racing and all the guys on the team. To unroll a backup car and run that well says a lot about this team. I'm glad to be back here in Kansas. I got to spend my whole week down at home in Columbia and it's so cool to see this many people out here for qualifying. I just hope we run this well in happy hour tomorrow and get a good race in."
HOW MUCH DOES IT HELP TO HAVE TEAMMATES LIKE YOU HAVE? "It's the most valuable thing in the world. This is a huge change for me and my career to drive here in the Cup Series. After I wrecked that thing in practice earlier, Mark Martin came over and gave me a little advice and that's just invaluable to be able to lean on those guys and all their experiences."
WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE ACCIDENT? "We were trying some really aggressive stuff with the setup and it was so tight in that when I got into the center I had a little bit too much left wheel into it. I thought I could just drive through it and I put a lot throttle into it and when the front end finally caught, it wiggled just enough that I couldn't save it before I hit the wall."