KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) "It was a pretty good lap. The car felt pretty good. We just gave up a little bit coming to the green. I didn't come quite fast enough and that made it a little tight, but hopefully that will...
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
"It was a pretty good lap. The car felt pretty good. We just gave up a little bit coming to the green. I didn't come quite fast enough and that made it a little tight, but hopefully that will end up in the top 10. It was kinda windy out there, but that didn't bother me."
KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Wells Fargo Financial Dodge Charger)
"We're pretty good. I thought our race stuff was pretty good. We made one qualifying run in practice and that (actual qualifying lap) was our second. I think everybody is concerned about the weather tomorrow. We just didn't work on it and put a ton of effort into qualifying. The 43 worked all on qualifying. I think the 43 is going to run the '04 model at Atlanta. We took it to the wind tunnel and thought it had pretty good numbers wise, but we feel like we can duplicate those numbers with the Charger. We're going to run the '04 one more time and then cut the body off of it. I'm not going to the Intrepid. We've run the Charger over a year now. There's no need to go backwards. We're supposed to be going forward. We can get a pretty good baseline with Bobby. We run an Intrepid, Charger and then an Intrepid. Hopefully we can download his brain and figure out what we've got."
SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Charger)
"We had a problem. I don't know what in the world changed between practice and qualifying. We had a problem with the throttle sticking. It was sticking like half-throttle. It just messes your rhythm up. When it part-throttles halfway through the corners you don't know how much speed you're carrying through the corner. I had to drive it with the brake pedal and the gas pedal, too. It's not what we need to have. We need to be safe. We don't need to try anything new. We don't need to try anything trick. If it's not broke don't fix it. We can't keep having stupid things happen. We've got to be careful. I know the guys are working hard to make sure we don't have problems like that. I know they're just as mad about it as I am. It just seems like whatever can go wrong to hurt us in qualifying in these first five races, we're going to have to overcome all the adversity. We left a lot on the table. We had a lot better car than that."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge)
"The track is in pretty good shape to go fast. We were hoping for a little more than that. We were going after Biffle's time. I didn't know if we could beat him or not, but obviously we didn't. We got some laps in today in race trim, so we think we're in pretty good shape for Sunday. We'll see what happens. We had a little situation (Monday) It was blown out of proportion a little bit. We helped put a fire out, but it wasn't just me."
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger)
"We wanted to pick it up a little bit, but it wasn't too bad. It was a little tight for that run. All in all it was pretty good. I got a little greedy and wanted to get a little bit more, but we'll take it."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)
"It was a good run today for the Miller Lite Dodge. This is my hometown, and I want to do it for the home crowd on Sunday. This is a tough 400 miles. You've got to pass cars and try to stay up front all day. That's what it takes to win here, track position. We made the right adjustments all day and that's what we need to do. I drove it into turn three hard. We hadn't had that problem all day as far as getting loose in turn three. It stuck real good in one and two. I think I've got 50 poles here in one and two, but I've got zero here in three and four. It just got loose in that end. That's typically what Vegas does. Our car blistered off a fast lap at California, and that was surprising. That gave us some ideas once we got back out to race as to what we could do to this car to make it better as a race car. Sometimes the sacrifice is a qualifying position. We're communicating as a team and getting up to speed. We practiced about 50-50 in race trim today. If we don't get to practice tomorrow that's OK. The biggest thing is 400 miles, not just one lap."