Las Vegas: Stremme, Sadler post-qualifying interview

DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Charger) -- 2nd "Everybody on the team did a great job. We unloaded the car a lot better. My confidence is pretty good. I didn't know if it was going to hold up or not. I think I might have left a little...

DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Charger) -- 2nd

"Everybody on the team did a great job. We unloaded the car a lot better. My confidence is pretty good. I didn't know if it was going to hold up or not. I think I might have left a little bit out there. I think we should have had better finishes in the first two races, but the biggest thing is not getting any DNFs the first part of the year because the points will jump around so much. It's really close right now, so we've got to have some solid finishes. Everybody wants to win, but we've got to put in good efforts and go for wins later on.

"We put in a solid effort today, and that's all we can ask. The track has picked up so much and you really don't know how to drive it. You don't want to overdrive it. Maybe it was better I was a little cautious. I knew some heavy hitters were left to go and I figured one of them would beat me. I told the guys I wanted to be in the Shootout next year, so we came close today. I think we'll get one soon.

"Practice will be very important Saturday. I think the line will spread out in the Busch race and it's going to be interesting to see how the strategy plays out. It would have been cool to get the pole today, but there's still a lot of racing left."

ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- 3rd

"I think pit road is going to be tricky Sunday for all of us for two reasons. Curved like it is it's going to be difficult for drivers to get in and out of their pit stalls and see the pit signs. The sun sets right there coming off turn four and coming down pit road later in the race we're going to be looking right at the sun. Pit selection is very important for Sunday's race. It's a lot trickier than we've had. It's really the only one curved on our schedule we have shaped like this, so it's going to be new to all of us. The pit boxes are big enough and long enough to help us a little bit, but still facing the sun it's going to be tough. Transitions are really deep ones. You come off turn four on green flag pit stops and you see Juan tested it out already. You can knock your valence off coming off the race track.

"I'm really proud of my guys. It's a DaimlerChrysler race and we wanted to have a good starting spot for Sunday and a good pit road selection and we were able to do that. It was a good lap. I don't want it back. I'm proud of my guys. It's been a good day for us here in Vegas. I think everyone at the speedway has done a great job, not only with the surface but all the new garages. The teams have plenty of room and the fans have a lot of things they can do. It's really brought the fans closer to the drivers. The surface has been fine. You can run up high and on the bottom. I think you guys are going to see some good two-wide racing."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup