Loudon: Ford teams qualifying quotes

CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Boston Red Sox Ford Fusion (Qualified 22nd) ARE THESE NEW CARS HARDER TO DRIVE THAN THE OTHERS? "Yeah, a little bit more difficult to drive. It's just awesome to have the Red Sox/Lumber Liquidators car this week. It's...

CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Boston Red Sox Ford Fusion (Qualified 22nd)

ARE THESE NEW CARS HARDER TO DRIVE THAN THE OTHERS? "Yeah, a little bit more difficult to drive. It's just awesome to have the Red Sox/Lumber Liquidators car this week. It's gonna be a lot of fun. We're headed over to Fenway Park right now to go to the game, so it's gonna be a good time. But, yeah, it's definitely harder to drive. I got out of that Scotts Fusion in the Busch Series and got in this car here and it's just way more touchy and really difficult to drive, but I think that makes it a little bit more fun in the race."

AN EARLY DRAW HERE IS HARD TO OVERCOME. DID THAT HURT YOU TODAY? "Yeah, the track is pretty slippery right now, but I just got loose off of turn two and kind of screwed up my lap a little bit. That's how it goes. We'll see how we end up, but this is gonna be a very tough race. I think it's gonna be one of the toughest races yet. The cars are so touchy to drive that it's gonna be interesting."

DO YOU LIKE THE TRACK? "Yeah, I love the race track. It's fun. The Busch race is gonna be a blast. I'm just curious to see how this Red Sox Fusion works on Sunday. We were pretty good at the end of practice. I think we missed the boat just a little bit in qualifying, but it could be good in the race."

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BILL ELLIOTT -- No. 21 Little Debbie Ford Fusion (Qualified 37th)

"You get what you've got and that's all we've got. The things you sometimes think you can capitalize on, you never can. It doesn't take much in this business to miss something just a little bit and when you start out, you just never seem to be able to get to where you need to be. That's kind of where we've been in practice."

IS THIS THE TOUGHEST TEST YET FOR THE NEW CAR AS FAR AS GETTING IT TO TURN TO YOUR LIKING? "It will be for me. The guys that ran Martinsville and some of these places have that little bit of extra time on me on the flatter stuff and that's where I've tried to get going to where I need to be. I'm trying to help figure these things out and we'll just give it our best shot and see where we end up."

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ROBBY GORDON -- No. 7 Menards/MAPEI Ford Fusion (Qualified 16th)

"We were seventh in practice and sitting here 10th now, I'm not gonna complain about qualifying. I'm not a very good qualifier anyway. I always feel that my racing comes into play better than my qualifying. If we could qualify inside the top 15, I'll be happy with that and we'll just continue to work hard. This is our car of tomorrow program and this is what we're gonna be racing next year, so, for us, this is the bright side because we've got a lot of positives to look forward to going into next season."

HOW IS IT TO GET THIS CAR TO TURN ON THIS TRACK? "We went to Milwaukee before coming here and that helped us. The guys at Ford encouraged us to do that and we did, and I think it definitely helped us. We just bounced a little bit too much into turn four and into turn one. If we didn't bounce that hard, we ran a .67 in practice which would have put us fourth right now. That's the best we ran. We slowed down eight-hundreths of a second over our best lap. Normally, we pick up and do our best lap in qualifying."

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DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Qualified 33rd)

IS IT A HANDFUL TO TURN THESE CARS? "Actually ours turns fairly well. There on the qualifying lap I was just looking for a little extra forward bite. I felt like I got through the center pretty good and got to the throttle a little early and was just chasing it up on exit each lap. I really thought we could run a little better than that. I feel like maybe there's a tenth or two-tenths laying out there if I would have drove it a little different. It was just a little loose for me, but our AAA Ford Fusion was pretty fast when we first unloaded and I feel like in race trim we'll be alright even though we're gonna have to do that coming from somewhere towards the back."

-credit: ford racing

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