JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Havoline Dodge Intrepid) - Third "That lap was about what we ran in practice, and I thought the racetrack had slowed down more than that. I'm pretty happy with the Havoline Dodge. We're not good qualifiers, so I think if...
JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Havoline Dodge Intrepid) - Third
"That lap was about what we ran in practice, and I thought the racetrack had slowed down more than that. I'm pretty happy with the Havoline Dodge. We're not good qualifiers, so I think if it qualified well, it'll probably race pretty good. We had a really good car in July, and I had just a devastating wreck. It looked spectacular, but it didn't hurt at all. I just don't want to do that again. This is the same Dodge that we brought to Bristol. It had been a backup car all year long, and Bristol was the first race that we raced it. I told everyone this morning, 'It's disappointing that we had this car all year long, and it ran third at Bristol, and now we can have a really good qualifying effort with it.' I'm happy for everyone on the team.
"It was a good day for the Havoline Dodge. The car was just a little bit loose, still. I think in order to be really fast you have to be good on your first lap. I really needed another lap to get going. I didn't have anything for them on the first lap. I don't know if we needed to build air pressure, or scuff up the tires or what. I think I average about 20th in qualifying, so if we can come out of here with a top-five, that'd be great.
"We just need to be doing what we're doing right now. We've got two or three cars that I really, really like, and that we run really well with. We're going to try and race those cars for the rest of the year. Our whole team is working better. Everyone's getting along here, and we're all having fun. When you're running well, it makes it lot more interesting to be here. We'll just keep doing what we're doing, and it's going to be wonderful if we can win a race before the year is over."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid) - Ninth
"We were just a little free. It was on flats. This is just at tough place. You can mess up pretty quickly here. But the guys have done a really good job here on the Coors Light Dodge. This is the best we've qualified here in awhile, so we'll see what happens."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) - 10th
"These guys have done a great job on our Dodge all day. I never seem to qualify well here, so I wanted to get a good qualifying run for them - you know start up front, so we don't have to fight back up there. Our Dodge Dealers Dodge has been pretty good off the truck today. We ended up 23rd or something in practice, so I'm just happy to get that lap in and get ready to race here.
"Our recent success says a lot for this race team. I think everybody on this team has just puts all of that (rumors) out their mind. I know I have. I'm not even worrying about it. I'm just trying to race the best that I can. That's all you can do. I'm sure these guys are doing just the same thing, and whatever happens, happens."
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid) - 11th
"We went to Milwaukee and did some testing up there, and I believe it helped us. Definitely, our rear spring setup and stuff like that was a gainer from last time. Really though, that test was designed for race setup stuff. We've got that race setup that we worked on in Milwaukee in the car for tomorrow for happy hour. We'll see if it works. I hope it's real close, because if it is then that gives us an alternate place to go testing at. Even if it isn't it sure set us off in the right direction for things to try and work on.
"I tightened our Dodge up (for qualifying) a little bit, and when I saw the track cooling down and getting in pretty good shape, I should have loosened it back up, but I didn't. I was a little too tight. That cost me some speed. I ran a 28.97-sec. in practice, and I really thought I could have run a 28.80 or something, but I ran a 29 flat, which puts me in the 11th spot, and that's still a good run.
BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) - 12th
"Our Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge, it's good. You know, you come out, you make your run and do the best you can. It's not like anyone else is going to touch Ryan Newman. We'll have to see what everybody else has got for tomorrow, and we'll see what happens on Sunday. Our lap wasn't bad. We're pretty decent right now."
JIMMY SPENCER (No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid) -34th
"That's a very bad effort for us. We've been fighting a loose car all day today. We've fought it, fought it and fought it, and it's still too loose. It's the same car that we had at Richmond last week and ran really, really well with. It's the same car we had here in the spring race at New Hampshire. I know we've got a really good race setup, but we're going to start really far back in this Sirius Dodge. Oh well.
On doing double duty this weekend...
"I miss doing it. I'm glad Jimmy Smith and the Team ASE guys gave me the opportunity. It's pretty neat to be in a good truck. I did that when I was driving the Yellow car for James Finch. We sat on a couple of poles and won some races. I don't think it hurts. I think that Darrell Waltrip, Harry Gant and them all will tell you, 'As long as you're logging laps you're learning something.' It doesn't matter how old you are. That's the whole key. New Hampshire is a tough old racetrack for qualifying. For some reason you just can't ever seem to back up what you ran in qualifying. It's the opposite of a lot of other tracks. You can go faster at a lot of other tracks. New Hampshire is just one that never lets you go faster in qualifying than what you practiced. You'll say, 'I wish I could just run what I ran in practice.' I don't know, it's just something about the track. It's a great place. I hope we'll have a good day Saturday and a good day on Sunday."
KEN SCHRADER (No. 49 BAM Racing Dodge Intrepid) - 20th
"Well we were 28th fastest in practice, so we had to get it done in qualifying. We ran a .112-sec. lap in practice, and we got close to it. It was pretty wobbly on the get-go lap, so I thought, 'Heck, I just need to get a good lap, not slide the thing and we'll take what we can get.' It worked out good. This is a new car. It was brand new last weekend, and we really liked it. We're just glad to get it here."
CASEY MEARS (No. 40 Target Dodge Intrepid) -18th
"This was a good lap for the Target Dodge. We've struggled this year, and we just keep chipping away at it. We keep getting better, but we just don't get the results and that's what we're working on this weekend. That lap was wild. It was definitely loose. We lost a lot of grip from practice to qualifying. We just touched the wall on that last lap there, and I think if I didn't have to peddle it off a little bit, we would have been better. If it looked a little out of control, it probably was."
CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI (No. 43 Cheerios Dodge Intrepid) -43rd
"We ran in qualifying just about what we did in practice. Right now we are just a little off, but it's better than what it was when we unloaded. Not quite enough bite coming out of the turns, but this Cheerios team is working hard to get the car where it needs to be."