JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 42 HAVOLINE/TEXACO DODGE CHARGER, STARTING 20TH Describe your lap? "That wasn't a very good lap. It's been a struggle for a while, three or four months for us. We just can't seem to find what we need. It's an ongoing...
JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 42 HAVOLINE/TEXACO DODGE CHARGER, STARTING 20TH
Describe your lap? "That wasn't a very good lap. It's been a struggle for a while, three or four months for us. We just can't seem to find what we need. It's an ongoing battle right now. How was the car? It was loose in. It's the same thing every week. We just can't seem to get it."
JEFF GREEN, NO. 43 CHEERIOS/BETTY CROCKER DODGE CHARGER, STARTING 18TH
How was your car? "It was okay, just too loose. We decided to go on stickers instead of scuffs and I think we would have been better if we went on scuffs. It was okay. I'm just really disappointed with how fast I ran and how my lap was. It was pretty wild. It could have been a lot better, so it's disappointing." What do you think about having your brother as a teammate for a few days? "It's pretty cool. It's good for Mark to be able to get that opportunity to be able to drive a good race car. It's good for him. Hopefully he can get a chance here in the future, so I'm looking forward to helping as much as I can. We grew up really competitive and that's made us better. That's just the way we grew up. What do think about the addition of Robbie Loomis? "I think it's going to be, it's not going to be daylight and dark, but it's going to mean little things and it's going to take us to the next level. Robbie has got so much knowledge behind him and under his belt that it's going to bring a lot under our roof. I think when Robbie left Petty Enterprises he took a lot of knowledge with him and he's going to bring that back with lots more now that he's been where he's been. I think he's going to get us headed on the right foot. A lot of times this year we've left the shop not on the right foot and I think Robbie will be able to change that."
KASEY KAHNE, NO. 9 DODGE DEALERS/UAW DODGE CHARGER, STARTING 21ST
How was your lap? "That first lap was pretty good. My car was a lot looser than what it was yesterday. They made changes yesterday and did a whole lot more than what I thought they were going to do. That second lap, I just about lost it and had to just pull off the track. We were just really, really loose. What is your outlook for tomorrow? "Tomorrow, the car should be really good. We were real fast in final practice and we should be good tomorrow. We always seem to have good runs at New Hampshire. It's a good flat track. They made lot of good changes yesterday that will help the car tomorrow. How important is competing for 11th place? "That's what we're after now. It's a long ways away. We're definitely trying to get in that top 15 and go for 11. That's the ticket to New York. We want to try to do that for our sponsors and everybody at Evernham Motorsports. The $1million is definitely a huge incentive to go for that. There are 12 other guys running for 11th, too, that have been running good all year. We haven't changed our strategy to go for it. We're trying to run and finish these races and get consistent and do things to help next year. We'll just have to see what happens."
TRAVIS KVAPIL, NO. 77 KODAK/JASPER ENGINES DODGE CHARGER, STARTING 27TH
How is your car? "It was pretty good yesterday and it just feels like it was really slipping and sliding today. It didn't really get any grip. The first lap was terrible, the second lap I changed my driving style to try to make up a little bit for what the car was doing. For me, it just took all of two laps to get my rear tires hooked up, and once we did, it felt good. I think we're going to be fine tomorrow."
JEREMY MAYFIELD, NO. 19 DODGE DEALERS/UAW DODGE CHARGER, STARTING EIGHTH
How do you feel about your qualifying run? "I'm real happy with that lap and the effort these guys put in. They made some changes for me and did a great job on the decision making. So far, so good, hopefully it will get us in the top 15 or the top 10 and a good starting spot on Sunday. I knew our first lap wasn't that good, but our second lap, I knew was going to be pretty good. How important is that starting spot for tomorrow? "I think it's very important for us. Especially coming here, we were worried about this place a little bit. Not worried about it, but out of all 10 tracks this is probably our weakest of the 10. But, I feel good about it. Now, we've got a good hold on it. Yesterday we struggled. We weren't good in the first practice, we were decent in the second practice, but still didn't feel good about the car. They made a bunch of changes on it and obviously went in the right direction." How do you feel about completing more laps this season than any other driver? (Mayfield has completed 7,456 laps this season) "It's pretty cool and it says a lot about this race team and for what we've done. It also says a lot about the reliability of the cars and how they stay together and don't break. We haven't been in a lot of crashes, knock on wood, and hopefully we can continue on. If we do that, we'll have a shot at the Championship."
RUSTY WALLACE, NO. 2 MILLER LITE DODGE CHARGER, STARTING SEVENTH
How did you like your Dodge? "I had a pretty good balanced car. I just had overall lack of grip, I would say. I was sliding the front end, sliding around a little bit, nothing like yesterday. When I did my qualifying run yesterday it felt really great, a real go-cart feel. It stuck real well. And this time, it's cold, tires are cold, everything's cold, and it's hard to get your speed up and the temperature up. It's a fourth-place run qualifying right now, that's pretty good. I like the car. Have you run this car before? "This car here is the car I drove here last time. We had an eighth place finish, I guess, and really had a better car than that, I thought. We got in a fender-bender early in the race, I lost my tachometer, and I had two really big things happen. All that stuff is fixed right now so let's hope we have a good, smooth race."
STERLING MARLIN, NO. 40 COORS LIGHT DODGE CHARGER, STARTING 37TH
Discuss your lap: "It was terrible, just terrible. Well, I mean the car was pretty good in race runs, but it was a totally different car today. Something's bad wrong. It was really loose and darting everywhere. It didn't do that yesterday. I don't know if we can work on it or not, so we may be starting in the rear. What's the outlook for tomorrow? "If we don't get that fixed, it's going to be bad. How about the outlook for the Tennessee-Florida game tonight? "I'd say Tennessee. They're going to have to play better than they did against UAB. They seem to play the same as the caliber of team they're playing. They better step it up tonight."
CASEY MEARS, NO. 41 TARGET DODGE CHARGER, STARTING 23RD
How was your lap? "It was okay, not real good. It was really tight in the center and everybody was loose. Everybody was fighting loose so we tightened the car up pretty good for qualifying. We were loose in, really tight in the center and loose off. That's all right. It will be a decent spot, we're somewhere in the middle of the pack. What do you think about this track? "I think it's fun. I've always liked it. It's always fun to drive and race at. The spring was the first time we've had a car that's worked real good here. It's basically the same car with the same set up, so we should be pretty good tomorrow."
RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 12 MOBIL1/alltel DODGE CHARGER, STARTING 13TH
What did you think about your run? "It wasn't the lap that we hoped for or the lap that we were capable of, I don't think. We just were off a little bit, balance-wise, but I think that's going to be good for tomorrow. I think we'll have a car that's really good in race conditions, as we proved yesterday in practice. We'll see if we can hold up to that." How do you expect the guys not in the Chase to race you tomorrow? "I think it's going to be racing as usual. You're going to have guys running into each other and guys that don't. It all depends on where you're at and who you are." Are you changing your strategy now that you're in the Chase? "I don't think we need to change our strategy, just our performance. Our strategy has been to run up front all year. Performance-wise we just haven't done that and hopefully we will."