MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Qualified 23rd) TOUGH BEING THE FIRST CAR OUT TODAY? "If it stays that slick for everyone, it will be OK. It did slick up some from practice and I will be surprised if that doesn't hurt us a little bit. The...
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Qualified 23rd)
TOUGH BEING THE FIRST CAR OUT TODAY? "If it stays that slick for everyone, it will be OK. It did slick up some from practice and I will be surprised if that doesn't hurt us a little bit. The team has done a great job here today. We didn't pick up from practice, but we didn't lose, so we'll see if the track gets better when it gets run on a little bit."
TODD BODINE - No. 54 National Guard Taurus (Qualified 36th)
"We actually picked up about three-tenths from practice, so that was pretty good for us. It's still not that great. We're struggling getting the car to turn and get good forward bite, but we think we know what we've got to do and, hopefully, that run will put us somewhere in the twenties to start. This National Guard team has worked hard. This is a good race car. We wanted to do a little better because Subway is our sponsor this week and, of course, they're sponsoring the race so we wanted to do better for them. We're struggling a little bit, but we're gonna get it. This race team has really turned the corner the last three weeks. We've had some really good race cars and some really good runs and we're getting better every week."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Taurus (Qualified 12th)
"We're pretty happy with it. I don't know where it's gonna end up - somewhere in the top five or top 10. Everybody on this Wood Brothers team works awful hard and we've been getting some better results here recently. I'm really pleased with this run. They're right up the street here, so it's good to have this Motorcraft Ford up front."
WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES FOR SUNDAY? "Track position is pretty important to begin with where you don't have to abuse your equipment too hard. That's the first part to try to get right. It's still typical Martinsville. Things are different, but yet things are still the same."
HOW WAS THE RUN? "We're pleased with that. I think we were 16th-quick in practice. Everybody and his brother had run a .50 and were somewhere in the middle of that, so I knew if we could get in the forties I knew that would take us out of that category. This is a pretty good race car. Pat Tryson and everybody worked on this thing really hard. They did a good job."
ANY CHANGES FROM PRACTICE? "No, you're working with thousandths of a second or hundredths of a second here. A lot of it was in the tire strategy - how much buffing did you put on your tires. Most everybody buffed the tires, but how much buffing determined how quick the car would come in, so everybody throws their first lap away."
SHAWN PARKER, Crew Chief - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Jarrett will start 39th)
YOU'VE UNLOADED THE BACKUP. WHAT HAPPENED TO DALE IN QUALIFYING? "The first lap he was just trying to get the brakes warmed up and he was going down in there to complete his first green-flag lap and it wheel-hopped getting into three. The field is so close here that he was just trying to get every little bit he could. We were off on the car in practice and made some changes. Apparently, it wasn't the right way to go."
WHAT ABOUT YOUR BACKUP CAR? "We'll have to see tomorrow how good it will be, but it's the car we had at Chicago. We've been running out of our short-track cars a little bit, but all of our cars are pretty much the same. We'll just keep working on it hard and, hopefully, get it as good as we can and be there at the end on Sunday."
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Sadler will start 38th)
"For some reason we've got a little bit too much camber in the left rear with our qualifying tires on and the air pressure. We tried to heat it and freeze it a few times, but by then we ran out on NASCAR's five-minute clock. When you do that, you're not allowed to qualify. It's not from a lack of effort or anything. We just had a little bit too much camber and that wasn't good for the M&M's Ford Taurus today. We were actually really fast in practice and I was looking forward to qualifying, but I know my guys will give me a good race car. I'm just upset about a provisional. I don't like using provisionals, but this is only my second one this year. We've got to get 'em on Sunday."
HOW HARD WILL IT BE COMING FROM THE BACK? "I've started back there many a time and I know how difficult it is. It seems like as soon as you take the green the leader is right on your back bumper. We have dug ourselves a huge hole and it just adds to the type of month we're having here. The last three weeks is enough to make a grown man cry and then we have this today, so, hopefully one day this black cloud will get away from us."
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Qualified 14th)
"That was really good. We only ran a .61 in our mock-up run in practice, so I was hoping to run a .49 or a .50 and I think that was a .48 so that was awesome."
YOU'LL BE STARTING IN THE FRONT HALF OF THE FIELD SUNDAY. "It's always good to start up front here. It's hard to pass. I feel the race setup and qualifying setup are very similar here at Martinsville, so since we qualified halfway decent, I think that will be good for the race."
WILL YOU MAKE ANY CHANGES FOR SUNDAY? "We're gonna do everything the same as we always do. I feel really good about where we're at. We just need to not make mistakes. If we can do the things we normally do and finish in the top 10 for the rest of the year, we'll be in great shape. I feel good about the test we had here and after we get through Martinsville, we've got four really great tracks coming up for the DEWALT team and I'm looking forward to the end of the year."
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Rubbermaid Taurus (Qualified 13th)
"I feel like we won the pole. Every time I've come here, except for once, I've used a provisional so this is like a pole for us. We came and tested and didn't really show much promise for qualifying. We were just able to maintain a pretty good lap time whereas I think most of the field has fallen off a little bit. I think we were able to adapt to the track a little bit better just due to our test."
JEFF BURTON - No. 99 CITGO Taurus (Qualified 21st)
"It's pretty disappointing. We had a good car in practice and we just didn't lay it down when it counted. We were fifth-fastest in practice and we're gonna end up somewhere around 20th. It's just really disappointing. The car just didn't turn like it needed to. I didn't want to make any changes based on the way the car drove in practice and I guess we should have."
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 Grainger Taurus (Qualified 19th)
"It was a lot better than it was in practice. The track just felt like it had more grip. I broke the tires loose coming off of four for my second lap, which I though was gonna be a lot better. I thought it may have been a top 10, but, unfortunately, it spun the tires off of four. It looks like we might hang around in the top 20, so that's gonna be good for us."
YOU'RE GOING TO MEMPHIS FOR THE BUSCH RACE. HOW IS THAT SHAPING UP? "It's working out good as long as the weather holds off. It's been cloudy and overcast with a threat of rain, but it hasn't been that bad so far. As long as the weather holds out, I think it'll be alright."