Michigan: Ford teams qualifying quotes

MARK MARTIN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Qualified 8th) "Getting in those things after that truck is a pretty big jump. I knew not to overshoot the corner because it's so easy to with this 900-horsepower monster gorilla motor here, so I let off ...

MARK MARTIN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Qualified 8th)

"Getting in those things after that truck is a pretty big jump. I knew not to overshoot the corner because it's so easy to with this 900-horsepower monster gorilla motor here, so I let off early enough that I was OK, and then I thought, 'I'm not in far enough so I might as well just jump in the gas,' and I jumped in the gas pretty early. It was pretty hairy getting out of there. I don't know. It's gonna be better, I thought the lap time would have been three-quarters of a second slower than that, so even if it's in the middle of the pack, it was lucky to make it. A smarter man would have let off because I couldn't do it again."

YOU GOT EVERY INCH BECAUSE YOU EVEN TICKLED THE CONE AT THE FINISH LINE. "I was trying to get it all. That's what we're doing. We're out here to get it all. I probably tickled the wall off of two, but I was bad loose trying real hard. Stepping cold turkey from the truck to the car here is a chore. I don't know if that will be 20th or whatever, but whatever it is a smarter man wouldn't have run that." HOW WAS THE LAP? "You don't know how lucky I am just to have made it back. I was right on the edge and wherever that starts us we'll take it."

GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 National Guard Ford Fusion (Qualified 10th)

"I'm extremely happy with that. We predominately don't qualify really well here, but we run extremely well. The car was a good solid lap for us and I'm just real happy with the lap."

IT'S GOING TO BE HOT HERE ALL WEEKEND. DOES THAT PLAY INTO YOUR STRENGTH? "Yeah, I want it to be real hot on Sunday. It seems the setup that we use works well when it's hot and slick out. The lap times are a little slower and that tends to be one of our strong suits, so I'm hoping for some hot, sunny weather on Sunday."

YOU'RE CLOSING THE GAP ON 10TH PLACE IN THE STANDINGS. ARE YOU SEEING SOME LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL? "Yeah, definitely but we're around some tough customers right now because eighth through 13th are pretty tough guys. We're just gonna have to work our hardest and see what we can do with them."

-ford racing

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