RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid) - Qualified Second "We'll have to see what happens. The ALLTEL Dodge was fast. Matt and all the boys did a great job. It's just a matter of holding off everybody else now. The track is going away right...
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid) - Qualified Second
"We'll have to see what happens. The ALLTEL Dodge was fast. Matt and all the boys did a great job. It's just a matter of holding off everybody else now. The track is going away right now. It had a lot of grip in it. Hopefully it'll just keep cooking. That sun is being real good to us right now."
NOTE: Newman talks about his new dog - Mopar. "Two or three weeks ago, we were up at our property in Statesville, and I was out on the pond fishing. Our other two dogs - Harley and Digger - started barking and tear off across the yard. I thought they had seen a deer or something because it was that time of day. I kept on fishing and the dogs ended up coming back to the docks. My neighbor had stopped by and I found out it was a little puppy dog. I couldn't tell it was a puppy at first. As I was greeting this neighbor, I saw the dog sitting across the pond. He was sitting there looking like, 'hey guys, I'm looking for a home.' I got out of the boat and started talking to the guy and the next thing I know the puppy comes over and starts playing with Harley and Digger. I talked to Krissie (fiance) about it, and we decided that it was 9 o'clock at night and we didn't just want to send it back off. It was full of fleas and ticks. We took it in and gave it a home. He looks like he's part lab, part bloodhound and part German Shepherd. Krissie and I came up with the name together. I think she might have been the first one that said it, but together we figured out that Mopar was a good name for a dog."
JIMMY SPENCER (No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid)
"I know somebody is going to be in the 37s or faster. It's hard to be the first car out, but they took me around the track and I was ready to go. The track's got a ton of grip right now. In the next hour it's going to pick up a lot more speed. Who knows where that lap is going to end up? It's going to be a great lap. The conditions are going to get better. It's going to be interesting. On Sunday, sometimes the car will be good and the sun will go away and get a cloud cover and the car will get tight. A car that started loose will pick up a lot of speed. Tracks like Michigan and Charlotte, the tracks are so big and the sun affects 'em that much more because they're wide and smooth. You'll see a lot of different scenarios. It's supposed to be cool and overcast, so you'll see a great race here. I don't think many people will pick up as much as we did, but they'll pick up a half a second. They're going to get more and more confident as qualifying goes on. It should cool down and the track should keep getting faster. The car is going to have a ton of grip. Katy bar the doors because someone is going to put a fast lap down."
JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Havoline Dodge Intrepid)
"Something sounds like it happened in the motor. I think it may have blown up or something. It just wouldn't go. I don't know. We've struggled since we've been here. It's very frustrating."
CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI (No. 43 Cheerios Dodge Intrepid)
"There's no doubt that the track was a lot quicker than what we ran this morning. This morning we had a lot of rubber from the Busch car, plus it was pretty hot. We were pushing a good amount in three and four. The car had a lot more grip in qualifying. The balance was better. We came back with a different car than we ran here last time. I had more time in the seat, and it's the first track I'm coming back to the second time. When you add up all those factors, maybe they make a little difference. I'm pretty happy. I ran the whole race in June, and you're learning all the time what happens to the car during the race, and I think that's going to make a big difference for us on Sunday."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid)
"It felt real good. It was a little tight. We sat out there awhile and oil leaked out and the sun came out. I don't know if that hurt us or not."
CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid)
"It was a good lap for us. We were really loose to start practice and really, really tight at the end of practice. We made some changes, and it was just a little loose for qualifying. I think if we had the balance just right we could have run a 38.90. It's a lot faster than we ran in practice. We improved a lot. I don't know where it's going to put us on the board, but hopefully the track will slow up. Those first 10 guys who went out got a really good track."
BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid)
"It ain't felt right since I've been here. Tomorrow is another day."
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid)
"The car didn't feel bad. It was tight through turns three and four, and it cost me some speed, no doubt about that. That's going to be a bad qualifying run, but we'll have to get 'em in the race. I feel good about it. We just couldn't get the speed the way I wanted to today for some reason. I think the track is slowing down a bit, for sure. I know we'll be in good in the race. It's just that we're starting so far in the back now."