Michigan II: Dodge teams qualifying quotes

PATRICK CARPENTIER (No. 10 Tow Truck in a Box Dodge Charger) Qualified 6th "The car is pretty good. The Tow Truck in a Box Dodge guys did a great job preparing the car. I was a little loose this morning and the guys fixed it up. I was a little...

PATRICK CARPENTIER (No. 10 Tow Truck in a Box Dodge Charger) Qualified 6th

"The car is pretty good. The Tow Truck in a Box Dodge guys did a great job preparing the car. I was a little loose this morning and the guys fixed it up. I was a little lucky that a cloud was right above when we went out to qualify. I'm really happy; a good improvement for sure."

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ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 Jim Beam Dodge Charger) Qualified 12th

"It was a good lap for our Jim Beam Dodge. I just had to check up in Turn 2 and that probably cost me a tenth (of a second). I just had to roll out of the throttle a bit and lost some time. I happy with what my guys are doing with the car and it showed today. It's just not our road race program, it's the ovals too."

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KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Qualified 13th

"We ran the same lap (time/speed) that we ran in practice -- the handling characteristics and lap time. We made some changes, but just couldn't get the tightness out of the car in Turn 2. That killed our speed down the back straightaway. Overall, it was a good practice day for race trim and qualifying trim. This car, in general, if you have it figured out like my little brother (Kyle Busch) does and some of the other teams, you stay hot. That's what I said all along with this new car. Hopefully, we're climbing up the right hill that will help us get hot."

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TERRY LABONTE (No. 45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge Charger) Qualified 14th

"We made some changes after practice and they seemed to work quite a bit. We feel pretty good about our racecar and think we should be pretty competitive. The changes that we made during practice in race trim translated to some good lap times and that's a positive sign. We'll keep wrenching on it tomorrow and try to get it faster for Sunday."

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JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger) Qualified 19th

"It was a good lap for our Texaco/Havoline Dodge. I got tight in Turn 1 and had to get out of the gas coming out of the corner. The car was really good. I think we should have run at least a 40 (30.40 seconds). When I saw (Brian) Vickers run a 18 (30.18 seconds), I really wanted to go for it. We're starting to run better every week and getting chances at winning poles (positions). I don't want to get out of the car knowing that I left anything out there on the track."

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RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) Qualified 20th

"It was a decent lap. Obviously, we're going to be about four-tenths off the pole. The car drove all right. I wish we had the primary engine in the car. For two laps, I would say it wasn't horrible. It was a decent effort for us; a good effort by the guys changing the engine and a decent effort as for as overall speed."

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SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Qualified 23rd

"That will put us a lot better than where we are in points (34th in owner points). I've been looking forward to this weekend for a long time. The Mobil 1 Dodge drove good when we were here for the June race and we've made the racecar a lot better since then. With the run we had here the last time, we feel like we should be able to go forward. I've never won here in anything. We're looking to changing that somewhere down the road and I couldn't think of a better place to get our first win (in Sprint Cup) than here."

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REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger) Qualified 31st

"It was an OK lap. We made some changes before qualifying and that seemed to make our Target Dodge a little bit happier. I wish that I could go back out there because I think that we had some more left in it. We were loose coming to the green and a little snug coming to the checkered flag. We were fighting a double-edged sword. We made three or four changes to the good and probably needed one more to get the car just right. I'll take it."

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KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Qualified 32nd

"Our Budweiser Dodge felt decent. It just wasn't as fast as it needed to be on that lap. For as good as the lap felt, it's just a little bit slower than I expected."

DOES FUEL MILEAGE CHANGE THE WAY YOU DRIVE LATE IN THE RACE? "Not really because (fuel mileage) usually doesn't play a factor until the last pit stop. You push the car hard all day and if a caution comes late in the race and you have to play the fuel mileage game, then you just adjust as the race goes on."

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BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger) Qualified 35th

"I was the first car out and here at Michigan, that's not the qualifying spot you want at all. Our Betty Crocker Dodge felt pretty good, the track was a little bit hotter than we would have liked, but that's the luck of the draw. We've got some things to work on tomorrow to try and get a little bit quicker. We'll get working on it."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jim Beam , Kyle Busch