KURT BUSCH (No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil/AAA Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 4th
“It was a good lap. We picked up speed from practice which is what you always want. We were confused if we needed to try and get it (fastest lap) on the first lap or stick to our game plan and get it on our second lap like we had been doing. It will be interesting to see how the overall stats line up, if guys did it on the first lap or second. We were just caught in between. We didn’t know which one to go for. A top-five starting spot is great. It keeps us up front in the mix and gives us a good pit selection.
"We were tight coming off of Turn 2 on our first lap and that's just low air pressures. We were trying to decide which lap was going to be quicker for us because we had seen guys quicker on their first lap and we had seen consistency on our second lap. But overall, a great lap for our Shell-Pennzoil/AAA Dodge. AAA has a lot of support up here and it's great to have them on board. It's a flat one-mile track and I like it."
BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 5th
“I don’t think that will hold up at the top (provisional pole). That should end up in the top 10. I expected to run better on the second lap (his qualifying time came on the first lap). My teammate Kurt Busch will be tough, he should be right up there at the top. We got a good lap in; it’s a respectable place to start. You always want more. We started practice very strong, but fell off at the end. This was a good pickup from where we ended up in practice. It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish. This track has a short-track feel to it which I think is good; it serves the sport well. It’s a lot of fun to watch. I like this place.”
SCOTT WIMMER (No. 7 SPEED Energy Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 42nd
“We’ve been struggling a little bit with the car today, just haven’t been able to throw a lot of tires and stuff like that at it. Robby (Gordon) is coming tomorrow. I feel we have a pretty good baseline to start on. We’ll really start to work on it in those practice sessions and he’s going to race the SPEED Energy Dodge on Sunday. Ultimately, we were just trying to get a feel out of it today. Hopefully, we can make some big gains tomorrow.”
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