Phoenix: Ford teams qualifying quotes

A.J. ALLMENDINGER - No. 43 Insignia Ford Fusion ON HIS QUALIFYING RUN "I knew we were going to be quick. We were quick in practice, but when you go out there you just don't know how much grip is going to be on the race track. I knew I was going...

A.J. ALLMENDINGER - No. 43 Insignia Ford Fusion

ON HIS QUALIFYING RUN "I knew we were going to be quick. We were quick in practice, but when you go out there you just don't know how much grip is going to be on the race track. I knew I was going to have to get everything out of it to get up there and have a chance at beating them. For us, I felt like so far with these first six races that we have been getting better on Fridays and Saturdays, but we missed qualifying just a little bit and that would kill us at the start of the race. As everybody knows, when you get mid-pack with these race cars, everybody is so close that it is tough to pass. I felt that if we could just get a solid top ten start it would help us tomorrow. We were decent in race trim, but we need to be a little bit better. Everybody on the No. 43 team, Mike Shiplett, all the guys worked really hard. It is great for us to get our first career pole together. To start up front is really cool, but the big picture is tomorrow and that is what we are focused on."

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DAVID RAGAN - No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion

ON HIS QUALIFYING RUN "It was a pick-up from what we ran in practice. I think our UPS Ford is an okay race car. If we can make some minor changes for the good I think we will be really good. We are on that borderline right now. I guess all in all it was a pick-up, but I wish we could have run faster."

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE IN THE TRACK BETWEEN PRACTICE AND NOW? "Well, I think the sun is bearing down on three and four and you get a little bit of that coming out of turn four, so it is only going to get a little faster as we go. Our qualifying draw will hurt us a little bit, we could be 10th or 20th depending ^a we just have to see what happens."

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CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion

ON HIS QUALIFYING RUN "It was pretty good. We worked really hard on the car and got a really good draw, a lucky draw. That late draw makes it a lot easier to go fast, even when your car is not perfect."

A LOT OF GUYS WERE LOOSE OUT THERE, YOU DIDN'T HAVE THAT PROBLEM TODAY DID YOU? "No, the car was a little bit tight which I think made it a lot easier to drive. It wasn't quite as fast as it could be, but it doesn't look quite as spectacular when it is tight. It makes you look smooth though."

YOU HAVE HAD SUCCESS AT PHOENIX, HOW DOES THAT TRANSLATE TO TOMORROW? "I love Phoenix. I think the extra 100 will make a difference. Bob and I have actually said a couple of times how great it would be if the race were just slightly longer. Now we have that and we hope to take advantage."

-source: ford racing

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