Phoenix II: Dodge teams qualifying quotes

Ryan Newman (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) Qualified 6th "It was a pretty good lap. I just felt that I was off half a lap and left some time out on the track. I was really good in Turns 1 and 2. The second lap is usually my money lap here and...

Ryan Newman (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) Qualified 6th

"It was a pretty good lap. I just felt that I was off half a lap and left some time out on the track. I was really good in Turns 1 and 2. The second lap is usually my money lap here and I just didn't get the timing right in (turns) 3 and 4. Even at that, I'm not sure we were strong enough for the pole."

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Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Qualified 11th

"I think our Budweiser Dodge is a good racecar. We made a nice pick up from the first lap to the second. Anytime you qualify later in the day here, the glare from the sun is always tough. I had a tough time picking up the line and under drove the corners and that cost us a top-10 qualifying position. I think the balance of our car is pretty good. It's all about setup here and I think we have a good starting point to work from tomorrow."

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Reed Sorenson (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger) Qualified 12th

"Our Target Dodge was pretty good. It's never easy to go out in the first 10 cars in qualifying, but we made some good adjustments and have a baseline to work from for tomorrow."

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Elliott Sadler (No. 19 SIEMENS Dodge Charger) Qualified 22nd

"It's pretty bad right there. We've struggled a lot the last month. Communications is not where it needs to be. We have to keep working on it. We'll have to pass a lot of cars on Sunday. We'll try the best we can and see if we can make our way to the front."

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Robby Gordon (No. 7 Jim Beam/Operation Homefront Dodge Charger) Qualified 27th

"Just like Kasey (Kahne), the glare from the race track really cost us some time....maybe two-tenths of a second. I watched Kasey back way off heading into the corners and I was even farther behind him. I bet you I backed off two or three car lengths from the braking zone because I couldn't see the corner. It's a little frustrating, but what can you do? We have a better racecar than qualifying shows."

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Sam Hornish Jr. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Qualified 33rd

"We had a much better car than that. I couldn't see where I was going getting down into the corner and not really happy with our performance there. Everybody else picked up five or six tenths and we picked up one-and-a-half. Not a very good effort for us, I guess."

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Bobby Labonte (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger) Qualified 41st

"Not the start that we were looking for. When you unload (the car) as bad as we did, you can't expect too much else."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Robby Gordon , Ryan Newman , Kasey Kahne , Elliott Sadler , Reed Sorenson , Jim Beam , Sam Hornish Jr.