Pocono II: Ford teams qualifying quotes

JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Qualified 28th) "I thought our car was one of the best cars this morning during practice in race trim. We didn't hit on a very good qualifying setup and I've been pretty good in qualifying trim...

JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Qualified 28th)

"I thought our car was one of the best cars this morning during practice in race trim. We didn't hit on a very good qualifying setup and I've been pretty good in qualifying trim we just didn't hit on it today. Our car in race trim is really good."

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ELLIOTT SADLER -- No. 38 Combos Ford Fusion (Qualified 25th)

"We're coming up here with a new type of setup and new kind of plan. We didn't run as good as we would have liked the first race here, so I'm proud of Tommy and the guys. It's the same car, we just made some suspension changes on it and made it a little bit better. I'm really happy where we're at. It's probably not as good a qualifying effort because I missed turn three a little bit, but we'll be fine in the race. It's 500 miles here, great pit strategy, so we'll go from there."

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KEN SCHRADER -- No. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion (Qualified 18th)

"The track just cooled down. I'm guessing that will be 15th. It'll be decent, but it won't be that stellar. The practice time isn't time for qualifying. You're really dumb if you wreck in practice, but they can kind of excuse you if you wreck in qualifying. You always want something left when it comes time for qualifying."

HOW DID THE CAR HANDLE? "It was good. I butchered turn three a little bit, but not real bad."

WHAT'S YOUR GOAL FOR QUALIFYING? "We're looking for a top 15 is what we would be happy with. Depending on what the sun does we're gonna be close to there."

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GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 National Guard Ford Fusion (Qualified 20th)

"Our lap was really good. It was our fastest lap of the day obviously, but the car felt really good. We had a lot of grip on the race track. I felt like I left a little out there maybe, but it's better to leave a little than to overdrive. I felt like we could have been a couple spots better, but it will hopefully be a good top 10 or top 15 starting spot. In fact, the sun was out a little bit when we went and now it's gone again."

WHAT ABOUT YOUR CAR IN RACE TRIM FOR SUNDAY? "We weren't that good in race trim, but when we went to qualifying trim I felt better and I felt really good about that lap. I'm anxious to get back into race trim tomorrow and iron this thing out."

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STEPHEN LEICHT -- No. 90 Citifinancial Ford Fusion (Qualified 36th)

"It's pretty cool. I never thought I'd be here this fast, especially after getting only about 20 laps of practice. I just found out Monday that I was coming here to race and made the race. I can't thank all the guys from Robert's shop enough, all the guys back at the shop and all the guys here working on the car. It's an unbelievable job. Our sponsor, Citifinancial, is excited to be here let alone make the race. Now we can go out tomorrow and try to make our car pretty good for the race."

IS IT MORE NERVE-WRACKING WITH POCONO BEING SUCH A BIG TRACK? YOU HAVE MORE TIME TO THINK ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON. "My mind is so focused on the Indy race right now that this is just another Saturday night race for me, but to be out here for the first time running with these guys -- Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, all of them -- it's overwhelming. When I'm out of the car, I think about it, but when I'm in the car it all goes away. It's all about racing."

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CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Qualified 16th) "That was a good lap. I just got into turn three harder than I had in practice and I stepped on the brakes harder and didn't have the bias adjusted right so I locked up the left-front a little bit and slid up the race track. Other than that, it would have been a top 10 pretty solidly. I'm really happy with that. I don't think I've ever started better than 25th or 30th here, so that's pretty good."

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MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Qualified 11th)

"It was really good. We ran somewhere around 55th all day and that will probably put us close around the top 10. That's really awesome because we struggled all day and they worked on it hard and got it better. I feel a lot better now because of the way we ran in qualifying, but earlier in the day we were off. The guys did a great job making a bunch of changes and it got better."

-ford racing

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Series NASCAR SPRINT CUP
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart