Richmond: Dodge Motorsports qualifying remarks

Ward Burton wins Richmond pole. WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T) NOTE: Burton won the pole with a record lap of 127.389 mph. He broke Jeff Gordon's record of 126.499 mph set on May 13, 1999. This is Burton seventh pole in...

Ward Burton wins Richmond pole.

WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T)

NOTE: Burton won the pole with a record lap of 127.389 mph. He broke Jeff Gordon's record of 126.499 mph set on May 13, 1999. This is Burton seventh pole in 261 career starts.

"It was a great effort on behalf of the Cat team. This is the first short track in-house chassis that we've built. We can win here. We've just got to take one moment at a time and not get too rushed with our decisions. I've got to keep the car out of trouble and be there at the end. It's fun to be able to wake up at home this morning and be able to drive to the race track. I've got a lot of friends and family in my home state.

STEVE GRISSOM (No. 44 Georgia Pacific Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"I can't say enough for the guys on the team. They did an excellent job. We were just a little too tight for qualifying. I'm sure everybody else would like to go back and try again, but we'll take it and get ready to race from here."

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We slowed down a whole lot. They ran the Busch cars in Happy Hour and it freed the track up a lot. I got loose off four coming to the white flag and that killed the second lap. We'll get in handling good for the race and we'll be OK. We've got a good team put together and it's been working out good for us. We've had a lot of luck and we've got a couple of wins. We hope we can keep it going."

HUT STRICKLIN (No. 23 Hills Bros Coffee Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"The race track is a good bit slicker after the Busch Happy Hour. We were a little bit tight and a little bit loose. We were too tight in the middle and too loose off the corners. I got on top of it but I couldn't get any grip. I was hanging on for dear life. It was just a little greasy."

BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"It just didn't run good. I felt like the car was decent, but it just didn't go anywhere."

CASEY ATWOOD (No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We slowed down a little bit from practice, but it looked like everybody did a little bit. The track changed. The car was tight and it hadn't been tight all day. We'll work on it and try to get it better for the race."

JIMMY SPENCER (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"I was unhappy with that. We made some changes before qualifying to go faster and we went a lot slower. We live by the sword and die by the sword and today it got us pretty good. We were real tight in practice. We made a calculated adjustment, but it was calculated the wrong way. We'll recoup and get ready for Saturday night."

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"This is a good race car. It's probably the best one I've ever had here. I think we're going to be real good in the race. I feel real good about it. Everybody slowed up in practice and I really don't understand that. It's not that we got tight or loose. We just slowed up a little bit."

-dodge-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ward Burton