RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge) - qualified second COMMENT ON QUALIFYING LAP "Going out first certainly wasn't an advantage. The track really lost its grip. The sun cooked the oil out of it for an hour or an hour and a half. It was a good ...
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge) - qualified second
COMMENT ON QUALIFYING LAP "Going out first certainly wasn't an advantage. The track really lost its grip. The sun cooked the oil out of it for an hour or an hour and a half. It was a good effort. We unloaded quick, and we kept getting faster as the track got quicker. I think that's what you'll see as qualifying goes along. We've got a good racecar, but we went out first and the track is black. It's fresh asphalt and all the oils boil up out of it. The first couple of cars have to clean all that stuff off and lay down some rubber. That's the way it was when we first started this morning, and that's the way it is now."
COMMENT ON 2005 SCHEDULE "I'm definitely going to miss Rockingham from a racing standpoint. I haven't won there, but we've had a lot of good runs there and I've won a lot of poles there. That's not to say we can't do it at other racetracks. I think the disappointing part of it for me from a schedule standpoint is you race for two weeks and have a weekend off, race for two more weeks and have a weekend off, then go for 17 or whatever it is and then for 16. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense from a driver's standpoint, but it's the same for everybody. We'll see what happens.
"Rockingham was one of the first places we went to and tested. I think it was my first Busch test. There's a sense of home there. I guess we can still go there and drive around. I don't see the point of going to some racetracks twice when there are other markets out there and other fans and people we can go out and touch, whether it's Kentucky or Nashville. I think we should do those things and not go to the same market twice. From a financial standpoint it might make sense, but from a realistic standpoint I don't like it.
COMMENT ON RICHMOND TRACK "I think the Busch race will tell us what's going to happen. No matter what, I think the track is going to have two grooves. Whether it's faster or not will be determined later. It's got a lot of potential. Usually the cars that go to that second groove are the ones that aren't handling as well."
COMMENT ON QUALIFYING RIVALRY WITH KASEY KAHNE "He's done a great job. His team has done a great job. I messed up at Darlington. I missed my line, but we look forward to a good, competitive day of qualifying on Friday with that team the rest of the year. I grew up racing midgets and sprint cars and got a chance to race against Kasey. He's beat me and I've beat him. We've had a lot of fun racing together."
JEFF GREEN (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge) - qualified third
"I think the track will get a little faster as we go, but we were able to pick up a little bit and some of the guys slowed down. These Cheerios guys never give up, and I hope I have that attitude every lap. We want to be competitive tomorrow night. My car worked the same on both ends just like it did in practice. I'm proud of my guys. They did a great job. We're just a little off on speed, but the car is driving good. I try to save a little bit in practice, and the guys worked on it a little bit, too. I wish we'd had a later draw, but we'll hopefully get a top 15 starting spot. I don't think our race setup is going to be a lot different than our qualifying setuip."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge)
"The track is a lot looser. We were loose in practice and even looser on that qualifying lap. It got loose through the center of the corner, and I saved that. Then it got loose again on the exit and I didn't save that. I should have maybe left a little bit out there instead of trying for the pole. You know you've got to go fast, and I love going for those Bud Poles. Sometimes it'll bite you when you do that. When you can't do it, you've got to tell yourself you can't and let it go and start 15th or something, not scratch on the field. It's tough, but I probably learned something today. That's why I'm a Raybestos Rookie."
BRENDAN GAUGHAN (No. 77 Jasper Engines & Transmissions/Kodak Dodge)
"We came here and tested in race trim and were not really concerned with qualifying trim. We wanted to have a good race car. We should have been about 15th in qualifying, but something happened. A spring came out of the pocket or a pin broke somewhere. The car went haywire, and I don't really know what happened. We're going to have to battle now."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge)
"We changed a bunch before qualifying, and it was way too free. We were off in practice and then the track got looser. I wish they had never paved it. It looks like it's going to be a one-groove race."
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge) -- Qualified Seventh
NOTE: Wallace has finished first and second in the two previous short track races this season.
"I was worried about everybody being so loose, and I drove it too easy. I shouldn't have drove it that easy. I think we could have got the pole based on what's going on. I should have got it in deeper. I was waiting for it to go all over the place, and it didn't do it. I didn't hustle it enough. We'll get ready to race now. We had a good test here a couple of weeks ago, so I feel good about it. I wanted to get a good, smooth lap in for qualifying and that's what I did. I didn't anticipate it to be that good and it was. I should have charged it harder, and I could have at least picked it up a couple of tenths."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge)
"That was a great lap for us. The guys did a great job getting the car ready. We ended up in the top 12, and that's pretty good. As much grip as we have nowadays here (horsepower) does come into play, but the main thing the track has been changing all day. We don't have a lot of experience with this new pavement. It seems like every time we go out the track is a little different. That's the biggest thing we did here today. We kept trying to keep up with the track changes, and hopefully it'll pay off for us."
JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge)
"We were really loose. I had to save it a couple of times, so I guess all-in-all it could have ended up worse."
CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge)
"That's a good starting spot for the Target Dodge. Hopefully we can stay up front all night and bring home another top 10 finish."