CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger) "The car was really, really loose. It wasn't good. It was way off, way off." STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Charger) "We ran that in race trim. It took half a lap for the car to get any...
CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger)
"The car was really, really loose. It wasn't good. It was way off, way off."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Charger)
"We ran that in race trim. It took half a lap for the car to get any grip. Coming down the hill was pretty good. We were sliding everywhere on the first half of the run. I like the old track out here better. There were more places to pass. Now you've got a couple of places to pass and that's about it."
JEFF GREEN (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger)
"We tried too hard. I got into turn one and about spun out. I just missed the corner basically. If you miss one of them, you miss a lot here. I think we probably wasted a second down there anyway. I think the car is pretty good. In practice it was as good as I've ever been here. It's driving good and running good. It's got good brakes and a good forward bite. Hopefully that will pay up for us. We'll just have to get track position some way on pit road now."
KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge Charger)
"I thought we were pretty decent in practice, but we've got to be a little smarter than that. There are a lot of turns here, and it's easy for it to get out from under you."
SCOTT PRUETT (No. 39 Texaco/Havoline "Shine On" Dodge Charger)
"We never got a good run in practice. We kept getting caught up in traffic. We made a few little changes after practice, but coming here with the 39 car just doing one race, you cannot afford to put it off the track and make a mistake in qualifying. If I were here week in and week out we'd qualify a lot different than we did, but if we're going home and packing up, we have no chance to win the race. We want to win. We focused on the racecar earlier today. At the end of practice we put on a set of stickers to see what we could do, but unfortunately we got caught up in some traffic. For us, the race is everything. It takes time to get used to these cars again. We'll get comfortable with it in practice tomorrow and go for it on Sunday. That's the plan."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger)
"That was a pretty good run for the Alltel Dodge. I wish we could have stopped after the first four turns, but that's not the way you do it. We'll see how it goes Sunday. I think we'll have a good car. If we have a top 10 car and get a top 10 out of it, that's great. If we've got a top 10 car and finish out of the top 10 I'll be disappointed. We just need a good, solid run and if we can do that we'll have a good finish."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
"I just don't qualify well here for some reason. We ran a good lap in practice, but it wasn't there in qualifying. The car is good. We'll race good. I don't know what it is about qualifying. We fly under the radar out here, so we'll try to do it again."
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Snap-On/Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
"I felt like I had a decent lap going and I got the thing sideways coming up to take the green flag. I went up the hill and got sideways, and that hurt me. I had a pretty good runs off the last corner. I got the tires a little bit just trying to cut it in tight trying to make up time, but it wasn't as quick as I thought it was going to be. I thought it would be a lot faster than that."
TRAVIS KVAPIL (No. 77 Kodak/Jasper Dodge Charger)
"I guess we thought we'd run a little faster. The car drove decent. The tires wanted to lock up instead of stick. I had an OK lap going until the last turn. I got in too deep and gave up a lot of time through there. The guys have been working hard. We know we're in the show. We just want to run all day Sunday and keep it on course. I like road racing. I'm having a good time. It's totally new for me. It's something I'll learn and get better at as time goes on. We're gaining on it."