Mayfield's Dodge wins pole at Talladega RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid) "I wouldn't use the word satisfied, but I'm glad we picked up from practice. We'll see how it is when we get it in race trim. You've got to have a driver in...
Mayfield's Dodge wins pole at Talladega
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid)
"I wouldn't use the word satisfied, but I'm glad we picked up from practice. We'll see how it is when we get it in race trim. You've got to have a driver in the car, and he's got to hit the marks. The car is better than the ones we've had here before, but at the same time, we're expecting a little more out of it. This is a different Dodge than the one we had at Daytona. This one is still on the ground and hopefully it'll stay that way."
WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid)
"That's all we had. We were hoping the changes we made would pick it up a little more, but that's about what we had in practice, too. We might have picked up a tenth. Hopefully the car will draft and suck up good tomorrow and that will give a good indication for Sunday. If it doesn't do that, then it's going to be a long weekend. We're going to keep working on it."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid)
"We picked up and any time you can come to Talladega and pick up from practice it's a good lap. I'm proud of everyone on the team. They've done a great job, and we've come a long way since Daytona with the engines and bodies. Any time you have a good run it seems to make things better. That's our whole goal. We know where we're going. We know what we need to do to get there. It's going to take some time, but the past few weeks we've shown some promise, not only to ourselves but hopefully everybody out there. We've got a fast car. We've just got to try to make it to the end. This is same car we had at Daytona. We picked up a little bit everywhere with it. That probably won't be on the pole, but it should get us somewhere in the top 10 or top 15. That's all we can ask for. I kinda like racing here. I don't like it if you don't have a good car. It's no fun then, but the last couple of times we've been here we've been able to run up front and race our way up there, so that's good. It'll be tough to beat those DEI cars, but anything can happen. I know we're going to give it all we've got and see what we can do."
KENNY WALLACE (No. 23 Stacker2 Dodge Intrepid)
"I'm a little disappointed with that. That's the same thing that happened to us at Daytona. We ran fast in practice and put in our special qualifying oils and slow up. The same thing happened today. I don't know what it is. It's the same car we had at Daytona and the same thing happened. We'll have to brush ourselves off and come back Sunday and get another top 10 like we do here all the time."
JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Havoline Dodge Intrepid)
"We changed the rear springs, and maybe they weren't as good. Sterling tried 'em and he thought they were better, but who knows. This is the same Dodge we had at Daytona, and it sucked up real good down there. It was fast at Daytona, but it didn't drive good. Hopefully here where handling's not a big deal, it'll be better. At Daytona, it's almost like a big Texas. It almost doesn't seem like a superspeedway. At Talladega, you know you're at a superspeedway. I hope we have a lucky race Sunday and stay out of trouble. I think luck is better than being good here."
CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid)
NOTE: Mears was the fastest Raybestos rookie qualifier for the first time this season.
"That was a good run. When you come to a place like Daytona or Talladega you've really got to thank the crew and a lot of guys back at the shop building the bodies, and the engine crew did a great job, too. I think we qualified 27th or so at Daytona. The guys really worked hard to pick it up and come back here, and they did an excellent job with the Target Dodge. As a rookie, everything is difficult to adapt to. Everything is a challenge, especially for me. I just had one season of Busch under my belt, and I'm still learning a lot about stock cars. It feels good to come here and run well. I just go around there and hold it wide open and try to run the best line I can and they do the rest. I appreciate all their help."
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid)
"It was wide open all the way around. I thought I could run a little faster, but it seems like every time everything calms down and you go back out, I lose instead of gain a little something. I think it'll draft real good Sunday. It's the same deal. I'm use to this."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid)
"When you get through the inspection deal and one inspector tells you one thing and another tells you something else and you have to redo it, they just need to get their story straight. It really doesn't matter where you start here. You never know who you can work with. Maybe I'll give somebody a case of Coors Light cold beer and see if I can make a friend to work with in the draft. This is like a home track for me, so I'm anxious to get back to racing here."
JIMMY SPENCER (No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid)
"We came down and thought we were in better shape than we really were. As the day progressed, we found out we really weren't good. We kept trying to find some speed, and we never could find the speed we wanted. I don't understand why everybody slowed down so much. I'm really puzzled about that."