KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge Charger) Qualified 15th "What a relief to get in the race. I think the pressure was off this week because the driver didn't make a mistake. A lot of places where we go to race, the...
KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge Charger) Qualified 15th
"What a relief to get in the race. I think the pressure was off this week because the driver didn't make a mistake. A lot of places where we go to race, the driver makes a big difference. When we haven't qualified, I've let the guys down by not making the race. The guys on the Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge worked real hard back in the shop and here at the track to give me a good car. I've been in this position when you miss qualifying for races, so you feel bad for the crew guys when you don't make the show. Today I'm really happy for them."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (No. 10 LifeLock Dodge Charger) Qualified 17th
"We were missing about three-tenths yesterday and we only gained one (tenth) today. We're just really happy that we made the race. The LifeLock Dodge was good; it was neutral and pretty easy to drive. I used all the race track that I could to get us in the show. Qualifying is never easy when you're trying to drive your way in -- especially here."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 GARMIN/Best Buy Dodge Charger) Qualified 18th
"It was a typical qualifying session at Talladega. You just kind of hold the wheel straight and get it (the car) to stick on the bottom. It's really about race day here. It's a long race where anything can happen. (Tomorrow) is about getting in the right line, finding a good drafting partner and avoiding a big wreck in the end. I'm really happy for Patrick (Carpentier) for laying down a great number and getting another Gillett Evernham Dodge in the race. He's worked really hard all year and has proven that he can drive a race car out here."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) Qualified 21st
"Hopefully we're better tomorrow than it was today. We didn't have it geared and set-up for today. We just tried to make it the best we could for race conditions. We didn't do a qualifying run. Where we ended up in qualifying is pretty much how we set the car up. It's all about race day here at Talladega."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Qualified 23rd
"I'm not too concerned about how we qualified today. It's a long race and you have to be there in the end to have a shot at winning. The first time that I came here to Talladega, this place ate me up and spit me out. I didn't know where I was by time the race was over. It's taken a while to figure this race track out. It feels great that I've got a great Penske team behind me. We're coming off a second place finish at Daytona; hopefully we can duplicate that tomorrow."
REED SORENSON (No. 41 Polaroid Dodge Charger) Qualified 25th
"Our Polaroid Dodge Charger is pretty good heading into tomorrow. We've brought the same car here that we raced in the 500 at Daytona. The car handled the draft well (in Daytona) and that's really important here at Talladega. We've got an OK starting spot, but I'm not sure how much that matters. You have to go into the race tomorrow with an open mind knowing anything can happen out there. If we can be there in the end, I think that we'll be Ok and get a decent finish."
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Dodge Charger) Qualified 26th
"A boring qualifying lap. Tomorrow is a completely different day here. It's all about drafting and I like how our Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Dodge handled in traffic yesterday during practice."
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger) Qualified 34th
"We qualified about the same way we practiced. We just didn't pick up anything. We're not sure why, but I wish that we could figure it out. We've got some work to do to run eight-tenths faster than the other guys."
P.J. JONES (No. 7 RV's.com Dodge Charger) Qualified 35th
"The RV's Dodge Charger feels good. We worked real hard yesterday on drafting and getting the car stuck up. I think we were able to shake the car down pretty good for Robby (Gordon) to jump back in the seat tomorrow."
SAM HORNISH JR. (No 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Qualified 37th
"Talladega Superspeedway is one of the few tracks where qualifying is not a huge factor. Racing here is all about drafting and patience. The Mobil 1 Dodge was good in drafting practice yesterday and I think we will have a strong run on Sunday. It's like a game of chess. You can't rush and you have to make good decisions to position yourself for the final laps of the race."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Qualified 42nd
"We'll be OK. The Budweiser Dodge felt good yesterday in the draft and that's the important thing. The key tomorrow is to find where the car likes to run and stay out of a wreck to give yourself a shot at the end. If we can do that and get some Dodge's to hook-up late in the race, it could be a fun day."
DARIO FRANCHITTI (No. 40 Tums Quik Pack Dodge Charger) Qualified 43rd
"Qualifying really doesn't have too much to do with the driver; it's more about the guys on the Tums Quik Pack that prepare the race car. They deserve all the credit for giving me a great race car for my first qualifying attempt here at Talladega. It's been an exciting weekend for me qualifying so well in the Nationwide race and now for the Cup race. This is a nice step in the right direction."
-credit: dodge motorsport