SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 AAA/Penske Truck Rental Dodge Charger) Qualified 4th "It was a good lap for us. What we're doing here as drivers doesn't compare at all to what the team has done to prepare our Penske Race cars. We felt that we were a...
SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 AAA/Penske Truck Rental Dodge Charger) Qualified 4th
"It was a good lap for us. What we're doing here as drivers doesn't compare at all to what the team has done to prepare our Penske Race cars. We felt that we were a little bit off at Daytona and all the guys dug in and worked hard to bring us a fast race car here in Talladega. I'm real happy with AAA/Penske Truck Rental Dodge car. It ran real well in the draft yesterday in practice, so we're happy so far. Race day is totally different, so we don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves, but it's nice to see the 77 at the top of the leader board."
TRAVIS GEISLER (Crew Chief -- No. 77 AAA/Penske Truck Rental Dodge Charger)
"It's only qualifying, but putting down a lap of nearly 188 mph means a lot to the guys back in the shop who worked so hard to prepare the car we brought to Talladega. All the guys in the engine, fabrication and body shop did a great job to give us a fast car. We missed the show here last fall and our guys wanted to make sure that we learned from our mistakes. To beat some real fast cars in qualifying means a lot. With a top 10 last weekend in Phoenix and a good qualifying run here in Talladega, it's a sign that we're really bringing some fast cars to the track."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Qualified 23rd
"Not as good a qualifying lap as I expected. I think that we've got our homework done heading into tomorrow. We've improved quite a bit since Daytona which gives us more confidence and really think that we have a fast Miller Lite Dodge for tomorrow.
THE NO. 77 WILL START UP FRONT TOMORROW. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SAM FOR WHEN THE GREEN FLAG DROPS TOMORROW? "I'd tell him to hold a pretty wheel. The draft here is violent and frustrating all at the same time. It's a matter of patience here at Talladega. If he can be patient and learn what the draft does at the front of the pack, his race car looks to be fast and I think that he can be competitive."
REED SORENSON (No. 43 U.S. Air Force Dodge Charger) Qualified 34th
"Our Air Force Dodge is pretty good. We changed engines after we saw what happened with the 9 and 44 yesterday. I think our car runs well in traffic which is what you need in a 500-mile restrictor-plate race. It's not so important where you start here, but rather if you can stay out of trouble until the last 50 to 100 miles."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Qualified 36th
"About as expected considering we had the engine change yesterday. I think that we're right where we were as far as this is the same package that we ran (with the previous engine) in terms of cooling for the engine. We just have a different engine, same power, same everything. I think that we'll be OK. We just didn't get a lot of practice time yesterday. Hopefully we can get a bunch of Dodges together throughout the day and run laps together and be up front with 50 laps to go."
DAVID STREMME (No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger) Qualified 39th
"A really unexpected engine failure. The bottom-end (of the engine) just ended up going. Hey, our engine shop guys work real hard to keep moving forward and this was just one of those things that happen when you push the limits. Something happened internally in the engine and we'll have to put in a new bullet for tomorrow.
"The disappointing part for us is that we were using some of the same geometry that Sam (Hornish Jr.) is using and he put down a great lap. We ran a 50.75 (lap time) yesterday in practice and I thought that if we could run that (today), we'd be on the pole. Our Penske Racing Dodge is really good in drafting and that's that thing that we really look for here. At Daytona, we felt like we could get the opportunity to win or lead because of the fact that it's all handling there. Here, it's about the power that you put down more than the handling of the race car. Our guys have done a great job back in the engine shop to give us great horsepower, just a little failure today. We'll be OK."
WAS IT THE NEW DODGE R6P8 MOTOR? "No. It was our R5 version."
AJ ALLMENDINGER (No. 44 Hunt Brothers Pizza Dodge Charger) Qualified 40th
"Considering that we didn't have much track time yesterday because of the engine change, I think that was a decent run for our Hunt Brothers Pizza Dodge Charger. The car felt good, but it's really hard to tell during a qualifying lap and no other traffic around you. Our Dodge's seem to be drafting well yesterday during practice, and that's always a must here at Talladega. It looks like we'll start in the back-half of the field and have to work our way up. It's a long race tomorrow."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Best Buy Dodge Charger) Qualified 41st
"It's easiest qualifying session of the season because you just grab the steering wheel and hold the gas pedal wide open. What you brought to the track is what you have; it's that simple. The race is always a lot of fun because you always have the ultimate equalizer of the draft. We'll see where we end up and go race tomorrow."
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