JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Havoline Dodge Intrepid) - Second "I think we saved a little bit (of speed from practice to qualifying). I think everybody does. Hopefully we saved more than some of the others. This is a really good lap for the Havoline...
JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Havoline Dodge Intrepid) - Second
"I think we saved a little bit (of speed from practice to qualifying). I think everybody does. Hopefully we saved more than some of the others. This is a really good lap for the Havoline Dodge. We've got a great paintscheme on this weekend. It's the paintscheme that Davey Allison ran in 1987 when he won here. So, we've got a lot on our shoulders this weekend to keep these Talladega race fans on their feet.
"I told this story last year when I signed to drive the Havoline car that that was really my first diecast - not this car, but the one with the big orange star that we're going to run next year. I remember having quite a few Davey Allison collectibles. I'm living a dream right now to run in the Winston Cup Series with the best sponsor there is."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid) - Fourth
"We tweaked a few things on it. That's what we had done at Daytona Beach. This is the car that we ran in the Busch Clash a couple years ago, and we ran good with it. We decided to freshen it up a little bit and bring it down here and get going. I've always enjoyed Talladega. My dad used to run really good here, and this was the first race that I've ever run really good at. I've just always liked it here and at Daytona Beach a whole lot."
KEN SCHRADER (No. 49 BAM Racing Dodge Intrepid) - Seventh
"We're really happy with that lap. It's a little bit better than what we ran in practice. We ran 14th fastest in practice. We're sitting a little bit better than when we were here in May, or whenever it was, so we're looking forward to it."
CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid) - Eighth
"That was a little bit better than what we ran in practice. You usually improve from practice to qualifying, though. We probably would have liked to be a little bit better, but it was a good lap for us. We'll see where it stacks up here at the end. You don't know who's going to run way faster than they did in practice, or who's going to run slower. It's not a bad lap, but it's not a great lap."
BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) - Ninth
"Mike and the guys do an awful good job here. I know Ray has put a lot of effort into this Dodge deal, and we just need to have a good run in this Dodge Dealers Dodge on Sunday. The cars have changed pretty dramatically since then (setting Talladega speed record). With the restrictor plates and everything they do today it's so much different."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid) - 12th
"I'll say that these guys did a heck of a job here, for sure. We were able to pick up a little bit of speed. We were definitely searching for quite a bit of speed and we found some. I'm just going out there, hanging on, hitting my marks and doing all that I can do. That's about all you can do.
"The car has handled pretty good so far. This is the same car that we had at the second Daytona, and it seems to be a pretty good speed car. We'll just have to see. Track position isn't as important at Talladega as it is at other racetracks, but it's always good to be out front. I'll tell you that, for sure."
JEFF GREEN (No. 43 Cheerios/Yu-Gi-Oh! Dodge Intrepid) - 13th
"That was exactly the same time that we were running with the first lap on the racetrack today. I'm just proud of my Petty guys. Petty Enterprises has really worked hard. Mike Ege, with the motors, has worked really hard. I didn't get a chance to run this car at Daytona, but it wasn't fast enough to make the race. I think all of us were a little bit disappointed not being really close to the front. We were third in practice. When you have to sit here that long to qualify, everything cools off and I think that hurt us a little bit. That qualifying goes out the window on the first lap of the race. But that's a good starting spot for us, and hopefully we can take this Cheerios Dodge to the front and stay there."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) - 22nd
"That lap was better than it was in practice, but we've been struggling a little bit trying to get speed out of our Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge. All in all though, we've got a great racecar. It's really run good on the speedways so far. We're just going to get it in race trim and go. It looks like several guys are struggling in qualifying here, and we're one of them.
On package changes at Talladega... "Well, we're not for sure yet on exactly what it's going to do, but the concept behind it is that we should be able to pass, pull up and do a lot of things that are going to happen more in the race than you'll see in qualifying. I think it's going to be interesting to see what happens, and we'll just have to wait and see tomorrow in practice. I think the biggest thing is that we're going to see more passing, and you'll have guys that are able to pull up to each other a little bit better and then keep the run going on past another guy. That's the concept and that's the idea, but we'll wait and see what happens."
CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI (No. 44 Bugles Dodge Intrepid) - 26th
"We had expected to go a little bit quicker. It's okay. I think we're pretty much solid. This car had to make it in the top-36, and that's what we were really aiming for especially after the last race where we weren't that strong. On the last superspeedway we were struggling a little bit. Nevertheless, it's very important to all of us that the team is a lot better here."
JIMMY SPENCER (No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid) - 31st
"We slowed down some - about three-tenths, to be sure. I don't think we had the temperatures right. The car came across running like 205 degrees on water and 165 or 170 on oil, and that really killed it. Anytime you don't get the temperatures up usually it's a couple tenths of a second, and that's what we think happened. But, it's over and we've got to get ready to race, and we look forward to Sunday.
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid) - 33rd
"We just ran our normal qualifying stuff that we know how to do. The car ran a 50.90-sec. lap in practice, and it qualifies at a 50.190 so we lost three-tenths here from practice. I really don't know why. I've been struggling with that at many Talladega and Daytona races, and it's a mystery to me. But the car always drafts good, so I feel confident coming into tomorrow morning's practice session. I feel really good about it. I remember last time here we blew a motor and we went from dead last to running sixth with eight laps left in the race. So, I'm confident."
DAVE BLANEY (No. 77 Jasper Engines & Transmissions Dodge Intrepid) - 42nd
"It definitely was an adjustment to switch bodies. We didn't get any test time at all with it, so we came here kind of blind. We made some gains here today, but it just didn't start good enough so I doubt we've got good enough to get in. We'll see. We just didn't know where we needed to be body-wise, and there's just not enough time here in practice to try a few things. Who knows?"