JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger) "The car in practice wasn't that great and we were sixth fastest. It was really tight on the corners and it was actually little on the loose side here. You start thinking man I could have...
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger)
"The car in practice wasn't that great and we were sixth fastest. It was really tight on the corners and it was actually little on the loose side here. You start thinking man I could have gone a little here or there, but it was a pretty good lap you know. It was pretty much all the car had. Does it stand out? I doubt it. I think there are some really good cars behind me, and the track just gets faster and faster, so if it's anywhere near the front it will be pretty good. I've been three times on the outside pole. I know most of the time that I run I run second. This is the first time that I have been listed as the provisional one."
YOU RAN WELL HERE IN THE SPRING. ARE YOU HAPPY TO COME BACK AND BACK THAT UP AND RUN GOOD AGAIN? "We brought a different car this time. In practice we struggled with it a little bit and made some changes. We did two race runs and it was terrible, so we said lets go to qualifying trim and work on that a little bit more and I think that helped. Even like that it wasn't great. Then we made some changes and it felt pretty good."
HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO FINISH THE YEAR STRONG BEFORE GOING INTO NEXT SEASON? "I think the only thing that we are missing this year is a pole. I've been three times on the outside pole and I think today might be the same thing."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
"I thought it was a good lap from where we were at in practice with the Miller Lite Dodge. We've been working most of the day in race trim, but for qualifying we gave it all we had, maybe left a little bit of time going into turn three because I drove it in so deep. It was the first time that I drove it in that deep and the car didn't quite stick as well as it needed to."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 alltel Dodge Charger)
"We're caught between a rock and a hard place. We're detuning the engine just enough so we can make the race but then we're hoping it will last for 500 miles."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
"It didn't turn as well as we wanted. The car didn't turn that well on both ends. It wasn't that much of a lap really. It wasn't very good."
HOW IS THAT GOING TO AFFECT YOUR STRATEGY FOR THE RACE? "Well this place you can still get a good pit stall. It shouldn't affect that. We should be fine. There will be plenty of good pit stalls. From there we just have to battle our way up front. Battle up there and stay out of trouble and make the most out of it. I think we'll be alright hopefully on Sunday. We just weren't so good today."
DAVID STREMME (No. 40 HomeLife Communities Dodge Charger)
"One and two was good. I have yet to see anyone go fast later. I think earlier was better. It's pretty hot and three and four are slippery and that is where we lost a lot of our time, but we're pretty happy. Our Dodge has been pretty good since we unloaded, it was just a bad luck in draw."
REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger)
"Our lap was pitiful. We were really good until we got out of turn two and had to get out of the gas there. I'm surprised that we got what we did. If we're not starting dead last we'll be pretty close."
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios Spoonful of Stories Dodge Charger)
"We were a little bit tight on that run. We're going to work on the Cheerios Spoonful of Stories Dodge and go get better from here."
KYLE PETTY (No. 45 National Tire & Battery Dodge Charger)
"That is the best that it drove all day, so we weren't that fast but it was good."
SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Proto/Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge Charger)
"We continued to get faster and faster every time we went around the race track today. We kept making adjustments. We kept trying to make the front end turn better without having the rear get out of the race track, so we use a lot of throttle. Every time we went a little faster with the adjustments that we made, we just didn't make another adjustment there at the end for qualifying, because we felt we were pretty safe in the show, so we didn't want to jeopardize making a change and hurting us. We had to make sure that we'd get in the show, so we didn't make any changes. We went a little bit faster, but in order to have a better lap we should have definitely made a few more adjustments, and not be scared to make adjustments. That is the kind of thing that you have to be risky on when you are out of the top 35."
THIS IS YOUR LAST RACE WITH VALVOLINE EVERNHAM MOTORSPORTS. CAN YOU REFLECT ON YOUR SEASON TO DATE? "Oh man, it's been just a miserable season really. I mean everyone has done a good job of working together. I'm proud of everybody's attitude. I mean the team that I felt like I was a part of and helped built together last year struggled through the learning curve. We came out of the box this year with great momentum and attitude. Man, we missed it as a whole, as a whole organization, and unfortunately this is a young team it hurt the most. I don't think that is why this is my last race. I think with the circumstances of the buyout of the team and things like that put us on a path to part ways. I still have a lot of confidence in the guys and wish them the best. I think that I've made a lot of friends, guys that I have a lot of faith in and that put a lot of faith in me. I'm just trying to enjoy this last race and do the best I can. It's pretty ironic that this is the only car that we've been to victory lane in anything, and that was just the (Nextel) Open, but this is that car so that is sort of fitting."
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