Darlington: Dodge teams qualifying quotes

KASEY KAHNE (No. 2 Team ASE/Carquest Dodge Ram) -- Fourth "It was pretty exciting. It was a lot easier through turns one and two to hang it out. In turns three and four I tried. I got loose-in, and just basically kept saving it through the ...

KASEY KAHNE (No. 2 Team ASE/Carquest Dodge Ram) -- Fourth

"It was pretty exciting. It was a lot easier through turns one and two to hang it out. In turns three and four I tried. I got loose-in, and just basically kept saving it through the corner and ended up running what we ran. It's just a little bit behind in steering, but it's a great Dodge. It's really fast, and it should only get better. The more practice I get in it, the more practice I get to work with these guys, I think it'll just get better and better.

"I can't really see out of this truck very well. It's kind of the same thing. You just have a much bigger window. It just feels a little different. The way you sit in these feels different than the way you sit in a car. But, they drive somewhat similar. They're definitely different, but they drive a little bit the same. It's been fun. That's why I'm here -- to have some fun."

"This is my first time in a truck. I've wanted to drive in a truck, and I've always been good friends with Ron Meyer and Team ASE, who is a sponsor on this Dodge. This is a great truck to drive. I'm pretty excited to be able to drive for Jim Smith, and have an opportunity to win in a truck capable of winning. It will be a fun race Friday night. I'm looking forward to doing all that. It's pretty exciting. We'll have a lot of fun under the lights.

"It's a lot different from driving in a Cup car. They drive different from the steering to the way the car handles on the racetrack compared to the truck -- they roll a little bit more. It's a little different, but you can get used to it. This truck has been good. It's running really good. It's a fast truck. I've just got to get used to the steering -- it's a lot different from what we've got -- and when I do it'll be a really fast truck. Tomorrow will be a fun day. There will be a lot going on, and we'll be going all day.

"I've always liked Darlington since the first time I came here. It's a track where the tires fall off so much and you get right by the wall. It's really simple to get in the wall and crash your car, flatten a fender, get tight -- there's a lot of things you can do. It's just a track that you need to be really focused on all the laps you're there. That makes it fun.

"We'll be able to use a lot of our Cup stuff this year. We should be able to qualify good again in both cars. We need to work on our race setup a little bit in the Busch car to get that a little better. But our No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge was great all day in the Cup race. I'm looking forward to this weekend, because I think we'll have three really good racecars all weekend.

BOBBY HAMILTON, JR. (No. 59 Harris Trucking Dodge Ram) -- Third

"There 'aint no secret to Bobby Hamilton Racing -- we've got great trucks. This is a school motor. A bunch of kids at a school built me a motor and it ran that quick. It's pretty cool. I love this place when you've got a great truck, and we've got one here this weekend. We've got a lot of grip in this thing. It makes it fast too. You can run wide open just about around here. I love this division. They drive great. They handle great, and then you get in them sleds tomorrow and you just slide around this place. They're a blast to drive.

"When I was doing all of the ride-swapping and looking, I was really hunting for a really good truck. There wasn't anything available over at B.H.R., and everyone else was filled up. But, that was one of my first choices was to go NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series racing, because you can make a great living for any one who trophies every week, and just have a blast. But, if I keep doing my job on the Cup side, I can own my own truck team and do what I want to do. So, we're looking forward to it."

BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Square D Dodge Ram) -- Fifth

"We were just trying to save tires. You've got a tire rule here, so now we have an extra set of tires than anybody does -- me and the No. 59 both do. Musgrave and them did the same thing, but they got about nine or 10 laps on the set. It knocks about two-tenths of a lap out of these tires until about 20 laps or so.

"It's a cool deal here. Racing at night is great for the fans. Speed almost always looks greater at nighttime, you know? So, I think everybody is going to see something they haven't seen. You'll see the sparks flying when they hit the racetrack and things like that. It'll be different."

TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Dodge Ram) -- Ninth

"You get limited by whatever tires you get. If we had an unlimited amount of tires, everybody would be out there forever. But, our Mopar Dodge is pretty decent. You can't risk everything just for qualifying here. I think we're going to be really good for the race -- being able to maneuver around the racetrack and all. It's a little bit different now that the soft walls are up. They kind of took some of the racing line away. So, that's going to take a little bit of a different approach, trying to pass trucks, and where you can do it now. It's going to be even worse than it used to be. It was hard to pass before, but now it's going to be even worse yet. But, everybody will just readjust and just go for it.

"I think the racing at night will change the race a little bit. It'll be colder. Usually when we're here it's pretty hot and slick. It'll be a little bit different that way. I think the biggest adjustment will be the stands will be empty instead of half full. Because, who wants to come out here in the middle of November in 30 degree weather and watch."

STEVE PARK (No. 62 Orleans Racing Dodge Ram) -- 26th

"Darlington is just a really challenging racetrack. It's a driver's racetrack. Qualifying speeds are going to be up because it's so cool out right now, but come race time this place eats tires and the handling goes off pretty quick. These guys who can really get their trucks tuned in to handling good on old tires is going to go to the front. And you can pass here too. We feel the Orleans Dodge is a great racetruck. Because of the weather we practiced a lot in race trim. We were a little bit off in qualifying, but we'll be better in race trim.

"Racing under the lights is going to make this place great. I've never raced under the lights here. I was kind of amazed that they were able to put the lights in here and have us race here at night. But, unfortunately for me, we're not coming back here next year. I wish we were. It's a great racetrack, and the trucks belong here. They've got all these great lights here. I don't know. I just race the truck, I don't make the rules."

-dodge motorsports-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Jim Smith