TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Performance Dodge Ram) -- Qualified 10th "We got tight. We were a little bit loose, and these tires are just a little bit different, but what the heck. At least we're headed in the right direction. I'm tickled to death...
TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Performance Dodge Ram) -- Qualified 10th
"We got tight. We were a little bit loose, and these tires are just a little bit different, but what the heck. At least we're headed in the right direction. I'm tickled to death to qualify in the top 10. We haven't done that all year. The truck is driving well, and I know it's going to be good in the race. We'll just have to take what we got today. This track doesn't change much. We were just a little tight, and that's all it takes here. Just a little bit and you lose a tenth."
BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Square D Dodge Ram) -- Qualified Seventh
"It's hard to pick up on the second lap here. If I did, that was all driver (said with laughter). I figured we'd wind up 11th or 12th. We're in the top 10, so that's real good. We can run .70 and .80-second lap on old tires, so I think we'll be good in the race. That's really our strategy during practice. We work on race setups. This is the same truck we had at Charlotte and won with at Atlanta. I've only got two trucks. We're finishing our third one now, but three is enough. You can get the job done right with three."
CHAD CHAFFIN (No. 18 Dickies Dodge Ram) -- Qualified Ninth
"We want a pole, but at the same time the truck ran great. I drove it absolutely as hard as I could and it did everything it could have done. The guys did a great job. We probably could have done some things different that would have made it faster, but I'm real happy. I think I've got a really fast truck. Qualifying doesn't pay anything. I've already found that out. We've got a real good starting spot with the Dickies Dodge. It's not like we're 20th or so. We're right behind my teammate (Bobby Hamilton), and he's the best driver out here. I know who to follow. I don't know if I can keep up with him, but I've got the model right ahead of me. We'll see what happens.
"Our trucks are built alike. Last year Bobby and I had different trucks. I think I'm a good qualifier, but this year we've made a real effort to concentrate on races. I'll be honest with you. I drove that thing as hard as I could, but we didn't spend two or three hours working on this truck to get one good lap out of it. We're worried about race setup. When it comes time to qualify we're going to tape it up, put new tires on it and see what we've got. Somewhere this year we'll get a pole. If midseason we don't have one, we might try a little harder."