BILL LESTER (No. 8 Dodge Motorsports Dodge Ram) NOTE: Fastest rookie qualifier will start 14th in Saturday's field. "We got in good and solid on our first run here. I have no experience on these flat tracks. I had a lot of concern. I'm pretty...
BILL LESTER (No. 8 Dodge Motorsports Dodge Ram)
NOTE: Fastest rookie qualifier will start 14th in Saturday's field.
"We got in good and solid on our first run here. I have no experience on these flat tracks. I had a lot of concern. I'm pretty much a rookie. This went pretty well for us. I'm glad Bobby Hamilton took us over to Greenville-Pickens to test. These guys worked hard and gave me something I could work with. I'm glad I was able to reward them to some degree. We're not up there fighting for the pole, but we're going to get there. We definitely picked up from practice. We're doing good. We're headed in the right direction. We've been starting out real well. Not if I can finish where I start, I'll be real happy. Our priority this year is to win rookie of the year and finish in the top 10 in the points."
TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Performance Dodge Ram)
NOTE: Musgrave won his second pole of the season with a lap of 92.864 mph.
"We came out and tested at Caraway and set up the 2 truck like the 1 truck. They were both really good. When we unloaded, right off the bat we were both pretty good. We tuned it up for qualifying and squeezed another tenth out of it. Last year, we just worked on race setups. We didn't work on qualifying setups. This year, we wanted to go for four poles and kinda concentrate on that. We did that. We could maybe have done that last year, but this year the Mopar Team decided to go for poles also. The bonus points nicked us last year, so we're going to go for everything we can.
"We had a good run at Darlington and it kept the guys pumped up here today. I've actually had to track record here for awhile in the Winston Cup division and places like North Wilkesboro and at Richmond, Va., too. My forte is not the short track. I really do like the mile and mile and a half tracks. You've got to beat and bang and put on a good show here. This race track will produce it.
"We're going to be happy on lap 250 because that's the end of our race and hopefully we're out front. Five hundred laps here is a grueling deal. Martinsville is a race track where the harder you try the worse you get. You've got to run smooth laps here.
"They said not to touch anything (after first qualifying attempt). We came down pit road and everybody looked at their watch and we knew something was wrong. NASCAR said they messed up, so we went back out and ran about what we ran the first time. We did end up on pole. When you've Darrell Waltrip and Petree and Harvick, it takes the Craftsman Truck Series to a different level when you get all those guys out there. We run seven times with the Cup guy with us, so they're watching us, too. The fans get 2 for 1. It's a great deal for us."
DARRELL WALTRIP (No. 17 Duck Head Footwear Dodge Ram)
"I thought we were going to be faster than that. We're really good after about 10 laps. It was just really loose on new tires. We worked on that a little bit and actually got it too tight to qualify. It was better than I thought it was going to be. Most of these guys on stickers are losing some. I think we'll get in the race and race great. I went out once on these new tires and took off on turn two and turned it plum sideways. We adjusted on it from there, and we overdid it just a little bit. I finished fifth the last time I raced here in a truck. You don't forget how to do this. It's about driving it down in there and having good brakes and finesse. You've got to finesse it off the corners and you can't spin the tires. It's not that big a deal."
BRENDAN GAUGHAN (No. 62 NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Ram)
"Our Dodge has been great on long runs. We've had a problem with sticker tires. It's more my fault. I didn't warm the tire up enough. We should have scuffed it a little more somehow. I had no right front. It was going away in qualifying trim. We know it's going to be great in the race. We're just going to have to battle back from the back."
BRIAN ROSE (No. 4 Sunclear Energy Team Dodge Ram)
"The track hasn't changed much. I couldn't get both ends of the track to match up on the same lap. I got off one corner real good and I was tight on the other end. It wasn't the truck's fault. I was going after it. I really hung it out there. We've got a great starting position. We'll drive to the end and make some moves with about 50 to go that will hopefully put us in contention for the win."
CARLOS CONTRERAS (No. 43 Hot Wheels Dodge Ram)
"I'm happy because we found a setup for the race. The race setup will be really fast. Qualifying setup, we've had problems. We were too loose. It will be a long race, and we've got a good setup. We can finish in the top 10."
JASON LEFFLER (No. 2 Team ASE Racing Dodge Ram)
"This isn't one of my favorite tracks, so to qualify second will be a big plus. I might have left a little bit out there. I have a tendency to overdrive these tracks. We took a different approach and ran a conservative lap. I'm really happy with the qualifying lap. We picked up about three tenths from practice."
ROBERT PRESSLEY (No. 18 Bobby Hamilton Racing Dodge Ram)
"We changed a lot of stuff before qualifying. We've got us a good little race truck for the race. We were quickest in practice for a long time. We just found some things we didn't like and changed 'em. Everything should have done what it done. We got what we deserved, but we're ready to race."