BUSCH: Bristol: Ford Racing qualifying quotes

JASON KELLER-57-Albertsons Ford Taurus (Qualified 3rd) "We did OK. Like last week, it wasn't a perfect lap, but it was a pretty good lap. Our qualifying has been a little bit better, but you always want more unless you're on the pole every week.

JASON KELLER-57-Albertsons Ford Taurus (Qualified 3rd)

"We did OK. Like last week, it wasn't a perfect lap, but it was a pretty good lap. Our qualifying has been a little bit better, but you always want more unless you're on the pole every week. Here, I still think pit road, and I know they've changed the rules a lot, but I still think pit position will be key and we needed to get down on the front straightaway and that should do it for us."

DID THE COLD WEATHER THIS MORNING THROW YOU A CURVE IN TERMS OF SETUP? "Not really. It's a good thing that this is a concrete track because it doesn't change that much. It not too heat sensitive or cold sensitive, so it's about the same."

SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Qualified 1st)

"We wanted to back up what we did in practice. I don't know if the track freed up a little bit or we freed it up too much, but we were a little too loose and couldn't quite duplicate what we did in practice. It might not be on the pole, but we'll be close enough to see it."

THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME AT BRISTOL. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FOCUS? "We thought that we really needed to focus on qualifying because starting position is key here. As quick as everything happens around here, and with lapped traffic and things like that, it's going to be really hard to get up front if you don't start there. It's going to be hard to pass people and starting up front is going to be a key, but the biggest key is going to see who can keep their fenders on it and race to the finish."

BOBBY HAMILTON, JR. -25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Qualified 9th)

"We tried to a do little bit of both, trying to qualify and trying to race, this morning, but once again our main focus is on the race setup and to keep making the jump in points. We jumped from 16th to 12th last week and it makes our job easier when you have the equipment that we've got with Ford, Robert Yates power and the team here at Team Rensi. We're fine and we're looking forward to racing."

DO YOU CONSIDER THIS ONE OF YOUR HOMETOWN RACE TRACKS? "It is. I jump in my truck and drive right up here in two-and-a-half hours. I think that makes it easier, but our local track at home is identical to this. It kinda has the same attributes and that's why Sterling Marlin and those other Nashville guys run so good here."

KEVIN LEPAGE-71-Matrix Motorsports Ford Taurus (Qualified 16th)

"We'll probably be about 20th or something, and that's about where we practiced. We're doing things with what we've got as far as limited funds. We haven't been able to test anywhere to try anything new. The guys are doing a great job, and I'm looking forward to a good day tomorrow."

HOW DID THE COLD WEATHER THIS MORNING AFFECT THE CAR AND THE TRACK? "I don' think it really did. Goodyear brought a good tire here and it's always been good in the different weather conditions. We just missed it a little bit, but we're here and we're in the show and that's what counts."

MARK GREEN-38-EasyCare Ford Taurus (Qualified 25th)

"We slowed up in qualifying. We made a gear change and I don't know if that caused us to slow down or what, but I'm not real happy with that. That will probably put us on the backstretch and that's not where you want to be here."

WILL THE NEW PIT ROAD RULES HELP TO LEVEL OUT THE PLAYING FIELD? "It will help, but it will be confusing, too. You have to remember if it's under caution or green flag and what you're supposed do depending on the race conditions. Your spotter will be important to keep you abreast on what happening on the track while you're in the pits, or you'll mess it up. It will even it out under caution, and I can't remember making many green-flag stops here."

GREG BIFFLE-60-Grainger Ford Taurus (Qualified 18th)

"I think we spent too much time on race setup this morning, and at places like this, I don't think it's the right thing to do. It will probably hurt us in the race, and if we miss the wreck, we should consider ourselves lucky."

WERE YOU JUST LOOKING FOR A TOP-21 STARTING POSITION HERE? "I think we did today, and that may work against us. We ran about 80 lap this morning so we know we'll be good in race trim, we just need to make sure we keep it in one piece. The car was way too loose in qualifying and I couldn't get the throttle down and I'm not sure why. It hadn't been that loose on forward bite in practice, but maybe the Winston Cup guys put some rubber down."

KASEY KAHNE-98-Channellock Ford Taurus (Qualified 28th)

"We had a pretty good car there, but I don't know how much of that we showed today. We lost a day and a half of practice when our test got rained out last week and we didn't have a chance to make that many laps this morning. It's a different place here and I think we needed a little bit more practice this morning and with that incident that happened there, another car hit me from behind and spun me around, it set us back a little bit. The Channellock Ford is still a really good car, and now we need to get it ready for the race."

HOW DIFFICULT IS IT MENTALLY TO HAVE TO GET BACK IN A CAR AND TURN THE FIRST LAPS IN QUALIFYING SINCE GETTING IN AN ACCIDENT? "It's not back. That hour that we lost was probably what hurt us the most. We just missed some time there and once we got back in it we kept making up ground. We'll be all right in the race."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Sterling Marlin , Robert Yates