SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Qualified 6th) "We were a little to free that time off of (Turn) 2. Right through the middle of (Turns) 1 and 2, we were a little too free. We didn't make that many adjustments or changes to car, maybe...
SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Qualified 6th)
"We were a little to free that time off of (Turn) 2. Right through the middle of (Turns) 1 and 2, we were a little too free. We didn't make that many adjustments or changes to car, maybe our air pressure adjustments might have got us. I think everything was pretty good, I just wish we could have got back to the throttle a little harder and a little sooner. But, we'll be in the top 10 somewhere and we've got a good car in race trim, so we should be able to make our way up there."
HOW EASY IS IT TO PASS ON THIS TRACK? "It's pretty tough because it's a one-groove race track. If somebody really holds you up in the middle of the corner, it's hard to out drag race them down the straightaways, so you've got to really be able to get some momentum to get by them."
HOW MUCH OF AN IMPACT DO YOU THINK PIT STRATEGY WILL PLAY INTO TOMORROW'S RACE? "I can't see it being a fuel mileage race, but the tires haven't fallen off too bad. Right now, I don't know. I'll leave a lot of that up to my crew chief, and I'll focus my attention on the driving."
JASON KELLER-57-Albertsons Ford Taurus (Qualified 2nd)
"We wanted to at least back up what we did in practice and that's just a tick faster than we did in practice, too, so hopefully it will stand up close to the front. It wasn't a perfect lap, so I'll be surprised if it holds up for the pole, but it was a really good lap, so hopefully it will be close." DID YOU HAVE ANYTHING LEFT IN THE CAR FOR QUALIFYING? "I got a little bit too aggressive. You give it gas to let it turn the corner and I got a little bit too aggressive on the foot, but considering that the driver messed up a little bit, the car is really good so I can't complain about the race car. The race car has been really good in race mode. We only had one practice qualifying run, so to be that close, I think it will be in the top three."
HOW IMPORTANT IS TRACK POSITION HERE A THE START OF THE RACE? "It's going to be a track position race. You don't want to give up a spot on the track or on pit road. It's going to be extremely important because the cars will be bunched around the track pretty closely. It's going to be a lot slicker tomorrow and that makes any place tough, so hopefully we can get pretty good track position."
GREG BIFFLE-60-Grainger Ford Taurus (Qualified 1st)
DID YOU HAVE ANYTHING LEFT IN THE CAR FOR QUALIFYING? "I was just being a little greedy on the second lap, and I'll feel bad if it doesn't hold for the pole because I think I could have been a tick better on the second lap. Normally, everybody is a little bit better on their second lap and I tried for a lot better instead of a little better, and I kinda got it sideways coming off of Turn 4 and gave it up. The guys built me a great car for here. The Grainger Ford has just been running really good every since we unloaded it off the truck this morning; I'm really happy with it. Even it's not the pole, it will definitely be a good top-five starting spot and that's what we need to continue our climb in the points."
YOU ALWAYS SEEM TO RUN WELL HERE, WHETHER IT'S IN A TRUCK OR A CAR. "This place is fun to me. It's challenging. It's flat and it's unique. That corner (Turns 1 and 2) kinda has two turns to it. This over here (Turns 3 and 4) is just long, kind of a flat corner. Your braking points have to be perfect and you need to pick up on the gas at the right second. You have to drive a tight car on one end and a loose car on the other. I like challenges like that."
THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A REPEAT WINNER IN 11 PERVIOUS RACES HERE. WHAT DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR CHANCES TOMORROW? "I think we've got a good chance. Certainly, we think we have a car that we can win with this weekend if we can just tune on it during Happy Hour. I think we can be there with at least a top-five finish and maybe even the win. We're really focusing on getting back in the points battle, and right now, we're doing what we need to do to make that happen."
MARK GREEN-38-Great Clips Ford Taurus (Qualified 13th)
"It feels real good to be back behind the wheel of a car, especially this one in particular. This is a brand new car that the guys built and went to Greenville-Pickens, tested and shook it down, and it felt pretty sporty down there. So far this weekend, I've been pretty pleased with it. We're not the fastest thing, but we're a lot better than we have been qualifying-wise in the last few races. We're gaining on it and that's the main thing."
HOW MUCH INPUT DID YOU HAVE WHEN THIS CAR WAS BEING BUILT? "Well, I didn't have a lot of input. Wes (Ward) orders the cars and he gets what he wants and about all I'll do is put my seat in and make sure it's where I want it. It's a new Laughlin car. We've been running Hopkins cars and had really good luck with them, but Laughlin has a new kind of car out and we wanted to try it. For flat track stuff, it's pretty good so far."
YOU ONCE HELD THE TRACK QUALIFYING RECORD HERE, SO YOU KNOW THIS TRACK PRETTY WELL. HOW IS YOUR COMFORT LEVEL THIS WEEKEND? "It's good. This place, you can't really charge it and hammer it and let the race track hold you. You have to have a good-handling race car. You don't have to really finesse the car, but you have to drive it with the brake and the throttle. It's not like a big, high-banked corner where you go in wide open, let off and get back at it wide open again. I think it's more of a driver's track when you come to these flat tracks and I'm looking forward to that."