Daytona Thursday post qualifying notes

<B>Derrick Kelly, No. 07 Discount Auto Parts Pontiac Kelly captured the pole with a speed of 163.482 mph. Kelly had one top 10 finish in 3 starts in the 2000 Goody's Dash Series. His previous best start at Daytona was third in1998. "I...

<B>Derrick Kelly, No. 07 Discount Auto Parts Pontiac
Kelly captured the pole with a speed of 163.482 mph. Kelly had one top 10 finish in 3 starts in the 2000 Goody's Dash Series. His previous best start at Daytona was third in1998.

"I guess we're a little bit surprised with getting the pole. We came here with a team that I've never been here with before. This is my fourth race here. The first year we qualified third. The next few years we struggled a little bit. We were among the top 15 cars. When you've never been here before and you come out and qualify third then the next few years you struggle, I guess I've been humbled by all that. There's a lot of teams here with a lot of experience and I guess today our experience paid off."

"Loose is fast, so we were loose and by the stopwatch we were fast. This racetrack is different. It will humble you. Our strategy is to finish the race and to remember the only lap that counts is the last one. "

"We were able to come away with the pole and our sponsor, Discount Auto Parts is presenting the race and AC Delco is sponsoring it and it's a perfect combination. Hopefully on Saturday we'll be in Victory Lane. That's what we're here for. That's what we dream about. To come and win Daytona in any series is an accomplishment."

Justin Hobgood, No. 65 Precision Engines/Hampton Inn Oceanside Pontiac
"Our run was a lot better than we expected. We didn't expect to run but a 55.70. We're really satisfied with it. I think we've got a good starting place, much better than last year. I would have loved to have sat on the pole. I guess I'm one of these types of guys who wants it all. I'd like to have the pole and win the race."

"This is our third attempt here at Daytona. Our first year (1999) we started fifth and there was a wreck in the back straightaway and I got caught up in it. We started 39th last year and ran two laps and got caught up in this big wreck in Turns 1 and 2 and then sat out and watched the rest of the race. Hopefully with this good qualifying run we'll start up front and be out of that one big wreck that always happens here. That's just the way Daytona is."

<B>B.J. Mackey, No. 84 Van Camps/CTR Pontiac
ON BEING THE FASTEST IN PRACTICE
"We were drafting with the No. 11 car, Brandon Ward. We weren't too fast when he was in front of us, but when we changed and I was leading, we picked up and ran a real good lap. Maybe in the race if we qualify up front, we can get hooked up. Running like that, we just might run away from the pack."

"I don't know (if we can win the pole). We came down here to win and didn't come down here to sit on the pole. We've got a good enough car, a decent qualifying set-up. If we're in the top-5, it would be great. If we get the pole, that's super, but as long as we're in the top-5 and we don't have to start mid-pack, we'll be all right. We just shoot to win."


ON CONTENDING FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP THIS YEAR
"I think we have a pretty good shot at it this year if we run all the races. If we get a sponsorship to come through for the rest of the year, I think we'll be a pretty good contender."

Robert Huffman, No. 37 White House Apples Toyota
ON HIS PRACTICE RUNS
"We're not as good as we expected to be, but I think we'll be okay when it comes race time. We've raced here quite a bit and look forward to it It's been a pretty good day. We're still here."


ON REPEATING AS SERIES CHAMPION
"We're going into this year with the same thoughts as we had last year - planning on winning again, but the competition is different every year. There are a lot of good racers here and it'll be tough, but we're going to try to defend our championship."

-DIS

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Robert Huffman , Justin Hobgood