Dodge drivers Ryan Newman, Bill Elliott qualify on front row at Atlanta Motor Speedway. KENNY WALLACE (No. 23 Stacker2 Dodge Intrepid) "It was loose and slow, and that's about all you can say about it." WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar...
Dodge drivers Ryan Newman, Bill Elliott qualify on front row at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
KENNY WALLACE (No. 23 Stacker2 Dodge Intrepid)
"It was loose and slow, and that's about all you can say about it."
WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid)
"We were really struggling trying to figure out what the car needed in practice. We were really loose, and then we'd make it really tight. The car just wasn't in the race track in the rear, but that's the most positive change we've made. It picked us up about three tenths, and the track is probably a little bit slower than it was this morning."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid)
"You get around here pretty quick. That's going to be a pretty tough lap to beat (191.417 mph). I think a couple of guys can do it, but I'm pretty happy with that run right there. The ALLTEL Dodge is running pretty good. I just hope it holds up for us.
"It's amazing how little you breathe when you're running that fast. The faster you run the less you've got to breathe because the sooner it gets over with. We came here and tested, so hopefully that'll pay off. It's going to be another deal like Las Vegas where it's another down force track in reference to speed and track position and everything else. Come Sunday you'll see what the real deal is.
"Qualifying is a totally different race than race trim. Once you untape these things and change the setup around a little bit, it becomes a different race car.
"It makes you clinch up a little bit. It's definitely fast out there, and it's fun. After you get through with qualifying you can go on with a different type of race. It's a different animal when you tape these things up on a track like this. I hope it's going to be good enough. I think the 18 car is going to be a good benchmark. We saw that at Las Vegas. I think the 25 and 2 are definitely contenders, but hopefully we can stick it out. It would definitely be nice to have both of those Penske Dodges on the front row."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid)
"That's not what we were looking for in qualifying, but we'll take what we got and get ready to race on Sunday. We usually race pretty good here, but it's a different story when it comes to qualifying."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid)
"We're happy with it so far. I thought it would get us in the top 12 or 15, and that was our goal. We backed up what we ran in practice, and we feel real good about that."
JIMMY SPENCER (No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid)
"The guys have been working hard all winter long. I think it's showing off. The guys have worked hard in the shop building new cars. This is the car we had at Vegas last week. We've had a lot of little problems this year, but I think as long as they keep their heads up, we'll keep running good. I didn't hold my breath all the way around. I took a breathe in the straightaway. It was a good lap, but it was free. Tommy (crew chief Baldwin) made a good call with the tire pressures. The guys are awesome. I can't say enough about my guys. They really believe in Tommy and me. That's what it takes, and Tommy and I are getting better and better all the time. Qualifying well is important. The harder we keep working, it's going to show up, and they're not going to back down on their work. We had a brand new car that we were going to bring here. They took it to the wind tunnel, and it wasn't as good as the one we brought here. We got this car fixed from Vegas, and I think they made the right decision."
JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 43 Cheerios Dodge Intrepid)
"The lap was OK. It's been loose since we got here, but the best it's been was during qualifying. I don't know if that's because of the weather or the changes we made to the car. I didn't grit my teeth and go for it, but the car could have handled it."
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid)
"On the first lap I touched the apron too much in the middle of one and two and got the car wiggling. I had to back out of the throttle just a little bit and that hurt me. If not for that, we might have been right there with Ryan. It was a good run, and I'm happy with it. The Dodges are qualifying good and they raced good last week. I'm happy with them."