Atlanta: Dodge teams qualifying quotes

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) "We gained a lot from this morning when we unloaded. We got too tight in the center of the corner, and that killed a lot of our lap. The guys made a lot of good changes. We had the fastest car last...

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge)

"We gained a lot from this morning when we unloaded. We got too tight in the center of the corner, and that killed a lot of our lap. The guys made a lot of good changes. We had the fastest car last week, and we're back in the pack this week, so it's going to be a different view that's for sure. I think our car is going to be better in race trim. I like having to race people. It'll be fun. Tommy Baldwin has always run good here, so I'm excited to get to drive one of this cars. It'll be just like Vegas as the race progresses. We'll start sliding around."

BRENDAN GAUGHAN (No. 77 Kodak Easy Share Dodge)

"We qualified eighth at Vegas, but it wasn't a very good eighth. We had to just hold on to it. This week, the car felt great. We're bringing a new Dodge each week, and the cars are getting better and better. We got rid of a bunch of problems we've been having all year. We've still got a few things to work on, but the big problems are going away. I'll take that. I hit the lines that Buddy Baker wanted me to hit, and I did it consistently. I think we're going to be all right."

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)

"I thought I did pretty good. If it had turned in three and four like it did in one and two I would have been fast. I don't think I could have beat Ryan, but I believe I could have qualified second. We've got our pit crew fixed, so we're ready to race. Billy Wilburn is going to change tires. He attacked the tires in the first pit practice and on the first stop we knocked out a 12.67. We could have won at Rockingham if we hadn't had that bad stop. I don't know if we could have won last week, but we could have finished second. We had three bad pit stops. You can't have 17 and 18-second pit stops. One time I lost 17 positions. The car has been strong, and I like the shorter spoiler and softer tires. I really think that's better."

JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge)

"I'm not very good at this racetrack. Hopefully we'll get our car a little better tomorrow and I hope that ends up in the top 20. I'm not sure it will. I wish we had qualified better, but we've got to get it good in race trim. We struggled here last year. I'd say if we can come out of here with a top 10, I'll be pretty happy."

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge)

"We were sideways on both laps. We almost spun out. I don't quite understand it. The tires are going to wear out quick. It's going to be a handling track on Sunday, and I'd say they're going to be up against the fence."

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge)

"This team has done a great job, and our Dodge is running great. We picked up from practice, and that's the biggest thing. If we can get the balance worked out on the car for Sunday, I think we're going to be in real good shape."

CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge) -- Celebrating 26th birthday

"I was hoping to go a little faster, but we ended up really loose at the end of practice. When we first went out this morning, the car felt great. We tightened it up for qualifying. The guys did a good job of getting the car ready, so I feel good about where we are. I feel better after getting a year under my belt and having some good runs on top of that. We'll have to see how we are in Happy Hour. This track is a good bit different than Vegas, but I think we can improve on that seventh-place finish last week. We've got a good car, good motor and good team. The car that has the best balance and doesn't wear out one end quicker than the other is going to be in good shape."

KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge)

"We haven't worked on qualifying. We've spent all our time on race stuff. We just don't have a good race package right now. The guys have been working hard on our race cars. We call them race cars, not qualifying cars. That was a couple tenths faster than we practiced, so that's fast enough for me. We had a good run last week. We weren't as good as everybody on new tires for about 10 laps. Then we were a lot better on old tires than most people for about the last 10 laps. Jeff ran good and cut a tire, but we had two cars at Vegas that were pretty good, and I was really pleased. I thought we had two good cars at Rockingham, too. I'm optimistic about the season. Coming from 42nd in points, there's got to be a way up. That's the way we look at it. I think we're going to be a lot better this year."


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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Buddy Baker , Tommy Baldwin