Atlanta II: Ford teams qualifying quotes

GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Charter Taurus (Qualified 16th) "It was a pretty good lap. You know you feel like you try and get the most out of qualifying. There's a lot on the line and you don't want to make a mistake and I probably...

GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Charter Taurus (Qualified 16th)

"It was a pretty good lap. You know you feel like you try and get the most out of qualifying. There's a lot on the line and you don't want to make a mistake and I probably left a little bit out there through one and two. We never made a qualifying run here. We had a bad set of tires that shook real bad, so we didn't get to make a qualifying run. I had to put my other set on and do more race practice, but I'm gonna be pretty happy with that. I think it's gonna be in the top 20 probably. I think a lot of guys are gonna beat us because we went out early, but it was the best lap I had in me today."

RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Taurus (Qualified 29th)

"We weren't good when we came off the truck. We didn't have a chance to test here, so I didn't expect this. We ran this car here earlier in the year and it didn't qualify good then, but we were moving up to pass Carl for third three-quarters of the way through the race and had a hub go out on the left-front, so we figured we would be in real good shape bringing this car back. It's our Charlotte car, but we were lost when we first got here. We kept making adjustments and nothing really worked and finally in the last 10 minutes of practice they found out what controlled the car. They did another dose of it during the down time and we were so bad off we never made a qualifying run, so that was the first time we blocked it up and tried it."

FEEL GOOD ABOUT THE RACE. "Oh yeah. At the very end of the day we stayed on one set of tires and I was real happy with the speeds we were running and the way the car drove at the end of that practice session, but we ran out of time and did not get a chance to do a qualifying run. We basically took that, put a little tape on it, and went and ran it. It's a better race car than it's qualified right now and that will probably end up somewhere in the top 15. I'm pretty happy with it now, but I wasn't when we got here."

KEVIN LEPAGE - No. 66 Peak Fitness Taurus (Qualified 13th)

"It's just this great team. First of all, I want to thank Vassarette for coming aboard this weekend and Jani-King to help us out and the guys - Greg and all the guys back at the shop, they just keep working and keep preparing cars for me week in and week out. The Yates-Roush horsepower is not hurting us either, but it's just a treat to drive for this race team and I'm looking forward to being with these guys next year."

YOU'VE QUALIFIED WELL THE LAST TWO OR THREE TIMES. "We got here and Greg said, 'Let's go out and warm up the car and get used to the race track.' And I said, 'No, let's go. I'm ready to go.' He prepares cars underneath me and we were off just a little bit in early practice and he took what I said that we needed for adjustments and he worked on it and worked on it and finally we got something together. That was almost as good as the lap we had when we sat on the pole here back in '99. It was almost wide-open. We were just a little bit too tight. We were a little bit too loose in practice, but we've got to be in the show so we're looking forward to Sunday now."

YOUR TEAM IS ALL SMILES. "This is what this team is all about. They've had some ups and downs all year long and some struggles, but since I came aboard a few weeks ago it's been a lot of fun."

MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Qualified 4th)

"I told my guys that if my car would go as fast as the 12 car in qualifying they'd be in trouble on Sunday. It wasn't real close, but it was closer than a lot of them. I think we're gonna have a lot of fun Sunday."

YOU SAID IT WASN'T PRETTY. "I was wobbling a lot in one and two, but I just killed the corner in three and four. I lost a lot of time down there (in one and two), but I'm not here to sit on the pole. We're here to win. I wasn't gonna take any chances on skinning up my race car for that."

DID YOU TAKE A BREATH? "I couldn't hardly breathe, but I was pretty loose in one and two and wobbling down there going left and right with the wheel. About 90 percent throttle and stood on the floor down there, but I ate turn three and four alive. Our car has been spectacular all day and there's no question we're gonna have a ball Sunday."

CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Office Depot Taurus (Qualified 2nd)

"As loose as it was the first lap when they told me I was second I was like, 'This will be no problem. The second lap will be alright,' but the tires make so much grip the first lap that you've got to get it right. To be honest with you, I thought we were gonna do about a .30 after that first lap. I really did not expect to stay second, so I'm happy with it. Ryan Newman is the man here. I think he's won five straight poles here or something like that, so I was hoping to kind of dethrone him, but I need to go shake that guy's hand. He's the man. This is a really fast place to qualify."

WHAT ABOUT YOUR CHANCES TO SWEEP ATLANTA? "I think our chances to sweep here are great. We've got the best race car I've had here yet, and it was just awesome in practice. If I don't run into anything and don't make any big mistakes and we have a little bit of luck, we should be fighting for a win and that's all you can ask for."

DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Qualified 9th)

"I had no idea what may happen. We worked strictly on race runs and just decided to give up qualifying knowing there would be a lot of grip here. There's only so much you can do on an impound race anyway, so we just decided to work on some stuff. I think some things we found later that is gonna help us in the race probably helped to run a little faster there."

ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Qualified 3rd)

"That was a great lap for us. The car was better than the driver. The driver messed up a little bit, but that will be in the top five. I think we have a pretty decent car for Sunday. I just really wanted to get the pole tonight, but just left a little bit too much on the table, but, in all, the guys did a great job. The car is driving good. This is my Charlotte car and they put it back together, so a lot of hours have gone back into this car. To be able to have it here tonight is a privilege, so we'll go race them hard on Sunday."

QUALIFYING HAS BEEN STRONG SINCE KEVIN CAME ON BOARD. "Yeah, Kevin is doing an awesome job. Him and everybody is doing a great job with each other giving me what I need to qualify fast. It's pretty cool when you can be a little bit disappointed with third. We've been qualifying so good lately and I'm just proud of the way my guys are working. If we can stay in the top five, I'll be happy."

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