CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 World Financial Group Taurus (Qualified 4th) "I had a lot of grip. The race track had a lot of grip. We've got the World Financial Group on board and that's awesome. I could have used the World Financial Group back when...
CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 World Financial Group Taurus (Qualified 4th)
"I had a lot of grip. The race track had a lot of grip. We've got the World Financial Group on board and that's awesome. I could have used the World Financial Group back when I owed everybody money and I was borrowing money from my mom and everybody, but now they're on board when this 99 team really needed it. Hopefully, we get a good run on Sunday and I'm just having a blast. It's fun." WHERE DO YOU THINK THAT WILL END UP? "Only eight have gone so far, but hopefully that will be in the top 10. That's what we're really shooting for. We did race practice for most of the day because we just want to have a great race for World Financial Group. They're an Atlanta-based company and they came on board this week and it would be really neat to have a good run for them on Sunday." SOME SAY THIS TRACK IS EASY ONCE YOU MASTER IT. "I can see what they mean. It's like a great big dirt track. You can run all over in different places. If you get right down by the white line, it'll loosen the car up. But if you move up there are spots where the seams and the pavement are that'll free the car up. That's why guys like Tony Stewart and all those guys that grew up racing dirt, I think that's why they race so good here. Hopefully, some of that works for us. I love dirt racing, so I think we'll have a good day."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Rent-A-Center Taurus (Qualified 45th, starts 43rd)
"We'd run in the 90's, but I don't know. I don't have this qualifying deal figured out for sure. I'm disappointed. It's cool here at night and you should run faster than you practiced, but we slowed up. I did the same thing at Charlotte. I don't know what the deal is. It's something to do with the driver, but I don't know. I went in there and it bottomed out a little bit, but it didn't show any signs of that in practice so I'm not really sure. I probably just overdrove the corner."
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Qualified 3rd)
"We've got a cool looking race car this weekend. M&M's always does a great job with paint schemes and, actually, we're Team Halloween this weekend at Robert Yates Racing. Not only am I orange, but my teammate also has an orange car out there now, but that's a great run for us. Hopefully, that will stay in the top four or top five. We came here to win this race this weekend. We've got one thing in mind and that's to win the race and take all the chances we can to try to do that. A Yates car has not won a race yet on this new configuration. Doug Yates reminded me of that today so we've got a lot of work ahead of us come Sunday."
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Qualified 20th)
"That was a huge gain for us. We picked up a half-second from our best time, but we struggled. We've struggled with this car to get speed out of it. We obviously used a provisional at Charlotte, but then got it much better for the race and much more competitive. We still have some work to do on it, but that's a lot better. I don't think that will be 30th, but somewhere in the top 25. This is a place where the corners are the most important thing. The track seems to have lost grip from when we were here before, so we've got to do something to get that back. If we can do that, then we can be really competitive on Sunday."
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus (Qualified 5th)
"That was a disgraceful qualifying effort by the driver, but it was an absolutely fantastic qualifying effort by the team and giving me a car like that to drive. The car was just perfect. I was just a tick tight and I knew it and I just overdrove one by a little bit. I missed the bottom by at least a car width and left a lot of time on the table down there. I knew we had a .90 or better in the car and I just didn't do it. I'll kick myself again. I'm not a perfect qualifier and that's probably why I'm not as good at places like Martinsville that requires such ever perfect finesse. But we'll be good in the race here."
JOHN ANDRETTI - No. 14 VB/APlus at Sunoco Taurus (Qualified 17th)
"That's the goal (to make the race). If I hang it on the fence, we go home. So I tried not to hang it on the fence because we had such a good car. I left a lot out there, but the team really did a good job and this will get us solidly in the race. Dave (Charpentier) told me before we ran that all we had to run was a 29.80 and we would have looked pretty stupid if we would have had to load it up because I backed the thing in the wall after being fourth-quick in practice. It doesn't matter where you start, it's a matter of being here on Sunday." HOPEFULLY YOU'LL ACTUALLY GET THE CAR IN THE GARAGE AREA TOMORROW, INSTEAD OF BEING HERE IN THE STREET. "Yeah, actually if it rains we'll have a roof over our heads. I guess this is going to be the case for a long time, but, hopefully after next year gets started, we'll earn our place inside."
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Qualified 7th)
"I may be getting too old for that. I'll still do it as long as I have to though, but it's an awfully fast place to be that loose. It wasn't smart, but I got it done. The back end was really light through one and two, but the car was actually pretty awesome in three and four. We're thrilled with that. Anytime we qualify better than 18th we've done something, so that bodes well for our race setup come tomorrow."
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Sharpie/IRWIN Taurus (Qualified 22nd)
"For some reason the track is extremely loose for us and it has been since we got here, but we've picked up everytime we've been out on the race track. That just goes to show how far off we were to begin with. I hope that this Ford has more front downforce than we think it does and that's what's making us loose. We did have to re-touch every panel on this car after Charlotte because we know what episodes it went through there and right now it's just been unbelievably loose. The setup that's underneath it is the tightest I've ever seen in a race car. That lap should put us in the top 25 and we've been somewhat off on the mile and a half tracks this year in qualifying. The only track we did good on was Vegas and I might feel a little bit special when I go there, so Atlanta is just a place where we qualified 20th last time and right now we're 20th. We'll just have to go and race hard."