Atlanta qualifying Ford notes

>From NASCAR and Ford Motorsports Ford Driver's Notes and Quotes Friday, March 8, 1996. Atlanta Motor Speedway. First-round qualifying Purolator 500. MARK MARTIN -6- Valvoline Thunderbird -- "I'm real happy with that. That should...

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Ford Driver's Notes and Quotes

Friday, March 8, 1996.

Atlanta Motor Speedway. First-round qualifying Purolator 500.

MARK MARTIN -6- Valvoline Thunderbird -- "I'm real happy with that. That should make first round. I was concerned that we'd blown this whole weekend. If we blew the first two hours of practice and had to start way back in the field on Sunday, we were in for a long weekend. But my hat's off to this Roush team for battling back.Something in the ignition was off this morning and we didn't get any practice. No way to tell you what fixed it because we changed 50 things right before qualifying. Fortunately we had a half-day test down here and I had something to base a qualifying set-up. I reached real deep to get everything we could get for qualifying."

GEOFF BODINE -7- OVC Thunderbird -- "We keep getting better. We knew it would take a while to get back up to speed, but we're gaining. We'll be back in form in a couple of weeks. I just have to put a little padding in the seat to soften that rib a little."

JEREMY MAYFIELD -98- RCA Thunderbird--"We're a little disappointed because we'd practiced a little quicker and thought we had a shot at the pole. We made some adjustments and got it off a little bit. But that's a good starting spot and it's hard to complain about starting that close to the front."

JOHN ANDRETTI -37- Kmart/Little Caesars Thunderbird -- "We ran a little quicker in practice and thought we'd give 'em a run for it. I don't know if the cold affected us or what, but the car worked well. Who knows? Maybe we left a little bit out there. The car just handling great and maybe we can show 'em something Sunday."

HUT STRICKLIN -8- Circuit City Thunderbird -- "We've been behind since we've been here trying to get the car tightened up, but the guys put their heads together and made some changes at the end of practice and got us ready for qualifying."

LAKE SPEED -9- Spam/Melling Thunderbird -- "That was pretty decent. These guys have worked hard on this car I can't say enough for them because they've really come through after these first three races. This is the best qualifying effort we've have in a while.

RICKY RUDD -10- Tide Thunderbird -- "We were quicker in practice and adjusted our air pressures and went in the wrong direction."

BRETT BODINE -11- Lowe's Thunderbird - I'll take that. These over the race track This is the same car we ran at Rockingham but we had steering box problems and we had to borrow one from Rusty Wallace. It's a good steering box, but it steers a lot harder than I'm used to, and I wasn't going to get used to it in the two laps of qualifying. But my hat's off to these guys."

WALLY DALLENBACH Jr.-15- Hayes Modems Thunderbird -- "You've got to be careful the first lap when you qualify cold like this. The second lap, you know the car's going to be good, but subconsciously you worry that it's not going to be there and it's quite a mental game you play when you qualify on a day like this."

TED MUSGRAVE -16- The Family Channel/Primestar Thunderbird -- "We came here and tested and worked on our race set-up, because our qualifying set-up has been pretty good. In qualifying, the car felt too good, so comfortable that you worry about running fast. It's got pretty much the race set-up in it, and it feels really good, and we're just looking forward to the race. We just need to get in the show."

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ . _ . .. . ERNIE IRVAN -28- Texaco Havoline Thunderbird--"We're back in the garage on all four wheels. We've been decent."

DALE JARRETT -88- Quality Care/Ford Credit Thunderbird -- "This hasn't been any good at all. We're just not going anywhere right now. It's been the weekend from hell right now. My car drives pretty good, but it's not going anywhere. Maybe that's the problem. There's just no speed there. This is exactly what I didn't want. But it's here, so now we've got to deal with it. We won't have any choice but to go again. Time this ends up, we'll be 38th or so, and we can't stand on that. We've got to figure out something between tonight and tomorrow."

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