Bristol: Dodge drivers qualifying quotes

Dodge drivers grab four of top five qualifying spots at Bristol - Ryan Newman wins pole; Ken Schrader, third; Rusty Wallace, fourth; Bill Elliott, fifth. KENNY WALLACE (No. 23 Stacker2 Dodge Intrepid) "The car was pretty good in practice, but...

Dodge drivers grab four of top five qualifying spots at Bristol - Ryan Newman wins pole; Ken Schrader, third; Rusty Wallace, fourth; Bill Elliott, fifth.

KENNY WALLACE (No. 23 Stacker2 Dodge Intrepid)

"The car was pretty good in practice, but we were just bad loose everywhere when we went out there to qualify."

JIMMY SPENCER (No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid)

"It was a little on the free side. We thought we were in really good shape. When Gordon busted off that flat, I knew it was going to be hard to beat. The track got real sensitive for some reason. I feel good about the race. I love this race track, and that's got a lot to do with it. A lot of it is mental. I hope we're going to start in the top 10, and as long as you can do that, usually you can stay out of trouble. That's what we're hoping for."

WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid)

"We picked up from practice. We made some changes and made a good call right there at the end. I think we're ready to race. We've learned some things testing, and I think we're going to be able to apply it Sunday."

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid)

"I got everything I could get out of it. I got more than I deserved in one and two. In three and four, I had to burp the throttle one time and that cost me the pole right there. I was really going after it. One and two was killer. We'll be ready to race after practice Saturday. I really like Bristol. I've always qualified well here. It was a pretty good lap."

KEN SCHRADER (No. 49 BAM Racing Dodge Intrepid)

"We needed a good effort more than we needed the pole. I might have left a little out there, but I didn't leave the pole out there. We've been good since we got here. I'm anxious to see what we can do Sunday."

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid)

"That was a pretty good lap. I was just hanging on. I didn't expect it to be that fast, but I knew we were going pretty good. I told the guys after the lap, 'you didn't think I could beat him (Jeff Gordon) did you?' I thought it was going to be pretty hard, but to pull out a .90 is pretty amazing. The guys worked hard on this ALLTEL Dodge in practice, and they did a great job. I'm happy to be driving the car. The car stuck like you wouldn't believe, and I put the pedal to it and it took it. It was just a good team effort."

-dodge motorsports-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Rusty Wallace , Ken Schrader