KYLE PETTY, NO. 45 GEORGIA PACIFIC/NORTHERN QUILTED DODGE How was that lap? "That lap was pretty good. We were faster on the second and the car was really good. I'm pleased. Any time you pick up in qualifying from where you were in...
KYLE PETTY, NO. 45 GEORGIA PACIFIC/NORTHERN QUILTED DODGE
How was that lap? "That lap was pretty good. We were faster on the second and the car was really good. I'm pleased. Any time you pick up in qualifying from where you were in practice that's good. We were good here the first race and we had a good run, so hopefully we'll do the same. You need a good starting spot to give you some momentum going into the race but once the race starts it doesn't make any difference. What is the story behind the pink car? The pink car this week is for a thing we're doing at camp for breast cancer awareness for survivors. Georgia-Pacific has taken over the Susan Komen Foundation and this is their kickoff. The whole month of September is Breast Cancer Awareness month and this is the kickoff race. We'll run it one more time, I think in Kansas."
CASEY MEARS, NO. 41 TARGET DODGE CHARGER
How was your qualifying lap? "Our lap was okay. The track cooled off a lot and it got a lot more grip. Hopefully that will kick in for about a top 15 or 20. Things changed a lot before qualifying and we had a different front bar than we thought we had, so we compensated with some wedge and it helped but it hurt in some other areas. Does the impound rule make a difference in how you prepare for this weekend? Not really. We've done a lot of impound races now so it isn't really different any more."
JEFF GREEN, NO. 43 CHEERIOS/BETTY CROCKER DODGE CHARGER
What did you think of your lap? "Our lap was really good. I thought our lap was good enough to end up better than we did. I don't know what we would have done any different. It was a good lap for us. Did the cooler weather make that much difference? Not really. That's the good thing about Bristol. The concrete never really changes that much so it pretty much stays the same every time you go out. What's your outlook for tomorrow night? I always look forward to coming to Bristol and I look forward to leaving. So hopefully we'll stay out of trouble and have a good night."
RUSTY WALLACE, NO. 2 MILLER LITE DODGE CHARGER
How was the car? The car was really, really good. I thought it would run quicker than that. I expected more out of it than that. We've got a pretty good starting position and we'll get all we can out of it." Are you sentimental about your last race here? "Not yet. Everything is okay right now. I just wish I had qualified better."
TRAVIS KVAPIL, NO. 77 KODAK/JASPER ENGINES DODGE CHARGER
How was your qualifying run? "We were pretty loose and I had to get back in the gas really soon and really try to drive off. Obviously you lose speed when that happens. We did a few things right before qualifying to help it, but just not quite enough. Qualifying here is important and you want to qualify as good as you can. But if you're good in race trim, you're pretty good in qualifying trim and race trim was all we worked on. We were pretty good in the spring and we're basically the same as we were then so we should be all right for this race."
STERLING MARLIN, NO. 40 COORS LIGHT DODGE CHARGE
How was that run? "Terrible. We've been terrible the whole time." How important is qualifying position? "It's not, not really. It's better to be up front than in the back. But, things get out of sync and track position doesn't matter. We should be okay if we can stay out of trouble."
RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 12 MOBIL1/alltel DODGE CHARGER
Did you get everything you could out of that lap? "That was a good lap for us, but I'm kicking myself in the butt for not pushing harder through one and two on the first lap. But, it's better to do that than put it in the fence. It's a good effort for the alltel Dodge. It's really demanding to go out and run two laps trying to break 15 seconds. It's not easy." Do you think about where you are in the points? "Not really. We're just doing the best job we can each week. The points situation is definitely tough. We're just going to have to work hard every week."
JEREMY MAYFIELD, NO. 19 DODGE DEALERS/UAW DODGE CHARGER
Do you still have the momentum from your win? "Yeah, we do. Everybody on the team is really focused on keeping things at this level. That lap was pretty good. We could have been a little better, but it's a good starting spot for us. We've got a good race car, it's really good. What did you run in practice today? "We ran all race trim today, and only one qualifying lap. We picked up from that." Does qualifying really matter here? "All we're worried about is the race. Just because you win the pole doesn't mean you win the race. We're happy with our starting spot and ready to go tomorrow night."
KASEY KAHNE, NO. 9 DODGE DEALERS/UAW DODGE CHARGER
How was your qualifying lap? "That lap felt really good. All the qualifying runs are so close here it's hard to get an advantage. The car was a little free, but other than that it felt good. What's your outlook for the race? "Stay out of trouble and try to keep up front. I mean it's a tough race and you've got to fight for every spot. Without the pressure of the Chase, can you be more aggressive on trying to win the race? "That's all we can really do now is try to win races. That's what we want to do. Have good runs and put ourselves in position at the end to win races. We've got 13 more chances to do that."