Bristol II: Dodge teams qualifying quotes

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge) -- Qualified 13th "That wasn't as good as I thought, but it's just so hot and slick out there right now. It's 10 degrees hotter than it was when we all stopped practicing. That's not a bad lap for...

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge) -- Qualified 13th

"That wasn't as good as I thought, but it's just so hot and slick out there right now. It's 10 degrees hotter than it was when we all stopped practicing. That's not a bad lap for sure. It's hot out there. If the clouds come in, we're in trouble. If it stays out and sunny, we'll be OK."

COMMENT ON SON STEVE AFTER WEDNESDAY NIGHT CRASH AT BMS "He's fine. He's in good shape. He's on his way to watch the race here tonight. There's no broken bones. He's just black and blue. He hit hard. I got here that evening and met him at the hospital and took care of him. I went back the next morning and took care of him and got him home. He's a tough kid, but it was a hard hit.

CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge) -- Qualified 22nd

"It was just too tight in the center. The track heated up. We were a little bit tight in practice, and I thought if we left it alone it would be right. Every time I'm here in qualifying we get loose, but it was too tight in the center. It was OK. Hopefully it'll get us a decent spot. I had a lot of wheel in it when I came up off the corner on the second lap and it got sideways. We were lucky we didn't hurt the car."

JEFF GREEN (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge) -- Qualified 27th

"That was pretty good. I messed up and hit the apron in one and that probably messed me up half a tenth on the first lap. Maybe it'll get us in the top 20, so that'll be a decent starting spot."

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- Qualified 9th

"We made a lot of changes before qualifying. We changes springs and shocks. We did all race stuff in practice. We made a couple of qualifying runs, and it wasn't that good. We changed a bunch of stuff, and it worked. I'm real proud of these guys. The car felt great. That shows how our chemistry is working. We were able to make changes like that and still qualify fast."

JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge) -- Qualified 5th

"We weren't far off, and we picked up from practice, so I'm pretty happy about it. I think that'll be a top five or top 10, so we're real happy with it."

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge) -- Qualified 4th

"Hopefully that'll get us a top five starting spot. All we can do is keep doing what we're doing. It was a little loose getting in and a little tight in the middle. I got a little higher in one and two than I wanted to as well as three and four and that gave up a little speed. I think if we had the car balanced perfectly, but Gordon laid down a great lap."

BRENDAN GAUGHAN (No. 77 Kodak/Jasper Engines & Transmissions Dodge) -- Qualified 17th

"We were a little too loose and I was trying to get all we could. I got loose going into three and I couldn't catch it. We're going to see if we can't get it fixed and keep this Dodge for the race. It's a good one."

-dodge-

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