Charlotte: Dodge teams Saturday quotes

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) ARE YOU GOING TO START ON THE INSIDE OR OUTSIDE SUNDAY? "It's a no-brainer. We're going to start on the outside. I didn't know you had a choice until David Poole said something about it Thursday night ...

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger)

ARE YOU GOING TO START ON THE INSIDE OR OUTSIDE SUNDAY? "It's a no-brainer. We're going to start on the outside. I didn't know you had a choice until David Poole said something about it Thursday night after we'd won the pole. It's nice to know we have that choice."

MATT BORLAND (Crew chief No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger)

COMMENT ON THE DECISION TO STARTON THE OUTSIDE OR ROW ONE "The outside lane is better in one and two, and that's pretty much it. It's just because of the way they ground the track. The bottom of one and two is not the best place to be, especially for the start of the race. Mike Bliss did it last week in The Open. I didn't know we had the option to do it until yesterday. I thought they just did it in the Open last week because it wasn't a points' race. There's never been a place where it would be an advantage. I don't think we'll do it again, unless we win some more poles here."

WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO WIN THE 600? "We've got to go 600 miles without blowing up and without crashing. We're getting better with the Charger, but we've still got a lot to learn. The extra 100 miles is 100 miles more of wear and tear and an extra 100 miles for something to happen. I'm as confident as possible. The 6 and 38 look good, and the 24 and 48 are always good here. I hope we can be in the thick of it all. We'll find out for sure Sunday."

MILESTONES FOR KYLE PETTY, KEN SCHRADER

Kyle Petty will make career start No. 725 on Sunday in the Coca-Cola 600, while Ken Schrader will celebrate his 50th birthday. Petty, who will celebrate his 45th birthday on Thursday, won the Coca-Cola 600 in 1987. Schrader won the 1989 October race at LMS.

"It's only a number," said Schrader, driver of the No. 49 Schwan's Home Service Dodge Charger. "As far as I'm concerned, 600 is the most important number for me tomorrow. We'll celebrate the 50 part after the race."

"I don't know what's more amazing," said Petty, driver of the No. 45 Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge Charger. "My 725th start or the fact that Schrader is turning 50. I haven't been paying attention to 725. I don't remember when I passed 700. I think it's pretty cool. It's hard to believe I'm been in that many races. What's the sport coming to anyway? I've run 725 races and Schrader is turning 50. Maybe we need to turn it around and go backwards now."

MATT BORLAND (Crew chief No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger)

COMMENT ON POSSIBLE ENGINE CHANGE FOR SUNDAY'S 600 "Ryan felt a vibration (in Happy Hour). We don't know if it was the engine tires or what. It got better afterwards. Usually it doesn't get better. I wouldn't take a chance on a 300-mile race. Usually if the engine is vibrating it's going to go and it's going to go pretty soon. They've torn everything down and everything looks as good as normal. We're still looking. By then (tomorrow) we'll either change it or give it a blessing and send it on its way."

-dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kyle Petty , Ken Schrader , Mike Bliss