Charlotte: Ford teams qualifying quotes

BOBBY LABONTE -- No. 96 Ask.com Ford Fusion (Qualified 20th) "That was OK. It wasn't anything spectacular. We're still just fighting a little bit of overall grip and trying to figure out why, but I'm sure we'll have a day to think on it tomorrow...

BOBBY LABONTE -- No. 96 Ask.com Ford Fusion (Qualified 20th)

"That was OK. It wasn't anything spectacular. We're still just fighting a little bit of overall grip and trying to figure out why, but I'm sure we'll have a day to think on it tomorrow and see where everybody lands here. But our lap wasn't that bad. It was a pickup from last weekend's fast lap on the track. We just talked amongst ourselves about how we're making little baby steps."

WHAT HAS MADE THE DIFFERENCE THE LAST FEW WEEKS? "It's a lot of little things. Ben coming on board and getting that going and up-and-running a little bit and understanding how he is in comparison to Todd, and last week I didn't hit anything. That was pretty amazing. I had a couple chances, but I missed them. I was like, 'Dang, what happened here?' So I was pretty excited about that and so far this weekend we unloaded in race trim and I think we found a little bit for Sunday night that we'll learn some more about Saturday, so that was a positive step. But you just get paper thin stuff. It's not like you get a whole book. You just get a nibble of something and that's about all we're grabbing right now. We can't grab something big."

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CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion (Qualified 19th)

"We picked up half-a-second. That was a good pickup. It's not screaming fast, but it sure is a lot better than I thought it was gonna be. I think that'll be good for about 15th or better and if that's the case, that's a good effort coming from where we came in practice. That's good."

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GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 American Red Cross Ford Fusion (Qualified 16th)

"I never had any clue that it was gonna be that tight. The track had a lot of grip. When you hear drivers say, 'It's got a ton of grip,' you know you can run pretty hard and I drove it down in there hard. I had a ton of grip, but my car just shoved the nose up the track and I had to wait forever. It just makes me angry because knowing I was gonna be that tight, I could have gone two-tenths faster easy and been probably fifth, or I could have taken a pound or two of air out and had a chance at the top of the board. So it's frustrating when you've got that opportunity and conditions are perfect and I didn't have the car quite right for that. Still, we'll be 12th or 13th and that will be good enough."

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BILL ELLIOTT -- No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion (Qualified 10th)

"Wherever we end up I'm just proud it's over with. I'm so glad we came here and ran last week. They weren't planning on doing it and I sat down and talked to Len, Eddie and Hyder at Texas and I said, 'Look guys, if there's anyway, we need to try to run the All-Star weekend. We can learn so much,' and we came over here and made some changes and that was good. We came with kind of a whole different deal than we had last week and it really paid off. I've been out of the car for awhile and you need to do this stuff every week and it just makes you better, and what we changed from last week to tonight really helped a lot."

HOW WAS YOUR LAP? "The lap was one of them deals where you kind of hold your breath and go for it, but it was good. The track had a lot of grip when we went and things were good. That's what we've got to continue to work on. This is a tough race track to get around and I'm glad for the guys because they need this bad."

-credit: ford racing

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