SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge Avenger) "It looked like I was losing speed going into the corner, and I was trying to pick that up. It carried us down to the wall and probably hurt us on the first lap. The first lap is the...
SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge Avenger)
"It looked like I was losing speed going into the corner, and I was trying to pick that up. It carried us down to the wall and probably hurt us on the first lap. The first lap is the best lap and to lose the first lap is crucial. It's just not looking good for us making the show right now."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Avenger)
"It was a good lap. Our Dodge Avenger was pretty quick. I got a little loose throughout the lap and out of four I lifted all the way out of the gas. I gave up a little bit there, but it was either that or run into the wall. I chose to lift. I was hoping I could get a little more out of the second lap, but the car freed up more and slowed down a little bit because the car got looser. It was still a good run. These guys have done a good job getting this car ready, a lot of extra hours at Evernham Motorsports trying to figure out the COT for us. That was all I could do. I was on it. I had to lift off four and probably gave up a tenth. This car is a lot different, but it still does the same thing. At the end of the day you have no tires and you're still sliding around, but it drives a little bit different."
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Avenger)
"That was a pickup from practice. We were just a little too loose for qualifying. I wish we could have been a little tighter. It might not have gone any faster, but it would have felt better. The guys did a good job. I think we've got a pretty good race setup in there, and we qualified quicker than I thought we would. There's going to be some big differences in the cars with the setup we've got and the wing and everything. It's going to be a lot different. I'm looking forward to it, and this last practice will give us a better idea of how we're going to be."
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Avenger)
"It was just too loose."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 alltel Dodge Avenger)
"I guess you would call it driver error. I had the ability to slow down and didn't. It wasn't the exact balance I thought it was going to be. We were loose in and tight in the center and drove right up in the fence. I was dumb enough to do it two laps in a row. We were still faster than we were in practice, so I know we would have been faster than that. The alltel Dodge is fast. It's just unfortunate I can qualify any better than that for these guys. I think most of the cars are going to look like this at some point in the race. That's the second or third time I've ever hit the wall here. Period. It's probably more prone now than it ever has been. The COT is not a ton different. You're just trying to go faster and there's no room for error."
DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Avenger)
"It was way too loose. It's hot and there's a lot of rubber down. It won't be this bad tomorrow night. It'll be better once it cools down. We'll be able to tell more in the Busch car tonight, but I'm not too worried about the car in race trim. I think we're pretty good. There's a big difference in the COT here. You've got to give yourself more room when you're sliding. It seems like you can bounce them off the wall pretty good and it doesn't hurt them as bad. It doesn't matter what you bring here. You've got to save your tires, be easy on the throttle. I think you'll see that (backing off the gas in the corners sooner), but it seems like a lot of guys are getting faster. I think you'll see a lot of people going from the back to the front and from the front to the back."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Avenger)
"We over compensated a got a little tight. We were a little loose in practice. That's what I thought we needed to do, tighten it up. We just went a little too tight. The car is clean so far. We've still got to get through another hour of practice. As long as you stay off the wall you can keep moving forward. If you're in the wall, you've got to bang the thing out and stepping backwards. We've got to make sure the car will run on fresh tires in tonight's Happy Hour and then maintain a pace on a long run."
-credit: dodge motorsports