Darlington: Dodge teams qualifying quotes

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Qualified 5th "I felt like it was a good couple laps for the Miller Lite Dodge. If I could have blended turns 1 and 2 from the first lap with 3 and 4 on the second, it may be a tenth quicker then what...

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Qualified 5th

"I felt like it was a good couple laps for the Miller Lite Dodge. If I could have blended turns 1 and 2 from the first lap with 3 and 4 on the second, it may be a tenth quicker then what we have right now. We have what we have. The car is stable. The test in Charlotte gave us a new direction and hopefully we can see some of the results shortly. To run a pair of .47s (27.478 sec.) shows that we have a real consistent combination. It's nice to put our Dodge in the top-five."


ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 McDonalds Charger) Qualified 7th

"It's frustrating. There was something rubbing real bad and it filled the car up with smoke. I didn't know what it was and didn't want to take any chances. We left a lot of speed on the race track. It's a shame where track position is going to be very important that we gave up that much time. We dug ourselves a hole. We'll try to make the most of it tomorrow night."


BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger) Qualified 10th

"It wasn't bad. We wish we could have gone a lower 60 (27.662 sec.), but it is what it is. I can't be too disappointed because when we unloaded, we were way off chassis wise and Jeff (Meendering) did a great job getting this car right on this new surface. We're really happy with our practice runs earlier today, so that should bold well for tomorrow."


STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Dodge Challenger Dodge) Qualified 14th

"It was a good run for us. On one hand, you still try to be a little bit careful. A lot of guys hit the fence. We had run a 68 (27.68 sec.) and I thought we would run a 60-65. We're solid in the field. It's a long race, 500 miles. You've got to race this whole race track tomorrow night, be here at the end and you've got a good shot at this thing. This is one of my favorite tracks. I have a couple wins, several top fives and top 10s. It's always been a special place for me to race."


JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Wrigley's Big Red Dodge Charger) Qualified 19th

"We ran a good number with a crashed car. We had a car to be in the top-five in qualifying, but it was just a little too loose. That happens here at Darlington. It's just one of those deals where you try a little too hard and just lost it. We'll start in the middle of the pack and try to move our way up and get inside the top 15 or so."


SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Qualified 23rd

"We were actually pretty far step behind the morning. I ended up crashing in the first practice and the guys really took a long time to get the car back together because if they would have know some of the things that were wrong with it right at the beginning they probably would have went to a backup car. It's really my fault. They did a great job recovering from it. I'm really happy with all the guys on the Mobil 1 Dodge. Just got a little bit loose there coming off. It's one of those things I had to get out of it and they said the lap time and I was like 'I'm glad that's over with.' It's been a tough weekend for us so far but we'll keep our heads up and keep working away at it."


RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) Qualified 32nd

"We just missed on our qualifying setup. We're disappointed because we had a top-10 car in practice all day. I like our car in race trim so hopefully we can forget about today and try to move up the pack tomorrow night. We've got a lot of cars to pass but anything can happen here at Darlington."


KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge Charger) Qualified 35th

"I wrecked this morning and we were so bad all day long. These guys worked really hard. When I got in turn three, one down there, see it's still turn three to me. I've been racing here 50 times; I guess it is still turn three to me. I got in there and got loose. We were very, very blessed to get a good lap. I'm very happy with it."


REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger) Qualified 39th

"The cars are exactly the same. So, we should be fine. Whatever we did learn in the other car, we will change over here. We got a couple of laps in qualifying to make sure it felt fine. It felt good. We'll be ready to race."


ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 Jim Beam Dodge Charger) Qualified 40th

"All of us were scratching our heads when you see Jimmie Johnson put two in the fence. Now we put two in the fence as well. We transferred all of our stuff from the first car we wadded up in the last practice to our qualifying car and we didn't get enough air pressure in the right front tire when went out to qualify. I ran the first lap and it was okay. I was going to run the second lap a little harder to get a decent pit selection and it just tripped getting into Turn 1. We have plenty of cars; they're the least of our worry. We're going to start in the back of the field anyway, so we'll just cruise around with another car and stick it in the show."


KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Qualified 42nd

"The front end took off and slid into the wall. I just drove too hard. I tried to drive it like I did in practice and I didn't have enough grip."


PATRICK CARPENTIER (No. 10 LifeLock Dodge Charger) Qualified 43rd

"I'm struggling. I got a bit loose in two and had to lift quite a bit in the second lap. The first lap I drove in too easy in Turn 3 and didn't push the car there enough to the limit. But I was kind of stuck in between hitting the wall and making a lap to get in the field. We struggled all weekend a little bit with the qualifying. We're not the fastest and the car was edgy a little bit. I'm pretty happy. I could have done a bit better and the car could have been a bit better. I'm in the race and just need laps. I need to run around here and figure it out because right now I don't have it figure out."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson , Jim Beam