SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Qualified 4th "The lap was good. We were pretty devastated when it started raining before qualifying because we knew that we could qualify a lot better than 30th. We were really happy that...
SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Qualified 4th
"The lap was good. We were pretty devastated when it started raining before qualifying because we knew that we could qualify a lot better than 30th. We were really happy that everything dried up and had the opportunity to go out and make a qualifying lap. I've said it a lot lately, I couldn't be prouder of the guys on this Mobil 1 Dodge team. They've been through some tough times over the last year, but they hung there because everyone knew that we had a race package coming that was going to make us really competitive. We haven't gotten our top-five or win yet, but we're heading in the right direction and there's light at the end of the tunnel."
TALK ABOUT WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES IN TERMS OF COMING BACK AND RACING HERE AT DARLINGTON? "This is a place that I circled right after last season when we ran here. This is a place that we ran well in practice and had a fast race car. We just ran in some bad luck when we got bumped and pushed in a right-front fender. We thought that it would be OK, but we ended up getting a tire rub and blowing out a right-front tire about 10 laps into the race.
"We missed around 75 laps because we were behind the wall making repairs, but then came back out and ran with the leaders the rest of the night. We said to ourselves that if we could do that with a torn-up race car, we ought to be able to run good there with a whole race car. The big thing for me tomorrow is to get through the first three-quarters of the race unscathed and then try to be in a position to win it the last 50 laps."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Qualified 7th
"It was a good lap. We made a nice gain from practice to qualifying which was nice. Our Budweiser Dodge felt like the back end was out of the track a little bit which actually gave us more speed. Anytime that you can qualify inside the top 10 here, you give yourself a pretty decent chance tomorrow night. We should get a decent pit stall which will certainly help with track position all night."
IS IT THAT IMPORTANT TO QUALIFY INSIDE THE TOP 10 HERE? "It really is. It gives you a lot more confidence heading into tomorrow night, that's for sure. It's going to be a tough race. It's going to be difficult to pass here tomorrow night and any advantage that you have in trying to gain track position is critical. You're going to see a lot of pit strategy all night... two tires, four tires, especially late in the race. You're just not going to be able to move past a lot of cars on the track, so starting inside the top 10 certainly helps."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Qualified 8th
"I felt like we made good changes on the Miller Lite Dodge. We ran a 90 in practice and felt that there was room for us to pick up. When the track got rained on, I really thought that we could pick up. We'll see where that puts us. Hopefully, a top-five."
WHAT IS TURN TWO AT DARLINGTON LIKE? "It's the coolest turn in NASCAR. I sat on the pole here my rookie year and did it because I didn't know what I was doing (smiles); I didn't know any better not to lift. It's definitely a challenging corner that will test everybody. It will separate the men from the boys."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Stanley Tools Dodge Charger) Qualified 19th
"Our Stanley Dodge was pretty decent. The car felt pretty good in race trim during practice, we just didn't qualify like we wanted to. We've got 500 miles to make up ground and work on track position to move up the field."
DAVID STREMME (No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger) Qualified 34th
"It was a pretty good lap for a back-up car. We lost the primary in practice and the crew had to race to get our second car ready. Our primary car was really fast, but that's history now. We had hoped to go faster in qualifying, but had to be a little conservative to make sure we had a car for tomorrow night."
AJ ALLMENDINGER (No. 44 Best Buy Dodge Charger) Qualified 38th
WHAT WAS YOUR THROUGHTS OF DARLINGTON THE FIRST TIME YOU CAME HERE? "I remember thinking that somebody screwed up the design of this place. This isn't an oval. It is way different than any other place I've been too. It's a lot of fun. I kind of liked it before it got repaved, you would slide around a lot more. I've already scuffed the side of the race car. I've spent enough money at Best Buy already buying flat-screen TVs; I'm going to spend a little of theirs by damaging the race car a little bit. The Best Buy Dodge, we had it OK in qualifying trim, but it rained. We don't know what we have now."
REED SORENSON (No. 43 Valvoline Crew Chief Dodge Charger) Qualified 41st
"It was OK. We knew we have to start in the back of the field because of the engine change during practice. We were a little bit on the conservative side."
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