JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Qualified 20th) FIRST ONE OUT AFTER RAIN. A BAD DRAW? "Well, I didn't think it was gonna be that bad because with the old Darlington it seemed like it was really good if you could go right after...
JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Qualified 20th)
FIRST ONE OUT AFTER RAIN. A BAD DRAW? "Well, I didn't think it was gonna be that bad because with the old Darlington it seemed like it was really good if you could go right after a rain shower, but, man, the balance of my car was really nice and it just felt like all four tires were kind of chattering. We just didn't get a good draw."
GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Qualified 11th)
"It's really slick right now. I feel bad. I couldn't go to the gas like I needed to because I was just too free. The second lap I was awesome in one and two, but too tight down in three and four. You've got to be right on that first lap, but the track just isn't good enough yet." WILL THIS DRAW HURT YOU FOR TOMORROW? "I've got a good car, but it depends on how much the track picks up. It'll take eight to 10 guys for this thing to get going really good, but I think it'll be a top-10 starting spot. We'll just have to wait and see."
DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion (Qualified 15th)
"The track was just about how I expected it. It's been warm here today and after a quick rain shower and the jets blowing the track off, you know it's not gonna have a ton of grip. Ours did slide up just a little through the center, but I'm happy with our UPS Ford. It feels like it's fast. We finished fifth here last year and this UPS Ford feels really similar to the car we had here a year ago, so, hopefully, that will be in the top-15 or so. Five hundred miles here is a real long race, but it feels fast. This is a fun place to be. We're gonna kick back and watch the Nationwide race tonight and we'll be ready to go get 'em tomorrow."
PAUL MENARD -- No. 98 Menards Ford Fusion (Qualified 43rd)
"I was tight and it just pushed up into the fence. I probably should have breathed it a little bit, but it's qualifying and I had to get what I could. I don't think it's too bad. We'll pound it out and I'm sure we'll hit it again during the race a couple of times."
MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Qualified 1st)
"Whenever you run that fast it's the car. You can only go as fast as the car will carry you and Drew and Chip and all these guys on the DeWalt team did a great job of giving me a fast car today, so I'm really looking forward to tomorrow night. Hopefully, I'll end up somewhere up front here in qualifying, but I'm looking forward to the race tomorrow."
HOW MUCH BETTER IS THE TRACK GETTING WITH RUBBER GETTING PUT DOWN? "I don't know. It was pretty good all day. When we first went out in Nationwide practice it was pretty slick. The track took a lot of rubber and kept getting better and better, so I think the track is in really nice shape. I think they brought a good tire for us, so I think it'll be a good race."
CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion (Qualified 9th)
"I was dreading that lap for sure. I thought we got a gift from the rain there, but Bob made some great adjustments and we picked up about seven-tenths of a second. It's not the pole, but that's way better than I thought we were gonna be, so that's a great lap for us."
BOBBY LABONTE -- No. 96 Ask.com Ford Fusion (Qualified 27th)
"I just didn't have much grip in the car. It might have been that set of tires, but who knows. We just lost a tenth or so there because getting up to speed it just didn't have the grip and I don't know why."
-credit: ford racing