Daytona 500: Ford teams qualifying day quotes

JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Qualified 21st) "That's a little bit disappointing. The Crown Royal Ford Fusion was better than that yesterday. We didn't change a whole lot. We put the oils in and everything that you...

JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Qualified 21st)

"That's a little bit disappointing. The Crown Royal Ford Fusion was better than that yesterday. We didn't change a whole lot. We put the oils in and everything that you typically do, but we just didn't gain like some of the other guys have, so I'm not sure. Sometimes the luck of the restrictor plate makes a little bit of a difference, but we just didn't have the speed that we did yesterday."

CAN YOU SENSE THE SPEED? "You look at your tach and kind of know what you have. If you have the same, you don't know if it's gonna be worse or the same, but usually when you go out to do your qualifying run here you pick up like 50 or 100 rpms so you know that it's gonna be better. We were just kind of what we were yesterday."

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DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Qualified 5th)

"That's pretty special. You come down to Daytona and you just have to give all the credit to the guys back at the shop. This is purely months and months of hard work with guys like Jimmy Fennig and all the guys at the Roush Yates Engine shop. They've really done an excellent job and I think that's gonna show by the end of qualifying today."

YOUR THOUGHTS NOW THAT THIS 6 CAR IS YOURS. "I don't really have a lot of time to think about what's to come. We just have to focus on the next race and the next task at hand and, so far, it's really been fun. Everyone at AAA and Ford and Roush Racing has put together an excellent team here. We're just glad to be here. We've got a great race car and we're looking forward to the 150s on Thursday."

WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO SEE YOUR NAME OVER THE WINDOW OF THE 6 CUP CAR? "Sometimes you think, 'Is this really the case?' Growing up, obviously, as a big fan all the time I've been a Mark Martin fan, Dale Jarrett fan, and to say, 'Man, am I really here racing with these guys now?' It's special and it's cool to think like that, but at the same time you realize how much hard work is really ahead of us. There's not a lot of time to think about how cool it is to be here, it's just a matter of, 'let's do the right thing so we can stay here."

WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS ON YOUR ARCA RACE LAST NIGHT? "Anytime you can come to Daytona with a top-five finish in any kind of series it's a positive momentum builder for the rest of the week and the rest of the year. Certainly we hoped to come out with a win. I know Bobby Gerhardt has really done his homework over the last few years, but Frank and I tried to give him a run for his money the last few laps and we just came up a little short. Nevertheless, a top five run was good for the AAA Ford Fusion. Maybe if I can talk Jack into coming back down here again next year, I'd like to see a Ford beat Bobby one day."

DID THE WIND SLOW YOU DOWN ON THE BACKSTRETCH? "It probably didn't hurt us, but it didn't help us any. We would have liked to have picked up and ran close to a .40 or something. That's probably gonna be the pole -- a high .30 or a .40 and it's probably gonna be one of Yates' Fords, but it was a solid run. We don't come down here to sit on the pole, we come down here to run the race well. We've got a great race car and that's what we're looking forward to Thursday."

GLAD TO GET QUALIFYING OUT OF THE WAY? "Yeah, I'm just ready to move onto the next task at hand. Now my goal is obviously the Busch car on Wednesday and then the Cup car Thursday for the 150, so whatever the next task is that's what I'm focused on, so I'm probably gonna go back to the motorhome and watch a copy of last year's 150 -- study up a little bit and be ready to go."

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MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Qualified 11th)

"It was fine. They all drive pretty good. We're not really going very fast compared to what we do in the draft, but the cars drive really good. As long as the wind stays up the same for everybody, I think we'll end up halfway decent."

DO YOU LIKE PEOPLE TALKING ON THE RADIO? "It makes no difference here. If you lose your concentration enough to mess up your line here, you're in big trouble. It's not real eventful qualifying here for a driver, so you just try to run the long way around to get some heat it the car and then run around the bottom and see how fast it will go."

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DAVID GILLILAND -- No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion (Qualified 1st)

IS THERE MORE PRESSURE TO BACK UP YOUR TIME IN QUALIFYING AFTER BEING FAST IN PRACTICE? "Not really. Todd Parrott and all the guys at the shop have prepared me a great M&M's Ford Fusion to come out here with and it's a pleasure to drive. Everytime we've gone out, we've gotten faster and faster and faster and I think that's just a tribute to the Yates organization and Todd Parrott and all his success here. I'm just the guy lucky enough to drive it. That's what I keep saying."

ANY NERVES GOING OUT THERE? "You get used to it. You get those type of nerves every week, everytime at every Cup race. There are so many great cars and so many great competitors. That's just something you get used to and I've gotten used to it. Obviously, when you're that good in practice there's a little added extra pressure, but you still have to go out and do your best. That's what I try to do everytime I'm in the car."

HOW IMPORTANT WAS IT TO BACK UP YOUR TIME FROM YESTERDAY? "Very important. None of those practice sessions count or do anything for us, so it was real important to get a good, solid run in here for our M&M's Ford Fusion. Todd Parrott has done a great job. He's got a lot of experience here and with the Yates powerplant under the hood, it's a combination second to none. I'm just very proud to have the opportunity to be able to drive it. There are still some tough customers coming up here later in the qualifying run, but I still feel like it's a good, solid run for the M&M's Ford Fusion today."

ARE YOU JUST PINCHING YOURSELF? "Yeah, everyday it's a little bit bigger pinch. It's like a dream that I'm afraid to wake up from. So many good things have happened in such a short period of time, but I just hope to keep the ball rolling."

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GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 Ameriquest Ford Fusion (Qualified 30th)

"We're really happy with it. We were just thinking we'd be a little faster than that, but we think the car races really well. We picked this car because it handled a lot better and didn't quite have the qualifying speed that our other car did. That's why we chose this car for the 150s and the 500."

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KEN SCHRADER -- No. 21 Little Debbie Ford Fusion (Qualified 48th)

"It's the same story. We didn't necessarily qualify well but that's where we were last year and that's where we are again. I think last night, you could see that the stuff will run pretty good in the group, but it won't run by itself."

IT'S JUST ONE OF THOSE MYSTERIES OF RACING. "Yeah. If we knew what it was, we would have fixed it already. It's not like we aren't looking."

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BORIS SAID -- No. 60 Sobe No Fear Ford Fusion (Qualified 6th)

"We've worked so hard and we never really did a full blown qualifying run in practice, so Frankie kept saying not to be worried, but I was really worried. This was a nerve-wracking day to wait around all day. I think that should lock us in. Hopefully, we'll end up in the top three of the scrubs, but it was a great lap. This Ford Fusion was really fast today and I owe that to the Roush Yates Engines, which were really good, and everybody who helped at Roush with the body -- everyone from Advance Auto and all the fans who have bought more cases so we can do more races. I told everyone we were gonna go over to the Oceandeck tonight and drink. We were either gonna drink in sorrow or we were gonna drink in celebration and now I'm cautiously optimistic it might be celebration."

HOW MUCH HAS YOUR STRESS LEVEL GONE DOWN? "If we end up in the top three, which that's a pretty good lap, I think we will, it's gonna be a fun week in Daytona now at the World Center of Speed."

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RICKY RUDD -- No. 88 Snickers Ford Fusion (Qualified 2nd)

"He's been spectacular since he's been here. This Snickers 88 Ford Fusion has been pretty fast since we've been here. We've been on the speed charts about every time out. It's a little disappointing having run a little bit quicker than that yesterday, but I guess everybody in general is slowing up a little bit. You can't complain. It's not over with yet, but if it can end up with a Yates front row that would be tremendous."

ARE YOU HAVING A GOOD TIME? "I really am. Anybody who has the opportunity to hop in a Yates car, especially at Daytona, they're not gonna think twice about it. Their stuff has always been fast here. We were really good out in Las Vegas. I'm excited about this. I'm excited about having a teammate like David Gilliland. We can work together and we've been doing that already -- the setups and swapping back and forth between cars. We didn't know which way this thing was gonna turn out, but I think we sort of both helped each other leapfrog to the top of the chart. It looks like David has a good chance of sitting on the pole and maybe us on the front row, but I'm just more pleased with the way the teams have worked together with this Snickers Ford."

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ROBBY GORDON -- No. 7 Jim Beam Ford Fusion (Qualified 38th)

"It's a little better than what we were in practice, we're about 34th or 35th right now, but I'm real happy. P.J. (Jones) came down here and tested it and said it was real good. I think it was about fifth-quickest in drafting practice, so I'm looking forward to doing some drafting practice on Wednesday and obviously the 150 on Thursday."

HOW MUCH NICER IS IT TO BE LOCKED INTO THE 500. "That's what happens when you're a new team, you have to work your way in and you've got to be able to finish up inside the top 35 in points and that's what we were able to do. Thank goodness we were able to do it before this year. It looks like a lot of tough teams are trying to make the show."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , David Gilliland , Jim Beam , Mark Martin