Daytona II: Dodge qualifying quotes

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) - Qualified 10th "The guys made some changes before qualifying, and obviously they went the right way. That was a good time, and we feel pretty good about it. We know we'll be good in the...

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) - Qualified 10th

"The guys made some changes before qualifying, and obviously they went the right way. That was a good time, and we feel pretty good about it. We know we'll be good in the race, and we're ready to go. I love Daytona. I love to come down here and go racing. We had a good run going at Talladega. Any time you've got a good car and you're running good, the guys are pumped and we're ready for a good finish."

JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Havoline/Terminator 3 Dodge Intrepid) -

Qualified eighth, fastest Raybestos rookie "I thought we'd run quite a bit better than that, but everybody is slowing down. This is the car Casey wrecked in practice at the Daytona 500. The guys went back and put a body on it and did a real good job. This is our best superspeedway car, so we're excited about getting in the race and seeing what we can do."

CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid) - Qualified 12th

"We were off from practice. We usually pick up a little bit, but we lost a couple of tenths. I don't know if the air is thicker or what it was, but the guys built us a really good car. I'm a little disappointed because you always pick up in qualifying. We thought we had a shot at the pole. We stopped practice early and we thought we'd be good for qualifying."

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid) - Qualified 24th

"We lost a lot of speed. We went down the straightaway OK, but losing half a second from practice is strange. A lot of guys are losing time, but they're not losing that much. It's a little disappointing. I didn't think we'd slow down that much."

SHANE HMIEL (No. 43 Berry Burst Cheerios Dodge Intrepid)

"When you lose second and third gear, it's hard to get up to speed. Going from first straight to fourth is tough, but we only slowed down a tenth and a half from practice. Considering what happened, that's not bad. I wish we could have got in the show. I appreciate the opportunity. Maybe I'll get another chance one of these days."

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid)

"We blew up in practice, so we had to start at the rear of the field no matter where we qualified. We wanted to get a good qualifying lap in so we could get a good pit selection, but that wasn't a very good lap. We started 37th in last year's Pepsi 400 and finished second, so you can get a lot done here at Daytona if you have to. Looks like we're going to have to. We slowed down half a second. I think we'll be good in the race. I always count on having a strong car in the race."

BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) - Qualified 14th

"Qualifying doesn't really mean a lot here. Matt Kenseth and I were talking, and we thought it would be a good idea if we ran the road course here Saturday night. I ran pretty good on the road course a couple of weeks ago. In '88 I started 37th or 38th here and won the race, but it's different these days. The way restrictor plate racing is, it's totally irrelevant where you start. If you're decent, you can get to the front. If you're handling well and the race goes green, you can get to the front. The foot is doing real well. We had last week off, and I think I'm good to go."

KEN SCHRADER (No. 49 1-800-Call ATT Dodge Intrepid) - Qualified seventh

"We needed to be in the show for sure, so we didn't throw away the first lap. Everybody on the team has worked hard. I want to give a lot of special thanks to Andy Petree. He really helped us a little bit for this weekend. He's always had good restrictor plate programs and he got in there and helped us dig a little bit. I'm very happy. We did what we needed to do. We felt pretty confident we would pick up in qualifying. We saved a little in practice. We wanted to know where we were at, and we knew we had more stuff we could do. This car ran real good here in February. In Winston Cup racing there's no backing out of it to try to safely get in the field. You've got to run real hard just to get in the race."

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid) - Qualified fourth

"We didn't get a good lap in in practice. I knew we had more, but I wasn't sure how much. I thought we could run an .80, and that's what we did. All the guys on the team did a good job. I think the Coors Light Dodge can run up front Saturday night. A lot of guys slowed down, but we didn't do all the stuff to it we needed to do to make a banzai run. We ran third here last July, and we had a really good car. If you get the car handling good and driving good you never know. It's a 400-mile race, and we'd like to see it go for a lot of long green-flag runs. I think we'll be OK."

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Andy Petree