Note: Rain canceled qualifying after 13 cars took the track for qualifying. The starting line up will be set according to current Cup Series owner's point's per the NASCAR rule book. Dodge's Kurt Busch did not make a qualifying lap. *** SAM ...
Note: Rain canceled qualifying after 13 cars took the track for qualifying. The starting line up will be set according to current Cup Series owner's point's per the NASCAR rule book. Dodge's Kurt Busch did not make a qualifying lap.
SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) (was on provisional pole; Starts 29th)
"We've got a really good Mobil 1 Dodge Charger. I was really happy with our car yesterday. Watching everybody in practice, I felt really good and thought that we'd have a good car for qualifying. The big thing for tomorrow night is to make sure that we're there at the end of the race.
"It's definitely a good day. It's my birthday and I don't get to be inside the race car too much on my birthday. I think that the last time I was in a car on my birthday was at Kansas in IndyCar.
"Qualifying is important here because of pit stall selection. These cars rely so much on aerodynamics that you have to be careful not to get tore up and keep your nose clean. You see enough guys get their fenders tore off on pits stops and that will ruin your day. If you start up front and have a clean in and out of the pits you're always better off. I'm excited. Our car is fast. We just need this rain to hold off."
BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 12 Penske Dodge Challenger)
"I was just a little bit nervous with the sprinkles coming down. It was just a light sprinkle and it didn't seem to affect the track that much. It was a decent lap in our Penske Dodge Charger. My car drove great. My teammates are fast. I think we should be pretty good."
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE NEW NNS CAR AND THE CUP SERIES CAR? "There are just subtle differences. In qualifying trim, I didn't notice much at all. There's just a little more power. The car comes up through the gears a little bit quicker on the Cup. You know us drivers, we love power. Both Dodge cars run great."
-source: dodge motorsports