Daytona II: Dodge teams qualifying quotes

PATRICK CARPENTIER (No. 10 Auto Value Parts Dodge) Qualified 10th ON QUALIFYING: "It's always the hard part getting in the race. But here it's going to be the easy part because with the way that we've the car setup. It's going to be a tough ride...

PATRICK CARPENTIER (No. 10 Auto Value Parts Dodge) Qualified 10th

ON QUALIFYING: "It's always the hard part getting in the race. But here it's going to be the easy part because with the way that we've the car setup. It's going to be a tough ride in the race. Auto Value has been a good sponsor and they've been great people so I'm pretty happy to put their car in the show here. It's going to be a tough race. We need a long pit stop because we have a lot of changes to make on our Dodge to make it drivable. We're going to try and survive the first few laps and like always, the team has given me a good engine to make sure that we make it in."

SO YOUR'RE LOOKING FOR AN EARLY CAUTION? "I'm looking for any caution except for the one that I'm in (laughs)."


BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Pillsbury Cinnabon Dodge) Qualified 20th

ON YOUR QUALIFYING RUN: "We made lot of changes from our last practice run. The car yesterday didn't drive well at all, so I didn't know what to expect today. Jeff (Meendering, crew chief) made really good changes that made it faster today. If yesterday's second practice session didn't get rained out, I think we would have been faster today with the changes that we made. I like our racecar. I think we're all looking for more grip out there."


JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Slim Pack) Qualified 33rd

ON QUALIFYING: "It was OK. We made some changes on the car because it was a little tight in practice yesterday. We didn't get the second practice session in yesterday (rained out) and that hurt us a bit. With this being an impound race, we won't get to make any changes before tomorrow, so we'll have our work cut out for us in the race, that's for sure."


RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) Qualified 34th

HOW IS YOUR DODGE HEADING INTO TOMORROW? "Our Dodge is good in race trim. We had no idea what to expect in qualifying trim because we just didn't have enough time yesterday to test our setup. We don't have a great starting spot, but it's not about where you start here that dictates how you finish."


KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge) Qualified 38th

WITH YOUR PRIMARY WRECKED YESTERDAY IN PRACTICE, IS IT HARD TO MAKE A QUALIFYING PASS WITH A CAR THAT HASN'T BEEN ON THE RACE TRACK YET? "It's nerve wrecking because you don't know if the car is going to touch the race track and shoot up because you don't have things clearanced yet. You're sitting in a car that you don't have that driver-feel yet. I got the mirrors adjusted and the seatbelts right. The throttle peddle still needs to be adjusted, so you just deal with what those imperfections are and go race."


ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 Dodge Charger) Qualified 39th

HOW IS YOUR CAR GOING INTO RACE DAY TOMORROW? "I think that our car is really good. We had a plan when we came down here to bring a car that had a lot of downforce built into it. I feel that our Dodge is going to be strong. I think we'll be as strong as we were (in Daytona) in February.

It's going to be hot tomorrow night and the track is going to be really slippery. Hopefully we can get enough downforce to get a hold of the race track just a little bit better than everyone else."


ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Best Buy/GARMIN Dodge Charger) Qualified 40th

HOW WILL THE CAR BE TOMORROW FOR RACE DAY? "It will be a lot different. The gearing and the jetting and all the downforce that we put on it during practice will make our Best Buy Dodge race really good tomorrow. We're going to race hard tomorrow, that's for sure. We had a good run here in the Daytona 500 when we finished in sixth. We brought back the same car here this weekend and it feels really racy. Our Gillett Evernham Dodge's have been fast the last month and I expect us to be near the front most of the day tomorrow."


REED SORENSON (No. 41 Polaroid/Tums Dodge Charger) Qualified 41st

ON QUALIFYING: "We knew we didn't have anything close to a shot at qualifying up front, so we've tried to make sure it handles good for tomorrow night. We put all our changes in that we thought would help us handle better. That's what we're counting on tomorrow night."


TERRY LABONTE (No. 45 Richard Petty Driving Experience Dodge Charger) Qualified 43rd

TAKE US THROUGH YOUR QUALIFYING RUN; "I had no idea what we'd run. We never made a lap in qualifying trim yesterday. We really had to work on our race setup and never got a chance at a qualifying run. We were pretty far off when we unloaded and every change that we made seemed to work. Our car drove great in qualifying today and in that same situation yesterday, it didn't. I feel a whole lot better about our car than I did yesterday."


KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Qualified 44th


"Our car is pretty slow by itself. We knew that coming in. For some reason, the Dodges are slow by themselves, but they race really well. All the Dodges race really well. That is how it's been this year, but it's how we race and we've raced well. I think my car was one of the better racecars through the corner yesterday. Where that puts us tomorrow night, I don't know, but hopefully pretty good."


SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Penske Truck Rental Dodge) Qualified 45th

TODAY IS ABOUT HORSEPOWER, TOMORROW IT'S ABOUT HANDLING...HOW IS THE NO. 77 DODGE HANDLING? "In practice yesterday, we focused on race trim runs since we are in the top-35 in owner points. Unless you are on the pole here, where you start is not very important. You can move to the front if you have a car that can draft well. Handling is the key and I think the Penske Truck Rental Dodge will have a solid run tomorrow night."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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