MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Qualified 33rd) - "I'm pretty happy with that. I think that's pretty good because I expected to use a provisional with this car. I told 'em in February to bring this car back in July and we'd use a...
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Qualified 33rd) -
"I'm pretty happy with that. I think that's pretty good because I expected to use a provisional with this car. I told 'em in February to bring this car back in July and we'd use a provisional and we'd go racing with 'em. We ran fifth with this car in February and I don't think we'll have to use a provisional. I think that's a great tribute to these guys for really massaging it well. The times were really off on it in testing in January, yet I really liked it in the draft. We brought a race car, not a qualifier."
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Qualified 43rd) -
EVERYBODY HAS BEEN SLOW THE LAST HOUR OR SO.
"I don't know. We were faster than practice, but we just weren't any good no matter what the weather did."
IS IT TOO EARLY TO LOOK AT POINTS AND THE CHAMPIONSHIP?
"It's too early to think about it. You're only as good as your last race. We didn't show up here with a real good car and we're not running real good so far, so it's not that big of a lead. People think it's a big lead, but it's not. You can mess that up pretty easily, so we need to concentrate on running better and run good every week and start winning some of these races."
MARK SAID HE KNOWS HIS CAR WILL DRAFT WELL. WHAT ABOUT YOU?
"I don't know. I haven't had very many cars that haven't drafted well. I think they all draft halfway decent. When you put a big hole in there, I think they all run halfway decent. Daytona is a little bit different than Talladega because the car does have to turn and you've got to keep the car running for 400 miles. Now with the smaller fuel cell, you get tires all the time and it takes a little bit of that out of the equation. In my opinion, at Daytona and Talladega, what you run in qualifying is a true barometer of how fast your car is because your qualifying setup and your race setup are exactly the same. All you do is pull a little tape off, so there's nothing you do really different. If you're car is slow in qualifying, it's gonna be slow in the race. Yeah, it might draft good and you'll be OK in the back, but you're never gonna have a fast enough car to pull the guys around you and have a chance at winning if you're that slow by yourself."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Taurus (Qualified 27th) -
HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT LAP?
"Like everybody, you never really know what you're gonna run until you get out there on the track by yourself. We ran some fast laps earlier, but just about all of them were with help. We'd be out there on our lap and somebody would pull out in front of us and made it look like we were a lot faster than we actually were. This is pretty much what we've got here."
HOW IS THE CAR?
"It's a brand new car and its never been tested. It's been to the wind tunnel and it looked good there. It feels good right now. Like everybody, I wish it had a little bit more speed but it's not too far off."
WHAT ADJUSTMENTS WILL YOU MAKE TOMORROW?
"It seems to be driving pretty good. We've been here so many times that you kind of know what to put under it to make it drive good for the race and you just hope it has enough speed."
JEFF BURTON - No. 99 CITGO Taurus (Qualified 36th) -
"We're a little bit disappointed with that, but we were way behind down here in February and at Talladega, too. Our guys have really been working hard. This car was another new car. We built three new cars for three races and we're continuing to improve our program. That's better than we were here in February. Obviously, we'd like it to be a lot better than we were, but it's a little bit better and that's in the right direction."
WHAT STRATEGY DO YOU TAKE TO THE RACE?
"Go fast and get in the front. That's what it takes to win here. Get in the front and block and do everything you've got to do to keep them behind you."
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Qualified 16th) -
"The credit goes to the guys. They built a good car here and they made the right adjustments from practice this afternoon to qualifying and now it will just be my turn to go get it right for the race, so I'm looking forward to that."
WHAT IS YOUR STRATEGY FOR SATURDAY?
"Just go as hard as we can with the car. Hopefully, it'll drive good enough that we can get up in there and mix it up with them and get ourselves in a position to try to win this race. That's what you have to do. It's about positioning yourself and being in the top 10 or top five those last few laps to give yourself a chance to make some moves and get in a position to win."
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Rubbermaid Taurus (Qualified 31st) -
"It's the same old kind of deal for us at Daytona. We really race well and, hopefully, we'll be able to do that with our new Irwin Industrial Tools car. It's just a matter of picking up the right speed by yourself. We got a little bit of help in practice, so we looked good in practice and it looks like this car wants to draft well."
ANY STRATEGY TO BETTER HELP YOU GET UP FRONT SATURDAY?
"Just staying in line and taking advantage of other people's mistakes."
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Qualified 9th) -
"That's the same car I finished third with at Talladega, so I'm very happy with the M&M's Groovy Summer paint scheme. I told the guys that if they just get me up close to where I can see the leaders we'll be fine. I really love this race track. I love drafting here. I love the fans here at Daytona, so it's a great fun place to race at and I'm looking forward to a good race Saturday night."
WHAT HAS BEEN THE KEY TO YOUR RESTRICTOR PLATE PROGRAM?
"I don't know, we had one of the fastest cars here in the Daytona 500 and had ignition problems. We definitely had a car good enough to win that race, but we'll come back and see if we can do something with those guys that have been dominating here the last few years. Hopefully, we'll have something for those guys."