CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Pennzoil Taurus (Qualified 37th) "That's as fast as the Pennzoil Platinum car will go. It's not quite that fast in qualifying trim, so hopefully that's a signal that it's got more downforce or something and it runs better...
CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Pennzoil Taurus (Qualified 37th)
"That's as fast as the Pennzoil Platinum car will go. It's not quite that fast in qualifying trim, so hopefully that's a signal that it's got more downforce or something and it runs better because there's really nothing I can do to make it go any faster as the driver. I know everyone is doing there best, but it would be nice to be just a little bit faster."
HOW WERE YOU IN DRAFTING PRACTICE?
"To be honest with you, it wasn't that great in drafting practice. I'm trying to be as positive as I can about it, but we made some changes and hopefully it drafts well. The one good thing is we did not practice in the dark, so it's possible the car is gonna be really good at night. That's what I'm hoping for."
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Qualified 13th)
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT TOMORROW NIGHT?
"I'm pretty excited about it. The car in drafting practice was the best I've had here in quite a while. We've struggled in these races to get to where I could run on the top side and even keep up on the bottom side. We did a lot of work on this car from the 500, so I'm looking forward to it and, hopefully, we can stay out of trouble and see what we've got at the end. It didn't make any difference where we qualified because you're gonna be in all kinds of spots, but I'm looking forward to it. I haven't been able to help Elliott much in these restrictor plate races the last two years, so, hopefully, we can hook up and do some good things."
HOW WILL PRACTICING IN THE MORNING AND RACING AT NIGHT AFFECT YOU GUYS?
"It won't be too bad because this morning's practice session was actually better than an afternoon practice session with all the sun and the heat. At least it was probably the coolest part of the day between 9:00 and 10:30 when we practiced, so the track wasn't so hot and slick. That's gonna be more like what we're gonna see on Saturday night."
WHAT ABOUT YOUR LAP?
"It was relatively easy to drive. You've got your race setup in there and then just some tape on the front. We knew everything was gonna slow down. The speeds from this morning were drafting speeds and anytime you're catching cars or have cars pushing you, you're gonna see fast times. I'm pretty happy with the way my car drove in the draft. That's the main thing. That's really the first car that I've had here in a couple of years that really drove good in the draft. Hopefully that will mean good things tomorrow night - that we can be up there and Elliott and I can work together and get one of these Fords back in Victory Lane here in Daytona."
WHY ARE QUALIFYING SPEEDS DOWN FROM A YEAR AGO?
"It's simply because we're in race setup. We can't put shocks and springs in the car right now to get the attitude that we want. What we have is our race setup in there - what worked good for us in practice earlier. All we did, basically, was put tape on it. There wasn't much else you could do to it. It's not like some of the other tracks where you can make a few other adjustments that would matter. It was just a matter of putting tape on it, so that's why the speeds are down."
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DeWalt Taurus (Qualified 41st)
"For some reason we either didn't get it cooled down properly or we didn't have the right type or we've got something wrong. I don't know. It's one of those three things. It was so hot I couldn't even run the whole top of the first lap. It was 240 by the time I got back to turn two the first lap, so I didn't want to hurt the engine or lose water because you're not allowed to return the water before the race. I didn't want to wreck anything so I shut it down."
"We didn't even get to run our second lap. We had something wrong with our cooling system or something. We only ran one lap and it was overheated already, so we've got something wrong that we've got to look into and probably try to fix it and start last tomorrow."
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Qualified 6th)
"The car drove really good in practice today. We actually tried a new idea coming down here to Daytona. We've got a lot of downforce grip on this car. We didn't think it would really qualify that good because it's got so much drag and stuff in it, but we feel like we need to come in here - the track is gonna be slick, it's a brand new car and never been to the race track, so I'm kind of interested to see how it's gonna run tomorrow night."
IS THE CAR HANDLING WELL FOR TOMORROW?
"We're gonna definitely have to tweak it because nobody has practiced at night, so the track is gonna change some. We're gonna watch the Busch guys and see what the track does from daytime to night with them, but I was really happy with the way it drove today. The guys gave me a good car, so we'll see what we can do."
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus (Qualified 18th)
"It was OK. I've got to think that it was a pretty good lap. I'm pretty happy with it. There are some faster Fords than us. It looks like the Yates cars - the 38 car is quite a bit faster, so that's a little frustrating - but we can at least expect to be as good as the best Ford."
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT TOMORROW NIGHT AFTER PRACTICE THIS MORNING?
"We were pretty decent. We weren't spectacular, but I think we were top 15."
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Qualified 23rd)
"I don't think that's any worse than we expected. We brought a race car down here. It's the same thing we do in the 500. It's one of the best cars I've ever had here."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Genuine Parts Taurus (Qualified 38th)
"I guess it's disappointing because we've had such a good qualifying effort for these restrictor plate races. We were in the top 10 at Talladega and fifth here for the 500. This is the car that got wrecked in the 500 and they put a body on it, but it's just not fast right now. We needed a test to tweak it, but we didn't get that chance because we don't have the dates. We'll see what we've got tomorrow. It was 10th-fast in practice, so I know it will draft well. We worked on race setup the whole time and qualifying was the first time we had a chance to see what we had. It feels pretty good and I know it will draft up, so I don't think we're as bad as it looks. Still, for morale purposes, I'd like to be starting farther up the road."