Daytona II: Ford teams qualifying quotes

KEN SCHRADER -- No. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion (Qualified 31st) "It's the same thing we saw in February. We never even made a qualifying run and the car drove a lot better than February. We've got it driving better now than it did in...

KEN SCHRADER -- No. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion (Qualified 31st)

"It's the same thing we saw in February. We never even made a qualifying run and the car drove a lot better than February. We've got it driving better now than it did in February, so we're real happy with the car. It doesn't have any speed by itself, but it'll be fine."


GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 Subway/National Guard Ford Fusion (Qualified 12th)

"I thought it was really good. The Subway Ford Fusion car has run really good since we got it off the truck. This race car, we've run it before on restrictor plate tracks and we're real happy with it. I'm just excited to qualify as good as we did. It's certainly not over and it's cooling off a little bit, but we'll just wait and see what happens."

THIS IS THE LAST WILD CARD RACE BEFORE THE CHASE. WOULD YOU AGREE? "Yeah, restrictor plate racing is something where you can get caught up in something pretty easy, but we feel confident with this race car that we'll be able to run in the top 10 or top 15. It seems like it was that way in happy hour and in drafting with it. Doug and the guys have done a great job getting it ready and our engine program is so good, the car pulls up really well and I'm just excited for tomorrow night to be able to drive this car."


BORIS SAID -- No. 60 Sobe No Fear Ford Fusion (Qualified 1st)

"We knew we had a good car. This is actually the car that Greg Biffle ran the Bud Shootout in and we bought from Roush."

HOW WAS THE LAP? "It was really easy. This Sobe No Fear race team has done an unbelievable job in eight weeks. We've gotten a lot of help from everyone at Roush Industries and all the guys back in the body shop in Concord at Roush. They really gave us a great car and these Roush-Yates engines are the best, so I feel pretty good to have that under the hood. I feel like the chimp that gets to fly the rocket, I just sat in there and held it wide open. Frankie (Stoddard) and all our guys in the shop did such a great job and they make me look like a hero. I don't know if it will stick for the pole, but I feel pretty good right now being ahead of Jeff Gordon."

WHAT WOULD IT MEAN TO WIN THE POLE? "It would be pretty cool because I'd like to do the Bud Shootout, but I know there are a lot of fast cars to come. Hopefully one of these Roush teammates will knock me off, if anybody. I'm sure they'll drop kick me to the back pretty quick in the race, but I don't care, I'm gonna use it as a learning experience the first 100 to 200 miles and, hopefully, use my head and get this Sobe No Fear beverage car to the front. I just want all these fans to stop buying Red Bull. Buy Sobe No Fear beverage. If we sell a few more cases, we can do more races. I've got to throw that pitch in there."

MAYBE THEY WON'T DROP KICK YOU TO THE BACK WITH A CAR LIKE THIS? "Yeah, it's true. My restrictor plate race experience is two races, so I'm under no false impression that I can contend with these guys right away, but if I can learn -- my realistic goal, if I could be 15th to 20th, that would feel like a win for me. Just to be in the show is a weight off my shoulders. That's the toughest thing for our team with no points. We've done a lot of work these last eight weeks. We're one race into our four-race deal and it's just really exciting to have my own deal and be partners with Frank Stoddard and Mark Simo and everyone at Sobe Beverage Company. I'm just real excited."

HOW MUCH OF THIS IS ROUSH AND HOW MUCH IS IT FRANK'S WORK? "A lot of it is Roush. We didn't have time to build a speedway car, so Roush sold us one. This is the car Greg Biffle ran the Bud Shootout in, so it's pretty much all their work. We just did a lot of modification so I could fit a little better in the car, and the body stuff -- we asked for some changes and they worked extra hard on it, the Roush body shop, to do this stuff for us. We're a customer, but they give us great stuff. It's really exciting to have that affiliation."


DALE JARRETT -- No. 88 UPS Ford Fusion (Qualified 7th)

"That's about what we ran in practice yesterday, so that's good you can back that up. The car is pretty fast. They've got a great car and a great engine. It seemed in practice yesterday that the car drafted up better than what we did back here in February so that's pretty encouraging. I'm looking forward to tomorrow night."

HOW WAS THE TIME? "It's a good time. We have a good race car and that's the main thing. I like the way it drafted yesterday and that will be the main thing. I'll have something I can horse around when it comes time tomorrow night at the end."

IS THIS CAR GOOD ENOUGH TO FINISH UP FRONT? "Yeah, this car is good enough. The engine is incredible, but the car is very good. Even though it's the same car, Slugger and the guys did some work on it and it seems to be a better handling car and that's what is gonna win this race tomorrow night."

DOES THE TALLADEGA WIN FROM LAST YEAR GIVE YOU SOME ADDED OPTIMISM FOR TOMORROW NIGHT? "Yeah, pretty much. You want to capitalize at places that you think you really have a good shot. We put a lot of effort into our restrictor plate program and we know that when we come here the car is gonna be reasonably fast. We've made it drive better and that's the key in trying to win this. This is a race that we put on our radar screen. When the rest of your program isn't going as well, you look at those opportunities and this is one of them."


MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 R&L Carriers Ford Fusion (Qualified 10th)

"It's gonna race really good. We didn't know how it would qualify, so that's pretty good. That will hopefully get us a top 15 or something like that and give us a decent spot to start. I think we've got a decent car for tomorrow."

SECOND IN POINTS. CAN YOU GAIN SOME GROUND? "I hope so. The last couple of weeks haven't been really that great for us, so it would be nice to get some momentum back here and get a good finish."


HERMIE SADLER -- No. 00 Aaron's Ford Fusion (Qualified 22nd)

"Thanks to Doug Yates and his guys for a great engine. My guys worked hard. We crashed this car at Talladega and they got it turned back around and we brought it back here. This being an impound race makes it tough for us to get ready for the race, but we got enough to get in. We've got some adjustment built into the car, so we'll hope for the best. We've been qualifying decent, but we haven't been able to finish yet. We blew up here at Daytona in the 500 and crashed at Talladega, so we'd like to get Ford and Aaron's a good, solid finish tomorrow night. That's what we're trying to do."


ELLIOTT SADLER -- No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion (Qualified 13th)

"We've got this thing ready for the race. It's probably one of the best race cars that I've had in practice here in a long time, so we think it's gonna drive good and we think we're gonna be good tomorrow night. We had to give up a little bit today to make sure it handled good tomorrow night. We've got a lot of drag and stuff put in it because we want it to handle. We've already got our pole for the year at Talladega, now we want to try to go get us a speedway win. We'll see what happens."


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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Greg Biffle