Dodge Dover II qualifying notes

WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T) ^ÓThe car feels great. We just can^Òt get any speed out of it. I think it^Òs going to race super on Sunday. I don^Òt know why it won^Òt run any faster. It really feels good. I^Òd...

WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T)
^ÓThe car feels great. We just can^Òt get any speed out of it. I think it^Òs going to race super on Sunday. I don^Òt know why it won^Òt run any faster. It really feels good. I^Òd rather for it to feel good and go fast on Sunday than today. I think everybody realizes racing is not quite as important as we think it is sometimes now. We get so engulfed in it. When we get around race cars, everyone works hard. All these flags on the cars show a lot of patriotism. I don^Òt know if they realize it yet or not, but I tell you what they (terrorists) did. They awoke a sleeping giant.^Ô

DAVE BLANEY (No. 93 Amoco Ultimate Dodge Intrepid R/T)
^ÓWe lost an ignition box on the second lap. I think we might have been a little faster. We weren^Òt going to be in the top 10 or anything, but it would have been better.^Ô

KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Sprint Dodge Intrepid R/T)
^ÓWe have our meetings after practice. The 43 and 44 threw some things on the table and Chris (crew chief Hussey) made some really good calls. I don^Òt have a hard time getting around this place except in qualifying. When it comes to qualifying, I^Òm terrible, so that was a good lap for us. When I won a race here, I used a provisional to start. It^Òs never been a good qualifying track, but it^Òs a good race track for us. The guys in the motor room have been working really, really hard, and our engine is running good. I usually mess us up qualifying, so this is all crew stuff. This has nothing to do with Kyle.^Ô

JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 43 Cheerios Dodge Intrepid R/T)
^ÓI just about lost the race car, so I^Òm glad the Cheerios Dodge is back in one piece. We^Òll work on it for the race. We were a lot better than that in practice, but I about spun out two or three times. I just tried to get a decent lap in, and that^Òs about all I got.^Ô

STACY COMPTON (No. 92 Kodiak Dodge Intrepid R/T)
^ÓWe^Òre not satisfied with that at all. We felt like we could have picked up some in qualifying, but I about spun out getting in the corner on the warmup lap. I got a little loose over there. It was a good lap. It gave us a good starting spot. I like this track. I like Bristol and Dover. For some reason I like concrete tracks. We were in the top 10 in practice this morning and we felt like we could improve, but we didn^Òt. There^Òs a different mood in the garage area this week. It^Òs back to business now. We just need to keep improving every week. We^Òve been getting better, and we^Òre coming together as a team. I think you^Òll start to see results soon. We^Òre qualifying better and racing better. We^Òll just try to go out on Sunday now and finish a little better.^Ô

BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)
^ÓIt wasn^Òt a bad lap. Pretty uneventful. We lost a little from practice. We^Òll keep working on it. We came with a different setup than we^Òve run here in the past. It worked pretty decent. It doesn^Òt look like anybody is excited today. I don^Òt know if it^Òs from what^Òs happened the past two weeks or if everybody is so tired from the season. I rested some last week, but a lot of the crew guys didn^Òt. They were too busy getting prepared for Loudon.^Ô

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T)
^ÓWe just haven^Òt hit the right combination yet. I think we^Òll race good. The car really turns good. We were a little loose early and we got it too tight, then we got it too loose again. We gambled for qualifying. I thought the first lap was pretty decent. Glover (crew chief Tony) was going to tell me if it was a good lap. I went off into turn one for the second lap and somebody came on the radio. It was like a TV broadcast was bleeding on or something. I thought Glover was telling me to come in. I eased up a little bit. I realized it wasn^Òt him, so I got back in the gas and the second lap was about what we ran the first lap. I think if I could have run the second lap like I needed to, we could have been faster.^Ô

BUCKSHOT JONES (No. 44 Georgia Pacific Dodge Intrepid R/T)
^ÓWe haven^Òt been loose since we got here, and the track changed a little bit. We got too loose getting into the corner. That^Òs better than we^Òve been qualifying, so we^Òre still pretty happy. We had a really good car in practice, and we wanted to show it in qualifying, but it was still a good lap.^Ô

CASEY ATWOOD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)
^ÓWe were a lot better than we were here in qualifying last time. We^Òll try to get ^Ñem on Sunday now. I really like Dover. This is where I won one of my Busch races. You^Òve got to get what the car wants. We^Òve got to figure it out. We^Òll figure it out tomorrow and get ^Ñem in the race Sunday.^Ô

JASON LEFFLER (No. 01 Cingular Wireless Dodge Intrepid R/T)
^ÓThat wasn^Òt what we needed. It^Òs pretty disappointing. We finished 13th here last time, and that^Òs been our best run of the season. I thought we could improve on that, but we won^Òt get a chance to do that now.^Ô

-Dodge Motorsports-

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