Dodge Motorsports Kansas Friday qualifying quotes

CASEY ATWOOD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T) "We slowed down a little bit from practice, and I'm a little bit disappointed. Maybe that'll give us a decent starting position and we'll have a good race Sunday. We've adjusted to this track...

CASEY ATWOOD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We slowed down a little bit from practice, and I'm a little bit disappointed. Maybe that'll give us a decent starting position and we'll have a good race Sunday. We've adjusted to this track well. We've got a good car. It's the same car we ran at Michigan and Indy. The team is getting stronger and we want to keep on having a good run. I think we might have gone out too early. The track slowed down. The car felt good, but we weren't able to run the same speed. We were hoping to at least run the same speed. The track temperature is not that much hotter. It looks like all the Busch cars were a little bit slower, too."

BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"The guys did a good job. We worked on the car all morning. We bolted on a new set of tires. I really didn't like those. They didn't have as good a feel to 'em. We elected to go back on the ones we started on and they worked. All-in-all, the guys did a heck of a job. We came here and worked on our race stuff. Then we worked on motor stuff. The guys made me looked good."

JASON LEFFLER (No. 01 Cingular Wireless Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"I hit my marks and tried to get a real smooth lap. Hopefully that'll get us up front. We've got a real good car. It's hooked up and has been real comfortable from the time we unloaded. It sure helps after last week (failing to qualify at Dover). That was a shame. It's a bummer we went home from Dover because we ran so good there the first time. We came here and tested and unloaded and we made some good changes through practice. I'm looking forward to Sunday. I think it's less pressure on me here. Not all the other guys have laps around here, and I feel like I'm more on a level playing field."

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We pushed real bad. Both corners were real tight. We'd run faster in practice, and I thought we could qualify faster. Jason did a good job. That should really pick up his team. We were just terrible tight. I think the more they run, the more the track will tighten up, so we'll just have to keep adjusting."

DAVE BLANEY (No. 93 Amoco Ultimate Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We ran the same speed all day. It was tight all day and we couldn't get it freed up. The car didn't feel that bad. We just couldn't get any speed out of it. We can't be happy with it, but we'll have to take it."

WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We're having chassis, aero and motor problems. The chassis is probably the biggest thing. We just can't seem to get a handle on it for these flat tracks."

BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"I'd just like to win anywhere. Sunday would be a good day to start. We came in a did a one-day deal (tire test). We ran two 50-lap runs for Goodyear, and it was really hot and humid. I think basically where we got most of our information from here was from Kentucky and Chicago. This place is more like Kentucky than Chicago. Goodyear does a good job week in and week out. They have to build a fairly hard tire for these new surface race tracks. That's what Goodyear is up against. They've done a heck of a job. I've run on other stuff in the past, and I'd rather be on them Goodyears. As long as you can stay in a competitive mode, I think you can put yourself in position to win. A lot of guys this year have been able to capitalize on being in that position. That's what we need to do. Last week I made a mistake getting under Bobby (Labonte). I got him a little loose and me a little loose and spun out and ended up with a bad day. We've got to overcome those deals and keep fighting back and keep qualifying well week in and week out. You've got to be able to capitalize week in and week out. Qualify good and get a good pit stall on pit road and be able to keep chipping at it all day long. The new surface and a little bit harder tire makes it a little more difficult. There again, Goodyear's kind of in a box because this track is a fresh surface. You have to come with a tougher tire so you don't have problems on a long run. That's always been the case on a fresh surface race track. Normally when we go back the second and third time, the groove moves up and the track gets a little more user friendly."

JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 43 Cheerios Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"I'm happy with it. It's not what we ran in practice, but we only ran one fast lap in practice. The way the track is, it's not any quicker than it started. We practiced in the top 10 and almost qualified in the top 10. I like this track a lot better than Chicago. It's like you can feel the track. Chicago is just a bunch of grip and horsepower. If you had a motor you ran good. If you didn't, you didn't. It doesn't matter what the lap is. It just matters where you start. I like the track. I think it drives totally different than Chicago."

STACY COMPTON (No. 92 Kodiak Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We gave it a shot. The track was pretty slick. I thought we had a shot at it. We wiggled pretty good, but the guys did a great job. We've been good since we got here. I didn't know what the track was going to do. It looked like the track was slowing down. We're in the sponsor hunt, so this couldn't hurt. I thought going late would be an advantage, but it didn't look like it today. It looked like the track got slicker and slicker, but it wasn't a bad effort. We're getting there."

JASON LEFFLER (No. 01 Cingular Wireless Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"The car has been consistent, so I really wasn't worried about the weather change. I told the guys we were going to be on the pole at Dover and we went home instead. I just missed it by a week. We're getting better. I'm really looking forward to Sunday. I knew we had a good car. I was hoping for at least a top 10, but it was fast enough for the pole. I had three pole positions in Busch last year. This is a new track and all the veteran guys don't have so many laps. We came and tested, and we've got a real good car. We took some stuff from our teammate (Sterling Marlin) and applied it to our car and it really helped.

"I was just sitting there waiting for the end and hopefully no one was going to bump me off. Either way, I knew we had a good starting spot whether we got bumped or not. It's certainly great to be on the pole. We get to be in the Bud Shootout at Daytona and that's a pretty exciting race. It's a short race and it's something that I'm used to running. It's kind of an elbows up and go for it type of race. I'm looking forward to that. I wasn't too nervous because I knew the time was going to be pretty good. I knew I was going to be in the show and somewhere up front. Once it was over, I guess it was kind of a little relief to be able to say I finally got a pole.

"I didn't know what to expect coming here. I knew we tested fairly good. We just took a lot of good information from that test and applied it to this weekend. It didn't feel like a good lap to me. Three and four felt really slow. The segment times they were doing said it was really good. With these slower cars, sometimes slower is faster. It's easier to say than to do.

"If we're going to do this every week, we've got to have a car like we do. We unloaded with a good car and made it better. It's when we unload with a bad car and with my lack of experience, we have a hard time trying to get it better. This week we had a good piece. We knew we had a really good car. We just made fine tune adjustments and it got faster and faster.

"Your confidence goes down, especially when you miss races at your best track like we did last weekend. I won a lot of races in USAC, and that's a tough series. We ran against a lot of good, veteran drivers in the past. It was just a matter of the owners being patient enough and me getting laps. I know I can do it. Now I really know I can.

"It's a good accomplishment because I had three poles in the Busch car, and I had a lot of poles in midgets and silver crown, sprint cars. Whatever I've driven, I've got a pole now. It makes you feel like you can drive anything. It feels good and good to be in the Bud Shootout. It'd be a lot greater if I could finish in the first spot on Sunday. Last year, we went through periods where I struggled in the Busch Series. I was still running USAC at the time, so I could go back and run good. This year, I've been strictly Winston Cup racing, and it's been tough."

-Dodge Motorsports-

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