DAVE BLANEY (No. 93 BP Dodge Intrepid R/T) "That was better than our practice speed today. I thought it was real good. I gave up a little bit in three and four, but I think that will hang somewhere near the top 10. It depends on the...
DAVE BLANEY (No. 93 BP Dodge Intrepid R/T) "That was better than our practice speed today. I thought it was real good. I gave up a little bit in three and four, but I think that will hang somewhere near the top 10. It depends on the weather. The track temperature was about the same as it was in practice. I really don't know where we'll end up. The car felt great. I think we got almost all the car had, and you can't do much more than that. I'm happy with that."
BUCKSHOT JONES (No. 44 Georgia Pacific Dodge Intrepid R/T) "We've been tight, tight, tight since we unloaded. We couldn't get it freed up. We did some stuff to free it up before qualifying. It helped a lot, but everybody is running quicker now. We picked up a lot from practice, so I'm happy with that."
CARL LONG (No. 85 Mansion Motorsports Dodge Intrepid R/T) "We left some on the table. I was a little bit loose and couldn't stand on the gas getting off the corner. I gave up a little bit getting in, but you just had to stand on it and get what you could. We had a lot of help. Brad Parrott came over this morning and asked if we needed some help. We told him yes but the pay wasn't real good. It said he just wanted to help. Between Brad and Norman Negre and Kyle Petty, we had a lot of help. Kyle came down and let me test with him last week. We've got his engine. This is the engine Justin Labonte ran in Nashville in the ARCA race. I surprised a little bit. But Kyle drove the car in the test last week a little bit and told me what he thought about it. He was very accurate on what was wrong and we fixed it. Everything we've got right here all goes back to Kyle Petty."
STACY COMPTON (No. 92 Kodiak Dodge Intrepid R/T) "We couldn't hit on anything today. We just couldn't make the car turn. The guys made some great adjustments. If you've got confidence in your guys, you can go out there and hang it out and pick up some time. I've got a lot of confidence in these guys. That makes you run a little harder. They make good decisions and I don't have to worry about it. The track was about half a second slower in practice than it was in the spring. This place is just worn slam out. There's no grip here. You run two laps and lose half a second. You lose two tenths every time you go out. I'm surprised a lot of drivers haven't been griping and complaining about the grip. This weekend isn't over yet though."
JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 43 Pop Secret Dodge Intrepid R/T) "That isn't the best starting spot, but it was a conservative lap. We're so far down in the points, we really can't afford to hang it out. We're in the race and now it'd be nice to take the Pop Secret Dodge into the Pop Secret victory lane. It was a decent lap. It wasn't a great lap, but it got us in the race."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T) "That's better than we practiced, but I never qualify good here. I usually start about 25th. In about 50 laps, we'll be in the top five. We tried. We picked up about three tenths from practice, but it still wasn't enough. The track is slick, but I like it. The drivers take over then."
BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T) "I guess that was a good lap for me. We picked up a little bit from practice, but just not enough."
JASON LEFFLER (No. 01 Cingular Dodge Intrepid R/T) "That wasn't real good, but that was as good as it would go."
KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Sprint Dodge Intrepid R/T) "I lose seventh tenths from practice to qualifying last week and picked up two tenths today, so I'm still half a second short. We're in the race, and these guys have worked really hard. We came down here and tested and that's about four tenths faster than we tested. We were slow down here when we tested. We really struggled. I used to sit on the pole here all the time. That's ancient history. It's been a long time. We've got to finish this year with four or five decent races and start next year on a positive note."
WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T) "The car felt pretty good, but it just wasn't fast. I think that's the slowest lap we've had all day."