Dodge Motorsports Watkins Glen qualifying notes

CASEY ATWOOD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T) "We were hoping to pick up some. The car was just a little bit loose. We turned down in the chicane and it slid through there. We just didn't carry enough speed. Hopefully that will...

CASEY ATWOOD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We were hoping to pick up some. The car was just a little bit loose. We turned down in the chicane and it slid through there. We just didn't carry enough speed. Hopefully that will get us in and we'll try to improve on that Sunday. These cars are going a little bit faster than the Busch cars here, but there doesn't seem to be a real big difference. Hopefully we can get the car running good and have a little bit of fun on Sunday."

KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Sprint Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"I'm pretty pleased with that. That's the fastest we've run since we've been here. John Andretti had a really good test here last week, and I think he brought back a lot of good information. Yesterday we were running the Grand American deal, and John gave me some tips there. It picked me up a little bit, and that helped with the Winston Cup stuff. The 43 team and John did a lot of help us. The 45 guys worked real hard on the car. We just need a little break every now and then to get us over the hump. I don't know where we'll end up. It's like Craven, he runs off the race track. You've got one shot, and you've got to give it all you can. The guys that are back there like Craven was, and like I usually am, you panic and you've got to give everything you can. It's just as easy to be a hero or a zero at a road course. I've run decent here. We've been a lot better in the race than we ever have in qualifying. The only time I ever won a race here, I qualified second or third. Most of the time you can qualify in the back and run in the top 10, so maybe it'll be decent for us."

SCOTT PRUETT (No. 01 Cingular Wireless Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"The car was too tight. I told them I could run a low to mid 12 if it was tight. We could run a high 11 if we freed it up. Unfortunately it was still carrying too much push. It's great to have the opportunity with Chip Ganassi, and I think we're going to have a good race Sunday. We put the car on the track this morning, and just couldn't get it tied down. We'll go back to work and come back with a better race car. We were just leaving too much time on the table pushing in turn one. We were giving about half a tenth away in every turn. We can't seem to find the problem. The Ganassi guys did a great job. We've got a great car, and now we've got to get to work for the race. You've got to be careful. There's some rocks over there in the last left-hander. The guys are working hard. They drive hard in there, and that happens. That's just the unfortunate part of it. Guys are going to run in the 11s. Our car is capable of running in the 11s. If we weren't carrying so much push, we'd run in the 11s. We haven't found what gives us what we really need. This is a one-shot deal. I'd like to come back and do more. If things go well Sunday, maybe we can give Dodge its first win."

WALLY DALLENBACH (No. 44 Georgia Pacific Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"The lap was terrible. We've been loose ever since we got here and anybody that could see the lap could see that we were loose."

JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 43 Cheerios Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"In qualifying there is no return. Once you make a mistake you've got to live with that. I thought we should go quicker, and the car definitely has more in it. I just don't like where I am in the points at all. If we use a provisional, that's one you can't use later on. If you're top 25 in points and you go for it, that's different. Dale Earnhardt once said that a provisional is worth two tenths. For me right now, it's worth about six tenths. We were a lot better than that in practice. I just tried to get in a real clean qualifying lap, and I did. Unfortunately, it wasn't as fast as I'd like to go, but it was OK. If you're going to win the Winston Cup championship, you've got to do more than drive mile and a half ovals. Watkins Glen is easier to pass than Sears Point, easier to drive, not as technical. You've got to really know how to drive a road course. You've got to have a lot of things going your way, fuel mileage, so many things. You can get a surprise winner here easier than you could at Sears Point. We should have a decent starting spot, but it's no big deal if we don't."

WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"It wasn't a pretty lap. It sure didn't feel pretty. There was a couple of places I bottomed out the bell housing and I went up the track. We unloaded a lot slower than that, and the team worked real hard and made the car better. I've got a road course consultant here with me this weekend, and he helped me out a lot here last time. We're going to try to get the car better and be, too. He can help me out all the way from the start-finish line all the way around the track."

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We were real tight earlier and fought a real bad push in the left and right-hand corners. We made a real big change on the banzai run and got too loose. We went halfway back to where we were, and it was too free in qualifying. It's a big improvement from where we were. The guys on the Coors Light Dodge team worked real hard, and we're going to keep working hard and get this thing going. If you're tight on these long straightaways, if you're tight up off the corner, it kills your straightaway speed. We helped the car a whole lot, but we need a little more. We killed an hour and 15 minutes worth of practice trying to fix the car. We made a crazy change and got it too loose."

STACY COMPTON (No. 92 Kodiak Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We were sure hoping to go faster than that. We hadn't been that good in practice, but you always try to pick it up in qualifying. We've got Bill Cooper (road racing expert) here helping us this week, so we'll go to work and see what we can come up with."

DAVE BLANEY (No. 93 Amoco Ultimate Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"It was slow. We only made one lap in practice with the steering box in it. We've been struggling all day. I thought we got in a good qualifying lap, as good as we had in practice (31st fastest), but we slowed down. I guess a lot of people did. We got in on speed, and I'm glad we didn't have to use a provisional. We'll get ready for the race now."

BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"I haven't been able to hit anything today. I couldn't even hit the wall, but I really wasn't trying to do that. We just need to be better. The car is real loose, but we'll work on it and hopefully we can have a good run on Sunday."

-Dodge Motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , John Andretti , Chip Ganassi