ROBBY GORDON -- No. 7 Menards/MAPEI Ford Fusion (qualified 33rd) "We were about three-hundredths slower, but my car was just a little bit too free into the middle. We worked on it, made an adjustment to try and tighten it up, and, like I said,...
ROBBY GORDON -- No. 7 Menards/MAPEI Ford Fusion (qualified 33rd)
"We were about three-hundredths slower, but my car was just a little bit too free into the middle. We worked on it, made an adjustment to try and tighten it up, and, like I said, it was just a little too free for the first third of the corner."
DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Insurance Ford Fusion (qualified 31st)
"I wish we could've run a little better. I thought we might run a high 23; that's basically what we ran in practice. The car was just tighter than I expected. Couldn't get off the corners. But, average lap, we'll take it, and race 'em on Sunday."
IS THE CAR OF TOMORROW NOTICABLY MORE CHALLENGING AT THIS TYPE OF RACE TRACK? "No, it feels about the same to me as Darlington -- characteristics from Martinsville, Phoenix. You know, just real top heavy, rolls over a lot, feels like it just doesn't turn and cut as well -- something we've got to work on, but not crazy different."
JAMIE McMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (qualified 8th)
"It wasn't bad. We weren't that good in practice. Larry [Carter, crew chief] made some real good adjustments to the car, and it drove a lot better. I think that will be a top 20, which we were 25th or 30th in practice, so it should be good."
ON MAKING A QUALIFYING LAP AT DOVER. "There's just such a huge commitment halfway down the straightway of how deep you can drive it into the corner and how quick you can get back in the gas. So, I like qualifying here. It's fun, if your car's good. We talked about it on the way here on the plane yesterday, somebody always gets loose and backs in the fence and it's incredible the noise it will make."
BILL ELLIOTT -- No. 21 Little Debbie Ford Fusion (qualified 14th)
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE LAP? "I was proud of it. These guys have worked so hard and have got such a good race car, I told them, 'I still need to knock a few rough edges off me, but we're working on it.'"
ARE YOU GETTING A PRETTY GOOD UNDERSTANDING OF THE CAR OF TOMORROW? "Yeah. I drove it one lap last year at Michigan, and I drove it the other day at Rockingham, so I'm still trying to figure out the characteristics. It's just like the other car last week -- I need to get a race or two under me. This is just a great race team."
CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (qualified 5th)
"We did just what we said we were going to do -- we ran like a 95-percent lap, and I'm glad I did because it was so loose in. I lifted where I thought was early, and I couldn't keep it to the bottom. So, luckily, that was a good lap for us. I would've loved for it to be about a tenth quicker, but if I ran 100 more laps I couldn't run one better than that, so I have to be satisfied with it."
-credit: ford racing