Dover II: Dodge teams qualifying quotes

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) "We were tight-loose, tight-loose through the corners in practice, and we could never figure it out. We made some changes, so it was at least just loose, so that's better than being both. It was ...

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge)

"We were tight-loose, tight-loose through the corners in practice, and we could never figure it out. We made some changes, so it was at least just loose, so that's better than being both. It was looser on the first lap and on the second lap the tires had built up a little more and it tightened up and got a little faster."

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) Wins Pole, second of the season at Dover

"We'll take it any way we can get it. The second one at Dover is pretty neat. The 2 and 12 fought us hard for it today, but we were able to come back and win the thing. I can't say enough about this race team. Everybody on this team is awesome, and I love these guys.

"We were in crunch time at Richmond and did what we had to do. We had to make something happen and that's what we've got to do now. Sometimes you've got to grab life by the horns. That's what Dodge is all about, and that's what we've got to do here.

"The track really changed from practice. I wasn't expecting it to be that different, but it was pretty slick. I guess it was from all the oil-dry that's been around all day. Our Dodge was still pretty good. We've got to come back fighting every week, and that's what we're going to do this week. Whether it's the pole or not, we're still going to be strong and we're going to be good here. This is one of our good tracks.

"Richard (Childress) called me a couple of times, and that was very nice of him. We'll go from there. I think he's learned a valuable lesson from it. It's cost us, but what do you do? You've got to go on. We've got to fight back here.

"The T-shirt says 'I want you to stay far, far away from me.' Ya'll probably know who you is. It's pretty cool. It's just a funny little joke. We're trying to get over last week. It's bright orange if that tells you anything. I thought we'd have a little fun. I know Robby has had a tough week. That's behind us, but we thought we'd come here and have a little fun with it anyway.

"The car was great. Our Dodge was really good, but I was surprised how the track had changed. It's pretty slick out there. The guys made the right changes. We made a couple of air pressure changes just before we went out and they hit it right. We're not worried about points now. Points is not even in our vocabulary. We're going to run hard and run up front. That's all we can do."

JEFF GREEN (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge)

"It wasn't good. We tightened it up and pushed. We're better than that, but I think we'll be OK. I think this is a lot better Dodge than we had here in the spring. We'll know more tomorrow. It feels like it's got a lot of grip, and that's a good thing."

KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge)

"We were pretty good in practice, but I got loose off turn two in both laps. You're supposed to be quicker in qualifying, but I'm usually not, so I'll take that."

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge)

"We got real loose and bottomed out on both laps. It didn't do that in practice. It bottomed out terrible in one and two. We were pretty good in practice, but we lost a couple of tenths in qualifying."

JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge)

"We had a really good lap. We got through one and two well. The car was balanced right. It just missed a little bit in three and four. We were a little bit high and to be fast here you need to be right on the bottom. Missed it a little bit down there, but it was probably my fault. It should be a top 10 (ended up 10th). The thing I've learned about Cup racing is it's really irrelevant where you qualify. If you just don't pit when the leaders do it seems like you can get to the front. If it works for you, you can stay there. This racetrack seems to have a lot of long, green-flag runs and not a lot of cars on the lead lap."

BRENDAN GAUGHAN (No. 77 Kodak/Jasper Dodge)

"It's always good when you pick up in practice, and we gained a tenth. It was a little loose in three and four, but we'll go to work and get rid of that and get ready to race."


"OK is a good way to describe it. I know I didn't get in an ideal lap. It was a good effort for the ALLTEL Dodge. We've got two Dodges on the front row, and that's a good way to start. I don't know that Jeremy had a perfect lap, but I know mine wasn't perfect. I gave up some off turn four, but woulda, shoulda, coulda."

CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge)

"It was way too loose. It was like they pulled a 200-pound left-rear spring out. It was horrible. We were good in practice and probably on the verge of being too good and the track got loose and we were out of control."


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