Dover: Rusty Wallace qualifying quotes

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid) - Qualified Second "I'm real happy with the run. I think when it was all said and done we were eighth quickest. We tried a lot of things today. We found one thing that worked and another thing...

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid) - Qualified Second

"I'm real happy with the run. I think when it was all said and done we were eighth quickest. We tried a lot of things today. We found one thing that worked and another thing that didn't work. When it was all said and done we put them all together and made a qualifying attempt. We ran a .92 which put us seventh quick. I thought I could pick that up a little bit, but I was concerned. Last year I ran a .79 in practice and I got the pole at a .95, so the track slowed up two tenths with the heat, but it didn't do that today. I don't know why. I expected it to do that. We're on the front row. Ryan's on the pole, and I'm second. The two Penske cars, that's a neat deal. The 2 and 12 sounds good to me. I'm proud of him (Newman). He did a good job. As a part team owner, it makes me feel good when he qualifies well.

"I felt real good about it. I was going through last year's notes about race setup. We were running third with 16 laps to go. I had a great car, and I actually had a chance to win the race. I blew a right front tire. Now we're looking at camber settings, tire pressures and stuff so that won't happen this year. I'm real optimistic. We're running super strong. We're 10th in the points right now. I was ninth last week and Sterling beat me by a couple positions and moved me back to 10th. We're sure not running slower as the year goes on. We're getting better and better, and I understand the Dodges real well. The engine has a lot of horsepower, and it's been a good car for us so far.

"There might be a change in the setup a little bit. I don't think drivers really worry about the rain on Sunday. What's on the drivers' minds is that we get practice in tomorrow morning. That's really all I'm concerned about, and once we get the car solid and feeling well and comfortable, I can sleep well and all that. If we lose all practice, then we sit around agonizing about if we've got the right springs or shocks. It doesn't bother me if it rains Sunday. NASCAR has a way of getting these things done. My main concern is getting that practice tomorrow morning in.

"I wouldn't want to bet on that one (Jimmie Johnson winning three straight at Dover). That's tough. It really is. I know we were going for three in a row at Indianapolis this year with Helio Castroneves and he finished second and Gil won, so it was still three in a row for Team Penske up there. When you start laying out these numbers and these goals, usually something screws up, but he's running great enough and he always runs great here. I wouldn't put it past him.

"There's no conflict. I wish I could have got the pole, no doubt about that, but if I couldn't get the pole then the next guy I'm pulling for his him (Newman), that's for sure. There's no conflict whatsoever. He's a great qualifier and a great racer. If I can't get it, he's the guy I want to have it."

"Every race I go to, I think that's the race (to win). I feel optimistic about every race I go to. I felt good about Charlotte. We got our car running really great there at the end and we made one of our final pit stops and the caution flag came out again and put us down a lap. We ran great last week, and we ran great the week before. The cars are absolutely not lacking in performance."

-dodge motorsports-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Helio Castroneves , Jimmie Johnson
Teams Team Penske