STACY COMPTON (No. 92 Kodiak Dodge Intrepid R/T) "I don't know what's wrong. We've been off since we got here and just can't seem to figure out what it is. We're not where we need to be right now, but we'll get it straightened out before...
STACY COMPTON (No. 92 Kodiak Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"I don't know what's wrong. We've been off since we got here and just can't seem to figure out what it is. We're not where we need to be right now, but we'll get it straightened out before the race. We spun out on the get-up lap. We got it stopped and didn't make it across the start-finish line so we could get another run at it. It didn't make any difference as bad as we ran."
CASEY ATWOOD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"The car felt real loose on the first lap and then it got real tight on the second lap. It could have been a little bit better, but that wasn't too bad for the first time here. It's pretty decent the first lap and the second lap the car just gets real tight. It's pretty much just a one-lap show out there. We're happy, but the car had a lot more in it. We just needed more time. We didn't get a lot of practice out there. We got in safe and had a good lap, but I know the car could have been a lot better. It's like any other big track, like a Michigan. It'll probably go a long way without cautions and there'll be a lot of green flag stops. I've raced in the Busch Series here twice, but we've never tested here, so I really don't know what to expect. We had a pretty decent test with this car at Michigan. We had some poor weather conditions there during the test, but I think it helped us out. The car was pretty decent when we unloaded today."
BUCKSHOT JONES (No. 44 Georgia Pacific Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"I tried to speed shift through there and spun it out. We came in and put another set of tires on and it was fine. We made some changes just before qualifying and the car bottomed out really bad. It shot it back up the track."
WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"I thought I could have got a little more out of it. The guys worked hard this morning. I'm adjusting to the new tire starting this week, changing a few things and the team is, too. The motor guys are working real hard, and they're going to get better for us, too. I've got the best motor builder out here with Terry Elledge. We've got a new program. We don't have the best car right now because we haven't had time to work on it. We've got new tires that the driver's got to adjust to. We've got a new body that the team's got to adjust to and a new motor. It's a lot to adjust to at one time. The good thing about it is I've got good people and they want to have a winning combination."
DAVE BLANEY (No. 93 Amoco Ultimate Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"That was a good lap. I thought it was going to be better than that. That's the best we've had it handling and we've got a decent starting spot. This has been a good car for us. This is our Atlanta and Texas (career-best sixth-place finish) Dodge. This is a different track, but if we get it handling good, who knows what we'll be able to accomplish."
KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Sprint Dodge Intrepid R/T)
NOTE: Petty qualified 14th for Sunday's race, and that's his best qualifying effort ever at California Speedway. His previous best starting position was 17th.
"That was good for us. I've been missing races, and we were a little bit faster than we were in practice. Our engine room back at Petty Enterprises has worked extremely hard along with Joey Arrington and Arrington Engines out of Martinsville to come up with something to help us. We've tried some stuff with the 45 car, and obviously it's picked us up a little bit. John Andretti did a great job. We messed up a little bit there. I didn't get to communicate with him like I wanted to before he went out, but he did a great job. I wish we could have run faster, but I've been messing up qualifying so that was a real good lap for us."
JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 43 Cheerios Dodge Intrepid R/T)
NOTE: Andretti qualified 11th fastest. His best starting spot in five attempts at California Speedway was 10th.
"I'm happy. I just wanted to make the race. We ran exactly what we practiced in qualifying, and that's great for me because I haven't been doing that. I didn't hit but one corner right, so maybe we need to go to a six-corner track and then I'd have a chance at hitting two corners right. I haven't been hitting qualifying real good this year, so to run the same speed I did in practice, I'm typically not happy, but I am today. We've got a better package than we had here last year, so hopefully we can do as well or better in the race."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We slowed up a little bit from practice. We made a change on the chassis and we forgot to adjust the bump stop and it bottomed out real bad in qualifying. It shot us up the race track. We just about wrecked in one and two. The car is a lot better than it qualified. We'll get in tuned in in the morning and get it handling good. In the morning it's going to be real tricky. We're going to practice and it's going to be real cool. We're going to start the race around noon and it's going to be hotter, so it's going to be a guessing game. We'll try to get the car where we can make a lot of adjustments on it during the race if we need to."
BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"It blew up but that's the way it goes, so it wasn't too good. I thought I felt it going away off turn two, but when I came off four down the front straightaway, it finally let go. I guess we were lucky to end up where we did. We'll get to work and get ready for the race. This track hasn't been that good to me in the past, so maybe we're due for a good race here on Sunday."
JASON LEFFLER (No. 01 Cingular Wireless Dodge Intrepid R/T)
NOTE: Leffler, a 25-year-old Long Beach, Calif., native, will start 25th in Sunday's 43-car field. The Raybestos rookie of the year contender will be making his first NASCAR Winston Cup start at California Speedway.
"We picked up from practice, so that's what counts. The guys did a good job, and I'm pretty excited about Sunday now. All my friends and a bunch of relatives are here, so we'd like to get this Cingular Dodge up front in the race and get some points so it'll help us out in qualifying next week. I tested at Sears Point two days this week and we just flew here. I haven't seen anybody yet. We've just been trying to get in the show. Now we'll go see everybody and have some fun. I need more practice laps here. This track really invites you to run in the corner super hard and you get in the center and realize you drove it in there too hard. Easy in is fast off and that's hard to do that. I've got faith in my guys. This is a great team. They'll get the car tuned up for me, and I'm looking forward to Sunday."