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KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Starts 4th "I was expecting good things with the changes we made. We had excellent results. The track conditions helped us and of course my crew made the right changes on the Miller Lite Dodge was...

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Starts 4th

"I was expecting good things with the changes we made. We had excellent results. The track conditions helped us and of course my crew made the right changes on the Miller Lite Dodge was good. I just tried not to over drive it. This year, we have a tremendous difference in down force and balance as well as front end geometry and bump-rubber package. The car still has some of the same evils, but today it provided us with a good run that will create a nice benchmark to work off of."

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PAT TRYSON (Crew Chief -- No 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)

"We made some adjustments and the track gripped up, but the driver has a lot to do with that (picking up significantly over practice times). He hit his marks. You can't ask for any more than what he did for us. We made the car a little better, but he did a hell-of-a-job to pick up what he did."

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AJ ALLMENDINGER (No. 44 Charter Communications Dodge Charger) Starts 8th

"My Charter Communications Dodge was a little tight, so it was hard work today. We've got to keep working on it. The whole 44 crew and Richard Petty Motorsports, they did a good job. The whole organization is working well together. We got some notes from the 43, 19 and 9 that helped us out. I'm pleased to be in the race. Now, we've got a job to do and that's to make this thing better tomorrow and then go race hard on Sunday.

"A top-10 starting spot, we'll take it. As close as these cars are, track position is a key. We definitely need to get better. The car is a little bit tight, but I think we've found the right direction to take care of that. We'll keep working on it tomorrow and get the car better for Sunday. I think it's going to be a tough race. The car isn't that far off. If we can get it to turn, I think it will be fast on Sunday."

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REED SORENSON (No. 43 Charter Communications Dodge Charger) Starts 17th

"We did two qualifying runs in practice and about 45 minutes in race trim. The red flag hurt everybody with time. We've got a head start on a race setup; we just have to figure what direction we need to go. The car is pretty good. We've got some work to do. As long as we start out close tomorrow like we did today and just need four or five adjustments to help the car, we'll be OK."

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ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Best Buy Dodge Charger) Starts 20th

"That's about what we ran in practice. We would have liked to have gone a little faster than that, but it gives us a starting spot. Now, we can work on race trim tomorrow and go after it Sunday. We did all qualifying trim today; that's why we were hoping to be a little better than that. We just missed it a little bit today, but that's OK. We're working hard on it; we have two hours of practice tomorrow. We've got to get a little better."

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KASEY KAHNE (No.43 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Starts 22nd

"The car drove OK; I expected the lap to be a little faster. We just made one run in the qualifying setup right at the end of practice. It didn't help that we didn't work a whole lot on it (qualifying trim), but hopefully we'll be all right tomorrow. The Budweiser Dodge drove pretty good. I'm surprised it was that slow."

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SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Auto Club Dodge Charger) Starts 26th

"We spent more time on the race set-up today. After we made our first qualifying run in practice, it (the car) was way out and we only had time to go back and make one more run on scuffs. After it cooled off in qualifying compared to what we were in practice, there's a big difference in how the car handles. I feel that we could have probably been in the top 15. I drove it in (the corner) a hundred feet further than what I drove it in on the practice qualifying run and I could have driven it in another 50 feet. I'm pretty happy with the Auto Club Dodge. We're not great, but we're a lot better than the last time we were here and have a lot better race car."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Richard Petty
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