DAVID RAGAN - No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion (Qualified 18th) "I think I just drove in a little too hard. Our car was a little free in qualifying trim in practice, so Drew and I talked about it and decided not to change much. The track is a little...
DAVID RAGAN - No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion (Qualified 18th)
"I think I just drove in a little too hard. Our car was a little free in qualifying trim in practice, so Drew and I talked about it and decided not to change much. The track is a little warmer now and maybe gave up a half-a-tenth or a tenth, but, all in all, our car has pretty good speed and hopefully that will wind up in the top 10 or top 15 for our UPS team."
IT'S ONLY BEEN A COUPLE OF WEEKS WITH DREW, BUT THINGS SEEM TO BE GETTING BETTER. "I think it's a couple of things. Drew and I have been able to click pretty well here and, number two, our whole company is certainly better than we were a month or two ago. These are tracks that certainly play into our favor. Now it's just about being perfect over a weekend. I can't make any mistakes. The crew can't make any mistakes. I think our cars are close enough that we've got something to race, whereas six months ago we were still scrounging around with our cars to find some speed. I think we've got good speed and now it's just a matter of fine-tuning and running some perfect races."
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Qualified 7th)
"It was a great lap. I probably left a little bit out there, so I'm sure some guys will nip us off, but that's still gonna be a good starting spot for us. These cars, the guys are doing such a great job back at the shop and the engine department, it's big power out here in California and you need that for the car to run good, but Erwin and the guys are giving me great stuff right now. I'm just excited. My whole family is here, so maybe we can get another win."
PAUL MENARD - No. 98 Menards Ford Fusion (Qualified 24th)
"It wasn't terrible. We picked up close to four-tenths, so you can't complain too much. We've just been off a little bit in qualifying practice, but we've got a couple hours of race practice tomorrow to get it dialed in."
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Qualified 3rd)
"We made good adjustments today. It wasn't perfect on the track, I actually didn't think it was quite as fast as it was, but they were good adjustments. We were a lot better than what we had in practice, and just like Kansas it seemed like all the Roush and RPM cars unloaded with a lot of speed. Now we just have to work real hard to get it handling well because the speed is there again this weekend. We need to get it to handle right, like we saw the 16 do last week." HOW WAS THE LAP? "It was pretty good by the speed. It didn't drive exactly how we wanted it to, but our speed was really good. Jimmy and Chip made some really good adjustments from practice and what we were fighting, so it was a lot more comfortable and we could carry some speed. It was a great lap for us."
KASEY KAHNE - No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion (Qualified 5th)
"I was looking for more, but that was pretty good. The guys did a real nice job and gave me a much better car. I kind of under-drove it and just wasn't ready for it to run like that, but it was good. That was a big pickup for our Budweiser Ford. All of the guys have done a nice job and hopefully we'll do some of that tomorrow and get it right so we'll be able to race on Sunday with these guys."
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 19 Reynolds Wrap Ford Fusion (Qualified 2nd)
"I'm gonna be honest with you, the reason we qualified second today is 100 percent Todd Parrott. He's put so much effort and so much hard work into our program the last couple of months. This is one of our newer cars - one of this year's cars - and they've done a lot of work back in the body shop preparing the body on it, getting the car as light as we can and doing a lot of cool stuff. Man, that felt good. It feels good to qualify like that. We've got a lot of people here from Reynolds Wrap, and I can't thank them enough and, of course, Doug Yates' engines. It's a good day for us so far. We knew we were good in practice, I just had to make a really good lap and I was able to do that today. Todd, it's been amazing working with him again. He's given me like a new life. We've been pretty good the last couple of weeks, we just have to put it all together for 400 miles on Sunday and hopefully we'll be able to do that." YOU HAVE A BIG GRIN. "Yeah, this is a pretty big grin for me. That's a great run for us and our team needs that. We've got a lot of cool people here today from Reynolds Wrap, and Todd Parrott has worked his butt off the last couple months turning our race team around and getting our program going in the right direction. This is one of our newer cars and I'm very happy to bring it here to California. Todd and I were talking about it this morning, the last time we worked together here at California Speedway we went to Victory Lane, so this is definitely a great start to the weekend and we're gonna try to make the most of it."
-source: ford racing