JEFF GREEN (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge) -- Qualified Third "That was a good qualifying effort. My hat's off to all the Cheerios guys and everybody at Petty Enterprises. This is a brand new racecar. It's the first time it's been to the...
JEFF GREEN (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge) -- Qualified Third
"That was a good qualifying effort. My hat's off to all the Cheerios guys and everybody at Petty Enterprises. This is a brand new racecar. It's the first time it's been to the track today. Everybody has done a good job of stepping the program up, and me as a driver, too. We're happy, and we're gaining on it. Come Sunday I think we'll have a good car.
"We're trying to win races, and if we can't win we'll try for the top five or top 10. We've got to be able to finish first before we can win. I sat in the truck and watch Joe (Nemechek) qualify and I didn't think there was any way anybody was going to beat him.
"My car just didn't turn as good as I wanted it to through one and two. I think we gained a little bit on it, and I'm real proud of my guys. This is the first time this car has been to the racetrack. We knew we were behind in the aero department and the fab shop has really worked hard. We realized how far we were behind now. In my mock up run; we just didn't have a good run. We worked on it and gained a lot. I think the late qualifying helped us. It didn't hurt us any.
"Just making it through Talladega was everybody's goal. I tell myself every time I come away from those tracks that they've got to do something different. It's just not my style of racing. We've been running pretty good. We've definitely got room for improvement, but we just haven't got the results that we think we need to be showing. We've had some races where we had top 15 and top 10 cars. Our results don't show that. Our main goal is to come here and get some results. If we could come out of here with a top 10 finish that would be great for us. We could build on that and go on to the next race.
"The wind was blowing pretty hard when I went out, so that was my main focus, watching the 39 cars going in front of me.
"When I got in that car in Dover last year, I'd heard a lot of rumors and a lot of horror stories about Petty Enterprises. They've got as good of stuff as any car I've sat in. I think the difference for me driving the car and maybe for them letting me drive the car is that we believe in each other. Everything thing I say they believe. The couple of opportunities I had before, 75 percent of it they might have believed. Everybody associated with Petty Enterprises believes in Jeff Green and I believe in them"