Ford teams qualifying notes, quotes

Event: Phoenix

TONY RAINES - No. 37 Front Row Motorsports Ford Fusion (Qualified 43rd)

"The weekend has gone about how we thought it would. This is a speedway car and the key for us was to just get it driving OK, where we could run the whole race and kind of get going. It's not driving bad. We're gonna definitely keep working at it. We've got a little ways to go, but it's a good start. So far everything is in one piece."

TRAVIS KVAPIL - No. 38 Long John Silver's Ford Fusion (Qualified 40th)

"We struggled yesterday. We had some brake trouble we fought for the most part and we hit the wall as a result of that. It seemed like we were kind of in a hole all day, but the car is driving OK and we're locked in the show. I think our teammate, David Gilliland, has a pretty good car, so we'll see what we've got here and what he's got so then we can compare notes and make some changes yet for tomorrow."

TREVOR BAYNE - No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion (Qualified 33rd)

"I know I needed more. When we ran that .70 I said it's gonna take a .20 or .30 to be on the pole, so that wasn't what we needed exactly. I just didn't have enough grip. I couldn't get much more out of the tire out there. I think it's gonna be good on a long run, but for qualifying it just wasn't there. We'll get it, plus I'm learning, too. This is my first time jumping back and forth between Nationwide and Cup since Texas, and they're totally different cars and I've got a lot to learn with both."

BASED ON YESTERDAY WERE YOU MORE CONSERVATIVE WITH THIS LAP? "Yeah, you have to be until you get in the race. Once it comes race time you've got that car anyway, so you're good. I had to be a little bit conservative, but I was still pushing it. I was still shaking when I got out of the car because I thought I pushed it, but I think I got into turn one a little too low and couldn't carry any speed."

DAVID GILLILAND - No. 34 Taco Bell Ford Fusion (Qualified 30th)

"I think it's good. We're right there behind Jimmie Johnson and that is a step up from where we were last year. I feel like our car is excellent in race trim. We didn't do a lot of qualifying stuff because we didn't have the tires to really do that, but I'm excited. The car in race trim was phenomenal. If you look at the company we're around, that's good. We'll go from there and work on it for Sunday."

MARCOS AMBROSE - No. 9 Stanley Ford Fusion (Qualified 29th)

"I'm a little disappointed. That's my first time really qualifying for this team and we're all new and learning each other. I just left a little bit out there."

AJ ALLMENDINGER - No. 43 Valvoline Ford Fusion (Qualified 15th)

"I'm not sure where that's gonna end up. That's probably gonna 17th or 18th from the looks of it, so that's not very good. It's disappointing from yesterday. We had a decent car and brushed the wall, so you go out there and you're not really sure. The guys did a good job. The driver wasn't that good."

CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion (Qualified 1st)

"We've got a fast race car and these Goodyear tires come in the second lap. They're fastest on the second lap, so it would mean so much to be on the pole for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 in the Subway Ford. That would be huge. They've already given me a lot of free sandwiches this weekend and we'd love to give them a trophy. That would be cool."

GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Qualified 10th)

"I feel pretty good. I should have pushed the gas down sooner in three and four. The car had so much grip. I don't know why, but I was just a little bit nervous and didn't want to make a mistake. I probably just waited too long over there - a tenth of a second. That was my fault, but what's exciting about it is we have a really good car and a really fast car."

DAVID RAGAN - No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion (Qualified 11th)

"It's a small pick-up. Anytime you're up there in the top three or four during practice you think you've got a legitimate shot at the pole and another tenth we would have been right there. I'm real happy with our UPS Ford for the race. I think we've got a real solid car and anytime you can qualify in the top 15, you've got a real good shot to get a good pit stall and get a good start. That's good, but you're always hungry for more."

-source: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson , David Gilliland , John Long
Teams Front Row Motorsports
Tags ford, nascar