Elliott Qualifies Fourth For The Ford 400 Bill Elliott and the Wood Brothers muscled their way into a share of the spotlight on Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway as Elliott qualified the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford...
Elliott Qualifies Fourth For The Ford 400
Bill Elliott and the Wood Brothers muscled their way into a share of the spotlight on Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway as Elliott qualified the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion in fourth place for Sunday's Ford 400.
Elliott's qualifying effort gave Ford three of the top five starting spots for Sunday's race.
Elliott said he was "pleasantly surprised" by the speed he showed on his qualifying lap at 176.585 miles per hour, especially considering his best lap in practice was nearly three miles per hour slower at 173. 645 mph.
"The track cooled off and the car was good," Elliott said.
"Donnie Wingo and the guys do a good job.
"We made some changes the very last run we did and actually slowed down a little bit. It seemed like that last 10-15 minutes of practice a lot of people picked up, but I was really surprised to pick up that much...
'The car was still just a little bit tight rolling through the center, but when I was able to pick the throttle up I could get everything I had….
"My hat's off to Len and Eddie, the Motorcraft guys, Ford - everybody - they've just done a super job on this Ford Fusion."
"Bill did a heck of a job," Eddie Wood said. "He really got off Turn Four really well on his qualifying lap and made up a lot of time there."
Wood also joined Elliott in tipping his hat to Ford Motor Company on a big weekend for the manufacturer's motorsports ventures.
"We've been deeply involved with Ford Motor Company for 60 years, so it's gratifying to have a good qualifying run for their race," he said.
Elliott said that with the improvements the team has made over the course of the 2010 season, he's confident he can keep the No. 21 Ford Fusion up front throughout Sunday's season-ending race. His qualifying success, the team's best since a fourth-place qualifying spot at Daytona this year, means Wingo will get a better pick of pit stalls than usual and then there's the momentum the team has from its two previous races.
"Len and Eddie have worked so hard to try and turn this deal around, and it seems like we've made some really good improvements the last few races," Elliott said. "I know Trevor [Bayne] had a really good race at Texas, and that was very encouraging for the whole crew. I felt like our Charlotte race was going to be pretty good, but we had those issues during the first part of the race.
"Doug [Yates] and the guys have come with a great motor, and this thing runs awfully well.
"With the combination they've put together, it's made my job easy."