MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Qualified 11th) "I'm disgusted with that. A lot of times I'm quick to blame myself come qualifying time, but I really drove hard. I got a good lap and I was two-tenths slower than practice. I know the sun is...
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Qualified 11th)
"I'm disgusted with that. A lot of times I'm quick to blame myself come qualifying time, but I really drove hard. I got a good lap and I was two-tenths slower than practice. I know the sun is out and it's hot, but it didn't seem to bother Kasey Kahne any. I wish it wouldn't have bothered us. I'm real disappointed with that. We were real fast in practice and I certainly don't feel like I dropped the ball out there, but I don't feel like the car did either, so I'm kind of confused. I'm disappointed. It won't be bad, and it may turn out to be a decent starting spot, but it's not gonna be what we thought we could do."
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Qualified 27th)
"It just seems that the track is a little hotter and it's lost some grip. We actually ran close to the same time, so we either were too slow in practice or we did OK in qualifying. I actually thought we might have run a little faster there. The car felt pretty good. We worked on race trim this morning and the car felt really good in that, so I'm really looking forward to seeing everybody in that scenario tomorrow. I think we've got a pretty good race car."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Taurus (Qualified 7th)
"I'm somewhat happy. I guess we got teased a little bit. We were fast in practice and a lot of guys have fallen off a little bit. I don't know. We didn't have the rear grip that I had in practice and we ran just about a tenth of a second slower. I wished I had that lap I ran in practice. I guess we wouldn't have been on the pole, but we'd be second right now. I'm just really happy. Here we are getting frustrated because we didn't win a pole. We're sitting here fourth or so. We've come a long way. This is our Kansas car and I'm looking forward to racing it. We were here a couple of weeks ago and did nothing but work on race runs. I guess I'm more pleased about how it ran in qualifying trim because I really liked it in race trim."
JOHN ANDRETTI - No. 14 VB/APlus at Sunoco Taurus (Qualified 23rd)
IT WAS AN EVENTFUL DAY, BUT IT TURNED OUT OK. "It was way too eventful. To put a car in the wall on the first lap on the track really stinks. I feel really bad for this whole team to do that, but I don't know what happened quite honestly. I think we'll figure it out, but we didn't have time to figure it out. We just had to get the other car. Luckily, we had a car that was ready and everything. We got the race motor in and thanks to Robert Yates Racing and all of them. These guys did a great job. The Miller High Life Busch team came over and helped and the Powerstroke Diesel Truck team came over and helped, so we had guys in all different uniforms. These guys had never worked together before, but it went like magic and they got the car back out and got me some laps in practice because I still don't have a clue where I'm going around here."
AFTER THE WEATHER TOOK YOU OUT OF QUALIFYING LAST WEEK, WAS TODAY MORE PRESSURE? "The last five or six weekends it's Russian Roulette and the first five weekends of next year is gonna be Russian Roulette again. I guess Russian Roulette is OK, except for when the weather comes in and then it loads the whole chamber and you die no matter what. I think today said a lot about our team. They proved so much to me and I think a lot of other people. To be able to rebound like that is huge."
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Qualified 15th)
"We made some changes for qualifying, but just went the wrong way. It's a shame to qualify that bad here, but we think we should be decent for the race. We'll just try to work on it a little better and get it little more comfortable. Hopefully, we'll be OK. Doug and the guys did a great job on the motor, but I just wasn't able to use it. A lot of hard work went into it, but we'll try to get 'em on Sunday."
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Sharpie/IRWIN Taurus (Qualified 1st)
"I don't really know what time the car ran, I just like qualifying here at Homestead because you get to feel the altitude. You really don't have much altitude here and you get all the horsepower you can. You don't feel like you're doing a great lap, but the horsepower comes forth and you really put down a great number. It's a tribute to Roush Racing and the Yates engine group on what they gave me for this piece and I just went to go make a lap. Maybe this car is telling me that it needs to run well on Sunday as well."
WHAT ABOUT THE POLE TODAY? "It's something we didn't expect. We knew we had a good car, but it was a lap that I hadn't done yet today. I knew that there was no sense in doing it too early and you just trust the instincts of your race car, you trust your crew, and we picked up enough time today. I thought we could pick up two-tenths and we did the perfect amount."
WHAT DOES THIS DO FOR YOUR CHANCES SUNDAY? "I hope that people don't get too far ahead of themselves. We can't overlook anything in the pit area. This gives us a great opportunity to start off the race and lead a lap, and it puts us in the right mindset for what we need to do this weekend, which is win."
DOES THIS MAKE IT ANY EASIER FOR SUNDAY? "It does, but yet it doesn't. There's so much that can go on on Sunday. If I didn't qualify well, I wouldn't be standing here and we'd have that mindset of, 'what do we have to do to get to the front,' and work on our race car and make the setup right tomorrow in tomorrow's practices. This just gives us a better starting spot. It gives us a great opportunity to maybe even lead the most laps and hold the other competitors at bay for not leading and keeping those five points to ourselves."