Indianapolis: Dodge teams qualifying quotes

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) -- Starts 41st "I was loose coming off turn four and I got down into turn one and when I got down into turn one I made a late turn and just got up. I got in too hard. I was trying to lay one in ...

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) -- Starts 41st

"I was loose coming off turn four and I got down into turn one and when I got down into turn one I made a late turn and just got up. I got in too hard. I was trying to lay one in there. I went under the best conditions all day long, so there 's just no excuses. I've been struggling with this car since we unloaded it. For some reason it's been giving me a little problem. I don't know why. The backup car we're unloading is actually the car I wanted to race here. We didn't test it here, but it's the best car in the house. The other car ran so well at Pocono we thought we'd bring it. I guess I should have stuck with my gut instinct, but I just got real loose off turn four coming to the green and I just tried to make up for it and haul it into one and it just got out from underneath me. We'll keep working on the car tomorrow and get it adjusted right and make sure it's good to go. We're not going to give up on anything I can tell you that."

KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Georgia Pacific/Marsh Stores Dodge Charger) -- Qualified 28th

"I'm really, really happy. The best we ran in practice was a 50.60, so that's pretty close to being eight tenths faster. The best we ever ran up here testing was a 50.20, and that lap was quicker than that, so I can't complain. These guys worked really hard. The track was different than when we tested and we struggled this morning a little bit. These guys worked really hard and I got a little frustrated. I thought we were going to be better when we got back up here, but they worked hard and it worked out good. When we got here we were so far off that we almost had to start all over. Everybody worked at it, so maybe it was better that it rained out everything yesterday and forced us to work just on race stuff this morning or maybe we'd really be out to lunch."

BILL ELLIOTT (No. 91 Stanley Tools Dodge Charger) -- Qualified 33rd

"We left a lot on the table. We just didn't get it done. It was a little loose, but it wasn't bad. I knew it was going to be close making the race and it ended up being that way. It was on the borderline, but we made it."

JEFF GREEN (No. 43 Box Tops/Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger) -- Qualified 15th

"We worked on race stuff in practice and testing and everything, so I feel pretty good about tomorrow. I think the car is pretty good. We've got a decent starting spot and it's going to be hard to pass, so we'll get ready to race and see if we can get a good finish "

TRAVIS KVAPIL (No. 77 Kodak/Jasper Dodge Charger) -- Starts 39th

"It wasn't very good. It was really loose, and I was very surprised. We only got a little practice time because I got in the wall and we lost a bunch of time there. We were fighting a loose condition through practice. We thought the adjustments we made were going to hit it on the head. We put more tape on it and did two or three things to the chassis to help it turn, and I think we went too far."

CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger) -- Starts 40th

"My car was really, really loose. I couldn't run the way I wanted to run in qualifying. We made our qualifying runs midway through practice. Because of the impound race we had to focus the rest of practice on getting the setup right for the race. We had to loosen the car up a little bit to get it right. I think from the sun being out and the track temperature being up and making adjustments on the car that would have made it better for the race hurt us for qualifying. They knew we were here today. We had the fastest time in practice. I think we can fix the car and get it going for the race. It's a good car. I don't think it's hurt too bad. It's mostly cosmetic other than the rear bumper is going to have to be brought back over. It hit hard enough not to be able to finish the lap because there was nothing I could have got out of it. I think we can fix it and get it back out."

STERLING MARLIN (No 40 Coors Light Dodge Charger) -- Qualified 8th

"I thought we would be faster, but the car was a little loose getting into the corner. I think it's going to race good. It's a lot of fun on Sunday if the car drives good. Happy Hour was good for us. We should be in good shape. We've got a top 10 starting spot and that's big here because it's going to be so hard to pass. The track has grip now, but it'll lose a little. They threw a different kink in it with the impound now, so we had to get our car as good as we could in race trim. We were a little free, but it'll be good Sunday."

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) -- Qualified 6th

"We almost backed up what we had in practice. Elliott Sadler had a heck of a lap. We can't use the excuse that the track is hotter, but we ended up sixth and that's not too bad. I was hoping we'd stay in the top 10 so we could get a good pit selection. We're going to do our best. We look forward to running at Indy every year. Our best finish here has been fourth, but I think the Alltel Dodge is going to be fast tomorrow. It'd be nice to end up in victory lane. It's going to be hard to pass. It's a combination of everything. You've got a new surface. You've got tires that aren't super sticky and you've got cars that are more competitive than they've ever been. It's getting tighter and tighter. It's fun to qualify here in front of all these people, but I'm going fishing in a little bit. I hope I can beat the crowd."

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- Qualified 4th

"We were trying to go for the pole, but it just wasn't in it. We were a little too loose through turns two and four. Those are the key corners tomorrow for a stock car in order to pass and run good. That's where we were at our best today. We'll take the tape off and put it in race setup and it should be perfect. I'm excited about tomorrow. I think we've got a good shot to win the Allstate 400. We've got a good starting spot. Jeremy had a good lap and that was cool, so things are looking up."

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Drivers Elliott Sadler