KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Qualified 4th WAS THAT WHAT YOU EXPECTED ON YOUR QUALIFYING RUN? "It was a good run. I took too much time getting down to the white line in turn two, but other than that, the car felt really balanced.
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Qualified 4th
WAS THAT WHAT YOU EXPECTED ON YOUR QUALIFYING RUN? "It was a good run. I took too much time getting down to the white line in turn two, but other than that, the car felt really balanced. We had a chance to get the pole; we just missed it. The car was handling really well thought. We just need to work a little more on getting it through turn two.
WHAT WILL YOU FOCUS ON IN THE AFTERNOON PRACTICE? "We will focus on getting behind some cars and see what it is like trying to pass. That's going to be a key tomorrow, being able to pass. Even if you're really good, you're still going to have to pass cars. We need to work on that and get the car to do what we want in traffic. That's what we need."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Stanley Tools Dodge Charger) Qualified 6th
HOW YOUR QUALIFYING RUN? "It was a pretty decent lap for our Stanley Tools Dodge. We lost a couple hundred RPMs on the motor and I'm not really sure why that happened. It was a pretty good lap considering we went out later in the qualifying session. We'll keep plugging along. We've got today behind us, so now we have to work on some race trim stuff and hopefully get it consistent for some long runs."
KURT BUSCH (No 2. Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Qualified 7th
DESCRIBE YOUR QUALIFYING LAP? "It was a good lap that should get us a good starting position. We'll take our Miller Lite Dodge and go from there. Our car has been good in some areas and has struggled in other areas. We have to work on those shortcomings and get our car better."
WHEN DID YOU BRUSH THE WALL? "We did that yesterday. I went in turn three a little two deep and I couldn't get it gathered up before I brushed the wall. The way these cars run with the rear end kicked out, you have to give yourself two inches instead of taking those two inches."
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Wrigley's Big Red Slim Pack Dodge Charger) Qualified 13th
HOW WAS THE QUALIFYING LAP? "I think if I can finish second again, I would be very happy. It's been rough the last few weeks for us, but I feel like we are getting better. Our team is focusing on developing the car, making them better and the results are starting to show. Our Big Red Dodge is pretty fast right now and if we can make some adjustments during the final practices, I think we have a shot to run up front. Everybody at Chip Ganassi is working really hard and it's great to see."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (No. 10 Sears Auto Center/Valvoline Dodge Charger) Qualified 15th
HOW MUCH MORE DIFFICULT WAS IT THIS WEEK AT INDY? "It's hard here because the straightaways are so long. You know, you kind of lose perspective of the first corner and for us, when you're not qualified you always want to make sure you're in. I slowed down too early for Turn 1 and lost a tenth there but it was okay. The car was pretty good. It got a little bit tight but I'm happy. We've got great cars. For tomorrow we should have fun but we're in the race so that's great. We're starting probably top-20 so that's very good."
REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger) Qualified 22nd
HOW WAS YOUR LAP? "The run wasn't very good. That's about where we were yesterday. We picked up a little bit, about the same as everybody else. It's not an impound race, so I stayed in it and brushed the wall a little bit.
WHAT WILL THE TARGET DODGE TEAM FOCUS ON IN THE AFTERNOON PRACTICE SESSIONS? "In race trim, we're fighting front grip really bad, so we will work on getting that better in practice today. If we can do that, it will be helpful for the long runs tomorrow. Tires really fall off bad after six or seven laps, so we will be trying to get it to work through an entire run. Last year, the car was good on the first lap and the last lap (Sorenson started from the pole) we run. We hope we can get it like that for tomorrow's race."
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Totino's Dodge Charger) Qualified 27th
HOW WAS YOUR QUALIFYING LAP? "Our Cheerios/Totino's Dodge was just a little too tight. We ran a 90 (50.90 sec.) yesterday and picked up four-tenths (of a second) today. We made some good changes on it, but I just wish we could have been a little better yesterday. For qualifying today, we were just too tight coming off turns one and two, but good off (turns) three and four."
ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 Menards/Johns Manville Dodge Charger) Qualified 29th
HOW WAS YOUR QUALIFYING RUN? "I lost too much momentum in (turns) one and two. We made a big change last night and didn't know what to expect and if you look at our lap graph, we were good down the backstretch and in (turns) three and four. Turns one and two just killed my lap. The changes we made with our set-up gives us some confidence heading into tomorrow, so we'll work on some things in the final practices later today and see what happens."
SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Qualified 38th
HOW WAS YOUR LAP? "We felt like we should have picked up about four tenths from yesterday. The car was just bounding all around. Something is not quite right with it and really makes the car hard to steer when it's like that. We've kind of been fighting that problem the last couple of weekends and trying to figure out what exactly is causing that. It just doesn't allow you to steel the car properly because of how much it's hopping. We'll work on it. We've got two more practice sessions today and hopefully we'll get the Mobil 1 Doge running a little bit better."
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