NOTE: Greg Biffle posted the fastest speed in the first practice session on Friday. GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion HOW IS THE RACE TRACK? "The track is good." DO YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT SAYING THERE WILL BE NO TIRE ISSUES ON SUNDAY? "I...
NOTE: Greg Biffle posted the fastest speed in the first practice session on Friday.
GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion
HOW IS THE RACE TRACK? "The track is good."
DO YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT SAYING THERE WILL BE NO TIRE ISSUES ON SUNDAY? "I think so. I think it's good. All of that historical stuff is gone. It was basically an isolated incident. A big deal was made about it and it's gone now. We've got a good tire. The track has grip and I think it's gonna race good."
YOU WERE PRETTY GOOD TODAY. "Yeah, we're decent here. I think we were in the mid-twenties (23rd in second practice) and I think we might be able to get a little more out of it."
NOTE: Bill Elliott was third in the first practice session on Friday.
BILL ELLIOTT -- No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion
DO YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT TODAY? "I'm not gonna say anything until I get through tomorrow."
HOW IS THE TRACK? "When we came up here and ran the other day I felt pretty good about it, but I just didn't want to go out and screw up or any of that stuff. I feel like we've got a pretty good race car, but I just want to get through tonight and worry about tomorrow." WHAT
ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE TIRE? "Just judging on what we saw here during the test I think the tires will be fine."
NOTE: Bobby Labonte was sixth in the first practice session on Friday.
BOBBY LABONTE -- No. 96 Ask.com Ford Fusion
HOW WERE YOU TODAY? "I think we missed about two or three tenths there in that second practice, which would put us about 20th. We didn't get the best draw for tomorrow, but if it's cloudy and overcast who knows, it might OK. The first practice a lot of guys didn't do qualifying runs probably and that's why we were up there because we were still four-tenths off of the pole, and that was Biffle and Biffle is still better than us as Ford, but he's not very much in front of us. Obviously, those guys got faster, but, overall, between the first practice and the second practice with a little bit of race runs, we're definitely way better than we tested. I feel better inside here because it's like we got a little bit closer to the hunt as far as a few things go."
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE TIRES? "We didn't run enough and we always had new tires on it. They feel OK. We didn't run enough laps, but from the test here I felt fine, so I don't think this should be a surprise. I think we should be OK. Obviously, if it rains tomorrow that might be a different story, but it's rained I'm sure since the last time we tested and it looks like rubber is on the track, so it looks like it's rubbered up."
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