RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 12 MOBIL1/alltel DODGE CHARGER Newman had no comment on his qualifying lap. KASEY KAHNE, NO. 9 DODGE DEALERS/UAW DODGE CHARGER What happened on your lap? "I just got into the corner and went right back to the gas to...
RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 12 MOBIL1/alltel DODGE CHARGER
Newman had no comment on his qualifying lap.
KASEY KAHNE, NO. 9 DODGE DEALERS/UAW DODGE CHARGER
What happened on your lap? "I just got into the corner and went right back to the gas to try to have good speed when I got to start/finish. The car started going up a little bit, I gave it some more wheel and spun around. We kind of missed it a little bit. This was a good car -- this was our Indy car -- so we'll get it fixed up. We'll get the other car going and see if we can't get a good spot. I couldn't tell what happened, really. I spun out and hit the wall, just like it looked."
STERLING MARLIN, NO. 40 COORS LIGHT DODGE CHARGE
How was your lap? "I thought we could run right in there. We worked on race trim all day yesterday and got a really good car for the race -- the Coors Light Dodge. The car really had a lot of good grip, and that's all we had. We held our breath for two laps. I'm looking forward to tomorrow. Like I've said, we've got a really good car."
TRAVIS KVAPIL, NO. 77 KODAK/JASPER ENGINES DODGE CHARGER
How was your qualifying run? "The track conditions are a lot different than yesterday. It's a lot faster. It felt pretty good, just loose. We changed a few things, but we never really got a good qualifying run yesterday. We attempted it and kind of aborted it halfway through. This is kind of the first run at it, so we really didn't have our tire pressure and stuff, we just kind of guessed. I thought we'd run a little better than that just based off of some other car speeds. We made some changes to try to make it better for the race tomorrow and it definitely helped. The car was definitely turning a lot better -- a little bit loose -- and hopefully it will pay off for us tomorrow. Did you test here? "We didn't test here, but I've run the truck race here a couple of times in the past. I definitely have experience here. It's one of the more fun mile-and-a-halfs we go to. I like it. It's very similar to Chicago and Las Vegas. It's kind of in between those two and it's got the best of both worlds. The groove spreads out and you can race good and it will be a lot of fun." What is your special paint scheme supporting this weekend? "It's Kodak's Health Group, they're promoting mammograms and breast cancer health awareness. As part of the Kodak Health Imaging Group, we've got the mammography car and the mammography paint scheme this weekend and we're trying to promote that."
JEFF GREEN, NO. 43 CHEERIOS/BETTY CROCKER DODGE CHARGER
How was your run? "It was real good. Going out real early like the 22 did was the way to go. I don't think anybody can beat him. It was a good lap for our Cheerios Dodge. I thought we were pretty good yesterday in practice in race mode. We had a pretty good lap yesterday and ended up ninth in practice on our mock-up run. We'll end up there again hopefully. We'll have a good day tomorrow. Does the cold weather make any difference? "The cold weather works in everybody's advantage. It gives more grip and you're able to get your car better. It drives easier that way because it's cooler and it's got more grip on the race track."
KYLE PETTY, NO. 45 GEORGIA-PACIFIC/NORTHERN QUILTED DODGE CHARGER
Describe your qualifying lap? "That lap was pretty good. We never tried to do anything and any qualifying stuff in practice, so we really didn't know what we had, just like a bunch of other people evidently. For right now, that was pretty good. The tires were really good. That was a good set of tires so I didn't feel like running another lap and putting another heat cycle in the tires. It should be good for us." How do you feel about tomorrow? "I tell you what, we can here and tested two or three weeks ago and it was like 95 degrees and really hot. We really, really struggled trying to get the car through three and four. We came back and now it's colder, so the car is a lot better. Hopefully we'll have a good day tomorrow."
JEREMY MAYFIELD, NO. 19 DODGE DEALERS/UAW DODGE CHARGER
What did you think about your lap? "We've been kind of loose since we've been here and were still loose in qualifying. That's really the first qualifying lap we made. It was decent. We'll take that. It's better than not qualifying good or starting in the back. We're just loose but we'll get it tightened up for tomorrow. Are you happy to have your black car back? "It's alright. We had a couple of decent runs in our black Dodge earlier this season, so hopefully we'll have another one. We'll know by tomorrow."
RUSTY WALLACE, NO. 2 MILLER LITE DODGE CHARGER
How was your car? "It was just too loose, it was free up off of turn four. I just couldn't get in the throttle the way I wanted to and that's what hurt me. I knew that my first lap was like a 33 and thought my second lap would really be in the teens or flats or something like that. But I came off of four and she wasn't going to take no more throttle." What was the story behind the tuxedo? "It was just for a photo shoot for a newspaper deal."
CASEY MEARS, NO. 41 TARGET DODGE CHARGER
Describe your qualifying lap? "It wasn't good. We were real loose off of the wall and into the center of the corner it was real tight, then center off when I tried to get in the gas it was just real loose. We didn't qualify good but fortunately we were seventh-quick yesterday in practice but we were way too tight in race trim. We made some changes, actually to free the car up for race trim and it made it too loose for qualifying trim."