HUT STRICKLIN (No. 23 Hills Bros Coffee Dodge Intrepid R/T) "I'm happy we picked up from practice. That's the first time we've done that. With the new engine rules and everything, we don't do as much to qualify, there's not a lot of difference...
HUT STRICKLIN (No. 23 Hills Bros Coffee Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"I'm happy we picked up from practice. That's the first time we've done that. With the new engine rules and everything, we don't do as much to qualify, there's not a lot of difference like there used to be. I think if I would slow down a little bit I'd pick up a lot. I kind of felt like I overdrove the car somewhat. Instead of letting the car do the work for me, I'd doing the work for the car. Sometimes you just can't do that. I love this track. I love coming out to Las Vegas. It's a fun town to be in. It's a different feeling than at most race tracks. At most tracks you go there strictly to race. Here, you've got a lot of other activities than just racing. I've had a little luck so far in the casinos, so maybe that's why I like it out here so well. I did well last year, too. So far this year, I'm a little bit ahead. It's been good to be so far."
JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 43 Cheerios Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We picked up a little bit, but I've never qualified well here. The car is really good. I think I've got a major handicap of the brain or something when it comes to qualifying here. There are certain tracks that I don't qualify well at, and Vegas happens to be one of them. Next year we're going to come out here and test and I'll figure out what the heck it is I'm doing wrong. Kyle and Buckshot are running good. We ended up decent (26th), but decent isn't good enough. That's part of your luck in the race. If you qualify good, you stay out of more trouble in the race, or at least it appears that way. I know the year I sat on the pole at Talladega, I was 50-1 to win the race. I finished third in the race and should have won the race. I'd like to win out here and make some people a lot of money."
BUCKSHOT JONES (No. 44 Georgia Pacific Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"It's frustrating to run like we did in practice and then have the car get loose. We were fast all day, and we go out to qualify and the track changes. If it's equal for everyone, it's OK, but the track will continue to change. I figured we end up somewhere in the 20s, so I'm pretty happy with 19th."
WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"That was horrible. I'm not sure what's wrong. We just haven't been running fast. We'll go to work now and get it ready to race."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T)
"The goal was to get in the .80s. We ran a 31.75 and that's probably what we need. We're starting to develop that communication. We're starting to learn each other now. I love this track. It's one of my favorites. I've had decent runs going here and never seem to get it finished. I was in the wreck last year here. I'm real excited about this Dodge Dealers Dodge at Las Vegas. It's going to be good in race trim. That's all we did when we came to test. I won a little money last night in the casino, so maybe that luck will carry over into Sunday's race."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We've got to get a little better. We found some stuff we thought was wrong with it and we fixed it, but I just got real loose on the second lap. I might have lost a tenth or two in three and four, but a lot of guys have got these qualifying shocks on. We're pretty much in race trim ready to go."
CASEY ATWOOD (No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We're struggling a little bit, but we'll go to work on it and get ready for Sunday. I'm not sure what's wrong, but we'll find out."
JIMMY SPENCER (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"If coming out here you'd told me we'd qualify 12th at Rockingham and in the top five here, I wouldn't have believed it. We came out here and tested. I really like this track, and I really like Las Vegas. We're working together and we're becoming a better race team. The Dodge is a great race car, and I've got to learn what they like. Sterling brought a brand new race car out here and didn't get a chance to test it. He's got a race setup in there, and we had the qualifying package. We can't afford to give up anything. Everything we do in the first four or five races establishes points so we have provisionals to fall back on. We need to qualify in the top 20 every week and get some top 10 finishes, that'll be great. We picked up from practice, and I think I knew we had a little left. I think all-in-all we lost some in three and four and it hurt us a little bit. I've run well here in Busch and Cup. I'm looking forward to Sunday."
BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T)
"You chase the race track, but sometimes you never catch it. I guess I don't like to drive the car as loose as some of these guys. We picked up a little bit from practice, but we didn't pick up enough."
KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Sprint Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"I lost some time from practice to qualifying last week, but I got it back this week. (Petty picked up more than sixth tenths of a second from practice). That was a good lap. When Todd put up his lap, and those other guys, I thought I had my work cut out for me. The difference I think is Mike Ege's engines and Robin Pemberton coming over to Petty Enterprises. Mike's engines provide the power, and Robin has got us better organized. I don't know if I like this track or not. I haven't raced here in two years. I guess I'll find out Sunday if I like it or not."
TEAMWORK'S THE TICKET -- Three Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant (SHAP) workers are pictured on the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 tickets. James Rouse, Stephanie Counts and Joe Vogel were chosen to be photographed for the front of the ticket because they reflect UAW-DaimlerChrysler's commitment to teamwork and quality assurance.