MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Qualified 17th) IS THIS ONE OF YOUR LONGEST DAYS AT THE RACE TRACK? "I'm used to that after last weekend and what's happened so far today, but it's been pretty long." IS QUALIFYING PRETTY MUCH...
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Qualified 17th)
IS THIS ONE OF YOUR LONGEST DAYS AT THE RACE TRACK? "I'm used to that after last weekend and what's happened so far today, but it's been pretty long."
IS QUALIFYING PRETTY MUCH A CRAPSHOOT ON A DAY/NIGHT LIKE THIS? "I don't know. I think the track was similar to what we practiced in except it probably had a little more grip for qualifying. I probably just didn't do a very good job of getting a good lap, but I thought the track conditions seemed fine."
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Qualified 27th)
YOU SAID IN PRACTICE YOU GUYS WEREN'T VERY GOOD. HOW WAS QUALIFYING? "We were worse there. We tried a lot of things to try and go faster and probably weren't very smart about it. Unfortunately, we went slower."
PRACTICE IN THE DAY AND QUALIFY AT NIGHT. WAS THAT A PROBLEM?. "I don't know if that really had anything to do with it, we just haven't been good. I don't know exactly why, but we'll have to work on it and see if we can get it ready to race."
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Rubbermaid Taurus (Qualified 5th)
"We're satisfied somewhat with that lap. That's exactly what we tested at and that's what we ran all day today. We just didn't pick up the extra tenth that we needed to sit on the pole. I was hoping we could run a little quicker, but, all in all, it's a great start for us. We've been terrible so far this year, so that's a bump up."
IT'S USUALLY NOT THIS COLD HERE IS IT? "No, everybody is coming to me for weather results, so we need to get the weather guys out here. It's not right at all. The track is real cold. The speeds are fast. We're satisfied with our lap. We're third right now and we should be in the top five."
WHAT ABOUT THE FIRST TIME AT NIGHT HERE? "It's pretty cool. This place just has that color to it and that character to it. If we came here in September and ran a night race, it would be a lot of fun."
HAVE THINGS GONE WELL BACK HERE IN VEGAS? "Yeah, the pressure is on. We're somewhat deliberate. I thought we could get the pole today for all the fans here, but we came up just a little shy. The nice thing is that gives us a good starting position up front."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Taurus (Qualified 41st)
"That definitely wasn't what we were looking for. We've been off qualifying pace since we've been here. I'm a little disappointed. The guys worked really hard, we just couldn't find the setup. I think we had about an hour of practice and we didn't find it in that hour. Right before qualifying we made some major changes on the car to see and actually ran a little quicker, but we got way too tight getting into the turns. That sort of killed our lap, but it's still quicker than we had practiced. I still think it's gonna race good. It drives real good up off the corner, we're just losing too much time getting down in the middle and having to wait for the car to turn. That stop watch is just ticking away when that's happening, so we'll just go to work on race setup now."
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Qualified 23rd)
"The car hadn't been close to being that loose all day. I don't know what happened. DJ was very loose, too, and so were we so we'll just look back through some notes and figure out what both teams did wrong and see if we can improve on it. That's not at all where we wanted to be. We didn't expect that. We've got our work cut out for us on Sunday, so we'll try to dig hard and see if we can get it better."
DID YOU HAVE TO GUESS A LOT WITH THE CONDITIONS CHANGING? "Yeah, we guessed a little bit but I didn't know we were gonna be this far off. The guys are working hard at it, we just missed it big time. We'll just try to get it better for the race and make up some positions there."
JEFF BURTON - No. 99 CITGO Taurus (Qualified 7th)
"We were fastest in practice and we were a little conservative on our lap there, which is the right thing for us to do. It seems like everytime I try too hard, we go backwards, so I was real happy with our day. We were good off the truck and just kept making the car better. We made a little change there right before qualifying and I still think it was the right thing to do. I'm real happy with that. We would have liked to have been a little quicker, but I'm not gonna complain at all with it."