DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Qualified 13th) "Everything was pretty good. We didn't work much on qualifying stuff today, so we made kind of a guess at it as far as what we needed to do. The car has been a little bit on the loose side, so...
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Qualified 13th)
"Everything was pretty good. We didn't work much on qualifying stuff today, so we made kind of a guess at it as far as what we needed to do. The car has been a little bit on the loose side, so that's what we've been working towards and made it better. As the day cools off these cars are gonna go a lot faster. I'd like to blame it on an early draw, but the fastest guy here went right before me, so you can't blame it on that."
RYAN WAS PRETTY FAST. "When you go around Ryan you don't have much of an excuse. When he goes out and puts down that fast lap you can't blame it on the track not being exactly right, but we made a pickup there and that part of it's good. I think we learned some things for race setup today, so hopefully that'll all work out for us. It was a reasonable effort, but it's gonna keep getting cooler here and these guys are gonna go faster and faster. But we'll take that and do what we can with them on Sunday."
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 IRWIN/Sharpie Taurus (Qualified 5th)
"We've talked about how Newman goes into ludicrous speed before and mine was ridiculous speed. I drove off into one more than I ever have before. These new tires allow you to stick a little better and I wanted to test it. I was starting to see three 7's line up, but we came up a bit short. We had a cherry mixed in somewhere."
WHAT ABOUT THE RACE ON SUNDAY? "I've always done OK qualifying at this place, but in the race we usually burn a right-front off. With these new tires you have to be that much more careful, so this will help us back off our setup and run for the full 400 miles. Usually we're too aggressive, so this should help."
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Qualified 2nd)
"I think that was a pretty good lap. My guys gave me a great race car. Did I think we could run that fast? I didn't think we could run an oh-something, I thought I could run a 30 or a 40, but my guys surprised me again. I wanted to give Doug and Robert Yates a pole so much. They work so hard in the engine shop, but we just came up a little bit short. We'll have to try to get the guys on Sunday, but that's a great starting position for us - a great effort. Man, we really wanted a pole and want to be in that shootout next year in Daytona, so we'll try to go get 'em next week in Atlanta."
HOW WAS THE LAP? "I wouldn't want to run it again. You can nit-pick a lap to death about where you thought you might have lost it or not, but, I swear, I ran a good lap for me here. To run that close is almost heartbreaking to miss it by six one-thousandths. It's a great lap. Maybe I need some more kickout. Maybe I should have put some more tape on the front valance and maybe kick out a little more. I should have done something, but, hey, it's a good lap for us. I'm not gonna nit-pick it. He just cut a little bit better lap than we did. We're just gonna have to go try to outrun him Sunday."
HOW DOES THIS HELP FOR SUNDAY? "I think it's gonna help us. We tested very well here in Vegas when we came here a month ago and we did all race runs. My guys are so awesome. They brought me another good car and we've got a bunch of them lined up at the shop. We just want to prove to everybody that last year wasn't a fluke. We're here to stay. We're gonna be a part of that chase again this year."
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Qualified 19th)
"I'm disappointed in myself. I should have told these guys and should have identified this thing in January. We'll do a great job with it in Sunday and get us a top 10 and go to Atlanta with both barrels blazing, but this car is just not got the potential that some of our cars do and that we should. We'll struggle along with this thing here on Sunday and get us a top 10."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Genuine Parts Taurus (Qualified 33rd)
"I'm not real super happy with it, but it was better than we ran in practice. At least we didn't slow up. We've been sort of struggling since we've been here and we came here the other week and worked on nothing but race trim. The track is hotter now and I wish we would have qualified better. I think we'll be OK racing. I think it's gonna race well because that's what we worked on for two or three days."
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DeWalt Taurus (Qualified 8th)
IS IT GOOD TO COME BACK TO A PLACE YOU RUN SO WELL AT? "Yeah, we've been running good this year we just don't have the finishes. We had something break at Daytona and we got a fender knocked off and I got a flat tire at California, but we ran good. We had a real competitive car at Daytona and led laps at California, and I feel like we'll run real good here this weekend too. We've got a lot of work to do between now and Sunday, but I'm real confident about our chances. I think we've got a real good car here. It's the same car we had at California and, hopefully, we can get the finish this week."
WHAT IS IT ABOUT ROUSH HERE? "Some of it is probably luck. I think a lot of races you can sit and watch and the fastest car doesn't necessarily win the race. We've been real fortunate to have the fastest car the last couple of years and Mark and Jeff Burton have had the fastest car a few times and not had any misfortune or have anything go wrong. They've executed well on pit road and had good pit strategy and all that - right place at the right time. So there are a lot of things that go into it. We've had good cars, but we've had good fortune also."
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus (Qualified 3rd)
ARE YOU FRUSTRATED? "Oh yeah. I feel bad for the guys. It almost brings tears to my eyes. I had an awesome race car there, but I just got too loose down there in three and four. That was definitely a pole run. It would have been on the pole for sure. It's a great race car for Sunday, I hope. We haven't had it in race trim yet, of course that's an unknown so no predictions this time, but it was a great, great run there. The guys had the car perfect. I told them not to touch it, but I was just a little too loose down here."
THIS TEAM HAS TURNED THE CORNER HASN'T IT? "It has. The National Guard, the whole Roush team, Doug and Bobby and all the guys - we've got a few new guys on the team this year and everybody is working really hard. If I can just be calm as a driver and not make mistakes, I think we'll get there."