NOTE: Three Dodges qualifiy in top five -- Bill Elliott, Jeremy Mayfield and John Andretti. WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T) Starts 34th on same row with his brother Jeff. "That first lap I was just loose as hell. I wasn't...
NOTE: Three Dodges qualifiy in top five -- Bill Elliott, Jeremy Mayfield and John Andretti.
WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T)
Starts 34th on same row with his brother Jeff.
"That first lap I was just loose as hell. I wasn't even going to run a second lap. I was just trying to feel the car out a little bit coming out of turn two and it looped around on me. I got lucky and saved it. We had gained on it a little bit in practice. We had made some progress, but we were still three-quarters of a second off. We just went too far with the last chassis adjustment. The car feels real racy. I know it's going to race better than it qualified. You always try to do everything you can do. I'm not getting paid to ride around here, and I'm not going to ride around."
BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)
NOTE: Elliott's lap of 170.508 mph gave him the No. 1 starting spot in Friday's time trials. Early quotes.
"I felt like I didn't get it done on the first lap and all the guys on the team said to go for it. We've got a good car, and we'll have to see how it ends up. A lot of good cars still have to run, but I'm really proud of what this team has done this year. We've really communicated well. That's what I said at Loudon last week. I was pleased with that lap. We picked up from practice, and that's the name of the game. You've just got to keep chipping away at it. The guys are giving me real good equipment, and they're making me look real good in my older age. We had a decent day last week. We ended up having a few problems in the race. Regardless of what happens, I'm proud of my guys. It's not me. It's them. The first time I ran here it seemed like we ran in the 145 mph bracket. We're running about 170 mph now. You've just got to keep after it."
HUT STRICKLIN (No. 23 Hills Bros Coffee Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"All the guys have done a great job, and we picked up a bunch from practice. We weren't that good in practice, and we threw a lot of things at it. We hit on some stuff, and I'm real proud of the team. I think we were more in a race setup, so I'm pretty happy. Now we don't have to make such a huge change from qualifying to the race. Hopefully, it'll pay off on Sunday."
JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 43 Cheerios Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"It was a pretty good lap. The car's got more in it. Unfortunately, I didn't get through the tunnel turn like I should have. Usually that's a good corner for us, but I got excited today because I hit turn one decent. We'd like to start up front and keep it up there. There's some really good cars in the back. It always is in Winston Cup, and it really doesn't matter where you start - especially here at Pocono."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"That was a pretty good lap. We picked up about three tenths from practice. They tuned the motor up a little bit and made a little chassis change. A lot of these guys have got on qualifying shocks and we've got on race shocks. I think we're ready to race. I think we've got a better car than we had here last time. It's the same car, but we've worked on it and I think we made it a lot better. We found some stuff that should help. We were real good on old tires today in practice, so we'll see what we've got."
CASEY ATWOOD (No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"I'm really happy with that lap. We struggled in practice. We picked up a lot in qualifying, and I left something on the table. I didn't get through the tunnel turn like I should have. We'll have a good starting spot, better than last time and we finished 11th here last time. Maybe we can pick it up. The ARCA car has given me more time on the track. That should help us out. Hopefully we can learn something about the track temperatures tomorrow that will help us out on Sunday."
JERRY NADEAU (No. 44 Georgia Pacific Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"I was real conservative. I was a little tight coming through the tunnel turn so I really slowed it down coming into three. It's a good run. I've never really run that well here before. I'm happy with that. It's a pretty tough race track. You've got three unique turns, and you've got to get through all three turns as fast as you can. Sometimes you car might not run as good through turn one as it does through turn three. You have to take it like that. Greg Steadman (crew chief) and I are trying to learn as much as we can as quick as we can. I like this track, and I'm looking forward to all the races the rest of the year. I've been with a lot of race teams. Hopefully we can stay here a little while. We'll see how it goes the rest of the year."
JIMMY SPENCER (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We're a second off the pole, and that's embarrassing. I've never qualified well here. I don't think I've ever qualified in the top 10. Maybe it's a mental block. We've got to figure it. I like this track, but I don't like qualifying here. It's going to be a long day on Sunday."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"This race team did a great job, and they made great decisions again. Two weeks in a row we didn't practice that good and we changed a lot of things on the car, made the right decisions and came out and qualified pretty good. I'm just proud to see the 9 and 19 and 7 all up there. We're real excited about Sunday. We're going to give it all we've got and see if we can't get back to victory lane here."