Loudon: Dodge teams qualifying quotes

Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Avenger), Starting 29th ON GOALS FOR THE REST OF SEASON "I think the biggest thing is not counting ourselves out for some good things still later in the year. Hopefully we'll have some real good runs...

Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Avenger), Starting 29th

ON GOALS FOR THE REST OF SEASON "I think the biggest thing is not counting ourselves out for some good things still later in the year. Hopefully we'll have some real good runs and keep getting better but by the end of the year having a really good idea on the COT and what we need to do for 2008. I mean it's all COT stuff we need to really focus on that car and still try to win with the other one but we really need to focus on that to be prepared and ready. We can't have another year like this."

ON COT "We haven't been great with it but we've been better with it than the car that we were really good with last year. That's the confusing part. We'll just keep working on the COT, making it better and when we have time we'll try and make that other car better to. My main focus is being prepared for next season with the COT."

ON PRESSURE OF THE SEASON "There's tons of it. Last year we were right on the edge through the last six, eight races. I felt way more pressure then, then I did in the Chase because we wanted to make it in so bad. It went right down to California and then to Richmond and we had to perform, do well and we ran first and third. We just stepped up and did our job, it was a lot of fun. I think performing under pressure is a lot more fun than any other time."

ON QUALIFYING LAP "We were just loose out there. I'm not sure if it was the heat or the tires, we were just loose. We were loose in practice, too. Hopefully we'll be able to tighten it up in practice tomorrow so we're ready for Sunday."

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Ryan Newman (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Avenger) Starting 12th

ON HAVING SECOND FASTEST TIME IN FIRST PRACTICE "It was decent time. We just need a little bit more. We'll keep working on it. It's nice to come back to a place where we usually run good at.

"We got a decent qualifying draw. We'll probably have to make a couple of changes and then just let her eat. "

ON QUALIFYING LAP "We were just off for half a lap. I felt like one and two on my second lap was good but three and four on my first lap was good. It didn't play out quite right. It was a good run for the Alltel Dodge. I wish we could have backed up a little better what we ran in practice."

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David Stremme (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Avenger) Starting 24th

ON QUALIFYING LAP "We were just too loose. We didn't keep up with the track the way we should have. I think we have a better piece for the race than what we've had in the past, so we'll see."

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Elliott Sadler (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Avenger) Starting 23rd

ON QUALIFYING LAP "We were about the same as we were in practice. We've just got to get this car to turn better. We're going to keep working on it. If we can get it to turn we should be okay on Sunday."

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Scott Riggs (No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Avenger) DNQ

ON QUALIFYING LAP ON YOUR ATTEMPT TO MAKE THE RACE "We were terrible loose. We hadn't been loose like that all day long and all of a sudden we go out to qualify and we're sideways. Across the center of the corner, getting in the corner, everything. It was all I could do to not wreck it. I don't know what do. We've got to figure out why we're getting loose all of a sudden. That's the first thing we need to figure out. We didn't have those problems in practice, so I don't know what happened. It's frustrating."

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Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Avenger) Starting 5th

ON CHANGES AFTER FIRST CUP VICTORY "It took a lot of pressure off myself, the team, the whole. It's a lot more relaxing coming here knowing that you already won a race. That was the big question from everybody, if I could do it. And I did it. For us and for my own sake we're just starting what we want to achieve. That's just showing where the whole organization is going and where we need to be and how we've run different compared to the last few weeks with the COT. It really shows we're going in the right direction."

ANY CALLS FROM GUYS YOU'VE RACED WITH OVER THE YEARS IN OTHER FORMS OF RACING? "Na. But a lot of people, friends and people who have followed me have done that and the guys here have been amazing, all the drivers and the teams. It's unbelievable. It's nice to see."

ON QUALIFYING AT LOUDON "It all depends on how good the car is. When the car handles good, it's easy. When it handles bad it's difficult. Our program stepped up a lot. We went a little conservative from where we could of run. We lowered the track bar. It was maybe a little better in practice but it was too edgy and we took the safe route out. It paid off. We are still up there. I think I was fourth when I ran. So we should be good."

HOW MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE ARE YOU NOW THAN YOU WERE 18 RACES AGO? "A lot. I'm a lot more comfortable. This short track seems to be pretty good. I seem to be able to perform better in the big ones. But it's been pretty good. The last few big ones have been pretty hard for us."

DO YOU FEEL BETTER ABOUT GETTING A WIN AT A PLACE LIKE THIS RATHER THAN A PLACE LIKE DAYTONA? "About the same. When the car is good, we'll run good anywhere. It's nice to see the Ganassi cars up there. All three of us. We're third, fourth and sixth, looking at the board. To have all three Ganassi cars there, it's huge."

DO ENJOY PLACES LIKE THIS OR DAYTONA BETTER? "This one is, in its own way, fun. Daytona with the drafting and I heard that summer races are a lot harder to drive. So it will be interesting to see what happens. Every week it's a new experience, it's pretty exciting."

DO YOU THINK IN THE FUTURE WE'LL SEE MORE F-1 AND IRL/CART DRIVERS GIVING NASCAR A SHOT? "To be honest I don't know and I don't really care (laughs). I really care about myself, my team and the people I work with and that's about it."

POST QUALIFYING PRESS CONFERENCE "For us it was okay. It was good to see all three Ganassi cars being competitive. The last few races in the COT have been hard for us. I just told my wife yesterday, back to reality and we're pretty competitive here so it's pretty good."

DO YOU LIKE THIS QUALIFYING EFFORT "I think it shows were the team wants to go. We're working pretty hard, the whole team, the whole organization to get pumped up about getting good results. I think just shows how hard we've been trying. It's been tough the last few weeks. I think whether we won last week or not. It really shows the team is heading in the right direction, we're getting more competitive every week. As time goes by we're just going to get better. I think it's good to see."

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Donnie Wingo (Crew Chief, No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Avenger)

Is it easier to come to the racetrack after a win? "It's definitely easier. Anytime you can win one of these things, you feel really special. These things are so hard to win, no matter how you win them. It's been really good since we got here. Everybody's all pumped up. For the first time here, Juan's been pretty quick in practice. The car's pretty good. He never really got a good qualifying lap in practice. We all feel pretty good."

What does it do for a race team to win?"It doesn't just go to one race team it goes through the entire organization -- all three teams and the Busch teams. It gives everybody an outlook that we can do it. We've seen it done. We can do it. We've still got to get more consistent. We've got to consistently run more in the top 10, then more in the top five. Then you put yourself in position to win races like we did last week."

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Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Avenger) Starting 2nd

ON QUALIFYING LAP "It was real anxious moments for us because we were changing quite a few things with some braking problems in practice. So we sat there for an hour and a half waiting to go out. The crew did an awesome job getting the car prepared and up to speed and we ended up with a really solid lap. We're outside pole right now and we'll see if that hang on to a top five."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya