MARK MARTIN --6-- Viagra Taurus (Qualified 17th) -- "It was a bad draw. The track always slows down and greases up when it sits like that, so we'll probably have to use a provisional with that. We're in the back, but you can't help it. Sometimes...
MARK MARTIN --6-- Viagra Taurus (Qualified 17th) -- "It was a bad draw. The track always slows down and greases up when it sits like that, so we'll probably have to use a provisional with that. We're in the back, but you can't help it. Sometimes you just draw like that. That's just the way it is here. The place always just parks when you don't run on it for a little bit."
BRETT BODINE --11-- Hooters Taurus (Qualified 36th) -- "I'm really disappointed. We ran so much better than that in practice. We made an adjustment and we fell off the table. The car had been tight in practice and now we got it so loose I couldn't even use the gas pedal. We just over-adjusted. Maybe we didn't have a set of tires in our practice qualifying run that suited us, but we'll get the Hooters Ford running in the race. We always run well here in the race. We'll just get it ready for Sunday."
DENNIS SETZER --66-- Haas-Carter Motorsports Taurus (Qualfied 43rd) -- "I guess they need another car in the field and they asked me if I would make a lap in practice and a lap in qualifying. I think Geoffrey Bodine will start the car, so I'm just trying to help out a few different people here. I was just hanging out in the Truck garage. They said, 'Do you want to get in a Winston Cup car a couple laps?' I said, 'Sure, why not.'"
DALE JARRETT --88-- UPS Taurus (Qualified 33rd) -- "We just made a few adjustments and got the car a little bit tight. I wasn't really expecting that and it made me wait on the throttle in the center and then was tight getting off the corner. That translates to slow."
HAVE TO COME FROM THE BACK ON SUNDAY? "Yeah. We'll have to get the car right for the race and make good decisions in the pits to get track position."
DAVE BLANEY --77-- Jasper Engines Taurus (Qualified 5th) -- "That was real good. This thing has been good all morning. We were just trying to get our tires worked around to where we had the right set on at the right time. It seemed that was critical here. The new ones didn't go very good. This is a brand new car. It's never seen the race track before, so these Jasper guys are doing a great job bringing new cars out. The last six weeks they've given me great cars."
ARE YOU SURPRISED? "No, not really. It seemed like it was all about getting the tires where you wanted them as far as how many laps you had on them and getting them settled in good. We came close to backing up our practice speed and that's all we were looking to do."
HOW IS IT TO QUALIFY HERE? "The tricky thing is getting off the brake pedal here. You've got to get in there fast and on the brake hard and then off the brake and let it roll fast and hope your race car does it's job getting off. There are a lot of marks to hit here to get a good lap."
GEOFFREY BODINE --26-- Discover Card Taurus (Qualified 32nd) -- CAN YOU EXPLAIN THIS DEAL? "I'm confused. Travis has thrown a curve ball at all of us this weekend. I was hoping to qualify the 26 really, really good and then hoped that maybe they were gonna keep me in it, but I don't know where we're gonna end up. I'm just glad I could fill in for Todd and with the other car to help Travis and NASCAR out. I wish I was in a full-time deal, but I'm still just glad to be here."
RICKY CRAVEN --32-- Tide Taurus (Qualified 9th) -- HOW IS QUALIFYING HERE? "It's absolutely tricky, but it always has been. I wouldn't say it's new. It's a little bit different and I lost my reference a little bit. It's cool. It's always nice to be home and see the New England fans. They're awesome. Twice a year I get the pleasure of being back home, but I've got some making up to do. They changed the track a little bit and they made some improvements, but I've got some catching up to do. I think by Sunday we'll be ready."
RUSTY WALLACE --2-- Miller Lite Taurus (Qualified 3rd) -- "It's been forever since I've been on the pole. One year you get nine poles and the next year you don't get anything. One year you think you're the man, the next year you're a zero so that's the way this sport goes."
HOW WAS THE LAP? "It wasn't perfect. I thought it was gonna be a lot slower than it was because getting in the corner I was really on the edge of getting in and the rear end slid out in every corner. From the center out the car drove off straight as an arrow and didn't spin the tires, so that was good. But as soon as I landed in the center, the rear end skated out on it."
MATT KENSETH --17-- AT&T Broadband/DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Qualified 6th) -- "I'm really happy. This is usually one of the places we struggle at, so we were pretty quick off the truck and our qualifying package has been a lot better this year. I have a good place to start for the last AT&T car, so it will be a cool place to start. That should be in the top 10 at least."
DOES THIS PLACE LOOK DIFFERENT WITH THE ADDED ASPHALT? "It's a little bit difficult to enter the corner because the track is so much wider and you're used to running right on the yellow line. Once in a while you'll catch yourself wanting to aim at the yellow line and, really, the groove is up higher than it used to be so it's kind of weird right now. I think in the race it'll be OK, but with those little white dots out there it's kind of difficult to pick out the exact groove. You've really got to concentrate on it, whereas before you could just look for a white line and turn it to the bottom. Now, you've really got to concentrate on where you're at and I think that's gonna make it interesting around cars."
RYAN NEWMAN --12-- ALLTEL Taurus (Qualified 7th) -- "That's not bad for the first Cup trip to Loudon. If we can come home with a top 10, which I think we will, that would be really great. We started out and were about 25th or 30th and just kept working on it and getting the car better. It was a good team effort today in qualifying."
DID TESTING HELP HERE? "I think it helped a little bit just me driving. Overall, though, these guys in Winston Cup can adjust their cars so quick and get it right pretty quick as far as closing up the competition."
RICKY RUDD --28-- Havoline Taurus (Qualified 8th) -- "We've won here before, but I don't think we've ever started probably better than 20th. That's gonna put us eighth, so that's a good starting spot. Like everybody else, I didn't have the grip I had in practice. Actually, we were pretty good with the exception of the exit of the corner. We probably gave up a tenth on each straightaway and that was probably the difference."
DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE TO SAY ABOUT THIS 28 SITUATION? "No, I'm just trying to get everybody on the same page, so, instead of you guys having to go to me and then to him, let's get everybody together."
HOW IS YOUR SON, LANDON? "He's gonna be OK. I guess he had an allergic reaction of some kind to the anesthesia. It was a simple deal -- get the tonsils out, but it's turned into some complications. He's OK. What's scary is that his face is really swelled up because I guess during the operation they put some kind of a bag system on him, I guess to force air in him, and when they did I guess because of the breathing stuff they put in you for an operation, it bruised his mouth up really bad and stuff, but he's starting to do OK. He actually got operated on Wednesday morning about eight o'clock. It was supposed to be an out-patient deal, but he'll probably be in there another couple of days. It was supposed to be a simple deal. Poor little kid, that's kind of the way things go for him -- something simple like that causing a problem. He's got asthma and that probably had something to do with it."
ELLIOTT SADLER --21-- Motorcraft Taurus (Qualified 39th) -- HOW DID THE CAR FEEL? "I think this car is gonna be pretty good. I'm pretty excited about the way it drove, we just had a brake problem so we didn't qualify quite like we wanted to. We'll work on that. We'll be fine. We've still got two 45-minute practices tomorrow and a lot of room to pass here, hopefully, on this new track so we'll be all right. We've got 300 laps to get it all figured out for Sunday."