GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus (Qualified 16th) "I was just real gun shy about wrecking that Busch car. I got down in the corner there and could see my black marks still on the wall in three and four. I just wanted to get...
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus (Qualified 16th)
"I was just real gun shy about wrecking that Busch car. I got down in the corner there and could see my black marks still on the wall in three and four. I just wanted to get the National Guard car a good lap and when I got into three and four it kind of spooked me. I ran it up the hill and got tight on my first lap, so I ran a .50. I knew it was a better car than that and I ran a .19 on the second lap, but I told the guys they did a great job. It was a great car. It was probably capable of being on the pole if I would have drove it right."
HOW WAS YOUR LAP? "It's nice that we're gonna start the National Guard car up front this weekend. Hopefully it will be in the top 10, but there are still a lot of guys to go. The guys did a great job giving me a good race car here. When I qualified the Charter car (Busch car), it was too loose and I got in the fence on my first lap. I was a little gun shy qualifying the 16 car, so I left a lot on the table there. It's kind of unfortunate. I think we had a car that could be on the pole up here. We qualified fourth here last year, so I just apologized to the guys. I think we've got a really good car for the race on Sunday."
THIS IS A TOUGH PLACE TO PASS. WHERE IS THE BEST AREA TO GET AROUND? "The best place is just to try and get under them coming up off the corner. Get a turn in the middle of the corner and get under them coming up off. The bottom groove usually prevails. If a guy is running good on the top he can maintain his position, so it's a very difficult race track to pass at."
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Qualified 25th)
"We worked on qualifying the whole time, but we just couldn't get hooked up off the corner there. We fought that towards the end of practice and just never got it to where we could utilize the drive off the corner. If you can't get off the corner, you're not gonna run very fast."
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Qualified 26th)
"We're not gonna run very good this weekend. For some reason this car doesn't have it. We'll fight to the bitter end, but I've really been spoiled the last eight weeks or so with really fabulous race cars and this one is not gonna get the job done like those did. Unfortunately, we didn't get enough great results other than winning Dover based on bad luck. Obviously, we'll probably have a real lucky weekend with this thing, but that's not gonna help us enough. This car was real good at Martinsville and was pretty darn good at Richmond, but I've been doing this stuff a long time and this is not gonna be good. It's not gonna be what we've been doing the last few weeks."
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Qualified 13th)
"I'm proud of these guys. We struggled in practice with having brake problems and stuff, so we re-did all the brakes on the car and that made it a lot better. Todd and the guys made some great changes and that's good for us. I'm not the best qualifier in the world here at New Hampshire, so for us to get maybe a top 12 or top 13 starting spot that's good for our car. We think we'll race pretty good come Sunday."
JEFF BURTON - No. 99 Roush Racing Taurus (Qualified 27th)
"We had a tough day today. We never really got a good feel or found anything to really help the car. I don't know. I really struggled on those two laps and didn't have any grip at all. I know the track was good at that point, so that was a disappointing run. We were 25th-fastest in practice and we're gonna be somewhere around there in qualifying. That's not what we need by any means, but I don't know what to do to make it better. We're just struggling a little bit."