Loudon II: Dodge Motor sports qualifying quotes

KENNY WALLACE (No. 23 Hills Bros Dodge Intrepid R/T) "This car doesn't have any more provisionals. Since I got in it, my job has been to get the qualifying up. It's not that easy coming here on Fridays knowing you have nothing to rely on. This...

KENNY WALLACE (No. 23 Hills Bros Dodge Intrepid R/T)

"This car doesn't have any more provisionals. Since I got in it, my job has been to get the qualifying up. It's not that easy coming here on Fridays knowing you have nothing to rely on. This is a great race team. We've been running good in the last two races, but we've got to figure out how to get better on Friday. So far, so good here at Loudon. It's been fun the last two weeks. We've improved the car and moved up in the points a little bit. I want to say hello to Hut Stricklin, a good friend of mine who drove this car before. Keep your head up and we're going to try to keep digging and get this car up in the points. The track seems to be pretty good. It seems to be grippy. It's just going to depend on whether the groove opens up or not. We'll have to see."

JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Intrepid R/T)

"I was just trying to be smooth, but the track wouldn't let me. I almost spun out on the first lap. I got completely sideways coming off turn two. It just slipped away from me. They told me to get two smooth laps, but I can't drive two smooth laps around here. I had been fastest in practice here last time, and we were fast today in practice. I think we're going to be in better shape this time."

WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T)

"We made a lot of progress on the car in practice. It seems like every time we qualify we get loose. We were really determined not to let that cycle happen again. We kept tightening it up going in. I got equal build up on the right side tires and a lot of heat in the rear tires and no heat in the front. I just didn't have any grip. We're starting in our usual spot here at New Hampshire. The car was just real loose going in. We worked on it all morning and thought we had fixed it, but it was just a lousy lap for me. We'll have to battle back Sunday afternoon and hope we have a shot at it."

BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid R/T)

"That's not the lap we had here last time, but it was all right. It's about the same as we practiced and most of the guys slowed up a little. Robby Gordon hit the wall before I went out, so I really didn't know what to expect."

CASEY ATWOOD (No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid R/T)

"The Sirius Dodge won't get in the corner good I feel real loose getting in. By the time I get that all corrected, I'm going too slow through the middle. We've got to work on that in the final practice and I think we'll be OK. It comes off the corner real good. I'm just too loose getting in."

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid R/T)

"That was a good run. We ran good in practice, and this is the Dodge we raced last week at Richmond. I feel good about it. It's a great race car. These guys worked hard on the car this week to get it ready to go again. The track is a little different. It changed a little bit from practice. It seemed like it lost a little grip. We slowed up a little. The guys who didn't slow up the most will start up front. I feel real good about the race as long as the track doesn't change, but I'm sure it will. About halfway through the race, we'll have to figure out what we're going to do as it changes."

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T)

"We made a lot of changes before qualifying, and I thought it would make it a little better. It just got loose in three and four on both laps. The track's OK. I'm a little sore, my neck and chest. I'll be fine for Sunday. The car will be better when we start the race, too."

JERRY NADEAU (No. 44 Georgia Pacific/Brawny Dodge Intrepid R/T)

"I'm happy considering where we were in practice. I love this place. We've always run well up here. We led a lot of laps in the first race in the 10 car. Gary Putnam (new crew chief) and Greg Steadman (new shop manager) gave me a good race car. We put our heads together right after practice and we went more toward John Andretti's setup. The car was night and day different. It was a lot better. It needed to be a little more snug. I knew I had a good first lap and I went for it the second lap. I got loose in three and four and I just shut it off and said I had enough. I'm looking forward to the race. I think the track is a lot better. It's hard to tell until you start racing two wide out there, but I knew when I got here the track was a lot better. There's no marbles, and it seems like it's got a lot more grip. We're just trying to get this team better. Greg Steadman has done a great job. I think he wanted to step back and overlook all three Petty Dodges. Putnam was available, and they brought him over here. He's done a great job. He was kind of sick to his stomach when he first got here. He wasn't sure what was going to happen. After that qualifying lap, he felt a lot better. I don't really have a home track (Danbury, Conn., native). I've raced up here three or four times, and I've won up here three or four times in an open wheel car. It's kind of like the closest race track to me. Here and Dover are really close, within three hours. I figure both tracks are pretty much my home tracks."


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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers John Andretti , Robby Gordon , Hut Stricklin