Loudon II: Dodge teams qualifying quotes

ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- 14th "I think the track is a little better than it was in practice, but it was definitely a great run for our Dodge Charger. It was a lot better than we were in practice. I think we'll...

ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- 14th

"I think the track is a little better than it was in practice, but it was definitely a great run for our Dodge Charger. It was a lot better than we were in practice. I think we'll be good in the race. Hopefully we'll end up in the top 20 and we'll get a good pit selection. We'll go get 'em Sunday."

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DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Lonestar Steakhouse Dodge Charger) -- 6th

"I blew the second lap in three and four, but the guys did a good job. It's a big difference from when we ran here the first time this year. It's the same car and we feel pretty good about it. We've got a better notebook and I feel a little better. Our short track program has definitely turned around, and we're working for next year on the car of tomorrow program. It shows what type of organization this is here. We've got some new intermediate stuff and I'm going to run a new car in a couple of weeks at Kansas. We'll see how that ends up."

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RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Mobil 1/Alltel Dodge Charger) -- 4th

"So far, so good. We picked up on it and made it better. It's a good run for our Mobil 1 Dodge. It depends on what the clouds and sun do from here. It was a good fast lap, but we weren't the fastest in practice. If the other guys pick up as much as we did, we'll get beat. The track is great. These guys have done so much to make this track better. Grip wise and speed wise it's a little bit faster than the spring race because it's a good bit cooler. Everything else is the same. It's a great place to race, and it would really be a great place to win again. I think we're ready. I've been ready. We've always been good at this track, especially in qualifying trim."

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KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- 33rd

"We just slowed down a little bit. We thought we needed to loosen up the car a little bit and we were too loose. I couldn't go any faster. We'll take a bad starting spot on Sunday and see if we can make it better by the end."

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SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge Charger) -- 23rd

"We slowed down from practice. I don't know if the track changed or if the car was a lot cooler and changed. The car was free under braking trying to get in the corners. It got out from under me. It looked like the same thing happened to Kasey. We thought we had a decent shot at it. We didn't change anything from practice, and it wasn't OK. The last time we were here we qualified 40 something and finished 10th. We'll be a little closer this time, but not much."

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CASEY MEARS (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger) -- 24th

"We were loose in one and two. I don't know why. We got through three and four good. As soon as I got off the brake in one and two it jumped sideways. I think we could have run in the teens, and that would have been a good lap, but we didn't get it today."

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DAVIE STREMME (No. 40 Lonestar Steakhouse Dodge Charger) -- 6th

"We didn't qualify well here in the summer. This was the first race for this new car, and since then we've run it at Richmond. We qualified pretty well last week, but we had some problems in the pits and didn't get the finish we wanted. We've got a good starting spot. We just need to bring a good finish home. We had three new cars at Ganassi's built for the July race here. Reed had done some testing at Milwaukee and we all went off his notes. In the spring here he qualified well He wasn't as good today, but we were better and we went off his notes. We're both going to be working on a lot of things. I think he's going to be good. Our cars are about identical, so I think we'll both have good runs on Sunday. We've shown a lot of progress, but there's a lot of changes going on within our own organization. We're starting to build toward next year. They put a lot of emphasis in our short track cars. We've got Kansas City coming up, and I've got a brand new intermediate car. From the ground up, they've redesigned everything. There's a lot of changes going on even with personnel with John Fernandez coming on as manager. It's going to take a little bit, but Reed and I are behind the organization 100 percent. We'll keep digging as a team and trying to get better."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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