JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Avenger) "It was okay. We struggled a lot in practice. Last time around we had a really good car here and the suspension didn't last, and the bump rubbers didn't last, so we came with something ...
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Avenger)
"It was okay. We struggled a lot in practice. Last time around we had a really good car here and the suspension didn't last, and the bump rubbers didn't last, so we came with something different. We haven't been able to figure out the car as well as we did last time. We're a little better than practice, but not enough."
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS RACE FOR YOUR TEAM? "It's just like any other race, you just have to get there and do the best you can. You know the last two weeks for us have been tough, even having good cars being very unlucky, but that's just part of NASCAR you learn."
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE OPEN WHEEL GUYS FOLLOWING YOU OVER TO NASCAR? "I think it's great. I think it's good for the sport. I think it's going to expand and bring new fans and different people to watch the sport as well. I think it'll be pretty cool."
BORIS SAID (No. 98 Valvoline /Stanley Tools Dodge Avenger)
"It was my best lap of the weekend. I've made a lot of progress. I think I just need a few more laps. I mean, I don't know if that'll get in, it's going to be really close. I just feel thankful that Ray (Evernham) gave me the opportunity. It's a lot of fun driving even if it's only for today, but I feel like if I could just get a little more time in the car I could figure it out."
Boris Said after being told he qualified for the race --
"We will take it. Considering what happened to me at Daytona and at Watkin's Glen with the rain I guess what goes around comes around. We picked up between practice and qualifying and Scott Riggs helped me a lot with my line. I'm still learning this track but it feels great to be one of the 43 drivers racing on Sunday. I have to really thank Valvoline and Stanley Tools for giving me this opportunity."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Avenger)
"We were just a little too loose. The car felt good in race practice and we only made one run there at the end. We made some adjustments just before qualifying and gained about three-tenths and it's still going to put us about 20th I think. We made up some ground but we're too loose the back is sliding around too much and the front felt really good and really positive and we should be able to pass cars on Sunday."
DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Energizer Dodge Avenger)
"The Energizer Dodge was okay. We just got loose there and the second lap cost us a lot of time so we'll probably be mid pack. The car is better in race trim, but we haven't found out a good program for the qualifying stuff yet."
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Trix/Lucky & Friends Dodge Avenger)
"It wasn't that good. It just didn't seem like it had the balance or the grip I needed. It just didn't seem like it was underneath me as I wanted."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Mobil 1 Dodge Avenger)
"We picked up. I think a lot of people picked up because of the track conditions and whatnot, but it was a good run for the Mobil 1 Dodge and we look forward to Sunday. This track has historically been pretty good to us. I enjoy coming up here. I enjoy the weather and I look forward to it."
SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 06 Penske Truck Rental Dodge Avenger)
"We made some changes from practice and we were a little bit too loose. We just couldn't get the car to come off the corner like we needed to. We're a little disappointed, but we'll try it again."
REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Avenger)
"It was good. We knew we could run a decent lap. I think we could have run even better we were just a little free off. The car is really good through the center and that's going to be good for the race.
DID YOU HIT THE WALL? "I hit last time we qualified here. Maybe I should have done it because we qualified third last time. I just got a little close off of four there. Sometimes you'll get close and you'll come out and there will be a little scratch on there. But, we didn't touch it. So, it was a good lap for us."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealer/UAW Dodge Avenger)
"That's about all I had. The guys did a good job. For us to come up here and qualify that good, it's something. The guys did a good job. We've done very well in our qualifying here lately, the last month or so. Now we just have to translate over to Sunday. Hopefully we'll make some good changes tomorrow and make this Dodge Avenger fast. So far so good. It's a great start to a good weekend."
DO YOU THINK THE EVERNHAM CARS HAVE FINALLY TURNED A CORNER? "We answer that question every week on Friday and we say yes. Then on Sunday we say no, so maybe we'll have to take what were learning on Friday and put it to use on Sunday."
SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge Avenger)
"I'm happy we made the show but it's a little frustrating because we had a Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge in the first practice that could have qualified in the top 10. It was just loose in qualifying so you couldn't push it very hard. It was a good effort by everyone on the team and we are pretty happy to have four cars in the show for Gillett Evernham Motorsports."
-credit: dodge motorsports