KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Qualified 6th "It was a good qualifying run for our Budweiser Dodge Charger. The car felt great. It turned good -- everything was really good as compared to where it was in practice. The car seems to...
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Qualified 6th
"It was a good qualifying run for our Budweiser Dodge Charger. The car felt great. It turned good -- everything was really good as compared to where it was in practice. The car seems to roll through the corners well and we really didn't fight any problems on either of our qualifying laps. One of the biggest benefits by qualifying well is that we'll get a good pit stall position which is important on Sunday."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) Qualified 13th
"It was a decent run for us. We picked up from practice like most people did. We were able to stay inside the top 15 which is critical for pit selection here at Martinsville."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Qualified 20th
"We ran about the same speed in practice. That's good and bad because you have to pick up just a little bit. We had real spunky breaks that made me real loose going into the corners. I was just trying to drive it as hard as I could and bring home a good qualifying number for our Miller Lite Dodge."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 McDonalds Dodge Charger) Qualified 25th
"There's a lot of pain right now in my lower back. When you hit the brake here, it pushes your back up against the back of the seat. I'm going to get some rest right now, put some ice on it and try to get ready for Sunday. It was a pretty tough day for me today. I don't know, it's 50-50 right now if we'll try to run the whole deal. It depends on how much better I get. I've been racing 25 years and it's the first time I've watch my car leave the garage and me not in it. It's tough right now. I'm going to put some ice on it; we'll see for Sunday."
SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Qualified 26th
"Our second lap was the better of the two. I just got back to the throttle too soon and got loose coming off of the corner. The Mobil 1 Dodge was pretty good in practice and was really good on the first lap in qualifying. We made a lot of changes between practice and qualifying and definitely improved the car. I got back into the throttle a little too soon on the second lap and it probably cost us some spots on the starting grid. We will try and make them up on Sunday."
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Big Red Gum Dodge Charger) Qualified 29th
"It was a pretty good lap for our Big Red Dodge Charger. The second lap should have been a lot faster, but I screwed up between Turns 3 and 4. I rolled in a little too fast and got tight in the middle. I think that we have a good baseline heading into the weekend."
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger) Qualified 32nd
"The car felt pretty good and there were some good things about it, but we never had any speed all day. So, we have to make some changes for tomorrow's practice."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (No. 10 Charter Dodge Charger) Qualified 37th
"It feels like I'm coming back to school. I've been out for three weeks. That's a long time in this world. I'm really happy. I want to run. I had doubts I was going to qualify this one this weekend. I mean, a flat track like that. They all tell me it's like a road course but they're lying. It's bull because it's nothing like a road course.
The car was a little bit better than when I was in qualifying but I just wanted to make sure that I had the lap because I don't have the track in my mind. When you do have the track really in your mind then you can really attack it. You know where it's going to gain and I still don't so I was really doubting today. But the car was good. It turned when it did and I just hit the laps and we made the show in so I'm pretty happy. I need the laps, I really do.
REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger) Qualified 38th
"We locked up the front end on the first lap a little bit. It felt like we were going to run a .91 (19.91sec.) or so, but it ended up being a .21 (20.21 sec) which was disappointing. We'll have to start in the back and fight our way up to the front. We'll try to work on our Target Dodge tomorrow and see if we can get a little closer to where we need to be."
DARIO FRANCHITTI (No. 40 Kennametal Dodge Charger) Qualified 39th
"I don't know quite what else to say. That was pretty nerve-racking there and I've always done such a good job with the car, just chasing the car all day and it was a little bit loose through the middle of the corner there but we held and we're in. I was never defeated. Bristol, actually, the car was fantastic. We had a brake issue that made it pretty difficult for 400 laps but certainly not defeated. My boys haven't given up and I'm far from giving up as well so we'll keep pushing."
ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 Charter Communications Dodge Charger) Qualified 41st
"Unfortunately, the car just didn't come to the race track the way it was supposed to. I didn't have the right parts on it and didn't figure it out until it was too late. When you only get an opportunity to go out there and bust a couple of laps, you're on the conservative side a little bit. We have tomorrow to work on it. We have to make some changes because where we're at is not very good."
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