CARL LONG (No. 59 Check Into Cash Dodge Intrepid R/T) "I know I left two tenths in each end. If that was a .90, we were capable of running at least a .50. The car pushed bad from the center of the corner off." JIMMY SPENCER (No. 41 Target...
CARL LONG (No. 59 Check Into Cash Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"I know I left two tenths in each end. If that was a .90, we were capable of running at least a .50. The car pushed bad from the center of the corner off."
JIMMY SPENCER (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"If you miss it a little bit here getting in, you lose your whole lap. I knew we were going to be pretty good, but I think we left a tenth or two out there. We'll have a good starting spot. Hopefully we won't have any trouble on Sunday and get a good finish. You've got to be careful qualifying here. The concrete is a lot smoother but it's a lot harder to get a grip now until we get some rubber built into it. I don't think we'll have a tire problem Sunday, but I think you'll be putting four on each pit stop just because of how fast we're going."
CASEY ATWOOD (No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We picked up a little bit from practice. Everybody picked up a little bit, but our car is driving pretty good. Tony has had a lot of success with the setup he's got here with other drivers. I feel pretty sure we can come back and have a good run Sunday. The track feels OK to me. I can't tell much difference. It feels like it's got more grip getting in. It's a little bit slicker up off the corner."
TED MUSGRAVE (No. 07 Kenwood/Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We probably could have pushed it and run a little quicker. We don't have a provisional, so we had to be careful with what we did. I think we could have run in the .50s like we did in practice, but if I had messed up we would have gone to the house. We're in the show, and I'm happy for Kenwood and Sirius and everybody behind me. We're in the show and now we can go after it again. The track is a little looser up off the corner, but I don't think it'll affect anything but tire wear. Drivers might have to come in and get tires. Strategy might change. Who knows? A second groove might even work in later on. We ran an easy lap. I think we had another tenth in the car, but we would have looked awful silly going home. We played it cool and just got in the field."
MIKE BLISS (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We over adjusted. We were loose off and we got it real tight. I'm not happy with that time. That'll put us back in the rear. We just over adjusted and got it way too tight. We learned something there. These guys are doing a heck of a job. They've been winning races, and I'm just fortunate to be in this Coors Light Dodge."
BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid R/T) Qualified Third
"It was just all about getting it hooked up off the corners today. It took me a couple of laps to get going. The track was hard to get a hold of. If you hit it right, you've got it. If you don't, too bad. The team did a good job today. They were able to get it hooked up to the race track, and we pulled off a pretty good lap qualifying.
"The last several times here I've looked forward to coming back. Martinsville has kind of eluded me throughout the years. If you can get hooked up here Sunday afternoon you can have a lot of fun. You can rub fenders and it won't be like Talladega. It's a fun race track.
"It would mean a lot (to win here Sunday), not only to me but to Ray and the race team itself. Now if you can come to a race track and be halfway competitive, that's a good afternoon. We had a problem the first race here this year. We had a brake problem. We fought that all day long. We had a pretty good car it felt like. Hopefully this time we'll have an equally good car and not have any problems.
"It's a little bit harder to put the power down off the corner. It's lost a little bit of grip there, but entering the center doesn't seem to be much different. Everybody's got to run through it. Right now, I don't see any safety issues whatsoever. We'll have to see how practice transpires tomorrow, but right now, I don't see any anything being a problem."
WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We could run .70s every time out there and felt real good about it. This was the best set of tires, and we really didn't get to run 'em a lot. We saved 'em for qualifying. The track is challenging to say the least about it. It's like having grooves in the tires. We have less grip than what we've had before. We all have an equal plate, and we all have to deal with it, but I don't understand why we changed it. We'll have a better feel for the outcome and see what it does to the racing Sunday afternoon. I don't understand why they build race tracks or do anything without asking drivers, crew chiefs and car owners. They are the ones who have been all over race tracks all over the country. Why in the hell do they just do things to race tracks without talking to all of us? We can help them have a better two-by-two race all day. Live and learn I guess."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"That's about all you can ask for. You run the same time you practice. We made a couple of changes. It didn't really help us or hurt us. The track is real slick and hard to get a forward bite right now. It's the same for everybody."