RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) -- Qualified Fourth "It's going to be just like the first Martinsville race. We have to do our best each and every time we're on the racetrack. This is no different than any other time. Martinsville is...
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) -- Qualified Fourth
"It's going to be just like the first Martinsville race. We have to do our best each and every time we're on the racetrack. This is no different than any other time. Martinsville is definitely good short track racing. There will be a lot of beating and banging, more so than any other track, so we'll just see how it comes out. It's almost like it was with 10 races to go. You've got a gap between first and 10th, but we'll just have to continue to do what we've been doing. Our stats are really good in The Chase. If we hadn't been 10th coming in we would be the points leader right now, but that's coulda, woulda, shoulda.
"You have an advantage knowing what the experience (of The Chase) is like. You realize some things are different the second time around, but outside of that you can't change or manipulate your performance.
"Martinsville and Atlanta and Texas could be the same way (as Charlotte). You just never know. Everybody has their opinion. We just do our thing. Racing is not about chances. Racing is about performance and going out and doing the best job you can. As a whole, you don't take more chances. If you are geared up to win, you'd better win. If you're geared up to run in the top 10, you'd better run in the top 10. I don't think one thing stands out above the other. I'm here to win.
"We need to win three more. We made up a lot of ground because of Stewart's tire problem (last week at Charlotte). I think it was just a matter of who had the least tire problems at Charlotte. It's fun being where we are in The Chase. I wish we were ahead and had a better grasp on the championship, but it's fun competing with these guys.
"There's potential here (for problems) just like Charlotte. We could have tire issues. We've seen the racetrack hit cars here, so you never know.
"This is a really touchy track. You can overdrive it easy, but it's a lot of fun, especially now that it's been redone and cleaned up. I'm looking forward to the rest of the weekend. Hopefully Mother Nature is good to us tomorrow morning and we can get some laps on this Alltel Dodge. It takes a good smooth lap to qualify here. You've got to drive it hard, but you can't drive it too hard."
TRAVIS KVAPIL (No. 77 Kodak/Jasper Dodge Charger) -- Qualified 12th
"We're a little disappointed. We couldn't get the car to turn, but that should give us a decent starting spot. When you go fast in practice and slow up in qualifying it's kind of a letdown, but we knew it would be hard to back up practice. It wasn't bad. We were hoping to be better, but we'll see how it all shakes out."
KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge Charger) -- Qualified 13th
"That was a good effort for us. The 43 car came up here and tested. Jeff Green and Greg Steadman did a great job. They gave us the setup and we came back the same way. I knew Jeff was going to be a little quicker, so it was a good day for our Dodge Chargers. Richard Petty used to own this place, not Petty Enterprises. Petty Enterprises had a lot of drivers come here and didn't do anything, but Richard Petty did. I like it OK. It's close to home. I really used to like it, but it's so competitive now and everybody runs the same speed. It's tough to pass. It's a hard place to race. It used to be a really fun place to race, and it still is, but it's a lot harder. It's a lot more mental than it used to be."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- Qualified 7th "That was a pretty good lap. We ran just a little faster than we ran in practice, and we were seventh fastest in practice, so that's a good starting spot and we'll work hard getting the car right tomorrow and see if we can't make up some ground Sunday."