Michigan: Dodge qualifying quotes

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) "The car drove great. It really did. I'm impressed with this race car. This is the car we tried to run the Winston Open with, but we got in a wreck. We went back and put a new body on it,...

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid)

"The car drove great. It really did. I'm impressed with this race car. This is the car we tried to run the Winston Open with, but we got in a wreck. We went back and put a new body on it, and it's a good piece. This Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge was really good all through practice. The guys tuned it up and got it ready to qualify and it picked up another tenth, so I'm really happy with it. I've always liked Michigan and California and tracks like this. I guess they just suit my driving style a little more. I've got a good car, and that makes it a lot easier."

CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI (No. 43 Cheerios Dodge Intrepid)

"I'm pretty happy. It looks like we're solidly in the show. I'm a little bit down on myself. If I had some more time on the track and if I had been to this place before, I think we would have run faster. Ifs don't exist in motor racing. We'll see what happens on Sunday. It's a long race, and we'll try our best. It's racing, so it doesn't matter if I'm ahead of Kyle or not. It was just qualifying. Now we've got to go out there and race."

BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid)

"We weren't that good in practice, so we changed everything before qualifying and picked up about four tenths. We've been struggling a little the last few weeks, so we just need to get better. The foot's not bad. We won't have any trouble with it Sunday. The lap was OK. I wish I could have been better, but we gained a lot from practice. We need to get this Dodge hooked up and run from front Sunday. I've always been relatively good here, and we need to get on top of things early this weekend. We need our season to turn around. We've struggled the last several weeks, not only with my injury but with all the other stuff going on."

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid)

"We pretty much practiced with the race setup all morning. We made one stab at qualifying, so I think we did a good job. I think we're in pretty good shape in race trim. We just wanted to make sure we had everything right when we get started tomorrow. This is the same car we ran at Pocono. It should be good for the race. They'll drop the flag and we'll work our way up through there."

KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Georgia Pacific/Brawny Dodge Intrepid)

"I drove off into turn three too hard. I got through one and two really good, better than I had in practice. We slowed up a little bit, but it wasn't a big deal. We should be OK. Christian did a great job. He was under a ton of pressure. To come here and jump in the car and get two hours of practice and jump in the deep end of the pool. He did a really good job. That was our main focus up here, to make sure he did a good job. He beat me, and that's OK. I told him to go out there and beat everybody. That's your job."

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid)

"We got in a pretty good lap with the ALLTEL Dodge. It wasn't as good as we wanted, but it should hold up for the top 10. The air is heavy and thick, and it cooled off for the start of qualifying. It would have been great if we could have drawn a later qualifying spot. I knew we were going to get beat. I didn't know who was going to beat us, but I knew it wouldn't hold up. It was a pretty good lap, but we didn't have the pure speed we needed going into the corners. I think the car will be good in race trim, and I don't usually say that a whole lot."

CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid)

"The extra track time we got today in ARCA really helped in Winston Cup qualifying. The more track time we get the better we seem to get. I'm looking forward to starting on the ARCA pole for tomorrow's race, and hopefully I'll learn something that will help me in Sunday's Cup race."

JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Havoline Dodge Intrepid)

"This car hasn't qualified well all year, but it races well. I think it's fixable. We gained quite a bit from practice. I think the problem we're fighting right now will go away when we take the tape off the front."

JIMMY SPENCER (No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid)

"Something broke in the motor. It was going to a good lap, too. I knew getting up to speed it was going to be really, really good. We went into turn one. It was going to be a killer corner. It was really gripping, but when I got back in the throttle it blew up. I'm really disappointed right now. This is the Sirius 400 and we've got to start last. We've had bad luck all year long. I just hope the guys can keep their heads up. I'm going to keep my head up. I think we're going to have a real good car. We had a good car up here testing on race runs. I'm sure the engine department will find out what happened to it. Hopefully we'll have a good engine for Sunday."

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid)

"That was a pretty solid run. The car drove good. It handled real good, and I think I might have left some laying on the table. I let it get too high on the race track in three and four. I honestly underestimated how good it was going to feel. I based it off of practice. I might have left a tenth out there, but all-in-all it was a pretty good run. I think (prospects for winning Sunday) are damn good. This is the car I had at California and it ran so strong. I can't wait for Happy Hour practice, but I think we're going to be in great shape."

-dodge motorsports-

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