Michigan: Dodge teams qualifying quotes

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) COMMENTS IMMEDIATELY AFTER QUALIFING RUN "That was a great lap. The guys made some pretty good adjustments to my Dodge Charger, and I'm happy with it. The track is pretty free, and I think ...

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)

COMMENTS IMMEDIATELY AFTER QUALIFING RUN

"That was a great lap. The guys made some pretty good adjustments to my Dodge Charger, and I'm happy with it. The track is pretty free, and I think everybody out here is battling that. We were able to put the throttle down a little harder than the other guys. Hopefully we can end up in the top five today and keep it up there all day Sunday. I think we can. It should be a fun race. We made some adjustments and the car was better than it was in practice. I hope it hangs on. I'd like to win another pole. We won two of the other poles with this car this season and it won all three races. It's fast. We take it to the tracks we know it will carry some momentum on, and that's what we need to do here. This is the first two-mile track it's been on. We've had our ups and downs here, but it's a good track for Evernham Motorsports."

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BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger)

"We were too loose. It had some really good grip in the front, but it was a little too loose in the rear. I think that will be good for the race. I felt like in practice we were loose, but we got better at it. To go that much faster and still be loose I didn't think would be comfortable and it wasn't, but I guess it rolled the center good enough, but I like a little more in the right front than that. I've been going back and forth between the Cup car and the truck today, and it's been a long time since I've done that, so it got me a little out of sequence. It's been a good day for us. We've got a good starting spot for Sunday."

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SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge Charger)

"We had a decent lap. I was hoping we could end up in the top 10, but I don't think that's going to quite make it. I thought we could pick up at least a tenth from practice, but the car was really loose. We're on a different tire than the trucks are on, and that's the biggest question in my mind. What does that do to the track? How does this rubber compare to that rubber? It was OK. This is a great track for racing because it is so wide and you can move around the track and find the right groove for your car. This is the same Charger we won the pole with at Charlotte, so hopefully we'll be able to dial it in even better tomorrow."

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RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger)

"From what I see we've got four flat tires. The tire guy showed me the tire belts and they were all zero. We just got loose. I was trying to push real hard. We did one qualifying run in practice. We weren't that good, so we freed it up a little bit and I think we went too far with the things we changed. I look forward to getting it back in race trim. Matt (Borland) said we were .14 up (on pole speed) coming off turn two before I spun, so the speed was there. We'll get it balanced out and keep me from spinning out. This is the best racetrack for passing cars and coming to the front. This is the best racetrack we come to all year as far as racing and getting three, four and five-wide in the corners and drafting down the straightaways. I look forward to the challenge, especially after going to Pocono and sticking it into the fence about the fourth lap, going to the back and running up through. That was a lot of fun there. There was a lot of luck saving the car, spinning at the right place and doing the right things. It was unfortunate. We saw Jimmie Johnson do it at Dover and that required half the luck his did. It was disappointing from the qualifying standpoint, but knowing we were up speedwise gives me something to look forward to Saturday and Sunday. The team is happy I didn't tear up the car, but they could be a lot happier. Let's just put it that way."

-dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson