RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge) "It was a good lap for the ALLTEL Dodge. I think it'll be a top five or top 10 for sure. I wish we knew right now if we were going to have a shot for the pole. It's very special (to have father at the track)....
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge)
"It was a good lap for the ALLTEL Dodge. I think it'll be a top five or top 10 for sure. I wish we knew right now if we were going to have a shot for the pole. It's very special (to have father at the track). He's been pivotal throughout my racing career in everything I've done both on and off the track. To have him here and race on Father's Day is cool. That trophy they give on Sunday would be the best Father's Day present I could ever get him. We got in a good lap, but it wasn't great. It could have been better. I messed up in three and four a little bit. The track slowed down for sure. We've got a brand new car. We've been tearing them up so much from other drivers we've got to pull out the new ones.
"Starting up front is definitely a benefit. This is one of the better racetracks we go to, if not one of the best. Hopefully we can have a good race and not have to race our way through the field. We were going for the lead when we caught on fire here in the first race last year. We brought the same racecar back for the second race and won. We'll just have to see how it goes. This is a brand new car, but we look forward to Michigan races.
"You've got to have a little bit of everything here. Horsepower is important and downforce is important. Drag is important. You've got to have the balance like always. Coming in knowing we're capable of getting to victory lane is always a good feeling. To be able to duplicate that is sometimes tough. We've done it before. We'll just do our best and see how it works out.
"This is a good racetrack. It usually has a lot of great racing. Hopefully we won't have those situations again and we can get the monkey off NASCAR's back."
BRENDAN GAUGHAN (No. 77 Jasper Engines/Kodak Dodge)
"There's a lot of room to miss things here at Michigan, and if you can stay up front you can miss even more. We're starting off good, so we'll see if we can finish it off. We're looking forward to a good run for the Jasper yellow car. The Jasper Engines Dodge hasn't done quite as well as the Kodak Dodge. We want to look good for the Jasper folks. Michigan was good to us last year in the trucks. We'll see if we can make it good for us this year in the car. This is a fun place. It's close to Mr. Penske's home and also close to Jasper Engines home in Jasper, Ind. The Midwest is a big market for those guys. Roger has done well here in the past. Our truck was dominant here last year. Right now I'd just like to have the car just as balanced. When cars are good balance comes easy. This one feels pretty balanced."
JEFF GREEN (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge)
"Our Cheerios Dodge slid around a little bit. It was a pretty good lap It should put us somewhere near the top 20. We'll just try to focus on practice tomorrow. You can win starting from anywhere here at Michigan. We had a good practice this morning. I'm proud of all the work the guys did and hopefully we can get it even better in practice tomorrow. I'll take handling over horsepower here all day. You try to run wide open, but we don't have a good enough racecar. I think that's the way all drivers think. You can't give up the straightaway, but if you get through the corners faster than the next guy you're going to run fast down the straightaway. We'll try to get the car balanced, and hopefully we can have a good race Sunday if we can do that."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge)
"The track was hotter for qualifying, but that's just part of it. We just got a lot too loose. I couldn't turn the wheel. We changed the setup from practice. We needed to do something to try to get the pole. We just missed it. I couldn't carry enough speed into the corners."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge)
"The car has been good all day. We tested here a few weeks ago and had a really good test. These guys are doing a great job of giving me great cars. We've got a strong race team. We just keep fighting back. We worked on qualifying today in practice. When we tested here we just focused on race setup. The heat hurt me a lot. We thought we had a good draw, but it got hotter. I knew my car was going to be loose for qualifying, but the guys did a good job tightening it up. I can't wait until we get in race trim for practice tomorrow. I'm ready to go to sleep now to get up."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge)
"We picked up a lot for qualifying. We worked on race setup all morning in practice. We made one stab at it with a banzai run. It was a little loose so we tightened it up a little bit to qualify. I'm looking forward to Sunday. I thought we were real good in race trim. I really like this track, and that always helps. Some guys hate Bristol, and I love to go there. Next week is not my favorite, but we'll get by it. We're run pretty good out there before, so we'll make the best of it and see what happens, but I'm really looking forward to racing here Sunday first."
CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge)
"I wanted to pick up more than we picked up, but I think considering the track was quite a bit hotter we did OK. We made a change, and I'm on the fence whether it helped or not. It helped in some areas and hurt in others. If we can end up inside the top 10, that'll be good for us. We need a good starting spot.
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)
"I'm happy with that lap. I got a little too high down in one and two, but I really liked the way we got through three and four. I'm not going to tell anybody (secret to winning at Michigan), and I plan to make it my sixth win Sunday. I'm looking forward to it. I think we've got a good car. We didn't work on race setup at all today, but the weather will be good tomorrow and I think we'll be ready for Sunday."