Michigan: Ford teams qualifying quotes

MIKE GARVEY - No. 66 Jani-King Taurus (Qualified 35th) "The Jani-King Ford was pretty solid that lap. We got here and had a few problems in the first practice, and then we over-adjusted in the second practice and was real loose. The guys did a...

MIKE GARVEY - No. 66 Jani-King Taurus (Qualified 35th)

"The Jani-King Ford was pretty solid that lap. We got here and had a few problems in the first practice, and then we over-adjusted in the second practice and was real loose. The guys did a good job and put their heads together and tried to come up with what we needed to qualify and the car was real solid right there. All the guys on the team did a great job and it's a pleasure driving the car."

WHAT DO YOU DO NOW? "We didn't work on qualifying. That's our race car. NASCAR gives you a few adjustments to tighten the car up to qualify and that's what we did. I was hoping that was enough and I think it was, so the car drove good and we'll do the best we can tomorrow."

MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Batman Begins Taurus (Qualified 15th)

"The car has just been really nice all weekend. I just really love it. That was a great lap. That's gonna be a better starting spot than usual for us, so I'm looking forward to it. This car is better than usual here."

MATT KENSETH - No. 17 Carhartt Taurus (Qualified 21st)

"That was all I could get. I'm surprised that it wasn't faster compared to the competition. I thought we'd be better than where we ended up. I don't know where we'll end up at the end of the day, but as far as feel and getting it all together, that was as good a lap as I could get."

WHAT ABOUT TOMORROW? "I'm looking forward to it. I thought we'd run quicker in qualifying compared to the competition because our car was real fast in race trim. We didn't do any practice qualifying runs at all, so I think we'll have good speed in our car. I'm a little bit worried about it being too tight for a real long run, but I think we've got a lot of speed."

WHAT ABOUT THIS TRACK? "I always look forward to coming here. Any track that we can come to where there are multiple grooves and we can actually pass one another I look forward to coming to and this is one of the best."

ARE THERE ANY DRIVERS WHO DON'T LIKE COMING HERE? "I've never really done a survey, but not that I know of. Everybody talks good about it and everybody likes it when you go to places like Atlanta and Michigan and tracks like that where you can run side by side."

DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Qualified 14th)

WHY HAS THE TRACK RECORD BEEN BROKEN SO OFTEN? "I think it's a combination. The things that we did to try to make the racing better as far as putting it more in the driver's hand was to cut spoiler off and go to a softer tire. So when you get in qualifying trim that only makes for a faster package. You've got nice, soft tires to get the job done and less spoiler for less drag, so you're gonna go faster down the straightaway and better through the corners for that period of time. Now that evens out when you get into a race situation and you have to put a lot of laps on the tires." WAS THAT LAP WHAT YOU EXPECTED? "I had no idea what to expect to be quite honest. We worked on race setup yesterday and really didn't find anything good until the very last part of practice. Billy Wilburn and the guys did a good job of adjusting the car, and working with the 38 team. They helped us some as far as getting ready to qualify with some things that they did so, hopefully, it's gonna mean a good day for us tomorrow."

CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 AAA Taurus (Qualified 23rd)

"We've got an awesome AAA Ford here, but I think what happens at these big places is that we don't have our program down as far as our qualifying setup with this impound stuff. We don't really have a way to make it tight enough for me. I'm out there really sawing at the wheel, but when our car is that good I don't want to put it all on the line. That would be a big shame to hurt our chances during the race. Maybe that'll hold up for a top 20. That would be cool. That's all we need. It's a long race and we'll be good. If we're as fast as we were in practice, it'll be no problem."

ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Qualified 18th)

"We're still struggling a lot qualifying for these impound races. I think we're qualifying pretty good on the regular events, but for the impound ones we still don't know the proper adjustments to use, but the guys are gaining on it. That's definitely a lot better than what we qualified at Pocono last week, so we're making gains and just have to keep moving ahead and get back to the strong qualifying efforts we're used to having."

IF YOU'RE FAST HERE YOU CAN PASS REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU START. "Yeah, you're gonna be able to pass cars, but it's all about pit selection and things like that, too. That makes a big difference, so we're gonna continue to work on it. We're gonna do some testing here in the next month and it looks like we're gonna start focusing more on that. We usually don't make any runs at all in qualifying trim, but it looks like we need to start working on that a little more and it'll help us more in the race."

RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Rent-A-Center Taurus (Qualified 34th)

"We were like 22nd in practice yesterday and the car wasn't driving like it needed to drive. This is one of those impound deals, so I didn't know what I had when I went to qualify. They changed around a lot of things on the car, so it's kind of hard to get adjusted to the car and the track all in one lap. We needed to run two laps, but we would have run too hot had we tried two laps. We could have pulled some tape off and run two laps, but then you give up your first lap. So this impound deal has given us a little bit of a fit, but what I felt in the car, I think it's gonna be really good for race trim and that's what we were hurting on. We were a middle of the pack car yesterday in race trim and that wasn't as good as we've been running here lately, so they made the changes to it and we'll see when we untape the grille, but I think it's gonna be pretty good."

GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus (Qualified 25th)

"The car feels exactly like the car, well, it is the same car, but it feels exactly like it did when we won here. I'm confident that it's gonna lead laps tomorrow. I can't say enough about the way the guys have prepared this thing. It's prepared flawlessly. I think we've got a strong chance of winning tomorrow, I really do."

WITH A TRACK THIS WIDE YOU CAN PASS PRETTY EASILY WITH ALL THE GROOVES, SO YOU'RE NOT CONCERNED WITH WHERE YOU START? "That car is gonna go straight to the front. There's no question about it. I just put down a safe qualifying lap. We didn't make a qualifying run yesterday, we just simply worked on our race car in race trim because qualifying really means nothing anymore, especially when you've got to qualify in race trim. I told Doug that it doesn't make any difference if practice qualifying because you can't do anything to the car, so let's just get it the way we want it and then we've got to qualify it like that. We want to qualify in the top 10, but we'd rather spend the extra 20 minutes working on our race car and getting it good for the race. That's what we did yesterday. I got on something with about eight minutes left in the session and that's what's gonna help me tomorrow."

KURT BUSCH - No. 97 IRWIN/Sharpie Taurus (Qualified 13th)

"I'm real happy with that lap for the Sharpie Ford. Jimmy Fennig is the crew chief that's always looking for new ideas and this weekend we have a different package underneath it, just to try reaching in a direction that we think is correct. It's great to drive his cars. It's great to lay down a lap at Michigan because of all the support that we get from Ford, and with this being such an overcast day and such a cool day, we knew that a track record speed was attainable, but it's tough because we want to win the full 400 miles. We want a nice balance of a top 10 start with a car that can lead a lot of laps tomorrow."

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