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NEXTEL Open qualifying quotes Lowe's Motor Speedway Kyle Busch 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet 2nd position HOW WAS YOUR LAP? It was pretty good. I'm hoping it sticks kind of like yesterday. It was a really good lap. The Kellogg's Chevrolet has been...

NEXTEL Open qualifying quotes
Lowe's Motor Speedway

Kyle Busch 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet
2nd position

HOW WAS YOUR LAP? It was pretty good. I'm hoping it sticks kind of like yesterday. It was a really good lap. The Kellogg's Chevrolet has been good all day and we've been very fast. It's just like the Craftsman truck, if we can keep it up there and run all night tomorrow night, the first twenty and then the final ten, I think we can be right there for a shot at a win. We've just got to keep it rolling. Practice was really good. We were really strong on the long run and good here in qualifying, so I'm hoping we can keep it up there.

Brian Vickers 25 GMAC Chevrolet
5th position

YOU SAID YOUR RUN WAS DICTATED BY HOW YOU CAME THROUGH TURN 4 A little disappointed. It was just really loose coming to the green. We ran on sticker tires and the car was there early, but it snapped and we lost all of our momentum. We just never really recovered from that. Heat up the rear tires and the car stayed loose. But the GMAC Chevy team did a good job and we're ready for tomorrow.

HOW ON THE EDGE ARE YOU OUT THERE? We're definitely on the edge. We're using up every bit we've got. This race track is really fast right now. Grip is so much, but when it lets go, it lets go real fast. But we're excited to be here in my hometown of Charlotte and thankful for all the fans.

Martin Truex, Jr. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet
8TH position

It was alright. Our car was real good in race trim today. We did a qualifying run and it got real loose. And we tried to change it up the best we could for tomorrow night's race. We got a little bit better. Too loose for qualifying, but it will race good.

Robby Gordon 7 Fruit of the Loom Chevrolet
12th position

HOW WAS YOUR LAP? We're pretty happy with it. Better than we ran in practice. We never got to run a qualifying run. We focused on race setups, which we think will be pretty good tomorrow night. My focus has been on that, and we're just kind of hoping we would run better in qualifying. We picked up seven tenths, or eight tenths. It's about what we thought we would.

HOW IS THE TRACK? Fast. We were just a little bit too loose. Had we tuned out a little bit better, we would have been just a little bit better as well.

Boris Said 36 Centrix Financial Chevrolet
22nd position

HOW WAS YOUR LAP? It was pretty good. We came here to test a week ago and we got rained out. The Centrix team has given me a great car, it's just that I haven't done any qualifying runs. It was my first time doing it. I was a little cautious and got a little loose the second lap. You know, it was the fastest lap I've run so far. If I can pick up that much more next week, I think I'll be in good shape. But, it's a great lap. It's really fast and it's a lot of fun.

Mike Wallace 4 Lucas Oil Chevrolet
24th position

HOW WAS YOUR LAP? It's just frustrating, you know. We've been loose and just trying to tighten it up. You're tight one lap and you're loose the next go around. Just disappointed. Thought we should have been a lot better than that. We came down here and tested with another car that we're running in the 600 that seems to be better than this car. I just can't get this car to drive like that car drives. I think I am trying too hard for the car that I have right now.

Other notes from qualifying: Scott Riggs (#10 Valvoline Chevrolet), 27th position, and Jason Leffler (#11 FedEx Ground Chevrolet), 28th position, both suffered accidents during their qualifying runs.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jason Leffler , Boris Said , Robby Gordon , Mike Wallace , Scott Riggs , Martin Truex Jr. , Brian Vickers , Kyle Busch