Phoenix: Ford teams qualifying quotes

DAVID RAGAN -- NO. 6 AAA INSURANCE FORD FUSION (QUALIFIED 23RD) "I Wish we could've picked up a little more. I Think as the track cools off and as everyone else picks up, I think we're going to be back there in the 20s. I Wish I could've got ...

DAVID RAGAN -- NO. 6 AAA INSURANCE FORD FUSION (QUALIFIED 23RD)

"I Wish we could've picked up a little more. I Think as the track cools off and as everyone else picks up, I think we're going to be back there in the 20s. I Wish I could've got another tenth out of it. Pretty good balance, didn't quite get all of what was there." do you like these flat tracks? "Oh, yeah. I Like them a lot. It's a lot of fun to drive 'em. You know, you have plenty of practice on Friday and Saturday to have enough opportunities to get the car to drive good. It's a lot of fun. When you're going to a mile-and-a-half track, you're fighting a air pressure and just getting a good balance to have good speed. But, here, if your car's driving good and you don't have any brake issues, you can have a good run."

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CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion (qualified 3rd)

"As the sun goes down, I think there will be a number of guys who go faster. It's still a good lap for us. I think in the weather, in those conditions, to run that fast was, honestly, a pretty big surprise to. So, hopefully we'll have a good race. That'll get us maybe in the top five or 10 to start."

WHY IS THIS TEAM SO GOOD RIGHT NOW, COMPARED TO THE REST OF THE FIELD? "I don't know. My guys have been working really hard. The guys have been working very hard and I'm very proud of them. It's a pleasure to drive these cars. I think we're we're going to be pretty competitive Saturday night."

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MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt/Nano Ford Fusion (qualified 27th)

"It wasn't a very good lap. The car was a lot better than I was. I just didn't really do a good job of hitting my marks and everything out of it. I think the car is a little better than that. We struggled a little bit today, but it's definitely better than that."

WHAT IMPROVEMENTS DO YOU HAVE TO MAKE BEFORE SATURDAY NIGHT'S RACE? "We've just been really tight in getting our car turning as good as we need to. If we can get the car to turn a little bit better, hopefully, we'll be okay."

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GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (qualified 18th)

DOES THIS PUT YOU BEHIND FOR SATURDAY? "No, it's probably not that bad. I just made a mistake down in three in four. I just went to the gas too quick and too fast, probably, and put the throttle down too hard, and got the thing sideways, and then thought that I checked up enough to get it straightened out, and really kind of threw away my second lap for speed. I felt like we should've been right there in the top three; instead we're 15th and we'll probably be 20-something before it's over with. We got a good draw and screwed it up, so not very happy about that, but real excited, I think we have a good car for Saturday night's race, so we'll just wait and see."

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JAMIE McMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (qualified 8th)

"It's really hard to pass here, so starting in the top-10 or top-15 will really be an advantage on Sunday. This place, you can have one of the best cars, but if you go to the back it's really back up through there. It didn't take but a half a tenth to be, I think, on the pole from where we were. It's really close. Did a good job, just didn't adjust enough for qualifying. The car got looser than I expected."

-credit: ford racing

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