Phoenix II: Dodge teams qualifying quotes

DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Discount Tire Company Dodge Charger) "I screwed up the first lap, but the car doesn't have a lot of grip. We didn't unload very good, and we've made some big improvements since we unloaded. Reed is running pretty decent, so...

DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Discount Tire Company Dodge Charger)

"I screwed up the first lap, but the car doesn't have a lot of grip. We didn't unload very good, and we've made some big improvements since we unloaded. Reed is running pretty decent, so we're going to go back to what he's running. I was being a little cautious on the first lap."


REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger)

"I thought my second lap was going to be a lot better. It turned better than I thought it would and I hit the apron coming out of four and it got really loose. Everywhere else it was a lot better. The way the sun is right now and I guess that's the way it'll be at the end of the race as well, so you've got to figure out how much tape you want on there. The track is so flat here you can put a lot of tape on there and still see pretty good. It didn't help going out early. It's cooling off a little bit, but hopefully it won't hurt us too bad. One and two is in the shade a little bit. It seems like it's going to get more in the shade, so it's definitely going to get better near the end. I don't want to jinx myself, but the car we tested at Homestead is really good. This is the car we had at Loudon, so maybe if it runs as good as it did at Loudon we can have a good race here. I think we've got a good shot at Homestead to run in the top 10 or top five and maybe win."


RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger)

"It was good. Both laps were good, but the second lap felt a little better. It stuck a little bit better. Michael Nelson and the guys did a good job. I wish it would have held up for the pole. That would have been a good lift for us this season. We had Mother Nature working against us. If I had a string I'd pull that sun up as far as I could right now. Based off practice I was surprised with my second lap. In practice, the second lap was usually at least a tenth slower. One and two felt good and it stuck good in three. Picking up a tenth on the second lap was good. This is the same car and basically the same setup we had here last time. Matt and Mike worked on this setup back at the house and brought it here.

Michael is doing a good job. We're trying our best. There's a possibility for anything right now, and that's why this is a taste testing for Michael and myself right now. Mike has been part of the team since its inception. Bottom line is we'll see how it all turns out. Everybody is trying as hard as they can try. We've got a good piece for this weekend and we look forward to seeing what we can do with it tomorrow morning in practice.

I want the best person for the situation, for these two races and next year. Matt has always done a great job. Even when we didn't run well this year, it wasn't all Matt Borland's fault. I don't want anybody to think that. We're still trying hard. He definitely still wants to be part of the team. I want him to be part of the team. He's in a situation now where he's got two young daughters and he wants to spend more time with his family. That's more important than what he does here at the track."


CASEY MEARS (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger)

"It was a good lap at the time. As the sun goes down it's getting cooler and cooler and it's getting faster and faster. With the track cooling down, I'm sure we're going to keep dropping down the board. Otherwise, I think we could have stayed in the top 10. We've had good cars here. We've got a brand new car that we ran at Martinsville and it was good, but we're struggling a little bit here. We can't seem to get a lot of grip, so I hope everybody else is feeling the same thing."


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

"We picked up a couple of tenths from qualifying and had a decent draw in the middle of the pack. The car was a lot better than it was in practice, so we're pretty happy with it. I think we'll be in pretty good shape for Sunday."


KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)

"We made positive changes to help the car and we picked up speed from practice. I wanted to get in the 26 range and we're on the back window of the 90s. A few guys ran right in front of us with a 96, 97, 94. I knew Gordon was going to put down a ballistic lap and he did. All-in-all we're happy with where we are with the Miller Lite Dodge. We've been loose off four all day. We need to work on that Saturday and that will help us out for Sunday."


ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)

"It was a pretty good run. We were a little bit free, but we came out OK. We should have a pretty good starting spot Sunday -- somewhere around 15 -- and can hopefully work our way up from there."


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

"That was a pretty good lap for us. Everybody is pretty happy with it. It's a lot better than we qualified here for the first race. The car felt really good. The sun was rough. You can't see. We'll just try to get used to it. A lot of braking has to be done getting into the corner. I just kind of timed it from the start-finish to the corner and I lifted a little too early. We'll just have to try to adjust to the sun for Sunday."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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