Pocono: Dodge drivers qualifying quotes

CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid) "I thought we could run quicker, but I guess track temperature or something like that slowed us down. We were really, really loose. That's as loose as I've been since we've been here. I'm really not...

CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid)

"I thought we could run quicker, but I guess track temperature or something like that slowed us down. We were really, really loose. That's as loose as I've been since we've been here. I'm really not happy with that run. Any seat time you can get helps out. It's been getting better all the time. I've been comfortable here right off the bat."

BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) - qualified eighth

"It was real close to what we ran in practice. We didn't slow down. I would have liked to run a second lap but the car ran too hot. Shifting is going to be different. It's going to make for an interesting Sunday afternoon. I was disappointed after Dover last week. You try to do things differently. As you continue to do it more you get in a better rhythm of what you're doing, but it's a big change. It's hard to do.

"You've got to be 110 percent every week. I'm behind the guys, and I see their frustrations. That's the thing you've got to look at. The more I get better each week, but you totally change the way you drive the car and as good as everybody is here today, that's really hard to do.

"If we're running good Sunday, I'll stay in the car. It's pretty much that simple, but we'll see. The guys have stuck with me through thick and thin, and that's what you've got to do in this business. It's hard enough to keep the guys pumped up and motivated week in and week out. We need to have a good run here at Pocono.

"The foot doesn't hurt at all. I just can't use it. If I do use it, it hurts. I can use the clutch in and out of the pits, but as far as having enough of a foot to mash the brake pedal, I can't do it.

"The doctor said I hadn't hurt it, but it's not healed. That's the worry that he's got. If I re-injure it, and they miss a line, they're going to have to go in there and pin it. If that happens, I'm out of the race car. You've got to be realistic. I think Johnny Benson did the right thing last year by getting out, getting healed and coming back. The way you've got to run today, if I get re-hurt I'm out of the car. That's what people have to understand. It's just a bad enough injury that you're on the fence. When I broke my hip, it was black and white. I was out of the car. You've got to work through this stuff and understand it. There are so many good teams and cars here today that you can't give up an inch. Now we're looking for hundredths and thousandths.

"We'll talk about it in the morning and decide what we're going to do for Sunday. Frank Kimmel will be standing by, so we'll just wait and see what happens."

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid)

"It feels pretty good, but I just can't get any speed out of it. I don't know what's wrong. Every time this happens to me I've got to find someone to chase out there. Once I get somebody to chase I know where I'm at. I'm in the mode right now where everything feels OK. I don't understand why it's slow. You get in race trim and get out there and run with everyone and you're OK. I got a little loose off turn three. I really didn't have the grip I needed. I never had the speed I've been looking for. We've tried many combinations, gear ratios, different springs and shocks. I've been in this position before. I've just got to go out there and race and get it right. I feel like the engine is good and the body is good. We're just missing it somewhere. We'll figure it out in the first practice tomorrow. Everything is important these days. The margin is close between the pole and not the pole, so you've got to be on top of your game in qualifying."

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid)

"It was really loose. I should have known with what we had in the car this morning that it wouldn't work this afternoon. We were real fast in practice. I'm disappointed. We came off the truck fast, but the Coors Light Dodge is good. We had a lot of rear spring in it. Pocono has always been a good track for us. We enjoy coming up here and racing. The car has to drive good here. Our motor guys have done a good job. We didn't show all we had today. We were 11th on the speed chart in practice. The sun came out and we got loose and slowed down in qualifying. The car is a lot better than that. We were close to race trim this morning, so we'll be all right Sunday."

JIMMY SPENCER (No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid)

"We struggled this morning, and kept getting better. The car never got hold of the track for qualifying. It never would grip or roll in the corner. The car had a good balance to it, but it never would grip to the track. We've got a lot of work to do to get ready to race."

JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 43 Cheerios Dodge Intrepid)

"I'm ecstatic. Normally we fly around this place in qualifying. We didn't have what we needed today for qualifying, but we got a decent starting spot and we'll be good on Sunday. I usually qualify bad here and we race OK, but we'll have a better race setup than we did for qualifying. Maybe we can stay out of trouble and run up front all day."

CASEY ATWOOD (No. 91 Mountain Dew Live Wire Dodge Intrepid)

"That wasn't too good. We slowed down from practice. We're in the show, and that's good, but I think the motor might have been bogging down a little bit in qualifying. I love coming here, and I think we can have a good day on Sunday."

-dodge motorsports-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Johnny Benson , Frank Kimmel