RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Avis Dodge Charger) Qualified 6th YOU MADE GOOD PICK UP FROM PRACTICE THIS MORNING; TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING LAP? "I've always said that I like this race track. It was a great pick up for the Avis Dodge from practice; the...
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Avis Dodge Charger) Qualified 6th
YOU MADE GOOD PICK UP FROM PRACTICE THIS MORNING; TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING LAP? "I've always said that I like this race track. It was a great pick up for the Avis Dodge from practice; the crew did a great job. My qualifying lap wasn't perfect by any means. This track is so tricky and it's tough to nail everything on one lap."
HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO GET YOUR CAR TO REACT THE WAY YOU WANT IT TO HERE AT POCONO? "It's tough. I was tight down in Turn 1, not perfect. I had a great Turn 2 and was pretty good in Turn 3, but Turn 1 is where I lost the most time."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Qualified 7th
HOW WAS YOUR QUALIFYING LAP? "That was a great lap for our Budweiser Dodge. I feel like it was going to be a top-10 qualifying run, maybe a little better. Jeff (Gordon) put down a good lap and there are a lot of fast cars out here. Our Dodge feels similar to what it did here in June, so we're looking forward to Sunday's race."
THAT'S GOT TO BE A GREAT FEELING KNOWING HOW GOOD YOUR CAR WAS HERE IN JUNE AND AGAIN TODAY? "We had an awesome Dodge Charger back in June here at Pocono. I hope that we can run well again this weekend. It's going to be a real battle to make it in the Chase these next six races, so it real important to run consistent and stay up front."
KURT BUSCH (No 2. Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Qualified 10th
HOW WAS YOUR QUALIFYING RUN? "I got busy off of Turn 3. I took it easy into (Turn) 1 and into Turn 2. I felt the car was underneath me. In Turn 3, I just got tight rolling through the middle -- I kept my foot in it and the wall was coming a lot quicker than the straightaway. I had to make a quick decision and ended up snapping the rear loose and grabbed the tail against the wall. We lost about a tenth (of a second) from that, so we were about a sixth-place car. All in all, we're just trying to get our Miller Lite Dodge tied together on entry, corner and exit. Right now we have three different things going on."
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger) Qualified 11th
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING PASS? "In practice we ran a 70 (54.70 sec.) and I wasn't sure if we could pick up any more speed. I need to take a look at the video of our run to see where we got better because we need to apply that to race trim tomorrow. I'm really excited about the run. We unloaded a lot better then we did last time here and in qualifying trim today, we made the most pick-up of anybody. Everybody did a good job today."
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger) Qualified 13th
HOW WAS YOUR QUALIFYING RUN? "It was good. I was too tight coming out of Turn 3 and lost some time. We made some changes from practice because we struggled and couldn't really get a good lap in. Lap-wise, it doesn't get much better than that for our Texaco/Havoline Dodge. It was just Turn 3 that got me. I couldn't get back into the gas because it was just too tight, but overall it was good."
TERRY LABONTE (No. 10 Charter Dodge Charger) Qualified 25th
HOW DIFFERENT IS THIS COT FROM THE 'OLD' CAR? "The hardest thing is just learning to drive the car differently. You have to be able to communicate to the crew chief the changes that you have to make and I'm still learning how to do that for the COT. Our Dodge is pretty good today. Now we can go back and work on our race setup and try to go forward and seem if we can pick up some more time."
DO YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOUR RACE SETUP? "Yeah. We worked on it a lot this morning and I think that we have a pretty good idea what we have to do for tomorrow. The cool thing is that with Kasey (Kahne) here and the success that he had here last June, we've got some good data to work from tomorrow."
SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Qualified 26th
YOU PICKED UP SIX TENTHS IN QUALIFYING FROM WHAT YOU RAN IN PRACTICE. "I'm pretty happy with it. We only picked up about three tenths from where we should have been in practice. Our first qualifying run in practice we were really good and just too loose coming off of three and I got loose and had to get out of it. I knew we had a bit more there so we made some pretty good changes and actually didn't feel like we really found anything that we liked a whole lot better so we kind of went back there, just tightened it up a little bit. I feel like I could have gotten a little bit more out of the car. I got back on the gas a little bit too soon coming out of (Turn) 1 but the Mobil 1 Dodge was really good through (Turns) 2 and 3. So with the exception of (Turn) 1, I think we could have had another tenth or two there and that's big jumps if you look at the time and what a tenth or two will give you. Little bit disappointed that I was too eager to get going there again but real happy with the big improvement over what we had when we came here in June. I think it shows that we're progressing. We just need to come back to these places a second time for me to know what I need out of the car and what I need to do as a driver to be able to do well."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Best Buy Dodge Charger) Qualified 29th
YOUR QUALIFYING RUN WASN'T' WHAT YOU WERE LOOKING FOR WAS IT? "No. We worked on so much race stuff that we didn't concentrate too much on our qualifying setup and it showed today. We were banking on it raining tomorrow, but hoped to get a little bit closer on our qualifying run. We were just way too loose in qualifying and kind of dug ourselves a hole now."
HOW WAS THE CAR IN RACE TRIM? "We were OK. We need to be a little bitter. We'll keep working on it and try to pass a lot of cars on Sunday."
REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger) Qualified 32nd
HOW'S THE CAR IN RACE SETUP? "It's OK. We did two run in race trim and it was OK. It was a step forward from the last time where were here in our Target Dodge."
WHAT DO YOU WORK ON TOMORROW? "It will be nice to get two more practice sessions in tomorrow. We're trying a different setup than we had the last time we raced here, so it will be nice to get out here and tune on it a little bit more."
CHAD MCCUMBEE (No. 45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge Charger) Qualified 34th
HOW MUCH OF A LEARNING CURVE ARE THESE NEW CARS FOR YOU? "Every time that I get in these cars, I learn more and more. The 45 team is getting better and better and I think that we're going to surprise some people this weekend. This is one of my favorite race tracks. Stewart (Cooper, crew chief) and the guys are working really hard and I think that it's paying off."
ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 Menards/Johns Manville Dodge Charger) Qualified 38th
HOW WAS THE QUALIFYING RUN? "It's certainly not what we ran in practice. We ran three-tenths quicker in practice and everybody else is picking up. We were just too loose coming to the flag and about 300 rpms shy getting to the start-finish line."
-credit: dodge motorsports