Pocono II: Dodge teams qualifying quotes

JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge) -- Qualified 7th "I think getting your car balanced in all three corners is the key here. It seems like if you're good in one end you're not as good in the other. You've just got to get a happy...

JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge) -- Qualified 7th

"I think getting your car balanced in all three corners is the key here. It seems like if you're good in one end you're not as good in the other. You've just got to get a happy medium for you. This is a long race. It's very boring as a driver. You get to shift, but it's a boring race to run. We've run well here, so I'm looking forward to it. I think the guys 7th-15th in points are watching each other pretty close. It'll be interesting. The racetrack had a lot more grip when we qualified. I saw what Casey (Mears) ran, and I couldn't believe he picked up that much, and I think we picked up the equivalent. We worked on race seteup all morning, and I hope it rains all day tomorrow so me and Matt and a couple of other guys will be the only ones who have race practice."

BRENDAN GAUGHAN (No. 77 Kodak/Jasper Dodge) -- Qualified 10th

"We had a good car. We saw what everybody else was picking up, so we thought we could do it, too. I messed up in turn one. The key to this place is getting a good lap out of turn three. It's a first-lap deal, and I had it on the bottom. I had a great run to get the green flag. It would have been better if I could have kept it on the bottom in turn one. We were awesome through the tunnel turn. The last time we were here the tunnel turn was my arch nemesis. We got through it today, so I'm pretty happy."

GREG SACKS (No. 13 ARC Dehooker/Vita Coco Dodge) -- Qualified 38th

"This just feels great. That lap was exactly what we needed, and it paid off. We knew we needed half a second, and that's what we got. It feels great to make the race on speed. We worked really, really hard to get to this point. Today is a building block. People say you can't do things, but we want to prove that we can. It turned out to be a great day."

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge) -- Qualified 12th

"The car was pretty good off the trailer. We made some spring changes and made a big gear change at the very end and a little swaybar change. It all worked out. The team did a great job today. I'm not saying I'm out of it (chase for 10th place). We can't afford any more problems. We had a blown engine at Michigan and we had the spinout with five to go last week in New Hampshire. That was a real kick in the pants, and it really hurt the team. Anybody that knows me knows I'm not a quitter. We're way behind, but I'm going to give it everything I've got until the last minute. We're going to try to win all the races we can and with 10 to go we'll see where we end up. We're going to go for it every week, but the bad thing about it is that we've been going for it every week already. We've just been having stupid problems. I guess what really killed us is running out of gas running fourth with one lap to go at Sears Point. Between Sears Point, Michigan and last week at New Hampshire, those three races really took us out of the top 10."

CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge) -- On the pole, comments immediately after qualifying run

"We knew we'd pick up a little bit. When you do all the things you do to these cars for qualifying, the car really responds to it. I'm really proud of the guys. They gave me a great car today. This is the Dodge we race at Chicago. Hopefully we can get a good qualifying spot and have a good race. It probably helps me here since I have a lot of experience shifting. For me, downshifting is just like braking. It doesn't bother me. I'm comfortable shifting, and we ran real good out of the box the first time we came here last year. It's been a good track for me, and to come back here with some experience, it should be even better. This car is a lot more consistent than the car we ran here in June. Hopefully we'll have a little bit of an advantage with this car."

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Aspen Edge Dodge) -- Qualified fourth

"We were pretty decent in practice, and we were a little surprised we picked up that much. They tuned the car a little bit. We put on some new springs, and the car drove real good. I just drove in too deep in turn three. I lost about 150 rpm's coming back to the start/finish line. I think we might have had a shot at the pole, but congratulations to Casey. Those guys did a real good job, and they deserved it. We've always run good at Pocono. I like this place. We concentrate on getting the car driving good and handling through turn three. I just went in turn three too deep in qualifying. I drove it like a drunk going for more liquor."

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) -- Qualified 20th

"It was all right. The back of the car was a little loose and we got through all three corners about the same, not great but not bad. I think maybe it'll get us a top 15, and hopefully we can have a good run on Sunday. (The race in June at Pocono) was a big help. We started off too tight and couldn't get the car to turn. By the middle part of the race we had one of the better cars. I think we had a pretty good shot at a top 10 or maybe a top five and I got into the wall. Hopefully I learned something there and it won't happen again and we'll be able to race all day."

JEFF GREEN (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge) -- Qualified 32nd

"We've been having a hard time with the car pushing all day. It was better that time, but we couldn't get it turning good enough, especially over the tunnel, and that's where you can make up a lot of time. I got back in the gas quick, but I had to back off. That probably cost us a couple of tenths. That was still the best lap we've run. I enjoy this track. It's a challenge and it's fun. You can pass in a lot of places. You've just got to get the car driving good, and hopefully the Cheerios Dodge will be doing that Sunday. We didn't make a lot of laps this morning, and the car had been too tight. A guy got in my way when we tried to do a mock up run in practice, so we really didn't know what we were going to do in qualifying. It was a good lap for us. It'll put us in mid pack somewhere, but this is a big old track. I'm looking forward to Sunday. You've just got to be easy on your stuff. I shift twice a lap. You've also got to be aggressive with it to maintain the pace you need to maintain. It's like driving three different racetracks. You've got three different corners here. The crew chief pulls his hair out and the driver does, too. For the most part, it's really fun. It's 500 miles, and that makes for a long day. Still, it's an exciting race and we hope we can get up there and battle with them Sunday."

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge) -- Qualified 30th

"It wasn't fast enough. We definitely picked up some. The conditions aren't quite as good, but nevertheless we need to be faster. Hopefully this car will race better than it qualifies. It's hard for me to say that, but I think it will. It's a unique racetrack and for that reason it's unique to set up the car. We slipped down in turn three and were decent in turn one, but we weren't real good in turn two. We'll make some corrections and see how we are in race trim if we get the opportunity tomorrow. We didn't practice in race setup, and this is not the same Dodge we had here last time. It's the Dodge we won with at Michigan. We weren't that good here the first race, so hopefully we can pick it up for Sunday. It's our 100th Cup race, and it would be nice to win it, but we've got a lot of work to do if we're going to win it."

-dodge motorsports-

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