Richmond: Ford drivers qualifying quotes

ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (provisional) YOU DON'T LOOK HAPPY. WHAT'S THE PROBLEM? "We're not sure. The M&M's Ford Taurus is struggling real bad today and we don't know where to start. My guys have changed everything you can change in...

ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (provisional)

YOU DON'T LOOK HAPPY. WHAT'S THE PROBLEM? "We're not sure. The M&M's Ford Taurus is struggling real bad today and we don't know where to start. My guys have changed everything you can change in the car. It's got a brand-new body on it, but, man, we're really struggling. We've got a long weekend ahead of us, so hopefully we can just get as many points as we can tomorrow night, but right now we're just in left field. We're going to make some more changes and see what happens."

HOW ARE THE TRACK CONDITIONS? "I think the track surface is fine. I know they had a lot of problems yesterday, but the track has got plenty of grip in it, the bottom groove especially. We'll have to wait and see for race runs if we can move up or not. Hopefully we've got another groove that will open up, but right now the track seems to be fine."

RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Taurus (qualified 27th)

HOW WAS YOUR LAP? "I'm a little bit disappointed with it. We're a little bit better than that. We ran quite a bit better in practice. It's something about this race track when it sat. We were one of the early cars and we knew that an early draw probably wouldn't be the way to go, but there's not a whole lot you can do about it. I'm happy with longer run stuff. We were pretty fast the other day when we tested. Hopefully that will put us in the top 15."

IS COMING FROM THE BACK HERE LESS OF A PROBLEM THAN SOME OTHER TRACKS? "This race track is a good example that if a race track is built well we can run side by side. The sealer was on the race track this time last year and the racing wasn't quite the racing that we've seen at Richmond in the past. But, we came back in the fall and it was side-by-side racing. The second groove, I don't see a reason why it won't come in. Maybe it will come in quicker because the bottom is a little rough, so we'll see what happens. It will be two grooves of racing and hopefully being 15th or 20th won't be a big deal."

DAVE BLANEY - No. 77 Jasper Engines & Transmissions Taurus (qualified 31st)

"It's still not very close, but we've just struggled all day. We just kinda threw a guess at it there, and it wasn't very good but it was a little than practice. We'll take what we can get and work on it in race trim. That's all we can do."

GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 Grainger Taurus (qualified 15th)

"It's not too bad. I think we had a lot better qualifying run than that. I didn't push the throttle down there in one and two like I should have, but not bad overall. I feel pretty good that we have a good car to race tomorrow night. It's not the qualifying time that I wanted; I wanted to be a little better than that, but we'll be all right."

TALK ABOUT THE PROGRESSION OF YOUR TEAM SO FAR THIS YEAR. "It's come a long ways. We still have some problems, but we've come a long ways. We're still fighting a few things, but we're getting better each week."

MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DeWalt Taurus (qualified 18th)

"It was a little too loose. The DeWalt guys have been doing a good job. I was too loose and could go a whole bunch faster, but on the other hand, I didn't get a very good lap either. The car had more in it than I did; I just didn't really do a real great job with it. I feel real good about the car even if we have to start in the middle of the pack. I think we have a great car for tomorrow night."

STARTING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PACK DOESN'T CONCERN YOU HERE? "Not really, I'm used to it. We don't start up front very often. I just don't do a very good job qualifying, but I feel that we have a great car. These races are long enough that even if you start in the middle, you still have plenty of time to get to the front."

KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Rubbermaid Taurus (qualified 7th)

"That's a decent effort. We came here and tested, and we didn't put a lot of emphasis on qualifying - we did more on race trim, obviously - but I thought we could go a little quicker, it just seemed like the track, overall, lost a little grip. The car just kind of did a four-wheel drift, and right now there's a lot of competitive makes up in front of us that are all the same makes. We're happy with it, and we'll continue moving forward. We've got Happy Hour tonight, and the Rubbermaid Commercial car is going to look good on Saturday night."

THIS TEAM HAS DONE SO WELL SINCE THE END OF LAST YEAR. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE MOMENTUM THE TEAM HAS RIGHT NOW?

"It carries over, if you're prepared, to do that. And if you're able to stay ahead of what the focus is as far as building cars, building motors, and with the driver adapting to every type of race track, we're informed to do that. We've got good engines and we've got enough experience on the crew chief side and the driver side, I think, now to try and be competitive each week."

JEFF BURTON - No. 99 Citgo Taurus (qualified 16th)

THAT WAS A BIG JUMP FROM THE FIRST TO THE SECOND LAP? "Yeah, we were like that all day. My car was a lot better on the second lap. We struggled today, and we're going to be happy with 16th. We never really got the thing driving quite like it needed to be. After practice we sat down and we said, 'Okay, let's try to be 15th,' and make changes that are going to make a little change, not big changes, and we repeated what we ran in practice and most people didn't repeat what they ran in practice, so we made the right changes and I'm real proud of our guys for that, and I didn't over-drive it. We were 28th-fastest and we ended up 16th-fastest, so that's okay."

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