Richmond II: Dodge drivers qualifying quotes

CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid) - "This racetrack just felt a lot slicker than it was this morning. We made a couple of adjustments to it. We probably would have lost some rear grip, so we tried to help it in the center of the...

CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid) -

"This racetrack just felt a lot slicker than it was this morning. We made a couple of adjustments to it. We probably would have lost some rear grip, so we tried to help it in the center of the corner a little bit. But, the center was still tight and the rear was worse. We picked up a little bit of time, but the car almost felt like it was a little bit worse than it was in practice. Maybe that's just because the racetrack is a little slicker."

STERLING MARLIN (Coors Light Dodge Intrepid) -

"Well, I guess the racetrack slowed up, but we'll see. I think we ran about the same speed as we banzai-ed. It was a little bit free, but I'd like to thank all of the guys on the Coors Light team. They really worked hard today, and I appreciate it."

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

"Well, when you go out really early, it's not really good. But that wasn't the problem. Our car just didn't want to get into the racetrack, and that's what got me. I just couldn't get the car in, and I had to get back on the brake a little bit to try to get it to grip. That really hurt our time."

KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Georgia Pacific Dodge Intrepid) -

"The racetrack is just a lot hotter, that's why we're losing time out there from practice. That run was pretty good, though. Our car was probably as good as it's been all day long."

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid) -

"I just went out there and the car wouldn't stick to anything on that first lap. I picked the throttle up coming off of turn two, and it just got way out from underneath me. I just let it stop sliding. I knew that I had through the middle of the back straightaway on to get the thing back up to speed, so that's what I concentrated on. In practice it was really good. We ran a .450-sec in practice. We really thought we could've gotten it into the .30s, so we just went after it and it just got way loose on me.

JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Havoline Dodge Intrepid) -

"Our qualifying tires felt terrible in practice, so we used those for a banzai run and they were horrible. But I think we're going to be okay. I'll tell you, I'm winning the "Picking Up Places" award, and leading the points right now in that. So, when we don't qualifying all that good, it's not all bad."

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid) -

"I thought we had a good lap. I think our car was the same as it was in practice, we just slowed down a bit. We didn't pick up any time from our fastest lap this morning, and you always want to get just a little extra speed out of qualifying. That lap will still get us in the heart of the field. Our Dodge was good, but I just think it got a little more slick on us. Maybe we should have adjusted a little more for that, but who knows? It's hard to tell here.

"This place changes so much that running at night we'll have some adjustments to make. We made our best judgment call on qualifying today, and we slowed down just a little bit. But we've still got a good racecar."

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

"That lap wasn't bad. We were better in practice, but we just couldn't get it going there. We did more qualifying stuff in practice, just fiddling around with it. We'll just have to see."

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid) -

"We took an 18th-place car in practice and turned it into a fourth-place car. The guys did a great job making some changes today. We made some huge changes to do what we did out there. I don't think it was an advantage or a disadvantage for us going out last, I think it was just a good run for the ALLTEL Dodge. This is still the same racetrack at night as it is in the daytime, so we just have to figure out what to change in practice."

-dodge motorsports-

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