Originally-From: Heath White <firstname.lastname@example.org> RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 alltel Dodge Avenger) "It was a decent run for our alltel Dodge. We were 10th in practice. I knew we could pick it up and we did. We're just trying to do our ...
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RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 alltel Dodge Avenger)
"It was a decent run for our alltel Dodge. We were 10th in practice. I knew we could pick it up and we did. We're just trying to do our best. It's a good starting spot for us."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Avenger)
"That was a pretty good lap. We struggled a little bit in practice and put our car a little bit more like the No. 9. We made a few changes and they were all good. That's a pretty good qualifying lap for me here; I'm not the best qualifier at Richmond. I'm very happy with that and we got us a good starting spot for tomorrow night."
ON THE COT "I don't think so I think these things (COT)are a lot harder to pass. They are so aero dependant, you get the aero push like they had five or six years ago, like our old car. A little bit harder to drive and past in traffic so track position is going to be very important and this is a good start for us."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Avenger)
"We thought we had a good run. We went out really early just due to the draw. So we'll see where our time gets bumped down to. We're anticipating that. I thought that was a good run with the Miller Lite Dodge. We picked up time from practice as will everybody. With the impound procedures you just have to give it a whirl and see where you end up."
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Avenger)
"It was a decent lap. It has been too tight. We were too tight in practice. We only did one qualifying run and we were too tight so we went back to race trim. I just lossed it in (entry). It's O.K. but I'm surprised I'm eighth here. I told them if we could end up with a top 15 that is a good place to start here. It's a shame because our car works good we just can't get it turning."
Scott Riggs (No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Avenger)
"The car was pretty good. We were just a little tight in practice. The track has a lot more grip now and everybody seemed to pick up but our balance seemed to stay the same. It's just real hard because you have to go out there and be aggressive and at the same time be cautious and make sure you don't slip and cost yourself a chance to make the show. I'm just glad all these guys work so hard on the Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge. I'm proud of them staying with me and digging every week."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Avenger)
"It felt like my car was able to steer well but it was just a little bit loose and that was all the faster we could get. It's tough to pass with this car (Avenger), it's tougher than the other one (Charger). It's definitely capable and we'll get it done but it's definitely harder to pass with this car than the old car."
REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Avenger)
"The lap was pretty good. I don't know where that is going to put us. It's not an advantage to go out with the sun going down, it would be better to go out late. But you can't decide when you go out so that's the best you can do. I think we have a pretty good car in race trim and we'll just go from there."
DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Energizer Dodge Avenger)
"We were loose. We probably didn't keep a hold of the track. It'll be alright for the race and you'd rather be a little snug than loose here."
JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 49 LifeLock Dodge Avenger)
"I hate Friday's and I hate them more and more every week. We're so busy getting ready for our Talladega test. I'm the least experienced guy in the COT. It's tough but at least we're in the show.
"The COT does the same thing that cars did years ago. But you've got to rethink everything and testing is the only way to do that."
-credit: dodge motorsports