Richmond II: Ford Racing qualifying quotes

MATT KENSETH --17-- DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Qualified 25th) "That's not gonna be very good. The car didn't feel bad, it just felt like the track lost a little grip. But some of those guys around me ran fast, too, so I don't really know. I got...

MATT KENSETH --17-- DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Qualified 25th)

"That's not gonna be very good. The car didn't feel bad, it just felt like the track lost a little grip. But some of those guys around me ran fast, too, so I don't really know. I got pretty loose off four and had to let off the gas a little bit. Our car hasn't been perfect all day. Hopefully, that will still get us in the top 20."

RICKY CRAVEN --32-- Tide Taurus (Qualified 20th)

"It'll be OK. It would have been worse if the guys hadn't made some really good decisions there. They improved the car. Although the time was the same as practice, the track is actually slower than it was in practice so I think, all in all, we'll be OK."

RYAN NEWMAN --12-- ALLTEL Taurus (Qualified 2nd)

"I guess I might have left a little on the table with one of those laps, but the guys did an awesome job repairing the car after I spun out in practice. It was a good run for the ALLTEL Ford. We'll see what we can do and get 'em in the race."

DOES THE CHASSIS MAKE A DIFFERENCE HERE? "The chassis makes a big difference here, but both Tony Stewart and I knew what it was like to have aero-push here in the spring race."

WHAT HAPPENED IN PRACTICE? "I just got the balance a little too loose and I screwed up my lap and got it up in the fence. The guys did an awesome job fixing it."

DID THE TRACK CHANGE A LOT FROM PRACTICE TO QUALIFYING? "It definitely lost grip. I wouldn't say it's slipperier, but it definitely lost a lot of grip."

KURT BUSCH --97-- Rubbermaid Taurus (Qualified 22nd)

"We found about eight different ways to go the same speed. We've been running .60 since we unloaded and that's the lap that we made again. Our fastest lap may have been a 50-something in practice, but that was just with the tires worn in. It just seems like we're finding a bunch of different ways to go the same speed. Hopefully, when we untape it and go into race trim, we'll be able to move forward with the Rubbermaid Ford."

MARK MARTIN --6-- Viagra Taurus (Qualified 4th)

"I don't know what it was like early on, but we've got a great race car here. I'm proud of this whole Viagra team. This thing has always felt from the first lap I turned here that it was gonna be a contender and I'll guarantee you we'll be a contender tomorrow night when this thing kicks off."

YOU WERE FAST RIGHT OFF THE TRUCK. "The car has really been fantastic. I just really like this thing and I'm certainly looking forward to running it here tomorrow night and being a contender for the No Bull Five. It really feels like it's a race car."

DALE JARRETT --88-- UPS Taurus (Qualified 12th)

"We made a little adjustment before qualifying and I wish we would have left it alone with the way the track has gone, but it was pretty good. I tried a little too hard on my second lap and got a little high down in one. If I would have been a little more calm down there, it might have been a little bit better, but it was a pretty good lap. The track is definitely slower. We've just lost grip right now, but that's kind of like Richmond is supposed to do."

JEFF BURTON --99-- Citgo Taurus (Qualified 15th)

"We were real conservative there on my lap. I didn't want to turn a 12th-place car into a 30th-place car and I was real conservative. We're gonna end up in the top 15 and I'm happy with that. Certainly we want to sit on poles and we want to do the best we can, but if we can land in the top 15 I'll be content with that."

ELLIOTT SADLER --21-- Motorcraft Taurus (Qualified 35th)

"We've had problems since we've been here just getting the car to turn. We're still having that problem. It's just real tight. We'll keep working on it and maybe we'll get it a little bit better for tomorrow night, but that's not what we were looking for."

TODD BODINE --26-- Discover Card Taurus (Qualified 7th)

"That's exactly what we ran in practice and everybody else has slowed down since then, so we obviously picked it up. The car was a little free getting off the corner. I could have gotten a little more out of it, but, we'll take it and hopefully that'll be a top 10. It should give us a good place to start. We came up and tested and all we did when we tested was race runs. We didn't do one qualifying run, so we think we've got a good package to race with."

RICKY RUDD --28-- Havoline Taurus (Qualified 6th)

"I'm pretty happy with that. That's about like we ran in practice. We were a little concerned that everyone was running slower than they practiced. We ran about the same speed, but I think the reason for that is that these tires wanted heat in them. If you ran three and four laps in a row in practice, your third and fourth lap would be faster. We didn't do that. We didn't trick ourselves. We let our tires cool down and pretty much knew what we had when we went to qualify. There were no surprises. That's about what we had."

DAVE BLANEY --77-- Jasper Engines Taurus (Qualified 3rd)

DOES THIS FALL UNDER THE CATEGORY OF A BLESSING IN DISGUISE. AFTERALL, YOU LOST YOUR PRIMARY CAR IN PRACTICE. "No. I really thought we had a good primary car. It was brand new at New Hampshire when we took it up there and qualified fifth with it, and then I wrecked it on like the second lap. I thought we had a good short track car built there and then we came here and it was just really free to start with. I was trying too hard and I wrecked it again. Man, they did a great job coming back with this car. This is something we haven't used hardly at all this year. We got a good draw that helped us, no doubt, but they kept getting it better and better all day too. That's a good deal for us."

AT LEAST THE WRECK HAPPENED EARLY IN PRACTICE AND YOU WERE ABLE TO GET SOME LAPS WITH THIS CAR. "Yeah. We probably made five runs with this car, so we had plenty of time with it. They started off real safe with it and got it tight and then we just freed it up from there."

WHAT HAPPENED ON THE LAP. "You had to go real easy in the corner, so if you got in easy and off hard you were gonna come out OK and not ruin the lap. That's what I tried to do. The main thing is I've got to take my hat off to the Jasper guys. I wrecked the second run out this morning and killed it. They had to get another one out and we kept getting it faster and faster."

-ford-

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Drivers Tony Stewart