Sears Point Dodge qualifying notes

TOM HUBERT (No. 44 Georgia Pacific Dodge Intrepid R/T) "I'm satisfied with that lap in a way, and in a way I'm not. We're good enough to make the show. Halfway through practice we were getting better and better. We put some stickers on...

TOM HUBERT (No. 44 Georgia Pacific Dodge Intrepid R/T)

"I'm satisfied with that lap in a way, and in a way I'm not. We're good enough to make the show. Halfway through practice we were getting better and better. We put some stickers on it and changed the gears and just lost something. We couldn't get it back. We gained four tenths in qualifying from our hot laps in practice. These guys did a good job. I don't know what we lost. The lap was OK, but it might have been a little cautious. I was just trying to get the car in the show. I guess I wouldn't be a racer if I didn't want to be faster or better. It's up to Buckshot (regular driver of the No. 44 Dodge) where we go from here. He wasn't feeling that great this morning and needed help, so we stepped in right off the bat. We'll let him try to get feeling better. He's going to try to run that race tomorrow and get some laps. Hopefully he'll get comfortable enough to do it. If not, I'll be more than happy and excited to race it for him. I'll help out when I can and go back to my normal job. We're going to run a Busch car for Buckshot's dad up at Watkins Glen in a couple of weeks, and I'm pretty excited about that. Maybe it will turn into something."

DORSEY SCHROEDER (No. 01 Cingular Wireless Dodge Intrepid R/T)

"I'm quite surprised. We ran right before this in practice and ran an 18.20. That qualifying lap felt like a good lap. I thought they told me it was a 17,90 and then when they told me it was a 19 I couldn't believe it. I'm a little bit at a loss. The race track is a little bit looser now, that's for sure. This car is looser. We made some changes and taped up some more in the front. The looseness I thought would have given us some speed. We were pretty tight through the esses the whole time. I'm pretty miffed we lost a second out there. I don't know where it went. I think we'll be all right to get in, but it wasn't a good lap for sure. We've got some work to do, but I don't know where that second went. We've run a lot here and won here a lot of times. We won some Trans-Am races here over the years and IMSA races. I ran here in a Cup car in '96 or '97 and had a top-five finish going until we got knocked out on the last restart. This is a good car and a good team. We were just a little off in qualifying, and I'm not sure why."

JASON LEFFLER (No. 04 Cingular Wireless Dodge Intrepid R/T)

"That won't even be close (for making the race). It's been a long weekend. I guess I just don't have enough experience on these road courses. I'll stick around and watch the race."

STACY COMPTON (No. 92 Kodiak Dodge Intrepid R/T)

"The track got a little bit loose. The driver messed up a little bit, too. We were in the top 20 in practice, but we sure didn't back that up."

DAVE BLANEY (No. 93 Amoco Ultimate Dodge Intrepid R/T)

"I just wanted to back up what I ran in practice. I didn't want to try to banzai the thing and mess up the lap. You only get one chance. I'm happy. We'll be starting in the middle, but that's about what we were after."

KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Sprint Dodge Intrepid R/T)

"I ran all the way off course, and that was my fault. I was just trying too hard. We had some trouble with the steering and stuff to begin with, and then we changed some stuff. We got pretty good and then we broke an engine, so we didn't get a lot of practice."

JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 43 Cheerios Dodge Intrepid R/T)

"I'm not a very good road course qualifier in these cars. I really go on the conservative side to make sure I'm in the race. It'll be a decent starting spot for us."

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T)

"I thought we could have been a little quicker. I talked to (Team Manager Tony) Glover and he said we were second quickest until we came back down the hill. We lost about seven tenths coming back. I think I know what it is. I was afraid to really push it for one lap of qualifying. I did what I'd done the whole time I'd been here, but we'll know what to do in qualifying next time. I didn't want to take a chance of messing up in qualifying. I think the race will come back to us."

BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)

"That was pretty good. We were really loose, but we ended up in decent shape. I think we'll be all right for the race."

WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T)

"We picked up a little bit from practice and a lot of guys didn't do that. We tried the qualifying package we used here last year, and it just wouldn't work. The guys kept making changes and making progress on it all morning. We've had some good runs this year. We just don't have a lot to show for it. The second part of this season we're going to try to get this Dodge up front where it's supposed to be. Track position is everything here. If you don't have track position to start, you're going to be lucky to get it at all. Our qualifying lap was pretty uneventful and that's really what you want here. I had a heck of a lap going here last year, but I ended up in the gravel and that's not the way to do it."

CASEY ATWOOD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)

"I didn't do nothing. The guys got in here and helped the car out before qualifying. It had been real loose in practice. I couldn't get in the throttle and I couldn't get through the esses. They went to work and tightened it up for me. It looked like everybody was trying too hard, and they were getting off course and stuff. I was just trying to stay on track. I knew if we stayed on track that we'd have a good shot at getting in the race. I went a little conservative. I knew we could go fast without getting too edgy with it."


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