DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Avenger) "That wasn't a very good lap. It hung in gear the whole time." *** KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Avenger) "I thought it was OK considering we went out real early. The draw might hurt...
DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Avenger)
"That wasn't a very good lap. It hung in gear the whole time."
KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Avenger)
"I thought it was OK considering we went out real early. The draw might hurt us a little bit. We didn't pick up speed. We lost speed and that's going to hurt us in the long run, but wherever we start is where we start. We were loose to the right. I couldn't get the car to turn and then I couldn't power down out of the right-hand corners. That slows you up a little bit. The COT on the road course has been just a little bit different trying to get it to turn and stick off the corners, but it's been the same old deal. The car doesn't do much for you. The driver has got to muscle it. It's a fun road course. I wouldn't say I've got it mastered. I have an upbeat attitude when I come to these tracks. We come here to have some fun and gain some points."
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Avenger)
"We had a pretty good lap there in our Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge. We lost a little bit from our quicker lap, but the track slows down sometimes. It seemed like going slower to go faster was the way to go today. We had a shot at the pole, but the motor didn't feel right and the brakes were a little soft. I'm not sure why, and I'm not saying that was it, but it just didn't feel right to start with. It should have been faster than that. We stayed on the same tires throughout practice and then we made just one qualifying run. I like to road race when the car is good, and it's good now. I feel good about it. It might be a good idea to watch that 43 Dodge on Sunday."
KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Wells Fargo Dodge Avenger)
"Our car was good. We made some big improvements from practice and we ran about the same. Nobody is going to pick up a lot. I'm happy with it. Our stuff has gotten better and better. The Dodge Avenger program has gotten better and better. This is a good short track package. We struggled at place like Martinsville, so hopefully we'll be better. Bobby's car is really good. They went to VIR three times. I talk to myself when I drive. I'll key the mike. It was just like out there in practice. We got over here and there was about three cars in the same place at the same time. I keyed the mike and I said, 'boys and girls, there was a wreck, but nobody's coming out on a wrecker right now. I do that stuff all the time. We're not going to do a lot of green flag stuff on TNT. It's mostly going to be under caution. It's start No. 799 on Sunday. I just turned 47, and I don't think I'll make it to 1,000."
REED SORENSON (No. 41 Target Dodge Avenger)
"The car was pretty good. We just about backed up what we did in practice. It was just a little tight. It wasn't bad, and it was a lot better than it was here last time."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Avenger)
"We were way too loose. I couldn't push the throttle on all the right handers. I'd be sideways. I eased in the throttle too much, just like in practice. It was a good lap. The car handles good. We've just got to figure out how to get the back better and we haven't been able to do that yet. The track is cooler and we ran about what we ran in practice, so we really lost a little bit I guess. I wish we could have gained some. We just need to tighten the car up a little bit and have a good race on Sunday. Everything feels good about the car. We just need to keep working on it and making it better."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Avenger)
"I left a little too much on the table. The Dodge Avenger was very good. I left a little bit on the table between one and two. We made up for it on the end. We've got a good racecar for Sunday. I can't wait. I don't think the COT is going to be a big deal. It's still road racing. I don't see much difference in it. You're trying to get a car to go a couple of different ways. The height and weight are so much higher on these. It bounces around a little more and makes the car a little harder to drive. You've got to man handle it a little bit, but that's OK. That's what road racing is all about. I think the race should be fun Sunday."
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 alltel Dodge Avenger)
"I thought we were going to be better than that. We were eighth or whatever in practice, and I think we did some things to pick up the speed. We had a really good draw. It was a conservative lap. I was conservative on purpose, but I thought it was going to be faster than that even being conservative. I think I was probably too conservative in the first part of the track and got too aggressive in the wrong spot. I hurt myself double. We're working on some things to make the car better, but I think we'll be good in the race. It's going to be interesting. The cars definitely don't react the way the old cars did. I enjoy road courses. I don't think they're the best things to race, but as far as driving them and hustling the car around I enjoy them and the guys gave me a fast car. Based on last year, our best finish was second here, so we just need to better that by one spot.
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Avenger)
"I thought the lap was pretty good. We're actually looking at everything. We lost a little bit of grip. We were sliding around a little bit more, but I don't know what really to tell you. We thought we were going to be maybe within three or four tenths of the pole, but I don't know. I made a mistake coming out of turn 10 and I might have lost a couple of tenths there, but that's about it. We thought it was going to be better (going out late), but for some reason we were sliding a lot. I don't know why. It (road course experience) should help big, but so far it's been tough. Even in practice we were maybe two or three tenths and even in race trim we are about two or three tenths off. We just made our life harder starting back there, but that's what we got. The big thing is making the car good. Tomorrow maybe we can find some grip because generally we're just not fast enough. When you're not fast enough there's not much you can do. I think we've got easy a top 10 car and we should have shown that in qualifying and didn't. The stock car is very different. Getting the setup is very different."
SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge Avenger)
"We made some slight changes in practice to give our Stanley Tools Dodge Avenger a little more grip. We thought the late qualifying draw would play to our advantage but maybe going out so late tightened the car up even more. Everyone's a little disappointed right now, but we're taking it as a team and we're just going to keep focused on the races ahead. We're going to bounce back. Right now we're looking forward to getting back up to New Hampshire next week and getting Stanley Tools and Valvoline a great finish."
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