Sears Point: Dodge teams qualifying quotes

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge) "We made a few changes before qualifying and it got way, way too tight. We made a minor change on the track bar. We were 18th in our banzai run and had to miss a car. We probably lost about three tenths...

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge)

"We made a few changes before qualifying and it got way, way too tight. We made a minor change on the track bar. We were 18th in our banzai run and had to miss a car. We probably lost about three tenths on that, and that would have put us about 12th overall. We'll see what happens. I think we'll be all right when it's all said and done."

BRENDAN GAUGHAN (No. 77 Kodak/Jasper Dodge)

"We struggled a little bit. We made some changes, but we can't get the grip we're looking for. We'll figure it out. If Rusty and Ryan can find it, we can find it. Qualifying is qualifying. It'll just mean we'll have a lot longer day coming through the esses. We've just got to be smart and not drop the wheels off the track. It's amazing how many guys in Nextel Cup drop the wheels off and end up spinning themselves out. We'll let those guys fall by the wayside and hope for the best."

JEFF GREEN (No. 43 Cheerios/Spoonfuls of Stories Dodge)

"We almost spun out a couple of times. We got a wheel off the track. I didn't do these road courses at all last year. I guess I'm a little rusty, but we've got to get the car a little bit better, too. We'll get things worked out before Sunday."

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)

"I'm pretty satisfied with that lap. I got to sliding too much in turn 10. That's where Gordon and the 32 went off. I got in pretty hot and it was a long time before it hooked up. I knew it cost me too much time right there. All-in-all it was a good lap. I really wanted the pole. I don't have a real big smile because I left too much laying on the table."

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge)

"It was really loose. The front cut good and the back was sliding around. It got looser and looser as the run went along. I'm disappointed. I thought we could run something in the .16s for sure. It's just a matter of laps and doing it more and more. We'll figure out what we need in the car. I enjoy this kind of racing. I just wish we could have done better."

CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge)

"We slowed up. We were way, way worse than we were in practice, and we weren't that good in practice. I'm not satisfied with it at all. It was pretty bad actually. I love road courses, but I don't know what's wrong with us here. I grew up on road courses, and I feel like I'm a pretty good road course driver, but for some reason at this place I really struggle."

SCOTT PRUETT (No. 39 Target Dodge)

"It was OK, but we were a little disappointed. The car was tight for some reason, and we couldn't carry the speed we wanted. We're happy with the Target Dodge. This is the first time in a long time I'm starting up front instead of mid pack. All in all I think we've got a good car, and we're going to be good in the race."

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge)

"That wasn't what we were looking for, but that's the way it goes sometimes. We'll go to work and get ready for the race now and see if we can have a better day on Sunday with the ALLTEL Dodge. We've had some good runs on these road courses, but we're looking for a great run. Hopefully that'll come Sunday."

JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge)

"I thought we would be a little bit better than that. We were loose all morning and all of a sudden we got tight. I thought we were going to be in pretty good shape. I really enjoy road racing. It's a lot of fun. I really thought we'd end up in the top five, so I'm a little disappointed right now."

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

"We had to change motors and we qualified with a brand new motor. We just wanted to go out and get in a good safe lap so we could get a decent pit spot. We'll just have to work our way to the front on Sunday now."

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