MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DeWalt Power Tools Taurus (qualified 4th) DID THE TEST IN APRIL PAY OFF? "I guess. That's the fastest lap we ran through testing and everything else we've done, so I'm a little bit surprised we ran that quick. It was just a...
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DeWalt Power Tools Taurus (qualified 4th) DID THE TEST IN APRIL PAY OFF?
"I guess. That's the fastest lap we ran through testing and everything else we've done, so I'm a little bit surprised we ran that quick. It was just a solid, smooth good lap, so I was pretty proud of the guys, what they did with the car. We weren't the greatest here in the test, we actually went home a built a brand-new car, the one we brought back here hasn't seen the race track before today, so they did a real good job."
QUITE A STEP UP FROM PRACTICE
"It was tough today, you know, there were a lot of accidents on the track. It was hard to get timed laps in practice, and actually on my timed lap there was a car that did clean cut in front of me and sort of messed my time up a little. So, I wasn't sure what we had. So, that was good, it makes me look better than going fast in practice and backing off if qualifying. So, that was good."
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Rubbermaid Taurus (qualified 5th)
"The guys did a superb job getting that car put back together. It's tough that I took us out of contention for a pole today. That's a team effort though. I got to swallow that pride, and the guys got a real good car underneath me, I just needed one more run with it, and we spent the time in the garage trying to fix the wreck instead of moving forward."
IT WAS A TEAM EFFORT TODAY.
"I for surely hurt the team effort today. I didn't hold up my bargain, and we spent too much time repairing the car instead of moving forward. But, a superb job by the guys to put it back underneath me. They got everything straight. It was all just cosmetic but we could've made one more change in Happy Hour if we would've been on the race track. So, it's my fault today, but all in all a good effort for the Rubbermaid Ford."
AERO, OBVIOUSLY, DOESN'T MATTER HERE.
"We just tried to gain a little speed, we were on top of the chart, and we probably shouldn't have done something like that, and that just put us behind the 8 ball. But, all in all the guys did an awesome job. We spent two hours repairing the car instead of moving forward, so I'm the one who took the pole away from us."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Taurus (qualified 9th)
"This is a place that I usually leave a little bit as far as qualifying. It's real easy to get off track here, you don't want to do it in practice. You don't want to do it at all, but if you're going to do it, you want to minimize that risk and do it in qualifying, hang it all out. So, a little disappointed. I thought we had a better lap than that. I really thought we were going to be somewhere the top three or four, and I gave up too u speed there in turn 11. I just couldn't get it to turn like I needed it to and I just had to really put the brakes on to get it to whoa down. I think we were pretty good until we got to 11."
FOR THE BAD LUCK THAT THIS TEAM HAS HAD THIS YEAR, WHAT DOES A TOP-10 START AT A ROAD COURSE MEAN RIGHT NOW?
"First of all, you really need good track position at a road course. So, you got to get part of that right, and a good starting position is very important. I think we started seventh here last year and won the race. I wouldn't have wanted to start, you know, 20th or farther than that back. I'm not saying you couldn't win it, but it really puts your back against the wall, where here now we can just let the race come to us and not have to be in a big hurry."
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (qualified 29th)
"It was just a little looser than what we thought. It hurt me early on some important corners to make some time, and probably caused me to be a little bit cautious after that, knowing that it was that loose; I wasn't sure it was going to come in. So, I left some out there. I thought we could get down in the 1:17s, and missed that by about three-tenths. Picked up from practice, but still thought we had a little more."
ON A ROAD COURSE, CAN YOU START TOO FAR BACK?
"It's a strategy day. Obviously, the farther you can start, the better off you're going to be, but we just have to have good strategy and hopefully a good car handling-wise on Sunday."
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (qualified 24th)
"That was a pretty terrible lap. We just couldn't get the car on the race track comfortable enough to make a fast lap. Hopefully, it'll be fast for the race, but we're just losing a lot of speed somewhere, not sure where. We'll go back and look at the chart that NASCAR gives us to see where I got to make up my time at. But, definitely not up to par for the M&M's Ford Taurus. We had high hopes coming here, but we're very disappointed right now for our qualifying effort. They'll make it better for the race."
LAST YEAR YOU STARTED MID-PACK AND FINISHED IN THE TOP 10
"But last year we got everybody on pit strategy, so I think people are smarter than that now. We'll see what happens."
BRANDON ASH - No. 02 Outdoor Gourmet Kitchens Taurus (DNQ)
"It's just a tough deal. We have basically no funding and this is my whole nest egg. I saved up for five years to do this, and it looks like we're probably head home again. The car was pretty good. I almost lost it going through 10, probably cot me a shot at making the show."
CAN YOU TAKE ANY GOOD OUT OF THIS EXPERIENCE?
"Not really, because this is probably going to end my racing career, right here, unless we get some sponsor help."
JEFF BURTON - No. 99 Citgo Taurus (qualified 16th)
"We had eleven-twelfths of a great lap. The car is awesome, I just drove into 10 a little bit too hard, and got loose there and gave up a t of speed. It's really disappointing. It was fast up to that one point, and we're still going to be 15th, 16th, something like that, but it could've been a whole lot better."
IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU'RE STILL IN YOUR COMFORT LEVEL FOR SUNDAY
"We feel good, we can win from there. We're going to be okay."