BORIS SAID -- No. 60 Sobe No Fear Ford Fusion (Qualified 4th) "I just love coming here. This track is so good. I skipped practice in the Winston West car -- the Federated car -- because I didn't want to be used to my car. I just love coming...
BORIS SAID -- No. 60 Sobe No Fear Ford Fusion (Qualified 4th)
"I just love coming here. This track is so good. I skipped practice in the Winston West car -- the Federated car -- because I didn't want to be used to my car. I just love coming here with all the fans and all the Said heads. It's so nerve-wracking when you don't have any points to fall back on. I keep saying that and sounding like a broken record, but I think we're in the show with our Sobe No Fear car."
YOU'VE DRIVEN A LOT OF DIFFERENT STYLES OF CARS ON ROAD COURSES. HOW DOES THIS ONE FEEL? "It's funny, it feels like a Grand-Am Cup car with a lot more horsepower. That's exactly what it feels like." ANY PROBLEMS OR CHANGES AS FAR AS BRAKING POINTS OR THINGS LIKE THAT? "No, I was pretty conservative on that lap in a few spots. I didn't want to go too hard and make a mistake with no points to fall back on. That's not gonna be a pole run, but if we get in the top 10 or 12, I'd be pretty happy."
CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Qualified 15th)
"It's alright, it's just real slick. We were way too loose when we were in the right-hand corners, so I was just trying to take it easy. It was just a slow lap for us. We ran a half-second faster in practice, so it's kind of frustrating but it's gonna be a fun race."
YOU'RE NOT HAPPY WITH YOUR LAP. "I was just a little too aggressive. That rubber was noticeably different from practice. I think guys are gonna pick up a ton. Our Office Depot Fusion is really fast and I think it's gonna race well, so we'll just see what happens."
ROBBY GORDON -- No. 7 Monster Energy Ford Fusion (Qualified 2nd)
"We worked hard on our car for the whole time. We had a very good test. I'm gonna say I left a half-second out there on the table and that's disappointing because I locked up the left-front coming through turn 10. It really, really upset the car and lost a lot of speed through there. I'm excited to be running the Monster car this weekend. We're gonna try to do everything we can to make sure we put ourselves in position to win the race. Qualifying is important, but we came here to win the race."
DID YOU GET EVERYTHING OUT OF IT? "Yeah, I got a little bit and then some. I don't know, I'm gonna call it turn 10, I locked up the left-front and I'm gonna say we lost a half-second there. Hopefully this will hold up."
WHAT ABOUT YOUR CHANCES SUNDAY? "We focused today on qualifying and we'll worry about the race tomorrow. The most important thing is putting yourself in a position where you can win the race. The last couple of years we've given up qualifying to focus on the race and last year I got together with Boris Said trying to pass him and knocked the toe out of it and that was the end of our race. So if we can position ourselves to start up front and drive at a conservative pace most of the way, we'll have a whole race car for the last 20 laps."
BILL ELLIOTT -- No. 21 Little Debbie Ford Fusion (Qualified 7th)
"It didn't feel as good as it ended up being. I just wanted to unplug the radio because I didn't know what I ended up running. Somebody drove all over the gravel down through the esses and I came down through there and I was sideways on the left-hander and I was trying to get it back and gather it up to come through the right-hander -- 8 and 8A -- to get back to nine and just come together for a decent lap. I'm just proud of these guys. Eddie Wood and Len and all the guys who have worked so hard. This is a good race team. There's no doubt about it and they just need a little bit of luck to get their deal turned around. I'm just so proud of the guys. All of them work so hard. They've put a lot of effort behind me and that makes me want to drive that much harder."
YOU HAVE A LOT OF ROAD COURSE EXPERIENCE. "Well, I've had a lot of road course success. I've not been the world's greatest, but I've not been the world's worst. There again, this is a whole different era and to come here after being out for two or three years -- I ran Watkins Glen last year in Ray's car and we didn't have a very good race at all. For us now, we just need a good, solid run Sunday. Our first goal was to get that thing in the race today and hopefully we get it there, and then worry about the rest of the stuff and go from there."
RICKY RUDD -- No. 88 Snickers Ford Fusion (Qualified 28th)
"I'm disappointed. That's about the slowest lap we've run. We talked about it in practice and ended up making a little air-pressure change and, evidently, it wasn't the right way to go."
THE DAY STARTED WITH THE WALL OF FAME, BUT WAS KIND OF DISAPPOINTING WITH QUALIFYING. "It wasn't always a disappointing day. I think we were like 19th in practice and knew we needed to be better. We talked about it and sometimes I think we outthink ourselves a little bit and made an air-pressure change. That hurt us over a half-second from what we ran in practice. We're not real pleased with that, but it's been a good day though. The Wall of Fame ceremony was a pretty cool deal."
JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Qualified 1st)
"We'd been really loose through all of the high-speed corners and made up a lot of ground, so it was a good run for the Crown Royal Ford Fusion. We had a great qualifying run here last year and I ran off in turn one and made for a long day for us, so, hopefully, we'll end up with a top five out of that. We made four or five laps in a row in practice earlier and it drives really good, so the guys did a good job today."
WHAT ABOUT SUNDAY? "This race comes down to fuel mileage it seems like every time. It seems like someone always crashes right about the time the caution should come out and if guys will take that chance and pit early, then they get track position. This is just like any other type of road racing where track position is huge, but we'll have a good car."
GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 Dish Network Ford Fusion (Qualified 17th)
"I don't know why I was so nervous today. I think because there are so many chances to make a mistake. I was probably more nervous today qualifying than I have been all year and just made some small mistakes and probably wasn't aggressive enough. I was watching TV and listening to those guys for too long say, 'better to under drive than over drive,' and I under drove it for a lot of it and then over drove it in a couple spots that cost me lap time. I was a little too easy in spots and I missed in two spots. I almost felt like I was sliding the front tires and kind of backed off on the brake and ran the corner long. I saw so many people sliding the front tires and I thought, 'I don't want to do that,' and it might have cost me a little bit."
DAVID GILLILAND -- No. 38 M&M Ford Fusion (Qualified 38th)
"Today was just one of those days. We were guaranteed a spot in the race and we have been fighting our car a little bit all day. We just can't get the back end into the race track and we've been struggling with that. I got off the track in practice, so we made some more changes and went out there and it's still not where it needs to be. We'll keep working on it and try to make it better. Ricky is kind of fighting the same thing, but he's in a little bit different direction rear setup-wise than we are, so we always have something to go to there. We'll see. It's good to be back here in California and at a track that you're familiar with, we just need to do a little bit more work on our M&M's Ford Fusion."
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