Talladega: Ford teams qualifying quotes

GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Qualified 12th) "You're not pleased when you're half-a-second or so off of the pole speed because that's a big deficit to make up. Our car drafts really well, so I'm excited about the race tomorrow. The ...

GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Qualified 12th)

"You're not pleased when you're half-a-second or so off of the pole speed because that's a big deficit to make up. Our car drafts really well, so I'm excited about the race tomorrow. The 24 car is certainly fast. We saw that in drafting practice. It looks like he's the class of the field. The 3M Fusion car is gonna be pretty good. It definitely looked like we were running in the top five in drafting trim, but it might be a stretch for us to win here tomorrow."


JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Sharp Aquos Ford Fusion (Qualified 27th)

"I don't know. It normally qualifies well, but it just didn't have the speed right there. You want to start good here because if they have a wreck early on then you don't get caught up in it, but I feel pretty good about our car."


CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Qualified 16th)

"That was alright. It's almost as fast as our fastest teammate so far and that's a lot better than normal for us, on average, at these restrictor plate tracks. That's on the better side of our previous performances, so I'm pretty happy with it."


DAVID GILLILAND -- No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion (Qualified 2nd)

"That's as close as you can get, but we're real proud of our team. We've got a great race car. This car is a little more racy than the one we had here before, so I'm real excited that it went that fast in qualifying and I'm really looking forward to the race."

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU COULD HAVE DONE TO GAIN ONE-THOUSANDTH OF A SECOND? "No, I did everything I know to do. I'm real proud of all the guys. The M&M's Ford Fusion has been good since we unloaded it here and Todd Parrott and all the guys have done a great job."

HOW CONFIDENT WERE YOU AFTER THE POLE AT DAYTONA? "We're real confident for Sunday. That's the biggest thing is the race. Our M&M's Ford Fusion has been real good. We were concentrating more on race stuff. Last year when we came here we sat on the pole, but we were really focused on trying to get the pole and really didn't worry about too much race stuff, but this year I've got a little more experience drafting and we're really prepared for the race."

THE SPEEDS ARE A BIT FASTER WILL BE IT BETTER FOR THE FANS? "I think Talladega and Daytona are always exciting for the fans. I think two miles an hour isn't really going to make a difference for the fans. Everybody is gonna be bunched up and everybody is so close in the Nextel Cup Series, I think it'll be a great race come Sunday."


MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Qualified 17th)

"It's a pretty easy day for the driver. You just sit there and drive around for two laps. Pretty much anybody could qualify these things. There's really nothing to it from a driver's standpoint, it's more of a team thing -- getting all of the little stuff done on the car as best you can, but it is an impound race so you've got to have it ready for the race."

HOW BIG IS IT TO QUALIFY WELL? "If you're not first, it doesn't really matter to be honest with you. It doesn't matter if you're second or 32nd with how the draft works. As long as there's not a wreck in the first few laps, it doesn't really matter where you start here."

NASCAR DIDN'T CHANGE THE PLATE DESPITE HIGHER SPEEDS. WHY? "I think it's the same plate we raced last fall and the racing was good. The cars are handling very well with the new asphalt. There's a lot of grip and it's real smooth. The cars are handling really good, so I don't think they're going too fast."


BORIS SAID -- No. 60 No Fear Ford Fusion (Qualified 10th)

"It feels good because yesterday we were really struggling with our Ford Fusion. We have Sobe No Fear Energy drink. All of the fans have been really supportive, buying cases so we can run more races. We have Circle K on board this week, so you can go there and buy it, but we were really worried last night. But last night we went out in the infield and hung out with the Cajuns, had some funny frozen drinks and a good time. This is just an awesome place. I sure didn't want to go home today. I mean, I want to stick around for the fun tonight and I can't wait tomorrow to race this thing."

WHAT ABOUT THE RACE? "I have no idea. All we did was work on qualifying. They put you in that situation. When you're not in the top 35 and you're going for those seven spots, the only important thing is to make the race, so that's all Frankie Stoddard and the boys did. He was nervous last night because we just didn't quite have the speed yesterday, but we didn't do all the little qualifying tricks so we were really nervous. But the car had a lot of speed today. I really want to thank Doug Yates and everyone at Roush-Yates Engines because these things are the best. They can overcome the shortcomings of a driver when you get on these straightaways, so we had a great engine today. I'm just happy. Hopefully, that will put us in the show. That's all we were worried about."


EDDIE WOOD, Co-Owner -- No. 21 Little Debbie Ford Fusion (Ken Schrader did not qualify on speed)

"We've dodged bullets the last three weeks, but sooner or later one of them is gonna hit you. We threw everything we had at it, but it just wasn't enough."

NOTE: This marks the first time since April 2000 that the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford has not qualified for a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race. Ironically, that race was the Diehard 500 here at Talladega Superspeedway.


ROBBY GORDON -- No. 7 Jim Beam Ford Fusion (Qualified 45th, Provisional)

"I watched Dale Jr. qualify earlier today and then I watched Jeff Burton qualify and I listened to their comments afterward and I just kind of smiled because I knew we had the same stuff built into our car for racing and it really wasn't gonna help us -- it's things you do with your body to make enough downforce, so you can get down underneath somebody -- side draft them -- and hopefully clear them. We've got that built in and it's stuff you just can't change for qualifying. If you qualify good, you don't have it for the race and the most important thing is having it for the race at the end of the day. We qualified right where we thought we would. We thought we'd do an .80 and we did an .85, so we had our expectations checked at the door. We knew where we were, but after watching yesterday's practice and how I could start at the back of the pack and work my way to the front, I'm excited about tomorrow's race."


RICKY RUDD -- No. 88 Snickers Ford Fusion (Qualified 5th)

"We're really pleased. The guys on the Snickers Ford and everybody at Yates Racing worked really hard. We concentrated on draft practice and stuff and probably left a little bit on the table maybe, but we're happy. It's not a front row spot, but we can at least see the green flag fall."

A BUSY DAY. YOU'RE HEADED TO VIRGINIA. "Yeah, I'm gonna go catch a flight right now and head to Norfolk, Virginia for the induction ceremony they have going on for the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. I'm real excited about it because there aren't many race car drivers in that state hall of fame. It's a pretty big honor to be chosen, so I'm real excited about it."

AND THEN TOMORROW YOU MOVE INTO SECOND PLACE ON THE ALL-TIME STARTS LIST IN THE SERIES. "Yeah, it's just kind of odd how it all shook out at the same time. That's kind of strange timing. It wasn't planned by any means, but if everything works out right tomorrow we'll be behind Richard Petty in all-time starts and it's just an honor to be close to that company. He's way far out ahead, but we're honored to be in that second spot."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Richard Petty , Jim Beam
Teams Yates Racing