Talladega II: Dodge teams qualifying quotes

JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 49 Paralyzed Veterans of America Dodge Avenger) "The whole BAM Racing team did a great job. Evernham engines are awesome. They came back with even more and that makes everyone's life easier. You come here and they talk about...

JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 49 Paralyzed Veterans of America Dodge Avenger)

"The whole BAM Racing team did a great job. Evernham engines are awesome. They came back with even more and that makes everyone's life easier. You come here and they talk about the pressure of qualifying but there is little a driver can do except mess it up. I'm glad that is over with and hopefully we will be in the race. I think we will be.

"This is the first time I've been back here since they paved it. Quite honestly the track is too easy. It is so smooth. You can max out everything because there is no bumps. It is all about speed."

ON NEW DRIVERS COMING IN "It's awesome. You have two Indy 500 winners, a Formula 1 Champion. They are great race car drivers. One thing that may shock them is the workload and all the things that are required is going to be more than they have ever had before. The level of competition is going to be deeper than they've ever seen in their lives."


DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Avenger)

"The Coors Light Dodge was really good in race trim and that's what our main concern is. We're pretty thankful we're inside the top 35. We knew we weren't going to qualify very good. When you look at the engine package I think it has a lot to do with your rpm's and where you're qualifying at compared to where you're running at. No matter what I had a lot of fun yesterday and I think we're going to have fun tomorrow. We just need to make sure we are there at the end. The speedway racing is always exciting that is why they pack this place.

"I don't see why we couldn't win. I think about anybody could win. It is just a matter of picking and choosing where you want to be at and trying to stay up there at the end. It is going to be hard to lead because you get such big runs. I'm sure the first part of the race everybody will be learning stuff. Hopefully nobody makes a mistake and causes a big wreck but for the most part I think everything will be pretty good."


JUAN MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Avenger)

"It was as exciting as a qualifying lap at Talladega can be. We changed our motors for this week from the test here. We're not going to qualify as good as we ran in the test. I think we probably will race a lot better. It was really good yesterday in the draft. It should be pretty good."


SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 06 Mobil 1 Dodge Avenger)

"We're going to have to wait and see how everything shakes out. We are not going to know until the very end. I'm real happy with all the dedication the Mobil 1 Dodge crew has put in. They have done a great job for me so far. Obviously it has been a little disappointing to miss the first two races that we went to but we were real close. We were right on the bubble both times. Sooner or later we are going to get it figured out. It is mostly on my end right now. This is the first place that I've actually been able to come to that I've been before. Dover and New Hampshire those were both my first visits there. We bit off a lot and now we're trying to see if we can't make something of it."


KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Avenger)

"Some guys have qualifying setups in and that will be good for making the race but then how are they going to deal with it for 500 miles. We can focus on our race setup and then do a couple quick things to go qualify. We actually beat our expectations and that is surprising for us."

LOOKING AHEAD TO TOMORROW "You need friends to help draft when two cars can cut the air better than one then two are better than one. You have to have friends that will stick with you and make passes when you want to pass."


SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Avenger)

"That was all we had. We slowed down a little bit but you never know what you're going to get when you go through the tech line. When you get a different plate on you never know what's going to happen if the plate is a little different. We obviously slowed down and the wind was blowing a little bit out there too.

"Handling and things are out the window here. The driver has virtually no influence on making the car faster. The crew does all they can do at the shop. I don't know how all the go or go homers are all at the top. If we were in the top 35 we would still qualify with the same package that we have now. It's a valiant effort on everybody's part."


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

ON THE COT "When everybody is in a big clump it is hard to pass in. When it's not four wide I think it is pretty easy to pass. I think they're pretty exciting and fun cars to drive. I think it will make an exciting race tomorrow. I'm looking forward to it."

ON PASSING "If you have a good enough run when you get there you can pass without a push. Even if you go by yourself you could make the pass. I think it is similar to the car last year maybe even a little better."


KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Wells Fargo Dodge Avenger)

"This race is going to be just the same. It is going to be a variation on the races you have seen here in the past 20 years ever since they went to the restrictor plate. The aero package is different and you're just going to have to get used to that and see how it drafts.

"20 years ago there was no such thing as bump drafting and now you have bump drafting the past 10 years. If that goes away or gets more prevalent then we'll just have to address it when that happens."


BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios Racing/Pillsbury Food Service Dodge Avenger)

"The crew did a great job. I have to thank Evernham engines for a great engine this weekend, every weekend. This weekend was their time to shine. I also have to thank the guys at the fab shop for putting a good race car together. Hopefully that will get us a good starting spot for Sunday"

WHERE DO YOU NEED TO BE WITH 10 LAPS TO GO TOMORROW "I don't think you want to be leading on the last lap. You might want to be leading with 10 to go. I'd say on the last lap the key is to not be the guy leading. It is hard to say. We got to practice but we didn't practice a lot because you don't want to tear anything up. Tomorrow we'll learn a lot more than we did in the practice sessions."

ON THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE AVENGER AND CHARGER IN QUALIFYING "The travel. Obviously you still can't travel like we did with the Charger. You're limited with the splitter. I think it is just a different race car. I doesn't feel much different but it will in a 43 car pack tomorrow."


RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 alltel Dodge Avenger)

"The lap was better than I thought we would have based off of what we did yesterday. It gives us something to work with for tomorrow. I think it is entirely a random crap shoot. Our car is made to go fast for 500 miles tomorrow not for one lap today."


ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Avenger)

"Here at Talladega as a driver you just have to make sure you hit your shift points and hold the wheel straight. I did both of those. I did my part, the guys did their part and we have a pretty good starting position. Hopefully we'll get a good pit selection and try to survive this thing. It is going to be a pretty rough race on Sunday and we want to avoid the wrecks and be there at the end."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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