Texas: Elliott Sadler qualifying press conference

ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Qualified 2nd) "I was pretty happy with my lap. I think I actually hit all my marks for once and had a lot of momentum through both corners. I just came up a little bit short. I knew I had to do it the ...

ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Qualified 2nd)

"I was pretty happy with my lap. I think I actually hit all my marks for once and had a lot of momentum through both corners. I just came up a little bit short. I knew I had to do it the first lap. For some reason our car was better on the first lap than the second, but the guys gave me a great race car. This is the same car we qualified third with at Atlanta, so to come back here and back it up with a second makes me pretty happy. That's the second year in a row we've qualified on the outside pole here. Maybe one day we might get a pole here at Texas. I really like this race track, so it feels good to qualify that good here."

DID YOU TALK TO ANY BUSCH DRIVERS ABOUT SETUPS?

"The 88 car tested here last week and I think everybody that tested here was a little slower than what they thought they were gonna be when we came back. I think with all the rubber that was put down on the track today with happy hour this morning that the speeds came in."

DO YOU STILL SEE THIS TRACK BEING THE SAME ROCKET RIDE ON SUNDAY THAT IT ALWAYS HAS BEEN?

"I think, if you look at the track this year, the surface is a lot grayer-looking. It was so black-looking last year. It's even like a half-groove more than what we had last year in qualifying. The Busch cars opened it up a little bit this morning and I think you're gonna see more of that tomorrow during the race. I think we'll definitely have more grooves to work with Sunday than what we had here last year, just because the surface is wearing down some and we might have to move around a little bit."

ALL FOUR MAKES ARE IN THE TOP FIVE. DOES THIS SHOW THE COMMON TEMPLATES ARE WORKING?

"Here we go with these common templates again. If you look at the front of a Chevrolet and look at a Ford and think they're common...there's one Ford in the top 15, so that tells you what kind of disadvantage I think we're at. But I'm not up here to politic about that. We are all represented in the top four, so that makes it even, but there's only one Ford in the top 15. It was the same deal at Atlanta. They kind of whooped up on us pretty bad at Atlanta. We tried to fix our cars as best we can to give us some front downforce here and we qualified well with it, so we'll just have to wait and see what Sunday brings us."

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Drivers Elliott Sadler