RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Taurus (Qualified 16th) "We were like 33rd or something like that in practice and I think that will probably put us somewhere in the top 20. I wish we had a couple of more practice laps. We kept freeing it up and...
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Taurus (Qualified 16th)
"We were like 33rd or something like that in practice and I think that will probably put us somewhere in the top 20. I wish we had a couple of more practice laps. We kept freeing it up and it got faster and faster, so we were a couple of changes away. Without testing and stuff you're always a step behind, but a lot of guys didn't test out here either."
YOU HAD A PROBLEM IN PRACTICE? "We had some kind of an oil leak or something. I'm not sure what it was, but we lost a good bit of practice and took away our chance to try a couple of things on the car. It ended up it wasn't a terminal thing, it was something pretty minor like a hose, so it didn't really affect us too much other than shorten the practice time."
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 Grainger Taurus (Qualified 20th)
"That's not very good. We're gonna be back there a ways, especially with the temperatures cooling off. The sun was out when we went and now it looks like it'll be behind the clouds for the rest of the day. We're just off a little bit trying to get our car down in the corner, but you've gotta be happy with that. We're in on time, so we won't have to take a provisional, but it won't be that good of a starting spot."
BRETT BODINE - No. 11 Hooters Taurus (Qualified 25th)
"It was unfortunate with the engine going in practice, and then the 30 car blew up ahead of us and everybody slowed down so much. Man, I was scared to death. We're looking at going home if we don't get a lap down, but we just sucked it up and got it in. Thankfully, the motor Yates gave us was good and those guys did a great job getting it changed. Our guys did a great job getting this car prepared and we were so fast in practice beforehand that I really felt like we had an honest top-10 car here. But, we're gonna start last on Sunday because of the motor change. Hopefully, we'll be able to race up through there."
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Qualified 2nd)
"I tell you what, I'm so proud of this race team. It's a bunch of young guys getting it done. They brought me another great race car. We almost got our second pole, but we were a little bit off. I think that will keep us in the top five, but I'm just really proud of my guys. They brought me a great engine as always and I'm just looking forward to a good weekend. We didn't have the weekend we wanted last week. I really love this race track, so maybe we'll get it done this weekend."
WHAT ABOUT BEING THE FIRST CAR OUT THERE AFTER WONDERING IF THE 01 DROPPED ANY OIL? "They were freaking me out. If you were listening to me on the radio I was pretty freaked out trying to get them (the pace car) off the track. I knew there was no oil out there because Jerry Nadeau ran such a fast lap. I just wanted to get them off the track while there was no dust on it. I was panicking a lot, but I tried to keep my head in the game. They gave me a great car as usual. We got close but no cigar."
TODD BODINE - No. 54 National Guard Taurus (Qualified 19th)
"For only having two qualifying runs in practice we'll take it. The car wasn't perfect, it was OK. We were a little tight in the middle. We wanted to carry that push off (the corner), but be loose off so we missed it a little bit. Really, that was only our third qualifying attempt here so we'll be alright."
WERE YOU PLAYING A GUESSING GAME WITH THE SUN? "Yeah, you hope for a cloud, but I think it came out about halfway through our run on the first lap."