ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Qualified 19th) "We've had a long day today here at Texas. We came here a few weeks ago and tested really good in race runs, but just haven't found the handle for qualifying yet. The guys have been working...
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Qualified 19th)
"We've had a long day today here at Texas. We came here a few weeks ago and tested really good in race runs, but just haven't found the handle for qualifying yet. The guys have been working their butts off, but we just haven't gotten the right package yet. We were just a little bit too tight. We just couldn't get it freed up good to where I could stay on the gas and run the line I needed to run. It looks like we might have to dig ourselves out of a hole come Sunday, but I've got the best pit crew in the business and they're gonna make up some positions for me."
HOW WAS YOUR LAP? "We didn't really have a good lap. We've been struggling a lot today, I mean really bad. It's showing up right now. We'll probably end up 20th or 25th with the way it looks, maybe worse. We've got a lot of work to do on Sunday. We'll just do the best we can and go from there."
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Qualified 28th)
"We're sure a lot better than that, but we're used to starting in the back and going forward. We did that last year, so now that's what we've got to work on now that this is over with."
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DEWALT Tools Taurus (Qualified 25th)
"They were decent laps, but we just didn't get the speed out of it. I probably could have done a better job of getting some more out of it. The track was real sticky and I probably didn't get everything."
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Sharpie/IRWIN Taurus (Qualified 12th)
"I was hoping to pick up a fuzz more on the second lap to get us in that top five, but it just seemed like the car gave up a little bit on corner exit. It just got a little bit too tight, a little bit too much wheel in it. Here at this place, the least amount of time that you touch the wheel, the faster you go."
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Qualified 11th)
"We were happy with it. This is a brand new race car and we kind of had the new car blues for the first hour (in practice). The kill switch wouldn't work when we went out there, so that led us on a chase to get back in here and try to find that. We got that fixed and then we had a miss for the next three runs, but it was a lot of effort by everybody. Then the car wasn't driving. I couldn't get it into the corner exactly like I wanted and tried to explain it as best as I could to Mike (Ford) and he made some great adjustments from there. I'm sure our draw helped us going out as late as we did. The track really cooled off, so I'm just happy we were able to get a reasonable starting spot."
JEFF BURTON - No. 99 Roush Racing Taurus (Qualified 23rd)
"That's not bad. As bad as we've struggled here and at Atlanta and all the fast tracks in qualifying I'm not gonna complain a whole lot about it. We've been good in practice the last two weeks at Bristol and Darlington. We were top 10 going into qualifying both times and we ended up in the thirties because the car just drove so different. We got conservative today just trying to pick up an average amount compared to everybody else. We were probably a little too conservative, but that was the right thing for us to do because we've been so good in practice and so horrible in qualifying the last few weeks, but I think that was the right call. That's gonna be 23rd or 24th and that's not great, but compared to how we've been qualifying at places like this, that's a pickup for us."
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus (Qualified 4th)
"I had a better car than that and I just lost my speed down there in three and four. The car needed to turn a little bit better. I'm happy with fourth, but I wanted to get the pole."
DOES A GOOD BUSCH QUALIFYING EFFORT CARRY OVER TO CUP? "I think so. Both cars are really good. This car here was better than the Busch car, but I just couldn't put the number up."
IT'S A TOP FIVE SPOT. "Yeah, I'm really proud of the guys on the National Guard car. They've done a great job and the whole team has really worked hard at Roush Racing on our new Ford body and this engine program. Everybody has done a good job. I really felt we had a car that could win the pole. I got across one and two really, really fast and down there in three and four I was just tight from the center out. The front tires gave up a little bit, but I can't be happier. We're starting second on Saturday and it looks like top five on Sunday, so I can't complain right now."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Taurus (Qualified 29th)
"The car was really good getting into the corner and in the middle of the corner it was the best we've been all day. But on late exit the front end wouldn't turn like I needed to. I had a late exit push that killed the momentum in the straightaway. I had to roll back on the throttle on late exit and that's not good here at Texas. If we could have gotten the late exit push out of it, we'd have had quite a bit better lap. That's better than we practiced, so that's one way to look at it."
HOW ABOUT SUNDAY? "We came here and tested for a full day working on race setup. We didn't fool with qualifying stuff and actually felt pretty optimistic about race setup. We ran pretty good on some long runs and were pretty good on the watch. We'll see what happens. I almost hope it rains out because we had a setup we could put under it and be really good right off the bat. These qualifying setups are quite a bit different than the race setups, so if it did rain it wouldn't hurt our feelings any."