Texas II: Dodge teams qualifying quotes

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) "We never made a qualifying run in practice, and our qualifying efforts are struggling because of that, but it was a good pickup. I think that'll be some place in the top 10 or top 15 for sure. The track...

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger)

"We never made a qualifying run in practice, and our qualifying efforts are struggling because of that, but it was a good pickup. I think that'll be some place in the top 10 or top 15 for sure. The track is good. It's just cold. It's still got two big bumps in it, but that's OK. It gives us something to work around. We just never made any qualifying runs. We stayed focused on race trim. We struggled with that, but we finally made it better the last two minutes of practice. I think we've got something to work with. It's the car we tested at Homestead, and it tested really well. That's why we brought it here."


BOBBY LABONTE (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger)

"I think we'll have a good car for Sunday. We drew an early qualifying number today, and I think that might hurt us a little bit. That was a little faster than we ran in practice, so that should be fast enough for a good starting spot. I was a little too high in one and two and I couldn't get it down fast enough. I'm pretty happy with the way the day has gone, and that was a pretty good lap for us. Being too high on the track probably hurt us a little bit, but we were able to get the speed out of the car we needed."

IF IT CAME DOWN TO YOU AND TERRY FOR THE WIN ON SUNDAY WOULD YOU LET HIM WIN? "I don't know. I'd probably take him out on the last lap and see if he would retaliate on me. You never know. If it comes down to that we'll think about it. Right now I can't think about it." HOW'S IT LOOK FOR THE 43 ON SUNDAY? "We started out a little slow in practice, but we ended up 12th in practice, and we're pretty happy with it. I feel confident about it. I feel real confident in the communication we're having right now. If we change something on the car it makes a difference, and I'm pumped about that. We've got to work on our pit stops. We can knock off a good one, but we can't knock off a string of good ones. I'm confident we can make that better."


SCOTT RIGGS (No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools/"Cars" Dodge Charger)

"We didn't make the most of the car. We were too free. It seemed like the track freed up a little bit. That's going to help the guys that go out later. We just couldn't get off the corner like I needed to, and that probably hurt us a little bit. Hopefully we'll get a good starting spot. The main thing now is to get it driving right in the race. We had a good run here earlier this season, so we'll see if we can't have another one on Sunday."


KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)

"I want to say I did (get everything out of the car). I was on the edge, turning the wheel, standing on the gas slipping and sliding at 195. I felt a little snug in three and four, but I think it might stand up. I'm really shooting for it. I think Kasey Kahne should just concentrate on The Chase and not worry about going for the pole today (said with laughter). We think we've got a good shot at the Bud Pole Award this season, but so does Kahne. We've picked up a lot of speed on Fridays throughout the year and it feels good to have some of these poles, but the bigger picture is to get our car to run well on Sunday like Kahne's Charger. I think we exceeded the speed we shot for today. You never know with guys going out late and how much speed they can pick up. I Kahne has the advantage today (going out late), but yet it might not be as big as we think. I'm staying confident. It definitely was exciting. It was one of the most exciting qualifying sessions of the year with the speed involved. The late draw for some of the cars made it exciting, and it was exciting to be a part of it. I feel proud our team gave us a chance to have a shot at it. It was a good run for the Miller Lite Dodge. We're in the top three, and that's more than we expected. I hope it leads to better success on Sunday for us. It's good to have my crew chief back."


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

"We got beat for the pole, and that's the way it goes. I was real proud of my teammate because I thought he had the pole, but that didn't last very long did it? That's the way it goes. Going out late helped us We'll start in the top four on Sunday, and I'll just follow Elliott to the front. We're just going to race. That's all we can do now, try to win and run up front. That's what we've been trying to do all year long. We're just going to try to stay out of trouble and stay up front. We got in a good lap. We all had a good lap, but Vickers just beat us."


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

"Kasey is trying to teach me how to win all these poles, but I'm not listening very well. That's two second-place starts. That's great. The car drove good, and we should be good come Sunday. I have won here before, and there have been no repeat winners. Ray Evernham wants to keep it in our camp. If it's not going to be me, then I hope Kasey can win Sunday and be the first repeat winner. I was worried about Vickers beating me. That's why I didn't get out of the car until he was finished with his lap. I left a little bit out there in turn three, but I don't want to do it again. That's a little faster than I thought we were going to run, so I don't want to do it again. We've got a great starting spot, but I want to get a pole before it's over with. This is my favorite car and the guys did a good job repairing it from Kansas. We'll be fine. We want to keep it in the Evernham camp."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kasey Kahne , Ray Evernham