BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T) "You've got to do it one time and it's got to count. If you don't do it that one time then it doesn't count. You can have the fastest car in the world and the best pit crew in the world...
BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"You've got to do it one time and it's got to count. If you don't do it that one time then it doesn't count. You can have the fastest car in the world and the best pit crew in the world and it's still got to all add up and it just didn't add up. Everything went pretty uneventful. I was pleased with the way everything turned out as far as the race car was concerned. I think they had a little bit of trouble in the pits with some or other, but all-in-all, it was just a wild night in Charlotte. I think we're still learning a little bit about this particular car. I was pleased with the lap times we ran. That's the best we've run since we've been here. If we can just continue to expand and grow and then worry about coming back next week... To me, I look at this more like a test. If you can't win the race, the rest of it is a test. I didn't have any trouble with it (darkness on his qualifying laps), but how many laps have I run around this place?"
WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"I feel pretty good about tomorrow night if everybody will use their heads a little bit. We're gaining on this old Dodge. What excites me about today is that we were on top of the board for two practices and we had some really good competitive times in qualifying even though the car didn't feel that good. We were a little bit too loose. The pit stop killed us from having a shot at it. I just want to see us and this Caterpillar team be competitive.
"We have not lived up to the standard we set for ourselves the last two years, obviously. Some of it was we got in wrecks, with Robby at Daytona and Mark at California. Some of it is just the switch to Dodge. The motors show we've got the same numbers as last year, but it doesn't feel like it. At California, the motor felt like last year, and we were on top of the board for Saturday's practice. We've just got to figure out the right combination for the motors, aero on the body, me adjusting to the tire, Tommy and them adjusting to the chassis changes. Once we do all that, we'll get back on track.
"It's exciting, but I'm looking at the big picture. I'm looking at next week. If we've got a shot at it, we'll go for it in The Winston. At the same time, I know some pretty stupid stuff happened here last year. I don't want to be involved in a whole lot of that and go get hurt when it's not something worth getting hurt for. Body wise, I've been adding weight and reps from before the accident. I still have some moments that I can tell the concussion lingers a little bit, every now and then. For the most part, I feel really good."