Watkins Glen: Dodge drivers qualifying quotes

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid) "It was a good, solid run for us. I left a little too much on the table in turn one. I didn't get in quite as deep as I wanted to, but going down the back straight I got in there real deep. I got...

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid)

"It was a good, solid run for us. I left a little too much on the table in turn one. I didn't get in quite as deep as I wanted to, but going down the back straight I got in there real deep. I got through the carousel good. Really, I didn't leave much laying out there except maybe in turn one. That was a tenth or two, and that's the difference in the pole and fifth right now. We didn't make any big changes. I had a dark shield on my helmet, and it was too dark, so we had to hustle and get a clear shield. Other than that, everything went pretty good. We haven't had any problems yet. Now we'll get it race ready. Our engine department is the best in the world. Just about every time I foul things up in the corners, they'll fix me up down the straightaways."

"I was happy with the qualifying run. Maybe I left the pole in turn one, but it was good everywhere else. This place hasn't really changed much. They've made a lot of upgrades. They still need to knock the garages down and fix that mess, but other than that, their whole facility is great."

"I gave it everything I had. This is the same car we had at Sonoma, and I feel real good about the race. We've had a smooth beginning. We only put about 10 laps on the engine and the brakes have been good. I was concerned we were running so good that we might get rained out and have to start by points, but that wasn't the case."

"We'll work on the setup and do laps and make sure the car is there all the time. We'll work on air pressure and do a lot of shock work tomorrow. It's a typical thing. You get all you can in the small amount of time you've got. I'm really sick of all this strategy. I think the whole world is sick of strategy racing. I wish we'd just get back to racing these cars. Our guys have got three or four scenarios put together, and that's all they've been thinking about all week."

CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid)

"We're pretty happy with that. The car ran good, and it handles well. We're really happy. We improved from practice, and I knew we could. The guys did a good job preparing the car. It's really balanced. We had a good test here. This track is fun. I really enjoy it. It's a lot more high speed that Sonoma. You can keep your momentum up rather than stop and go. It suits me better than Sonoma. I think the driver makes a big difference, but I think the car has to handle better here to run a good lap. It's got to handle through the corners. I learned a lot at Sonoma that I can apply here. This is an easier track for me."

JIMMY SPENCER (No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid)

"If this was off-road racing, we'd be on the pole, but it's not, and we're not. How many days until Bristol?"

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid)

"That wasn't a bad lap. I lost a lot of time over in turn five, but overall it was a good effort for this team. I think we got three laps practice with this backup car. I got loose in turn nine and had a couple of wiggles and never recovered (in practice accident). I hit a rock with my helmet getting out of my car because the safety crew was about 10 minutes late getting there. They were definitely late. It was pretty ridiculous. When they got there they didn't know what they were doing. It seemed like they were pretty uneducated about what to do."

CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI (No. 44 New York Yankees Dodge Intrepid)

"I really thought we were going to go a lot better. We weren't completely on a 100 percent qualifying trim this morning. I thought there was going to be a little bit in the car. The track was pretty slick. I don't know if it was because I was the first car out there, but unfortunately we have what we have. We'll see what happens. We tested a lot better than what we ran here today when we tested two weeks ago. We just couldn't back it up. I don't know why."

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid)

"We've run that since we've been here. If we can run it in the race we'll be fine. We ran the same on old tires. The car drives good, but it just ain't going nowhere. It's the same car we had at Sonoma, and we were going to run in the top seven or eight out there and got beat on fuel mileage."

SCOTT MAXWELL (No. 43 Cheerios Dodge Intrepid)

"I enjoyed the two tests, but today was a little frustrating. We've never been to the Glen with this car. It's showing. We're struggling. We're fighting a push. You have to roll off with the car ready to qualify, but we didn't have that today. There was a test here two weeks ago with 28 or 30 cars and we weren't one of them. I think we're paying the price right now."

KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Georgia Pacific/Brawny Dodge Intrepid)

"We haven't been good since we've been here. We slowed up in qualifying. I don't know why we slowed up. Every time we put on new tires we slowed up. We shouldn't have slowed up that much. This is the same track I won on in 1992. It hasn't changed any. They've changed this place in the last 30 years? Show me where."

SCOTT PRUETT (No. 39 Target Dodge Intrepid)

"We got real tight. We've been fighting loose. We had a real good balance right before qualifying and it went tight for qualifying. Something has changed. We'll be OK in the race. We always are. It's just a matter of whether or not we can get good enough to run up front and contend for the win. That's what it's all about."

BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid)

"I haven't been that good since I've been here, so why start now. We'll probably end up about 25th when we get done today. I don't know if I hit everything right, but at least I didn't hit anything big."

JAMIE McMURRAY (No. 42 Havoline Dodge Intrepid)

"We slowed up from practice, and that lap really wasn't very good."

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