Atlanta: Dodge teams qualifying quotes

ANDY HOUSTON (No. 2 Team ASE/Carquest Dodge Ram) "I'm satisfied we picked up from practice, but I'm definitely not satisfied where we're at. We've been struggling. The whole time we've been here we haven't been able to get the speed we need....

ANDY HOUSTON (No. 2 Team ASE/Carquest Dodge Ram)

"I'm satisfied we picked up from practice, but I'm definitely not satisfied where we're at. We've been struggling. The whole time we've been here we haven't been able to get the speed we need. We've been working on qualifying stuff and it'll be better when we start working on race stuff. Hopefully we're fighting a drag issue. When we get in race trim in should handle good, and when the tires get old we'll be able to go pretty good. That's what we're hoping, but we don't know that'll be the case. So far, it's been a struggle. I think you'll see an excellent race. The trucks draft good and seem to run good side by side. I think you'll see a good show tomorrow."

TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Performance Dodge Ram)

"It doesn't look good on the board, but deep down I know the truck is going to be good in the race. It's not a qualifying truck. We didn't build it to be a qualifier. We built it to be a good downforce truck, and that's what it is. I'm pretty happy with the way it was this morning in race conditions. I was very pleased with it. It's not going to be both. You can't be real fast in qualifying and be good in the race, I don't believe. I sure hope it's a good race tomorrow. It has all the elements of it. Everybody is flat out right now, and they're not lifting. I believe with the tire situation Goodyear has here right now, that's great. It's going to make people lift and slide around and you'll see some passing. As time goes on, it'll get better and better.

"I haven't calmed down one pit. I can't afford any more fines, so I've got to watch what I say. We've got to win some races. You've got to stand your ground, and you can't let people push you around and you don't give anybody a break. Right now, that's the way my attitude is. If a guy needs to get in, and I need to check up and let him in, it's not going to happen any more."

BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Square D Dodge Ram)

"That was a pretty good lap, but we're looking forward to the race. We knew the truck wouldn't be fast for qualifying, but we know it's going to race great. This is the same chassis that won Darlington last year, and I think we can win with it again tomorrow if things go according to plan. You know that doesn't always happen on the racetrack. In fact, more often than not it doesn't happen, but we know this Dodge Ram is going to be good when they drop the green flag on Saturday. Maybe we can get a little luck on our side and have a good run."

CHAD CHAFFIN (No. 18 Dickies Racing Dodge Ram)

"It was a little slower than our banzai run in practice, but it's a little hotter and you expect this place to slow down some after Cup practice. We're happy. We should end up in the top 10. Bobby Hamilton and I have identical trucks. We're two hundredths apart in lap times. Our setups are the same, and I think it shows our equipment is right there. We'll see how we race. I think it's going to be a good race for Dodge and I think we're going to have a good season. I think our package is hurting us a little in qualifying trim. You have downforce and drag. If you have downforce, you gotta have drag. We feel like we have so much horsepower and these Arrington motors are so strong we elected to go with the downforce, which is good for handling, but it's hurting us a little bit in straightaway speed. If we didn't have the Arrington horsepower we might not have this luxury. We really believe it's going to be good because we're going to have the best of both worlds. This is the truck that Bobby won with at Homestead last year. Of course, it's an '04 now, but this is the chassis -- Scarface -- that Bobby drove to victory at Homestead. We're basing all of our new trucks off this truck, so this is the benchmark at BHR that we're trying to copy."

STEVE PARK (No. 62 The Orleans Hotel Dodge Ram)

"We're running wide open. We didn't come here to win qualifying. We came here to win the race, so our Dodge is a good truck. It's driving good, and we're probably the only truck that can be held wide open for 30 laps. It just doesn't have the speed for qualifying. We'll go to Happy Hour next, and once we get a bunch of trucks out there we'll be in good shape. This truck has won a lot of races. Brendan won four straight at Texas in it. We'll sacrifice a little in qualifying to have a truck we can race with on Saturday. I don't have to get used to this track. I just have to get used to the truck here. We'll get in handling good and try to run up front Saturday."


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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton