Charlotte: Dodge drivers qualifying quotes

ROBERT PRESSLEY (No. 59 Harris Trucking Dodge Ram) "We were the last ones to go, and it got kinda wet in three and four, but we were about 17th in practice but we didn't make a qualifying run. Some of them picked it up there. I was just glad to...

ROBERT PRESSLEY (No. 59 Harris Trucking Dodge Ram)

"We were the last ones to go, and it got kinda wet in three and four, but we were about 17th in practice but we didn't make a qualifying run. Some of them picked it up there. I was just glad to see Bill get that pole. That was pretty nice. That's why I wanted to make sure to go ahead and get my lap in to make sure he got the pole."

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 07 American Tire Distributors Dodge Ram)

"We held it wide open and that's about all you can do. I'm a little disappointed really because we ran this fast in practice any time we wanted to. I've never been here in a truck, so I don't know what the race is going to be like. We'll see what we've got pretty quick tomorrow night."

JASON LEFFLER (No. 2 Team ASE/Carquest Racing Dodge Ram) - qualified second

"We did all we could do. It was a wide open lap. The guys did a great job, but congratulations to Bill Lester. He ran a great lap. The truck is good, and we're looking forward to the race. My second qualifying lap felt better than the first one, but the motor got a little warm. This is one of my favorite places. It's real exciting. I think you're going to see a lot of passing. Hopefully the 2 truck will get out front and stay there, but I think you're going to have to move around and find a groove on old tires. That makes for good racing. Our trucks are fast everywhere we go, so I knew we'd be good here. This place is critical to sunshine, but there's going to be a lot of sparks flying tomorrow night, and you're going to see a good race. We ended up second tonight, but we feel real good about tomorrow."

BRENDAN GAUGHAN (No. 62 American Racing Wheel/Orleans Dodge Ram)

"We gained a tenth from practice, and that's always the goal, to gain time. This black Dodge here is the fastest truck here today. I know we're not on the pole, but we tested well here. We really want to do well here. We all know about the Dodge stuff. There's no need to brag about that. This track is a tick slower than Texas, but Orleans Racing specializes in mile and a half tracks. Vegas is our home track, we've won at Texas, so we like the mile and a half tracks. To be here at Lowe's Motor Speedway is a big deal, and we want to be the ones to bring the win home for Dodge."

BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Square D Dodge Ram)

"I only ran three laps in the first practice and I didn't run at all in the second practice. That lap won't hold up for the pole, but it should get us in the top 10. We spent a lot of time on race trim here in the test and we elected not to be tampering with it. We get four sets of tires for everything. That's enough for me because I've got three new sets sitting here and everybody else has already used three sets. The trucks drive just like a Winston Cup car here for me. They're fun to drive. It'll be interesting to see what we do in the race. You'd think people like me and Musgrave might have a little advantage here since we've been in Winston Cup cars so much at this track, but drivers like Gaughan will catch on quick. He caught on pretty fast at Texas last year."

TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Performance Dodge Ram)

"I held it wide open through one and two this time, so maybe I don't need to do that since we slowed up a little from practice. I'm a little confused. We changed the gear, but every time out we've been getting a little slower. We'll have to look at see what's wrong, but that's all we could do for today. The trucks are cool at Charlotte. It's hard to tell what we're going to do in race trim, but I think it'll show up tonight in Happy Hour. We'll run side by side and try to do some passing. I think that's where it'll really show up. Handling will be a big key here like usual. We haven't had a race here, so it's going to be hard to determine what to really expect, but it should be a good race. There's going to be at least five or six trucks up there battling for the lead."

-dodge motorsports-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bill Lester