Fontana, CA (October 27, 2000)-Kurt Busch won the pole with a record-breaking run of 40.589 at 177.388 miles-per-hour and Roush Racing "Killer B's" teammate Greg Biffle will start third. Rick Carelli was impressive qualifying in the fifth...
Fontana, CA (October 27, 2000)-Kurt Busch won the pole with a record-breaking run of 40.589 at 177.388 miles-per-hour and Roush Racing "Killer B's" teammate Greg Biffle will start third. Rick Carelli was impressive qualifying in the fifth position with Rick Crawford at his heals in sixth. Team ASE driver Mike Wallace will start eighth rounding out the top-ten for the Ford's. Roush Racing's 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Chuck Hossfeld, in his first shot on a superspeedway and in a truck, qualified a solid fourteenth.
#50 Grainger Ford F-150- (Qualified 3rd) - "Really good. You know we got rained out this morning and we only got to make one qualifying lap yesterday afternoon. It wasn't right and the truck bottomed out. I also had to pass a slower truck. I just wasn't sure about the truck here going out green and all. We did have all of that CART rubber down, but that normally doesn't affect us. I just did everything that I could do. I really had to go off of my teammate's version of what the track would feel like with this set-up. We really just guessed with the set-up but we're pretty happy with it so far. I knew I could have had at least another tenth or more out of it but I just wasn't sure what the truck was going to be like with such little time in it."
#02 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Ford F-150-(Qualified 8th)-"It was just one of those laps. It was nothing great. We were really loose at both ends of the track. I think that everybody is doing the very best that they can when you go out for your first lap of the day as your qualifying lap. I think that as long as everybody gets through qualifying without any incidents we'll be great."
#99 Exide Batteries Ford F-150-(Qualified 1st)-"It was just an awesome run. It's an awesome program that this team has. We are really at the peak right now. It has really been great having Biffle as a teammate. All of the #99 Exide guys and the Grainger guys have really worked hard together to make this thing really come on strong. We really had this Ford humming today."
#14 Milwaukee Electric Tools Ford F-150-(Qualified 6th)- "Not a bad run for the Milwaukee Electric Tools Ford F-150. Ray Stonkus has come on board for the last three races and had really given this team a lot of direction and confidence. We really worked hard after Texas to get here, but once we got here we have been sitting in the top-five or seven in practice. That's about where we expected to run based on our practice qualifying run. We're pretty pleased with all of the guys; they have really done their homework. We are really looking forward to some good things tomorrow and maybe getting into the top-ten in points."
#46 Acxiom/AbiliTec Ford F-150-(Qualified 29th)-"I think that if we would have had some practice this morning we could have found the mechanical problem that made us so slow yesterday. I think that we are really right now where we should have been this morning before we ever ran. The truck really felt good. I think that now we really have something to work with. This truck is a lot faster that what I put up on the board, I think we just need a little time in happy hour and we'll be good to go racing tomorrow."
#49 Roush Racing Ford F-150-(Qualified 14th)-"Well, pretty good. I think that it was a good lap. Hopefully it will hold up for a top-fifteen or so. There are a lot of good drivers that still have to run but we'll see."