TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Dodge Ram) -- "It's a different situation here at I.R.P where you've got to qualify in your race condition. But, our Dodge is better than we thought it was going to be. We were pretty decent in our race conditions but...
TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Dodge Ram) --
"It's a different situation here at I.R.P where you've got to qualify in your race condition. But, our Dodge is better than we thought it was going to be. We were pretty decent in our race conditions but super-loose in our qualifying effort. We could have changed our truck and run good in qualifying, but it might hurt us tonight. I'm not to worry about being on the pole, but at least it gives us some track position where we don't have to beat the thing to death to try and stay up front. I'm pretty happy with the boys and what they did for me today. I just tried to wheel it the best I could to try and get a good starting spot.
"Track position is pretty important here. There's other places this size like Richmond, or maybe Loudon, but it's pretty important here at I.R.P. to be up towards the front. But, in the beginning of the race you've got to remember to be patient, be calm so you can be there at the end. Even if we're starting up front I'm not going to run this thing terribly hard into the ground just to stay there. If I can lead a lap or whatever, then I can just settle in where we need to be."
STEVE PARK (No. 62 Orleans Racing Dodge Ram) --
"The Orleans Dodge actually isn't too bad. We were just really loose in qualifying. We put a lot of laps on the truck in practice for race trim. It's very hard to find a truck that can run good in 40-50 laps and then run good for two. The track's starting to change, and the sun's coming down. We have more of a race setup than we do a qualifying setup, since they impound the trucks after qualifying. I like this racetrack. It's a flat half-mile. It's like one of those tracks that we've all raced upon on younger parts of our career. It's great to get back to grassroots racing and try to put our Orleans Dodge up in the front where it needs to be."
BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Square D Dodge Ram) --
"I don't even try to qualify. I don't know where the hell that came from, but we'll take it. There are some good trucks here. We've got a good 50 or so trucks here, and the No. 03 looks like it will qualify fifth or sixth, so you just never know. Qualifying is pretty big here. It's hard to pass at this place, but it's a great racetrack.
CHAD CHAFFIN (No. 18 Dickies Racing Dodge Ram) --
"The Dickies Dodge is running really good. We unloaded today kind of struggling a little bit. The guys worked really hard to get us to this point, but we've got a lot of work yet to go. Tonight is a long race. I'm really happy with that lap time, but I really thought I could run a little quicker than that before I went out. The thing was really, really loose, so I was surprised at how good we actually ran. I wouldn't have thought it was that good. All in all I'm really satisfied. Every racetrack is a good track to start up front, but that's especially true here. It's hard to pass. It's really hard to pass here. I would much rather start in the top five than I would start 20th. So, I think it is an advantage to start up front."
ANDY HOUSTON (No. 2 Team ASE/Carquest Dodge Ram) --
"We watched all of those guys qualify early, and my teammate, Ted Musgrave, was pretty loose in his run. I think we just over adjusted. We were just too tight from the center and off the corner. We know what adjustments we need to make before the race, so I think we're going to be okay. We're going to have to come from way back in the field, but qualifying is two laps, and the race is 200. There are a lot of guys that are up front that will probably be pretty decent for a lap or two, but once the pace takes off and the track gets slick it's a whole different ballgame.
On winning the 2004 Dodge Pit Crew Competition at Indy's "Racers on the Circle" yesterday
"We've got a great bunch of guys here, and that was really good for them. They needed a big boost like that. I'm excited about the pit stops tonight. I think these guys are pumped up. We'll make the necessary changes, and hopefully gains, on pit road tonight. That makes it a lot easier than having to do it on a racetrack like this one.