GREG BIFFLE-60-Charter Communications Ford Taurus (Qualified 1st) "I'll tell you what, Brad Parrott and all of the guys are doing a great job on this Charter car. I think some of the speed of Charter's Internet service is kind of wearing off on...
GREG BIFFLE-60-Charter Communications Ford Taurus (Qualified 1st)
"I'll tell you what, Brad Parrott and all of the guys are doing a great job on this Charter car. I think some of the speed of Charter's Internet service is kind of wearing off on this thing; it's a pretty awesome car. Right now we can't do anything wrong and we're pretty happy about it. We don't know if that will be good enough for the pole, but it's going to get us a good top-10 starting spot."
STACY COMPTON-59-Kingsford/Food City Ford Taurus (Qualified 21st)
"Jeff (Chandler) and I are both sitting here a little disappointed right now because we both felt that we were going to run a little bit quicker than that, but I think every week we're getting better. Jeff and all of the guys are making good decisions and we're figuring things out slowly, but I'm a little bit disappointed about qualifying still. We can't figure out why we can't pick it up in qualifying, but we'll keep digging. Every week we're making improvements and seeing big changes, and by mid-season this team will be good to go."
HOW IS THE TIRE AFFECTING THE CAR'S HANDLING? "The tire has a lot of grip right now. This morning when I went out, I liked the tire. It seemed to me that it has a lot of grip and it should make for a good race."
MIKE WALLACE-4-GEICO/Sportclips Ford Taurus (Qualified 22nd)
"Our finishes haven't been that good that last few weeks, but our performance has been better. We didn't run quite as quick as we did in practice, and I was a little free off the corner. All in all, I think we're getting a handle on some performance, we just need the finishes to go along with that now."
WITH THE NEW TIRE COMPOUND, WHAT ARE YOU EXPECTING IN THE RACE TOMORROW? "I don't have any idea. I just come to every race just like we always do, try to qualify as far to the front as we can and race this race track. One thing at Bristol, you want to try to get as far forward as you can at the start of the race that way you don't have to race so hard. It's a fun place to race, I enjoy racing at it a lot, but I don't know anything about the tires."
JASON KELLER-22-Bear Creek Soups Ford Taurus (Qualified 14th)
"This is a spillover from the last couple of weeks; we just haven't' been qualifying good and I don't know why. The car is racing great, but it's really hard to get it qualified good. We missed it again today. Hopefully that won't put us in too big of a hole that we can't get out ourselves out of. It's just disappointing when you know you have a great race car. At a place like this you better start up front so that you can show it."
HOW IMPORTANT IS PIT SELECTION HERE? "Any time you can get an opening, and there are only four of them on pit road here, so pit selection is big here. But, you don't want to have to pass a lot of cars here. It seems to snowball here. It's a combination of a lot of things and you definitely need to qualify good here. Unfortunately, that's not going to stack up near as good as we hoped."
ROBERT PRESSLEY-47-Clorox/Wisk Ford Taurus (Qualified 9th)
"It was pretty decent. We thought that's about where we'd run, in a 30. You can run a low 30 and be fast here and run a high 30 and be way, way in the pack. That's pretty good and we'll take that; that will be about 10th or 12th."
ARE YOU SURPRISED BY THE AMOUNT OF GRIP THE TIRES HAVE AT THE START OF A RUN? "I can't believe how much they have. I'm just wondering where the race is going to go as fast as we are right now, and what's going to happen in 20 to 30 laps."
ARE THREE SETS OF TIRES ENOUGH FOR A 250-LAP RACE HERE? "I think that's enough because this race track is always known for rubber build up, and we don't wear them out here, but I just wonder how long we can go this fast."
BOBBY HAMILTON, JR.-25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Qualified 4th)
"Compared to where we're at, I'll take it any day. Of course we want the pole, and if we could have had those extra two hours that the two guys ahead of us had, just that little bit of info that they might have gained could be the difference between fourth and the pole right now. Me and David were about the same, I think I missed him by one one-thousandth or so, but the tires are great here. All of the changes, you can feel them in the car. Everything seems to be working out as far as the chassis and the tires working together. It's a great feeling in the car and you can really hustle it, get in the gas early and drive the heck out of it, and that's the kind of race car I like, so we ought to be good tomorrow."
HOW LONG DO YOU EXPECT THE TIRES TO LAST WHERE YOU CAN KEEP THESE KINDS OF SPEEDS? "This type of speed, not very long, maybe three or four laps, but the tire hardly ever drops off and stays consistent. The thing I like about it, besides the grip, is that when you make a small change, like an eighth of a bar, you can feel it. Maybe a couple of rounds here or there and you can really feel it. It's a great combination for this place. It's working out for us with the type of race car we have as far as wanting to get in the gas early and drive on off the corner. So far it's been a pretty good day."
YOU STRUGGLED LAST WEEK IN DARLINGTON, BUT YOU SEEM TO HAVE REBOUNDED. "We just missed it and hearing the way the our car reacted compared to some of the Cup guys or the Busch guys, we were in the same boat. We just missed something small, and the one thing we had a meeting about, you can't let that one race decide your whole season. It's done with and we came here with a new attitude as far as just forget the points, forget everything else, we're here to win races and poles and it shows."