Scott Riggs in the no. 10 Nestle Nesquik Ford was the highest qualifying RaybestosÂ® Rookie at Michigan. "It was real good. We came up here last week and tested and I felt pretty good about it. We didn't have a lot of practice. We made only...
Scott Riggs in the no. 10 Nestle Nesquik Ford was the highest qualifying Raybestos® Rookie at Michigan.
"It was real good. We came up here last week and tested and I felt pretty good about it. We didn't have a lot of practice. We made only three runs out there today in practice and we were in qualifying mode. It took a little bit to get up to speed and get my bearings of where I needed to be on the racetrack. The very last run I made in practice I figured out that I just needed to use more gas to be faster and the car still turned. I drove it in the corner hard and still turned and got back in the gas early and was able to pick up a few more tenths (of a second)."
YOU WON EARLIER THIS YEAR AT CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY, A TRACK SIMILIAR TO MICHIGAN.
"There are a lot of similar characteristics between California and here, a little more banking it seems like here. We wanted to bring our California car, but we crashed it at Chicago and killed it so we had to take this car and do some changes on it to try to get it pretty close to what we had at California and Chicago. So far it looks pretty good."
YOU CAME TO MICHIGAN AND TESTED HERE LAST WEEK. HOW DID THAT HELP YOU TODAY?
"I think it definitely helped us. The car we wanted to bring here was the one that we won with at California but I destroyed it at Chicago. We were able to sort of duplicate the car that we had at California and Chicago and bring that car here. We tested last week and feel like we definitely learned some things to be able to be pretty consistent and made the car pretty stable. We were still able to run just a little bit faster than what we did in testing, like a tenth or so. It's a good starting place for us. We're a little bit different than Kevin (Lepage). He's had a good string of finishes. The shoe has been on the other shoe for us. We've sort of been struggling, not being able to get a good finish. We've had good starting spot and had good race cars but lady luck has not been shining on us. Then of course last week at IRP, we were leading the race with 15 to go and had a flat tire. We need a little luck. I'm glad we had a good solid qualifying effort here. We're not on the front row but we're close enough to see it. It doesn't matter where you start we just want to have a good solid finish.
CASEY MEARS, NO. 66 PHILLIPS 66 TROPARCTIC DODGE, QUALIFIED SIXTH.
"I feel pretty good about it. I knew I'd probably pick up a little bit in qualifying because I had never been around this place in a stock car before. I felt like I had a little more in it, you know, for qualifying. It just worked out great. We made a couple of changes right before qualifying to free the car up a little bit because it was too tight and it worked awesome. It was still just a little bit too tight. It seems like this year we've had a lot of those close calls. I'd like to get a pole someday. It feels good to qualify up front at a track I've never been to before in a stock car."
DID THE WEATHER HELP YOU?
"Hard to say because we made a couple different changes so I don't know what helped us more; maybe the way the track was or the changes that we made on the car. Either way the guys did a good job and it feels pretty good."
KASEY KAHNE, NO. 98 CHANNELLOCK FORD, QUALIFIED 11TH.
"The Channellock Ford is running really well right now. Everybody has been working so hard it's nice to be able to come out here and get practice in, a little delayed practice. We were tenth in practice and we're sixth right now. There are a lot of good cars left, so hopefully we can hold off and get a top-10 and we'll be sitting really well."
DID YOU MAKE CHANGES BETWEEN PRACTICE AND QUALIFYING?
"We made a few small changes. Looking back maybe there's a couple more things that we could have done. I think we're sitting well. This is a good spot to start for us. Hopefully the rain holds off and we can race tomorrow."