ROBERT PRESSLEY-47-Clorox/Wisk Ford Taurus (Qualified 14th) "It was a good little pickup from practice. We were 13th in practice and picked up a tenth, so I can't complain. I know we have something better than that, and we had to lift off of ...
ROBERT PRESSLEY-47-Clorox/Wisk Ford Taurus (Qualified 14th)
"It was a good little pickup from practice. We were 13th in practice and picked up a tenth, so I can't complain. I know we have something better than that, and we had to lift off of four; we got a little bit tight. I'm just proud of these Clorox guys. This is the first car that we actually got to build from the ground up, so we're making progress."
WITH THE CLOUDY SKIES TODAY, WILL QUALIFYING BE HEAVILY INFLUENCED BY THE WEATHER CONDITIONS? "I think whoever has the cloud cover is going to be the man that is going to benefit the most. Right now if it could stay like this it could be equal for everybody. If we can get in the top 15 with that right there, we'll be good for the race tomorrow."
IS BOTTOMING THE CAR OUT IN TURN FOUR A GROWING PROBLEM HERE IN QUALIFYING? "This race track is so bumpy and every year it gets a few more bumps. It just makes it where you never know what you're going to get. Everybody is wanting to get lower and lower on the race track with the chassis and the race track gets bumpier and more sparks fly."
GREG BIFFLE-60-B.A.S.S./Charter Communications Ford Taurus (Qualified 1st)
WHERE DID ALL OF THAT SPEED COME FROM? "Brad Parrott and all of the guys. They made some adjustments on the car. I told them it was a little bit tight. I told Brad it was a little tight and they just made some changes on the car. I really don't even know what they changed. We just put down a heck of a lap. We were worried about it getting hot. That was a fast lap for how hot it is right now and the sun out. The track temp was up nine degrees from the when 38 ran. That was the same lap I turned in my NEXTEL Cup car the other night at night. It was an awesome lap for the B.A.S.S. car. These guys have done a good job with it. I'm excited for them and hopefully we'll be on the pole, but if not, a top-five starting spot."
SHOULD WE BE SURPRISED TO SEE THE CUP DRIVERS QUALIFYING UP FRONT TODAY GIVEN THAT YOU HAVE BEEN AT THE TRACK FOR TWO WEEKS? "We have to have a little advantage on them, but I think a lot of guys tested here, too. This place is so hard to test at; it changes so fast. The sun is out and it probably helped me. I was probably too tight and the sun came out and heated the track up, freed my car up and I went faster. You just don't know what's going to help you and what isn't. I'm sure it's made an influence on it to just have a little more track time."
BOBBY HAMILTON, JR.-25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Qualified 13th)
"It was a decent qualifying run. I wish the sun would have stayed in a little bit, but it didn't work out. We backed up what we did this morning, and that's about all we could do. It was a bit snug in that late corner off of four. This place, you know how crazy it is when the sun comes out. I think that will be a top-12 effort, we'll get a decent pit stall and we'll go after them on Saturday."
HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO SET THE CAR UP WHEN THE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE CONSTANTLY CHANGING LIKE THEY ARE TODAY? "It's just the luck of the sun. When some of them go out early, you had the advantage today. But, look at the 5 car. He ran almost as fast as the 60 car did when the sun's out. It all depends on how you set it up. I have never qualified good here, so it didn't matter to me if the sun the came out because I knew it was going to be hopefully in the top 12."
ARE THE BUMPS BECOMING MORE PROMINENT IN TURNS THREE AND FOUR, AND WITH THE EXTRAS WEEK OF PRACTICE THE CUP DRIVERS HAVE HAD HERE, IS THAT THE ADVANTAGE THEY HAVE IN QUALIFYING? "They're up front every week. It doesn't matter if it's bumps or whatever. They have their stuff together. They've got the shock packages down, they've got everything down and when you get that, you're going to be good. The track is about the same. I know my guys have really picked up the shock program as far as getting over the bumps better. Sure, it's bumpier on the back straightaway, but that's not affecting us. As long as those Cup guys run, they're always going to be the show. They have great equipment, great drivers and great crew chiefs. We just have to keep building our team to get to that point."
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