Scott Riggs, ...
Scott Riggs, #10 Nestle Nesquik Ford was the highest qualifying Raybestos® Rookie at Charlotte. Riggs will start fifth on Saturday and took top qualifying rookie honors for the 11th time this season.
"The car felt good. It seemed like the front end and the rear end slid around a little more. The only thing I can figure is the sun has been out for about 25 minutes now, just long enough to get some temperature in the race track. It's definitely a lot slicker, it seemed like. I feel like if anything I hit my marks better in qualifying than I did in practice, which I ran just a little bit quicker but I really thought we would be able to run at least a .90. We're satisfied with that and we'll take that. In practice I never felt like I really hit both corners good enough. I felt like I learned where I needed to be in turn one and then we did a couple qualifying runs and I learned where I needed to be in turns three and four. I feel like I put both of them together and that's the only reason we could be a little bit quicker in qualifying."
HOW MUCH DID THE TRACK CHANGE FROM PRACTICE THIS MORNING TO QUALIFYING THIS AFTERNOON?
"It's slicker. It's not really that the front end gives up or the rear gives up, it's like the whole car. The track is pretty rough anyway and when it's bobbling around in practice the tires would still stay in track. It seems like when it is bobbling around now that they would slide up and down the racetrack a little bit. You can definitely tell it's a little bit slicker."
KERRY EARNHARDT, #12 LITTLE TREES CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 14TH.
"It was better than what we had been but not as good as it should have been today. We were fast all day in practice. We decided to change gears and I think we did the wrong thing there; that kind of hurt us. I can't say anything bad. The Little Trees Chevrolet Monte Carlo run good, and the Fitz-Bradshaw race team did a good job, and DEI engines are awesome. We just make a wrong choice there on gears. We'll be good. I'm comfortable starting fourteenth. That's the highest I've started outside of Richmond. I think we'll be good."
DID THE WEATHER CHANGE HURT YOU IN QUALIFYING?
"We had sun in qualifying and all morning we had been in clouds. I don't think it affected the car as far as handling-wise, because the car was right on the bottom. It was the same thing in the gas, off the gas everything was the same. It just wasn't our time."
CASEY MEARS, #66 PHILLIPS 66 DODGE, QUALIFIED 15TH .
"Hopefully it will hang in there a little bit. I know there are some fast guys yet to qualify but we're pretty happy with it. We ran a tenth faster than we did in practice. It's a shame we didn't get tot run that first lap because we had a good cloud. The track was nice and cool. I don't exactly know what happened, if somebody messed up or something happened but they sent a car right out in front of me on that first lap and I had to come in. Fortunately they allowed us to put another set of new tires on and cool down the motor again and get ready to go. Unfortunately, the sun came out for quite a while and heated the track up and we got quite a bit tighter than we were in practice this morning. I think we could have come up with a better lap if it had been earlier on. I feel pretty good about it considering the curve ball we got thrown."
KASEY KAHNE, #98 CHANNELLOCK FORD, QUALIFIED 20TH.
"We're real happy, from where we were in practice to now. The Channellock guys made a few changes and it was definitely better. We changed a gear and really got the motor running a little harder. We made it a lot better through the corner."
HOW MUCH DID THE TRACK CHANGE FROM PRACTICE TO QUALIFYING?
"I wouldn't say it changed very much. If it did I didn't feel it much. We made a few different changes that really helped our car. It was mainly these guys helping the shocks and getting a few better things on it to go faster."