BUSCH: Daytona: Ford teams qualifying quotes

DAVID GREEN-27-Huggies Clean Team/Walgreens Ford Fusion (Qualified 23rd) "This is our backup car, so I was more concerned about making all of the right adjustments since this is our backup car versus it being hotter today or whatever. My guys...

DAVID GREEN-27-Huggies Clean Team/Walgreens Ford Fusion (Qualified 23rd)

"This is our backup car, so I was more concerned about making all of the right adjustments since this is our backup car versus it being hotter today or whatever. My guys did a good job as they always do, and we really knew that when we took our primary engine out of our wrecked car that it would step up to the occasion, and it sure did. I'm happy with that, and it's more concern now for the race and hopefully we've done everything for the race now because we did not get a lot of time on this car in race trim. With that being said, this is pretty exciting, so we'll hope for the best tomorrow."

THE FUSION MADE A GOOD SHOWING YESTERDAY IN THE CUP RACES, BUT THERE IS A DIFFERENT RULES PACKAGE IN THE BUSCH SERIES. "Yeah, and the Cup guys have really shown that the Fusion is the way to go over there, and this whole deal puts a lot of drag in the car, and I think more than anything it calls on the engine to perform and we have the best engine builders in the business with Roush and Yates. In the race, the cars move around a lot and the cars will get stacked up a little bit more than normal, which I don't know is good or bad, but we'll play our cards the way they're dealt and be around there at the end and make a run for it at the end."

CAN THE HIGH LINE WORK IN THE BUSCH RACE? "I think the low line is going to be the fast way around. Sitting up there watching that race yesterday, if you got off the bottom you were dead meat. I still think the bottom is the way to go. This package, though, you really have to work on your car to keep it down there, especially if you're back anywhere other than the front two cars. It's going to be tough and I think the race is going to be won by the guy that can stick on the bottom."


ASHTON LEWIS, JR.-25-Team Marines Ford Fusion (Qualified 35th)

"You want to be competitive amongst your fellow Ford teams, and we're not really there yet, so that was a little disappointing. I know that that car is going to race really well. It drafted and sucked up extremely well. I would have liked to seen a little bit more. I think if you can post a pretty good time, it gives other people confidence that you have a pretty fast race car and they'll work with you a little bit better. It's still a decent time, but we would have liked to have seen a little bit more out of it."

DOES THAT MEAN YOU MIGHT DROP BACK AT THE START OF THE RACE? "I hate doing it, I really do, but I think in all likelihood it will be what we do. We may race a little while just to see what it's like, and if it looks a little bit crazy I'm going to go ahead and drop to the back of it. We'll talk to some other guys and see what they're thinking and base our decision off of that at the end."


JON WOOD-47-Clorox/American Red Cross Ford Fusion (Qualified 34th)

"The truth of it is, if we wanted to build a car that could sit on the pole, I'm sure we probably could, but it's very doubtful that it would race well. We know that we're comfortably in the show and it's not important to qualify well. My intentions are to go to the back at the start of the race anyway. Why would I want to qualify eighth or ninth, because if you can't get the pole in race trim you might as well focus solely on having a good race car."

AT WHAT POINT IN THE RACE DO YOU MAKE YOUR MOVE? "There's no specific time. I guess once you feel all of the wrecks have come and gone, and it's just really a guessing game. I found myself in a great position at Talladega and I rode around the back all day until 15 to go. You just have to have a lot of luck on your side and let the chips fall where they may."


DANNY O'QUINN-50-World Financial Group Ford Fusion (Qualified 7th)

YOU WENT OUT LATER THAN YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO QUALIFY. WHAT HAPPENED? "We actually broke a spoiler brace right there getting ready to go to set the spoiler for qualifying. It kind of had us worried there for a second, but we were able to get it fixed and get it all set right there before we got out there. The World Financial Group Fusion ran really good. We backed up a little bit better than what we ran yesterday and that's what we were concerned with doing. I'm really happy with that time. These guys worked really hard getting it back together there real quick, and I can't say enough for this whole Roush Racing organization, they put a great car underneath me and I'm looking forward to the race. I think we're going to have a pretty good starting spot there. I don't know exactly where it will end up, but hopefully it will put is somewhere in the top five for qualifying. That would be pretty cool to come down here as a rookie and start out that good."

TALK ABOUT WHAT BEING ON THE DRIVER X TV SHOW HAS DONE FOR YOUR CAREER. "That was a neat TV show there and hopefully that will bring some fans in here for us, for all of us that were in the show. I had a lot of fun doing that and I think it helped us a lot just to mature as race car drivers and dealing with everything it is that you do in day-to-day life as a race car driver. Hopefully it was pretty cool deal for all of the fans. It's kind of crazy how it all worked out. We all went through the TV show thinking that there was just going to be one guy in a truck and it ended up being three or four of us and we all got rides, and here I am in a Busch car and I couldn't be happier."


STACY COMPTON-59-Kingsford/Bush's Baked Beans Ford Fusion (Qualified 31st)

YOU POSTED A TIME CLOSE TO THAT OF YOUR TEAMMATE JON WOOD. "That's the way teams are supposed be. You're supposed to be there right together. It's the same thing in a truck and it's the same thing here. I know the cars are going to race good. It's a little disappointing and I wish we would have qualified better, but we knew coming in that we had somewhat of a downforce car. The guys did a great job, and it's probably the best driving race car that I've ever had down here. We'll take it and we'll just build on it and we'll go racing tomorrow."

DO YOU PLAN ON DROPPING TO THE REAR AT THE START OF THE RACE TOMORROW? "Yeah, unfortunately. On the truck side I hate to do it because I think we can get up there and run up front and lead the thing for the majority of the night. We said when we came down we had a plan to go to the back and avoid some of the wrecks and leave here with a good finish, if not a win and build some points, and that's still what the crew chiefs want to do. That's probably what we'll end up doing. I hate to race that way, but it's Daytona and you've got to get out of here with a finish and not on the trunk."


JOHN ANDRETTI-10-Freedom Roads-Camping World Ford Fusion (Qualified 5th)

"I'm ecstatic. We ran .40s yesterday and I figured if we could back up a .40 I would be ecstatic. If we fell to a .60 I knew we would still be in. To run as quick as it did, it's a tribute to the guys on the team. They do all of the work and I think we all shared the bathroom enough from getting sick worrying about things. This is one of five that we need to get through, and tomorrow we need to just have a real solid race. I'd love to adjust on it a lot for the race, it's in full qualifying trim, but that's OK."

HOW DOES THIS QUALIFYING EFFORT STACK UP TO SOME OF THE OTHER PRESSURE-PACKED RUNS IN YOUR CAREER? "They're all just a pain. It's funny because I've qualified for Indianapolis on a lot of occasions and I just never seem to worry. I always just knew I could get in it. I don't know if I've gotten smarter and figured out that I can't pull the rabbit out of the hat every time, but we're just looking to stay on the race track and do all of the right things for the first four or five races and then really kind of go into attack mode."


TODD KLUEVER-06-3M Ford Fusion (Qualified 19th)

YOU KNEW ONCE YOU STEPPED OUT OF THE CAR THAT YOU QUALIFIED FOR THE RACE. WHAT YOUR QUALIFYING DRAW AN ADVANTAGE TODAY? "I think it's tough whenever you go out, but I think that was a good draw because now we know it's over. We went out and we beat six cars and we don't have to worry about it anymore. My heart has been beating for a month about this, just because it's such an unknown variable here. I have 100 percent confidence in my guys when we go to California, Las Vegas and Mexico, but here it's an unknown, so that's what I've been nervous about."

THE ROUSH CARS ARE ALL STARTING NEAR THE FRONT TOMORROW. IS THERE A TEAM GAME PLAN FOR THE RACE? "Our big worry was just making the race and now we'll talk about how we'll go about racing tomorrow. It's definitely nice to have a lot of teammates, especially being the rookie. Generally, I wouldn't get a lot of help, but with four teammates - and I'm not saying that they're going to stick with me the whole time either - but at least there's some friendly people out there towards us."

ANY CONCERNS WITH BUMP-DRAFTING TOMORROW? "I think the guys in the Busch race, hopefully they've heard about it all week, and I'm sure NASCAR is going to go over it quite a bit in the driver's meeting. I don't think, from the outside looking in, that it's such a necessary thing to do because the Busch cars draft a lot better than the Cup cars. I think with the Cup cars, everything's so equal that that's the only way you can do it. With the wicker bills and the blade on the spoiler you can get a run going and don't have to worry so much about it. I don't think it will be as much of an issue and I'm sure NASCAR will address it."


REGAN SMITH-35-McDonald's Ford Fusion (Qualified 32nd)

"That's the best we've been in all of our qualifying mock-up runs since we've been down here. We haven't had a car that's been fast by itself, but in the draft, when it counts, the Ford Fusion is pretty awesome. We were really happy with it yesterday and it sucked up as good as any car as I saw out there."

WHAT'S YOUR STRATEGY FOR TOMORROW? "It's tough to say until you get out there and get racing and see how the race starts to shake up. I'd like to say that we're going to lay back at the beginning, but I came here in a truck last year and had that same plan, and five laps into the thing I was leading. I didn't intend on that happening. I don't think we'll leading five laps into it tomorrow, but I want to see how it shakes up. There's some inexperience up there and you want to watch those guys a little bit. And, I'm inexperienced myself, so I want to keep it clean and see the checkered flag as opposed to crashing out early."


KEN SCHRADER-66-Duraflame/Yard-Man Ford Fusion (Qualified 29th)

"They told me when they tested that it would be somewhere around 25th. We never made a run and just worked on race stuff. It's driving wonderful and it's ready."

ARE YOU CONCERNED THAT SOME OF THE TEAMS WITH QUALIFYING SETUPS MIGHT BE AN ISSUE AT THE STAT OF THE RACE? "As long as they just don't try to hold on to it too long before they make their changes."


ELLIOTT SADLER-90-CitiFinancial Ford Fusion (Qualified 6th)

NOT A BAD QUALIFYING RUN IN A BACKUP CAR. "I think the primary definitely would have been on the pole. It was the fastest Busch car that I've ever had. A bygone is a bygone, and my guys did a great job and worked their butts off to make sure we had a good backup car. We had to make it on time and we did that and the car drives good, so I'm really happy with it. I think it's going to be all about track position. I think if you can get a couple of guys in the top seven or eight and get in a straight line, it's going to be hard to pass. I hope we get to stay in the bottom lane; I think that's where the Busch cars are going to have to make the passes at. We'll see, but it's going to fun for me to be back in a Busch race. I haven't been here in a long time at Daytona, so it will be fun to come in and do it again."

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