JASON KELLER-57-Albertsons Ford Taurus (Qualified 19th) "We've been off since we've been here, so it's hard to tell exactly what it's doing. We're just missing it. I don't know where we're a little bit off, but we just can't seem to...
JASON KELLER-57-Albertsons Ford Taurus (Qualified 19th)
"We've been off since we've been here, so it's hard to tell exactly what it's doing. We're just missing it. I don't know where we're a little bit off, but we just can't seem to find."
ARE THE TRACK CONDITIONS ANY DIFFERENT FROM THIS MORNING WITH WINSTON CUP PRACTICE ADDING RUBBER TO THE TRACK? "No, I don't think so. We're just missing it right now."
BOBBY HAMILTON, JR.-25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Qualified 9th)
"We're happy with it. We just lost a little bit of the race track. It didn't have a whole lot of grip that it had this morning, which we knew that. I don't know what else we could have done. It drove good on the gas, wide open. It just didn't have the grip. I think that will definitely will be in the top 10, so we'll take it and go with it."
HOW HAS THE PRESENCE OF HAROLD HOLLY HELPED THIS TEAM THIS WEEKEND? "We're fine with the changes. We could tell it was going to be OK this morning the first lap on the race track. We're just looking forward to the rest of the year. We're looking at this weekend as the start of the rest of the season. I don't think I would have been able to do anything different with the car with the way we have it now."
STANTON BARRETT-60-OdoBan Ford Taurus (Qualified 6th)
"It was good in race setup this morning, but it was a little iffy in qualifying trim in practice. But, the car felt good unloaded and we haven't had that in three or four races, so it's nice that we felt good when we unloaded. Regardless, I think it was a good run, and hopefully it will be in the top five. The car felt good and there was probably a little bit more. Your first lap is usually faster and we picked up on the second lap. I learned some things on the first lap that helped on the second lap. We'll take it, especially after the last couple of weeks."
HAS THE TRACK LOST ANY GRIP FROM PREVIOUS YEARS? "The track always seems the same. The concrete tracks have a little more grip, but it could be the tire a little bit. You have the banking that holds you in. The track gets tighter and tighter as the race goes, and we're preparing for that. I think we have good race setup and we'll keep plugging away at it. You always think you can get more, but if you drive that little extra bit sometimes it bites you ands sometimes it doesn't. You never know. At Nashville I thought I could get the pole easily and I tried to get it by two or three tenths and it cost me the pole. You never know."
KASEY KAHNE-38-Great Clips Ford Taurus (Qualified 2nd)
"This whole team made big changes after practice. They changed the car all around and it surprised me. I had to get off the gas coming off of turn 4 and that's why I didn't run two laps, but it still went cross the line fast enough."
WAS IT A LEAP OF FAITH IN QUALIFYING FOR YOU TODAY? "We made big guesses. We changed nose weight a whole percent. We changed about 300 pounds of right-front spring, a bar and 150 pounds of left-front spring. We made a lot of changes right there and it helped us a lot. I trust these guys a lot on what they do. You need to have trust when you're qualifying to run that hard. I just hoped it stuck in turn 1 on the first lap and it did. I was just happy that they made the right choices."
MATT KENSETH-17-Alka-Seltzer Morning Relief Ford Taurus (Qualified 3rd)
"I think the track is about the same as it was this morning. We have a real good car, but we've been having fuel pressure problems all day and the motor didn't actually run at all in qualifying. I think we have a lot better car than we showed. I don't think the track is losing grip. The times are a lot faster today than they were last time, so I think it's a little quicker this year."
SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Qualified 4th)
"I was trying hard. We were actually a little tight in practice in our qualifying mode and we freed the car up a little bit and sat here and watched all of these guys qualify and talked ourselves into freeing it up a little more. Man, I had my hands full. It was way too free to use the throttle you need to use here to sit on the pole. But, all of the guys did a good job. I put the car into the wall on the seventh lap out there, and we had to come in and change a truckarm and beat the side back out. This just shows how good this team is right now. Everybody is rolling with the punches and keeping up and doing what they have to do to keep that car up front. It was a good qualifying run for us and that shows off. I think that's due in large part to a better line of communication that me and Doug Randolph are building and all of these guys. All of these guys are more focused right now than I've ever seen them before. They might have been this focused when they won the championship in 2000, but it's hard to believe that they could be any more focused than they are right now. They're working hard, they're happy and everybody is having fun again."