Johnny Sauter was the highest qualifying RaybestosÂ® rookie for the O'reilly 300. He will start third and took top qualifying rookie honors for the second time this season. He was also the highest qualifying RaybestosÂ® rookie in the season...
Johnny Sauter was the highest qualifying Raybestos® rookie for the O'reilly 300. He will start third and took top qualifying rookie honors for the second time this season. He was also the highest qualifying Raybestos® rookie in the season opening event at Daytona International Speedway where he started seventh.
"It was real good. We spent all morning working on qualifying runs. We came here and tested a week and a half ago and ended up getting to run only about 20 laps. All in all we knew what we needed to do for qualifying and we just put everything together. I'm pretty happy with third, but I think we had a little bit more left in it."
HOW EASY IS IT TO MAKE A MISTAKE IN QUALIFYING HERE AT TEXAS?
"It's real easy for me. I have a tendency to overdrive into a corner anyway and I did that again today and killed the speed. This is a real nice racetrack and this is the first time I've been here. The pavement is awesome. We'll see if we can't get this ACDelco car in victory lane."
HOW MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE IS THERE GOING TO BE FROM QUALIFYING TO THE RACE ON
"I really don't know. I've never been here and I don't know what the weather is going to do. We'll make a long run tomorrow and get a lot better idea of what we need to have. The bigger the racetrack the more temperamental it is to the weather. I've learned from running in the Busch Series. The way the forecast looks it is supposed to be pretty much the same so we'll do a long run tomorrow and see what we've got."
SCOTT RIGGS, NO. 10 NESTLE NESQUIK FORD, QUALIFIED 12TH. HE LEADS THE RAYBESTOS® ROOKIE STANDINGS BY SIX POINTS (60-54) OVER SAUTER.
"I think we should have been a little faster than that. We're a little bit disappointed. I thought we would have been able to at least back up what we (practiced), maybe even pick it up a little bit and we didn't do it. We slowed down two tenths (of a second) and I don't know why. The car felt good and I really felt like it was going to be a solid lap. It drove in the corner good, right on the edge. I got back in the gas pretty early and hard. I don't understand why we were so slow. We were a lot slower than we were in practice. We'll keep on digging."
SHANE HMIEL, NO. 47 THOMAS PACCONI CLASSICS CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 18TH.
"Surely that will get us somewhere in the top-10. It shows how good my team is. I've never been here in my life. I've played it on the video game a whole lot. When you get here you're like 'Shoot, I wish we had come and tested and these guys gave me such a good car it's like 'Why do we need to test when the cars drive this well?' My car was stuck on the ground. It needed to be freed up a little; not loose it just needed to be off the ground a little bit. It stuck like it was supposed to."
HOW CAN YOU TELL THAT YOU ARE REALLY GOING FAST HERE AT TEXAS?
"About the middle of the turn you can see the black marks. Usually when the black marks are high on the wall that's when you know you are getting it done. We're flat out getting it done here. Texas has done an excellent job with this paving. You don't feel transitions and look we just beat Jeff Burton; that's unbelievable. We're pumped. It's going to be a good weekend for us."
CASEY MEARS, NO. 66 PHILLIPS 66 DODGE, QUALIFIED 29TH.
"We just got a little tight. The first lap was the quickest first lap that we've ran since we've been here. I've never been to this place so the very first time here I think we ran 20 laps in practice and go qualify it. Considering that and no testing, the guys did an excellent job having the thing close in the ballpark. We set it up a little bit tight. That first lap was a .60 and the second lap was .60 with me lifting out of the throttle a ton with me trying to catch the front end. If we could have had a little more front end I think it could have been a .30."