Scott Riggs in the no. 10 Nestea Ford was the highest qualifying RaybestosÂ® Rookie at Chicagoland Speedway. Riggs earned the second starting position and took top qualifying rookie honors for the fourth consecutive Busch Series race. "That...
Scott Riggs in the no. 10 Nestea Ford was the highest qualifying Raybestos® Rookie at Chicagoland Speedway. Riggs earned the second starting position and took top qualifying rookie honors for the fourth consecutive Busch Series race.
"That might hold up for the top-10, maybe, but no way will it get the pole. It got tight with me on the second lap. The first lap was our quickest. The second lap was going to be quicker but we just got a little tight there getting into (turn) three. It pushed up in the middle of three and four and never did get it back down. That will put us in a pretty good position to start the race. I wish it could have been a little further to the front and maybe the pole. We didn't come here to qualify, we came here to race and we brought a good car. We've got new fresh colors on it, the Nestea colors and we'll see if we can put this blue car up front."
DID YOU TEST HERE?
"The first time I saw it (the track) was this morning. It's my kind of racetrack so I wanted to do a little better."
DID YOU FEEL LIKE YOU WERE A LITTLE BEHIND TODAY?
"Not really. The car was good right out of the box. It took me a little time to find where I needed to be on the racetrack and what I needed to do and where I needed to position the car. I felt like I was headed in the right direction in qualifying, where I needed to be to make the fastest lap. I think the track got a lot tighter since all the Winston Cup cars have been out there (in practice) and plus we're out here in the middle of the heat."
WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE TO HAVE A DECENT RUN HERE SATURDAY?
"I wish I knew because the last three runs we needed the consistency. We had good cars. Things happen and we get behind or get off on pit strategy or get caught up in stupid wrecks. We need to hang out around the front all day tomorrow and be there at the end."
CASEY MEARS, NO. 66 PHILLIPS 66 DODGE, QUALIFIED 11TH.
"We're pretty happy. It's a place that I've never been before and out of the box we're not too bad. We were 12th this morning in practice and if we could come home inside the top-12 in qualifying we'd be really happy. It wasn't perfect. It was definitely loose getting in and tight coming off but it's one of the better cars that we've had so far throughout the year. I think we're going to be pretty good in the race. I really thought we could have improved from that practice time. We did a qualifying run on our very first lap and the second lap was going to be quicker and somebody pulled out in front of me. I thought this morning we could have run a couple tenths (of a second) quicker. I feel like we lost a couple of tenths from where we could have been in practice. Our goal is to be finishing these races. We need to get some top-10 finishes and have some consistent runs because running inside that top-10 you learn so much more than when you run just inside the top-20. You're dealing with the guys who are there week in and week out. I learn more as a driver and we learn more as a team what we've got to do the next race when we can run inside the top-10."
BRIAN VICKERS, NO. 40 EMP DODGE, QUALIFIED 12TH.
"I'm not quite happy with that but I am satisfied with how we ran. We have a pretty good car and the guys did well. The car was a little tight, center off, from what is was in practice. I knew we needed to free it up some, but I don't think we did it quite enough. The front tires just didn't stay with me, but I'm happy. I'm happy for EMP and all the guys and hopefully we'll end up in the top-10, top-15."
SHANE HMIEL, NO. 47 GOULDS PUMPS CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 18TH. HMIEL WILL DROP TO THE REAR OF THE FIELD FOR SATURDAY'S RACE AFTER CHANGING ENGINES DURING PRACTICE FRIDAY AFTERNOON.
"The Goulds Pumps team had a motor failure in practice. I screwed up on my second lap and got out of the gas early or we were a little tight. It's hard to say in qualifying. My hat is off to the guys for getting the motor in that fast."
WHEN DID YOU HAVE THE PROBLEM?
"About halfway though (practice). I think we had a problem the whole time but we didn't have any way to tell until the end. The motor felt a little flat and then it started pouring water out of the tailpipes and that means it's got a broken head gasket."
DAN PARDUS IN NO. 32 OUTDOOR CHANNEL CHEVROLET WAS INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT DURING HIS QUALIFIYNG RUN. HE WAS RELEASED AFTER A BRIEF VISIT TO THE INFIELD CARE CENTER. PARDUS DID NOT QUALIFY FOR THE TROPICANA TWISTER 300.
"We're fine. It's a tough deal for the Outdoor Channel Chevrolet. The team has worked so hard; that was a new racecar. We ran it at Kentucky and thought we'd come here and just have a good day. We had a decent practice going. We freed the thing up a little bit for qualifying. The track must have changed a little bit and freed up a little bit. I went down into three there and it wiggled in the center and it was all I could do hold on it and backed her into the wall. We'll just have to check the provisional situation out and go from there. That's the first time that I've ever really had a lot of fire in the car and that did kind of scare me a little bit because when I went in backwards I felt some heat. The next thing I noticed was a lot of smoke and then I seen flames and orange and then it got real hot real quick. It took me a few minutes to get out but I didn't get burned or nothing like that, just a little smoke inhalation. We'll be okay."