STANTON BARRETT-60-OdoBan Ford Taurus (Qualified 5th) "That's a pretty good time for the OdoBan Ford. I got a solid lap in on the first lap, and I went for it on the second lap. I did what I thought I could do on the second lap, but with my ...
STANTON BARRETT-60-OdoBan Ford Taurus (Qualified 5th)
"That's a pretty good time for the OdoBan Ford. I got a solid lap in on the first lap, and I went for it on the second lap. I did what I thought I could do on the second lap, but with my brakes, I just drove it in a little too deep. There's such a fine line between putting up a good lap and not. This car is capable of being on the pole, I just screwed. I want to do so good that I was just trying a little too hard on the second lap. It was a good run for the OdoBan Ford. It was respectable. Hopefully it will keep in the top five. As long as we stay in the top 10 we'll be fine. We're just trying to learn again this race and come back from our blows that we've had the last two speedway races. Track position is so vital anymore. We're happy to be up there, and we need to stay up there. That's where you've got to start race. You can start anywhere and still finish well, but for us, we're still trying to learn and it's just a benefit for us to start towards the front."
KASEY KAHNE-38-Great Clips Ford Taurus (Qualified 6th)
"This is my first time here and it would be very hard to go fast if you didn't have a good car right from the start. That's what these Great Clips guys do - they keep giving me good cars. Wes Ward is doing an awesome job crew chiefing it, so I'm excited. I messed up there, though. I think we should be on the pole. I got too high off of turn 2 and it slowed us down at least two tenths."
HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO FIND THE PREFERRED LINE AROUND HERE SO FAST? "I raced 18 races last year, so I learned a lot with that. Coming here for the first time, I watched a little bit of ARCA qualifying and went on the track. You just have to teach yourself and get behind somebody who knows the place. You have to get the car to where you're comfortable and then just make some laps."
WITH YOUR SPRINT CAR BACKGROUND, IS IT A HARD TRANSITION TO RACE ON CONCRETE? "I like it. Dover is one of my favorite race tracks and so is Bristol. This is my first time here, but the concrete surface is pretty cool. I enjoy racing on the concrete tracks."
SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Qualified 3rd)
"We've really made gains from the time we unloaded this morning. We had a lot of work to do and we made big gains every time we came in and made changes. I feel good about it. We're still not quite where we need to be, but I'm real proud of how hard all of the guys have worked to get us in this position. I feel good about my race car for the race."
HOW HAS THE CONCRETE SURFACE AGED SINCE LAST YEAR? "I don't know if the tire compound has changed a little bit, but the track is just getting faster and faster. I don't think there are any dangerous spots on the race track, and there are definitely going to be two grooves to race in. As far as track conditions, the track is in good shape."
THERE WERE A FEW CARS THAT SPUN IN QUALIFYING. IS THAT FROM A LACK OF GRIP ON THE RACING SURFACE? "I think there are a lot of people doing a lot of things to get that little bit of extra speed out of the car. This track has a lot of texture in it with the way that they gave ground the track. Some of those textured spots where they change, sometimes it upsets the car a little bit, and if you hit it just the wrong way, I think it can get way from you."
JASON KELLER-57-Albertsons Ford Taurus (Qualified 2nd)
YOU WERE ABLE TO TEST HERE A FEW WEEKS AGO. DID THAT HELP YOU TODAY? "It did, but we really never got to do qualifying runs then; we just did race runs a lot for two days. I'm really, really happy that we did as good as we did today. The only bad thing about it is when you get this close, you always think about what could have been. It was the best lap that we've had on the race track yet, so we really can't complain too much."
HOW FAR WAS IT FROM A PERFECT LAP? "The biggest thing that kind of makes me mad is that I went through 1 and 2 quicker on the second lap, but just messed up down there in 3 and 4. In order to qualify on the pole, you have to have close to a perfect lap. I had a real good lap, but I just left a little out there."
YOU'VE FINISHED ALL THREE RACES HERE IN THE TOP FIVE, AND YOU'VE WON AT EACH OF THE OTHER CONCRETE VENUES ON THE CIRCUIT. "Steve (Addington, crew chief) asked where I wanted to go test and this is definitely one of the places that I wanted to go test. I've been close to one of those guitars for a long time, but I've just never been able to get one. We put a lot of emphasis on this place. This is the only concrete track on the circuit that I haven't won on that we race on. Hopefully we can change that tomorrow."
BOBBY HAMILTON, JR.-25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Qualified 8th)
"We were a little loose on our qualifying run, but that's our race stuff; the same deal we normally do."
HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS RACE THIS WEEKEND TO START BUILDING SOME POSITIVE MOMENTUM? "I can't think of a better place to turn it round. That would be good, if we can stay out of all of the trouble. That's been our problem. It hasn't been anything that we've done or the team; it's starting to upset us. It would be a good time to turn it around."
HAS THERE BEEN A CHANGE OF FOCUS TOWARDS QUALIFYING TO START UP FRONT TO AVOID EARLY-RACE TROUBLE? "No, I don't think so. We're eighth without wasting our time on two fast laps. Qualifying doesn't pay. If you get the car driving good, you tape it up and you can make time. If not, you need to work on it some more anyway. We just stick to our normal stuff. We were running second at Texas and got taken out and we were running at 13th in Talladega and got in a wreck. It doesn't matter where you start."