RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger)

“That was a really great lap, and the car was really balanced. Any time you get around the track like this you’ve got to have good horsepower, so I’ve got to thank the guys back in the engine room. They did a great job. You never know what to expect, but I’m really happy and satisfied to get six (poles) in a row at this racetrack. It says a lot about our team and its versatility the way everything has changed with the tires and the cars and setups and everything else. It’s really a feather in our cap.

“At times we’ve performed well on Sunday after qualifying this well. We’ve had some power train problems, we’ve had some handling problems, we’ve had some tire problems here last fall with the fastest race car. The tire was just plain out of balance. We’ve had some crazy things happen in the race that put us back to not be able to show our speed in reference to qualifying. We really struggled this spring in the race, and we need to make sure we’re better, and I feel we will be better in the race in race trim. I really look forward to the race.

“If Jimmie and Tony have problems there could easily be eight guys within 40 points of each other for the championship, you just never know. We’re going to go out and focus on what we do as a team and let everything else fall. Anything can happen in the race and starting up front is a good thing and you get a good pit selection.”

“I told her (wife Krissie) that winning the pole was for her (birthday present).”


“It was a good effort for the Alltel Dodge. Hopefully it holds up. I thought we were pretty good in practice, and I really enjoy qualifying here at night. The car was pretty stout. We were happy with it today in practice. It wasn’t the fastest, but we felt like it would be a pretty good car. Mark Martin was pretty happy with his, and we thought we were comparable to him speedwise, so we’ll see. This is a fast track, especially under these conditions. They did a great job repairing it after the tornado and everything. We enjoy this track. It’s a handful in the race. I told them I was going for two laps if I didn’t get everything on the first one. I ran it again and she felt pretty good. It was pretty darn close to a perfect lap. It’ll be hard to beat that. If anyone can beat it they can have it.”

JEFF GREEN (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger)
“The Evernham motor ran good off the truck, and our Dodge is handling great with tape on and tape off. I’m looking forward to Sunday. I think it was a little advantage for us going out first. I think later on the dew will come in and make the track slicker. There’s going to be a fine line. I don’t know if first was the right spot, but it wasn’t bad.”

CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target/Nicorette Dodge Charger)
“We didn’t go up on the rev chip like we always do for qualifying. We killed the rev chip at both ends. We would have been better, but that’s the way it goes.”

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Charger)
“It wasn’t bad. We were a little free in three and four, but it wasn’t a bad lap. We’ll watch the Vols beat the Gamecocks on TV tomorrow and then come back Sunday and try to get a good run with the Coors Light Dodge.”

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
“It was a little loose off turn two, but other than that it was a pretty solid run. We picked up quite a bit. The track is real fast right now. I feel good about the race. I always feel good going into the race. The car is adjustable, so we should be in good shape.”

KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge Charger)
“It was OK. That’s the first time we made a qualifying run. We ran the same set of tires in both practices. Jeff did a great job in the Cheerios Dodge Charger, and we’ve got a good car for the race. We worked hard on our race setup for two hours, so hopefully it’ll pay off.”

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger)
“We didn’t make a qualifying lap today. We really didn’t know where we were. I’m proud of these guys. The motor ran great, and the car handled good. From where we came from today to run a 29 flat is pretty good.”

TRAVIS KVAPIL (No. 77 Kodak/Jasper Dodge Charger)
“The car doesn’t feel like it’s down on the racetrack, and that’s what we’ve been fighting the whole time. It’s got a ton of grip and it’s real fast, but I was out of the gas too long. It didn’t feel real good, but we know we’re in the race. We’ll put the race setup in and hopefully it’ll pay off for us Sunday.”

REED SORENSON (No. 39 Discount Tire Dodge Charger)
“Our goal coming down here was to get in the race, and we’ve done that. That’s the most nervous I’ve ever been in qualifying. This is the biggest race in my life so far, and it has been very nerve-racking. I think we came close to getting everything out of the car. I did all I could without wrecking it. We want to run all 500 miles now. I think the car is going to be real good in race trim. We tested and we were horrible, and we came back and were pretty good in practice today. I feel pretty good about it right now.”