Ford Bristol Qualifying

Greg Biffle, No. 16 3M Ford (Qualified 14th) “That was a pretty good lap. I was a little loose into one and gave up some time but everybody else still has to do it. We are hoping that will give us a top-15 starting spot, maybe if we are lucky a top-10. There are a lot of fast cars to go and it depends if the sun pops back out or not.”

AJ Allmendinger, No. 43 Best Buy Ford (Qualified 18th) “You always want pole. It was a decent lap. You can break it down and figure out where you lost a hundredth of a second. It was decent but I am not sure where that will end up. I wish we would have been on the bottom side of those 72’s but we will see.” HOW DO YOU FEEL YOUR CAR IS FOR TOMORROW NIGHT? “I feel like we know. This has always been my worse race track so I feel like we put in a lot of laps and the crew guys did a great job of making a lot of changes. I was happy with the car and I think we are decent in race trim. We aren’t the fastest car but we are at least in the ballgame. We will just try to be smart for 500 laps.”

David Ragan, No. 6 UPS Ford (Qualified 24th) “We weren’t very good when we unloaded but we made a lot of improvements. We are still just a little bit off. I wish we could have done that in race trim. We just need to keep working on it. We have 500 laps and a lot of crazy things can happen here at Bristol. We made our car better throughout the day but when you start so far off it makes it practically impossible to get it perfect within a couple hours of practice. That was a pickup from practice but it looks like we will have to race hard to begin with.”
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Marcos Ambrose, No. 9 Stanley Ford Fusion (Qualified 11th) “I tell you what the last few weeks have been great for our Stanley Dewalt team and everyone in the program. We have really turned out stuff around. Todd Parrott has had done a great job on the box and Mark my everyday engineer and everyone are working hard at it and thinking about it and doing our own thing. We aren’t copying other people and it is certainly working out.”

Matt Kenseth, No. 17 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Qualified 3rd) “That was good. We were pretty good in qualifying trim. I wish I had a lap back. The times are so tight here that you always think you can do better. We pretty much got most of it, we were just a little loose.” DID THE CLOUD COVER WORRY YOU AT ALL? “The only thing that worried me about it was that it was real cloudy early and I was afraid they would break and we would lose the advantage. The track was real consistent today for qualifying.”

Carl Edwards, No. 99 Aflac Dental Ford Fusion (Qualified 2nd) “At least I will be on the front row. I won’t get anything in my teeth up there on the Aflac Dental car on the first lap at least. Ryan did a good job and we did everything right today. I probably could have done a little better job coming to the green. To come off turn four that last time, coming to the white I was a little bit loose and I left my foot in it and almost hit the fence. I figured that was enough. Second place will be a good starting spot. Hopefully we can get a victory for Aflac.”

David Gilliland, No. 34 Thanks Bristol Fans Ford (Qualified 17th) “That was pretty good. We were a little free but the guys did a good job and we are excited. I can’t wait for the race. We worked on a lot of race trim stuff and a little on qualifying. I feel good about our car and this is one of the tracks we can do good at with what we have. I am excited about it and can’t wait for Saturday night.”

Travis Kvapil, No. 38 Long John Silver’s Ford (Qualified 33rd) “I am really relieved. We really didn’t have a very good race car off the truck and the guys put two completely different set ups in practice underneath me and we finally got some good speed toward the end of the first practice. We tuned on that for the second practice. I was worried because this is one of my favorite tracks and I know we can race good here tomorrow night, we just had to get it through today and we did that.”

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