Checker Auto Parts 500 Qualifying - Nascar
DALE JARRETT – No. 88 UPS Ford Fusion (Qualified 27th)
– "We had a good pick up on both of our laps from practice. We worked on race stuff mainly in practice and made one attempt at a qualifying deal, but we were terrible. The guys put their heads together and the changes they made, especially with the shocks, made a huge difference in the way that car drove. I could be aggressive and it did the things that it’s supposed to do. Hopefully that’s a good sign for tomorrow and Sunday."
JAMIE MCMURRAY – No. 26 Irwin Ford Fusion (Qualified 14th) – "The track is getting a lot of grip in turns one and two where the shade is, but we’ve got a good balance for our car. We were at both ends of being tight and loose in practice and the guys did a really good job adjusting on it. It’s been a pretty good start to our weekend for the Irwin Industrial Tools Ford Fusion."
DAVID GILLILAND – No. 38 M&M’s Ford Fusion (Qualified 13th) – "That was a good pick up for us from where we were at in practice. I felt the car was better than that and I think our car is really good in race trim, so I’m really looking forward to this weekend. We just traveled the front end of the car too much on that lap and kind of pushed up the race track a little bit. We’ll get it fixed for race trim and see what we can do tomorrow."
CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Qualified 12th) – "We were pretty conservative there and didn’t go as fast as we needed to go, but that will be a pretty good starting spot. I thought that second lap was gonna be a little bit faster, but Bob’s doing a great job. The car is running great. To qualify eighth so far and go that easy, plus we were so fast in practice, so that’s nice."
IS BOB THE BEST OPTION FOR YOU RIGHT NOW WITH WALLY WANTING TO MAKE A CHANGE? "Yeah, I feel like Bob and Wally are equals and I’ll take either one of them. I’m just sad to lose Wally out of the company. That’s the bad thing."
MATT KENSETH – No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Qualified 10th) – "That was a great lap for us. We really struggled all day today. We got a lucky draw and took advantage of it and got a good lap out of it."
CAN YOU BE OPTIMISTIC NOW? "Not really. I’m more optimistic after we qualified, but in practice we were about a 30th-place car again today. They made some wholesale changes and I don’t even know what they all did, but they made a bunch of changes. I think they had a lot of help from the 99 car today, so we used most of their stuff and went and qualified that and got a good lap and a good place to start. I didn’t even really nail the lap and it’s still gonna get us a good spot, so that part of it is good."
GREG BIFFLE – No. 16 National Guard Ford Fusion (Qualified 6th) – "I had a good enough car for the pole and I just didn’t drive it right. I don’t know. It’s hard to do that one lap without making a mistake, but the car wiggles a little bit and it’s like, ‘Can I swat the throttle or am I gonna pitch it completely sideways and ruin the lap?’ I know a .10 on the first lap wasn’t good enough. I knew I was gonna be down some speed, so I was conservative on that second lap pushing the gas down and it just had so much grip. It was unbelievable and I just gave up so much. The car was so good."
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT WORKING WITH PAT NEXT YEAR? "I’m pretty excited about it. I think I’ll get along with Pat just as good as I got along with Doug. They’re both pretty similar and they both work real hard, so I think it’ll be a change."
MATT KENSETH, press conference
MATT KENSETH – No. 17 R&L Carriers Fusion (finished 11th, series points leader) – "We didn’t run very good. We kind of did the pit thing, I thought, right at the end, and got tires and we were decent there. Whatever the heck we’re do weiter >>
MATT KENSETH – No. 17 R&L Carriers Fusion – YOU SEEM TO HAVE ALMOST THE PERFECT TEMPERMENT FOR A RACE AT MARTINSVILLE. CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR TEMPERMENT WHEN YOU’RE ON THE TRACK? "I think whatever your car is capable of doing that day has a lot to do with how you drive. You just do the best you can every week with the equipment that you’re given and try to get the best finish weiter >>
KEN SCHRADER – No. 21 Little Debbie Fusion (qualified 10th) – "I just missed it a little bit, but it’s the fastest lap we ran today. It’s not going to be bad."
MATT KENSETH – No. 17 R&L Carriers Fusion (qualified 20th) – "That was a really good lap. That’s a lot better than we thought we were going to do."
MARK MARTIN – No. 6 AAA Fusion (qualified 25th) – ALL weiter >>
Chevy Teams Observe 10 Talented Drivers Put Through Paces of Final Stage at Nashville Superspeedway
The GM Racing Development Driver Evaluation Program concluded on Tuesday, Oct.11, 2006 at Nashville Superspeedway (NSS). Chevrolet NASCAR Nextel Cup Series (NNCS), Busch Series (NBS) and Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) teams observed the invited drivers go th weiter >>
Jeff Burton held onto his lead in the Chase for the Nextel Cup after Talladega, but just barely. Matt Kenseth is now just six points behind him in second place -- but not by much.
Mark Martin trails Kenseth by just four points; Kevin Harvick is only 23 points behind Martin... I think you get the picture. The always unpredictable Talladega tightened up the Chase standings weiter >>
2007 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES SCHEDULE
Feb 16 Daytona International Speedway
Feb 23 California Speedway
Mar 16 Atlanta Motor Speedway
Mar 31 Martinsville Speedway
Apr 28 Kansas Speedway
May 18 Lowe's Motor Speedway
May 26 Mansfield Motorsports Speedway
Jun 1 Dover International Speedway
Jun 8 Tex weiter >>
The 2007 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule was announced today and for the fifth consecutive year, the championship will be contested over 25 races. The schedule begins at Daytona International Speedway in February and concludes at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.
The series will visit the same 22 tracks as it did in 2006. A change in the schedule order moves t weiter >>
Final Stage Set for October 10-11, 2006 at Nashville Superspeedway
Detroit (MI) - GM Racing is in the process of hosting a three-stage Development Driver Evaluation Program. The purpose is to place a group of select young drivers in a controlled environment to give Chevy Nextel Cup, Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series racing teams the opportunity to m weiter >>
Mark Martin, driver of the No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion, is fourth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings with three races remaining before the Chase for the Nextel Cup.
SHARPIE 500 QUALIFYING
MARK MARTIN – No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Qualified 15th) – "We got a bad draw there. I hate that. We’ve got a great race car and I thought for once we weren’t g weiter >>
Schedule's order has changes, but locations remain same
Official Release August 24, 2006
Nextel Cup Series schedule was announced Thursday, a 36-race slate starting with the 49th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Daytona International Speedway. On Sunday, Nov. 18, Homestead-Miami Speedway will again host the season finale. weiter >>
Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 38 M&M’s Ford Fusion, qualified 12th for tomorrow’s AMD at the Glen. After the first practice session, Sadler spoke about the race and his decision last month to leave Robert Yates Racing.
ELLIOTT SADLER – No. 38 M&M’s Ford Fusion – YOU SA weiter >>
Mark Martin, driver of the No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion, is sixth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings with five races remaining until the Chase for the Nextel Cup begins. He spoke about his position in the standings and this weekend’s race before Friday’s practice.
MARK MARTIN – No. 6 A weiter >>
Stephen Leicht, driver of the No. 90 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion, was one of the NASCAR Busch Series regulars who also will be trying to make the Nextel Cup race this weekend. Leicht, who made his Cup debut two weeks ago at Pocono, spoke about attempting to make both races and his first trip to Indianapolis weiter >>
Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 National Guard Ford Fusion, has won two of the last three NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at Michigan International Speedway and he was the fastest in both practice sessions on Saturday. Biffle, who qualified 10th for tomorrow’s 3M Performance 400, spoke about his expectations wh weiter >>
MARK MARTIN – No. 6 AAA Fusion – "We just did this, didn’t we? I feel like we just left the press room."
ALMOST HALF OF YOUR CAREER CUP STARTS HERE HAVE RESULTED IN TOP-FIVE FINISHES. YOU MUST ALWAYS FEEL LIKE GOOD THINGS ARE GOING TO HAPPEN HERE. "Yeah. I’ve always liked this weiter >>
ELLIOTT SADLER – No. 38 M&M’s Fusion (qualified 8th) – "We’ve been missing on qualifying a little bit. We’re fast right there because nobody’s really gone. We just missed it a little bit. Spending so much time on race trim, we’ve been letting our qualifying slip through the cracks a lot. But maybe that’ll be in the top 15 or something. I’m proud of my guys. We got a lo weiter >>