The Frontstretch: Post Qualifying Quotes: O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 by Nikki Krone -- Saturday July 2, 2005

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Post Qualifying Quotes: O'Reilly Auto Parts 250

Nikki Krone · Saturday July 2, 2005


Bill Lester (pole sitter for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250): "I like this track.  This is where I got my first career top-10 finish, three years back (2003).  I think we'll have a historic run tomorrow.  That's what I'm looking forward to in tomorrow's race.  I'm happy about the pole, but it's all about racing -- and I think we have a truck to be reckoned with tomorrow."

Mike Skinner (qualified 2nd):  "[The key to the race] will be the same thing that's the key to the race every week -- survival.  Paying attention and being smart, and having a good day on pit road.  A good handling truck is also going to be ikey.  We gave up some stuff in qualifying trim to hopefully be better in the race.  We took a different approach this week -- we thought we'd be better on the end of long runs like we have our truck now."

Todd Kluever (qualified 3rd):  "We were good in both practice sessions.  The truck was fast right off the trailer and we qualified well, right in the top three.  With the little shakeup this week, with the two teams switching crew chiefs and engineers and truck chiefs, it's worked out great so far.  It's done exactly what Jack was hoping it would do.  I really respect Mike Beam and I'm happy to be working with him.  It's been a good day so far.  We unloaded fast, made it better and qualified well, so I'm exited about tomorrow."

Dennis Setzer (qualified 12th; has won the last two CTS events):  "We were a little loose for qualifying but we have a decent starting spot.  We would have liked to be a little close to the front but I know we have a good setup to start the race.  This Z71 we have is the truck we won in Michigan with so I have a lot of confidence in what the truck can do.  Eric (Phillips, crew chief) will have a great race strategy for tomorrow so we will go out and let the track and the race come to us."

David Starr (qualified 13th):  "Not a bad qualifying effort, a lot better than we were earlier in practice.  Dave McCarty (crew chief) and the guys and I talked about everything after practice and made some changes.  So we qualified better than we practiced...  I think the changes we made will be the right ones.  We've been in a little slump here but the morale on the team is high and we are going to keep fighting."

John Andretti (qualified 23rd; driving the No. 15 Billy Ballew Chevrolet in his first ever CTS race): "I think the truck will race pretty good.  Like I said, it is still such a learning experience for me that it will take some laps into the race to know for sure.  We would like to be closer to the front but I think we can work our way forward tomorrow."

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