All-Star Challenge Weekend Pit Note #6
Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Roush/Dewalt Ford, polesitter): "Think we're pretty competitive. It feels great to win the pole. I'm pretty fired up about all this. Compared to four... five years ago, you better have that thing in gear and be ready to go, I know pretty much that when the jackman's ready for me to go and I better have it in gear and be ready, too."
Robbie Reiser (Crew chief, No. 17 Dewalt Ford): "That was pretty awesome for both Matt and this pit crew. That was just one hell of an effort by all these guys."
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick/Lowe's Chevrolet, second fastest): "Qualified second last year and won the race. There's a little rivalry between us and the 17, but I think it's more respect for each other than anything else. It's a fun format, but don't think it's something we'd want to do every race."
Chad Knaus (Crew chief, No. 48 Lowe's Home Improvement Chevrolet): "That was good. Jimmie did a good job driving the car and the guys on the pit crew pulled off a great stop. Jimmie seems to get around this place pretty well and he sure pulled off a good qualifying effort for us tonight. It's nice to see everybody so coordinated like they were. To win the pole is nice, but it's tomorrow night when they pay the big money."
Kurt Busch (No. 2 Penske/Miller Lite Dodge, third fastest): "Everything turned out really good for us. We're looking forward to qualifying next Thursday night. We got third and it's not a bad place to start. It's a neat format and something that needs to be brought out and recognized."
Troy Raker (Crew chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge): "I thought that was pretty good. The car was good and the pit crew was good. We just missed out on the pole by a little bit."
Todd Berrier (Crew chief, No. 29 Pennzoil Chevrolet): "That wasn't too bad. We wanted to see how our car would handle so we could use that information when we qualify next week for the 600. All in all I think it was pretty good and we'll have a good starting spot. No hiccups and no penalties - that's pretty good."
Carl Edwards (NEXTEL Cup Open Pole Winner, No. 99 Roush/Office Depot Ford): "Little nervous about the changes because the track changes so much. You have to do things which are quick in order to keep up. If I make it into the All-Star Challenge race, I'll give whatever money I get to the Victory Junction Gang camp. I can't say I'll give it all, but whatever I get will go to charity."
Roush Fenway Racing swept the pole positions for the NEXTEL Open and NEXTEL All-Star Challenge.