Coca-Cola 600 Pit Note #9
Post qualifying notes:
Elliott Sadler (third-fastest qualifier, No. 19 Evernham/UAW Dodge Dealers Dodge Charger): "Kind of a bitter run for us to lose the pole by that little of a margin. Proud of my guys doing what they did. It's a good way to start the weekend. It's a great race and it needs to stay 600 miles. If you survive, it's a great test of your stamina. We left a lot of speed on the race track."
Kurt Busch (second-fastest, No. 2 Penske/Miller Lite Dodge Charter): "Really excited to have an opportunity to go for the pole. It was a big achievement to see the Penske cars one-two. From what we did last week, I really thought we might have a chance to win the pole. For Roger [Penske, car owner] to pull off a double here and at Indy on the same day would be something else."
Ryan Newman (pole winner, 39th career NEXTEL Cup pole, sixth pole at Lowe's, No. 12 Penske/Alltel Dodge Charger): "Felt I could have had a lot better lap and wish I had because we didn't win the pole by that much. We can only try as hard as we can and hopefully experience will pay off here and at Indy. We've been performing well the last four-five weeks, but haven't had the finishes to show for it. Hendrick's organization is definitely strong and I look forward to the opportunity of facing them. Happy to be where I am now in the points and appreciate it more. I was worried about Kurt qualifying because he had a great lap last week for the All-Star race. We've done a great job of sharing information. Winning poles here and at Indy is great for Roger Penske."