Found July 07, 2012 on Start 'N' Park Blog:

Here is a recap of how some of the Ford Racing drivers faired in qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 from Daytona. Matt Kenseth led the way winning the pole, followed by teammate Greg Biffle (5th), Casey Mears (8th), Marcos Ambrose (11th), and Carl Edwards (13th). Below is quotes from Biffle, Ambrose, Aric Almirola, Edwards, Mears, Josh Wise, Trevor Bayne, David Ragan, and David Gilliland.

GREG BIFFLE – No. 16 3M Ford Fusion – “I’m pretty happy with the car.  The car drove really good in practice and actually the first practice it was a little bit tight, so we made some adjustments and put a little downforce in the front of the car, which hurts overall speed and we knew it would and we’d pay for it today in qualifying, but we’re pretty happy with the car.  It’s fifth on the pole right now and that’s pretty decent and I think we’ll have a great car for tomorrow night.”

HOW DO YOU THINK THE RACE WILL UNFOLD?  “That’s why we made the adjustments we did to the car because we felt handling would be a premium tomorrow night and our car definitely handled well in that last session, so we’re starting up front here and keeping out of trouble is the main thing.  We’ll be up and back in the field, but I feel good about the 3M Ford Fusion.”

MARCOS AMBROSE – No. 9 DeWalt Ford Fusion – “It’s hard to know where the speed comes from.  It gets lost around this kind of place, but we’re still proud of our effort.  I’ve been a lot worse at this place and I’ve just got to thank my team and Todd Parrott and the whole Stanley crew for giving me a good car here.  We’ve got a great race car and looking forward to the race.”

ARIC ALMIROLA – No. 43 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion – “Obviously, we saw Matt up there and we thought we could challenge him for the pole, but we came up short a little bit.  That’s OK because we did some things to our car that we felt like are gonna help us in the race, so even if we give up a little bit of speed in qualifying I think it’ll help us in the race.  All in all it was not a bad day.  We’ll take it and race them tomorrow night.”

CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 Subway Ford Fusion – “It’s pretty good.  We got a little bit warm, so we pushed the envelope a little bit, which is what we’re supposed to do.  We’ve got a fast race car.  That’s nice because I think we’ll have close to a top 10 starting spot.  I’ve come here so many times and qualified 30th that I’m really grateful for a fast race car.”

CASEY MEARS – No. 13 GEICO Ford Fusion – “This GEICO Ford has been really good at all the superspeedways this year.  We didn’t qualify as well as wanted to at Talladega, but the guys rebounded well.  Some guys at Roush re-did the body on this car, so I’m excited about our chances.  We’ve got a lot of speed and that’s what it takes here.  We just have to stay out of the mess and if we do that, we’ll have a good opportunity to have a good finish.”

JOSH WISE – No. 26 MDS Transport Ford Fusion – “It was good.  The guys did a good job.  We had something going on with the transmission, so we had to change it out this morning, but we ran pretty well in race trim and I’m looking forward to tomorrow night.”

TREVOR BAYNE – No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion – “You always want to be on the pole, so I’m not completely satisfied, but these guys work hard.  We have a good race car here and they reminded me that the big trophy is tomorrow night, so we’re in the show and that’s a good thing.  Qualifying doesn’t really matter much here.  You can borrow the line from Ricky Bobby on this, ‘if you’re not first, you’re last,’ because you want to get a pole and if you don’t it doesn’t really matter at a superspeedway because you’re gonna be able to work your way around the field.  You could be 15th on the last lap for all that’s worth and still win the race, so I’m happy with the car they brought for me and I think it’s gonna race well.  That’s what’s important.”

DAVID RAGAN – No. 34 MHP 8-Hour Alert Ford Fusion – “We came down here to try to win the race.  We don’t put a lot of effort into qualifying.  We didn’t even make a qualifying run yesterday, so our 8-Hour Alert Ford seems to have a little bit of speed in it.  It drives good, so we’ll have a real shot at the win tomorrow.  We’re looking forward to getting back out there.  It was a disappointing February for us.  This is a race we always look forward to coming back to because it marks the second half of the season and allows us to evaluate what we need to do to have a good end to the year and it can start with a good run tomorrow night.”

HOW DID IT FEEL COMING BACK HERE AFTER WINNING THIS RACE A YEAR AGO?  “It’s a big deal to be a Sprint Cup winner, but at Daytona it makes it a little extra special.  It was fun to come back here and know we at least know the way to victory lane if we can make it two in a row.  It’s fun to be here in Daytona and fun to have a good race car.  I think our chances are good.”

DAVID GILLILAND – No. 38 Glory Foods Ford Fusion – “I think we’re looking good.  I think our car drafted really well.  That was our first qualifying run we’ve made all weekend, so that’s kind of what we have, but out car drafted well and sucks up well and had a lot of speed, so we’re looking forward to tomorrow night.  I think we’ve got a car good enough to do it.”

Ford Qualifying Results:
1st – Matt Kenseth
5th – Greg Biffle
8th – Casey Mears
11th – Marcos Ambrose
13th – Carl Edwards
16th – Trevor Bayne
18th – Aric Almirola
22nd – Mike Bliss
28th – David Ragan
32nd – Josh Wise
33rd – David Gilliland
35th – Terry Labonte


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