Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 8/17/14

MIAMI - NOVEMBER 22: 2010 Nationwide Series Champion Brad Keselowski, driver of the Discount Tire Dodge, poses with the Champions trophy during the NASCAR Nationwide/Camping World Truck Series Banquet at Loews Miami Beach Hotel on November 22, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Justin Heiman/Getty Images for NASCAR)
BRAD KESELOWSKI – No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion ON HIS RUN: “My seat belts came undone. It was just one of those weird deals, so I had a chance and I fixed it and got back going.” HOW HAS THIS TRACK AGED? “It’s a little bit rougher, but it’s hard to tell because the wind is so violent right now. That really affects how your cars drive here, but it’s full of challenges here at Kansas, that’s for sure. That’s a good thing.” HOW WAS THE LAP? “It wasn’t what we were looking for, for sure. We didn’t make it through the center of the corner with as much speed as we need to to be fast, so we’ve got to work on that.” ARIC ALMIROLA – No. 43 STP Ford Fusion ON HIS LAP: “It was an OK lap. We slowed down a little bit from practice, which was a little disappointing, but the track was quite a bit different after that truck practice. That draw didn’t help us again. We continue to get an early draw. I don’t know how that happens. All in all, it was a good run for us. I’m proud of Todd Parrott and all the guys on this STP Ford Fusion. It was a decent lap for us. I think it’ll be a decent starting spot, but the track was just a lot different from practice.” GREG BIFFLE – No. 16 ACE Brand Ford Fusion ON HIS LAP: “It just seemed like we were little bit tight turning off into three and four. I don’t know if it’s the wind or what, but I had to lift on the gas on corner entry. The car just didn’t want to lead to the bottom and that will cost us. We’ll end up in the middle of the pack at the end, but maybe a little better than that. We’ll just have to wait and see if this wind plays havoc with everybody else, but it’s a little bit windy right now.” CASEY MEARS – No. 13 Geico Ford Fusion ON HIS LAP: “The wind is definitely blowing a different direction. For whatever reason we were just really, really tight that time. I think we had a respectable car in practice and I felt really good about it, but it was just really tight and we didn’t change anything. We’re a little bit perplexed. Maybe it’s the wind changing direction, but we were just really tight that time. I don’t know what the problem was.” RICKY STENHOUSE JR. – No. 17 Zest Ford Fusion ON HIS LAP: “That was pretty good. I was hoping for a little bit more there, but the guys did a good job keeping this thing fast from practice. The Zest Ford Fusion looks clean right now and, hopefully, it’ll look clean starting up front. I’m not sure that’s gonna hold up. I think Carl and some of the other Ford guys are pretty fast. Hopefully, it holds up because that would be good for us, but, all in all, it’s been a great start to the weekend. We’re just looking to build on that throughout the weekend.” MARCOS AMBROSE – No. 9 Stanley Ford Fusion ON HIS LAP: “We were great in qualifying practice and we heard everybody was really tight, so we made some adjustments before we went out and it was too free. We went for a second lap there and I just scuffed the wall and normally when you do that it tightens up, so I stayed in it thinking it was gonna be OK through three and four on the second lap, but it was still too loose. We missed it a little bit ,but I’m still proud of my Stanley team. They gave me a great car today. There’s no real damage there. We’ll just clean that up and be ready for tomorrow.” SAM HORNISH JR. – No. 12 SKF Ford Fusion ON HIS LAP: “I’m not really sure to tell you about that. I haven’t been in one of these Gen-6 cars since October of last year, so having the opportunity to go out and run it, and to get a short amount of practice time today, and to see how everything has come together with this 12 team – Greg Erwin and all the guys that work on my 12 normally, as well as some of the 22 Nationwide guys, I’m real happy about what they’ve been able to do. We came here just having to qualify in on speed. I felt we had a good opportunity to come out of here with a top-10 starting spot, so I’m real happy about that. I’m looking forward to the race. SKF is a really great company to be associated with. They’re not only on our Nationwide car and on this car, but they’re on every car that runs out of the Penske stable – Indy Car and NASCAR – so we’re really proud to be part of that with them and, hopefully, we’ll have a top-five starting spot when it’s all over with.” JOEY LOGANO – No. 22 AAA Ford Fusion HOW WAS YOUR LAP? “It wasn’t pretty, that’s for sure. We’ve been really good in race trim. Our AAA Ford was good in race trim, but as soon as we switched to qualifying trim we didn’t have much speed in our car. We went to more of what the 12 car had because he was pretty good and he spent the whole practice in qualifying trim. We didn’t go all the way there, but most of the way there and it was better but not quite good enough. I’m looking forward to putting it back into race trim and getting it tuned in.” CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 STP Ford Fusion ON HIS LAP: “It was fun while it last. What did he run? A .145, we ran a .162, so we definitely have some really good race cars. Man, I really wanted to be on the pole. This car is fast. It’s gonna be a great race on Sunday and I feel like our guys have done a really good job with our test here and what we’ve prepared for the race, so you never know. This is a cool track. To win here would be huge.” HOW WAS YOUR LAP? “We had the pole for two or three minutes there and that felt real good. This is a special place and we’ve got a very fast Aflac Ford. Hopefully, it races as well as it runs in qualifying trim. I really messed up my first lap. My second lap was pretty good, but it still wasn’t as fast as what we ran in practice. I think we’ll hold up for second, so that’s a great starting spot. I just want to win this race. That’s it.” DAVID GILLILAND – No. 38 Long John Silver’s Ford Fusion ON HIS LAP: “We were pretty tight through the center of the corner. I got into the turns pretty good, but it would tighten up in the center. It was mainly in one and two. We were pretty good through three and four. We picked up a little bit of speed from practice when a lot of guys slowed down. We’ll keep working on it tomorrow and hopefully find some more speed before Sunday.” DAVID RAGAN – No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford Fusion ON HIS LAP: “Our car was pretty good in practice earlier today, maybe a little bit loose. On our qualifying lap, it was tight. Tight on both ends of the track, actually. I don’t know if it was the wind or what. It was pretty gusty and that might have made a difference.”

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