Ford Qualifying Notes

FORD RACING NOTES AND QUOTES

Daytona 500 Qualifying, February 6, 2010

Daytona International Speedway

BILL ELLIOTT - No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion (Qualified 4th) - "These
guys laid down a nice lap.  Everybody worked hard - David Hyder, Len
and Eddie Wood have put so much effort into this deal, Ford,
Motorcraft and Quick Lane, all the people that support this deal, you
can't say enough about those guys.  I think that's the key part.  It's
a team effort.  I know from the time Homestead ended last fall to
right now David Hyder and these guys have worked their rear ends off
to get down here and do what they need to do.  They've got one of the
nicest race cars out here.  I'm telling you, this is a gorgeous race
car, very well put together, and I'm just proud to race it come Sunday
afternoon.  Hopefully, we'll get in where we need to be today and then
we can kind of decide what we want to do as far as the 150 goes.  But
the main thing is our sights are set on the Daytona 500 come a week
from tomorrow."

HOW WILL THIS CAR RACE?  "That's another question.
We worked all of our stuff on trying to get qualified because that's
our number one goal and now on Wednesday we'll work on what we need to
do for the race.  I think we've got a pretty good idea of what we need
to do and let the guys do their magic in the garage and then see what
we can do on the race track."

THAT WAS A GOOD RUN.  "That was a great
run.  You never can tell about circumstances - when you go, what
happens, how the wind blows for this guy or that guy, but the Hendrick
guys are hard to beat.  Week in and week out, they're the most stable
team in the garage as far as what they need to do and what they're
trying to do.  We worked all winter to come down here for today and
now we need to work on once we leave here today, work on what we need
to do for Wednesday to be as good as we can on Thursday, and,
hopefully, everything works out and we'll be in the 500."

YOU'RE STILL HUGE OUT HERE.  HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THAT?  "To run well is a
part of that.  I think from the fan's standpoint, they remember a lot of
the stuff that happened in the old days and what we did and what we were
able to accomplish, but this stuff is a tough deal.  When you come here
week in and week out, it's just like I told those guys on pit road.  For
the guys that are locked into this deal - the top 35 - it's kind of a
cakewalk for them, but when you get to that 36th guy and he's got to
make it on time or
whatever he's got to do, and today is just one part of it.  Then we
turn around and Thursday will be another part of it, so you take it a
step at a time.  For us, we worked hard.  We did our homework.  We
came down here and we'll hold our heads up when we leave here this
afternoon."

DO YOU STILL GET GOOSEBUMPS WHEN YOU WALK INTO THIS
PLACE?  "This is a unique race track.  I've had a lot of good runs
here, a lot of success and a lot of fun.  I still enjoy it or I
wouldn't be here."

LAST YEAR IT WAS KIND OF AN UPSET TO RUN AS WELL
AS YOU DID.  DID YOU EXPECT IT THIS YEAR?   "It's still always
nerve-wracking because when you roll in here it's one thing, but once
you do everything you've got to do and then you leave pit road on your
qualifying run it's a whole different world."

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THIS PROGRAM FROM A YEAR AGO?  "Well, two years
ago there's no comparison.  Last year, Hyder started turning things
around about this time and I feel like last season was a tribute to the
Wood Brothers
and the way their team should be.  If we can just keep chipping away
at it and getting better and better everytime we race, I mean, the
problem we have is not racing every week.  That's what makes it tough,
but, all in all, for what these guys do and as hard as they've worked
on a limited basis, that's the attitude you've got to have when you
come into these race tracks."

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