KEN SCHRADER, No. 96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry, Hall of Fame Racing Starting Position: 7th Did you know your lap was good enough to make the race? "I didn't think that lap was good enough. When you're sitting in there it is hard to tell two-tenths.
KEN SCHRADER, No. 96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry, Hall of Fame Racing
Starting Position: 7th
Did you know your lap was good enough to make the race? "I didn't think that lap was good enough. When you're sitting in there it is hard to tell two-tenths. We had run a 14 and knew we needed something like that or better. It was good -- they made a lot of changes and we still need to work on the car some. But we got that first hurdle out of the way."
What has it been like working with Hall of Fame Racing for the first time? "It's just hard -- it's hard on them and it's hard on the driver when you just climb in there. This sport is tough anyway with the top-35 teams and once you get out of that that's when everybody is all on the same plan trying to work together. When you have to start making changes it just gets harder on yourself. They have a lot of youth over there and it's been fun so far."
Did you expect your qualifying lap to be that fast? "I'm still shaking -- that was ugly. I honestly thought we missed the race there. That was the ugliest lap I think I drove in qualifying trim. It was a lot tighter than I expected off the corner, but I knew I had to be in the throttle. It jumped sideways and it got loose, then it was tight and I was hanging on. The second lap I went into one and it was even tighter so I knew the second lap was going to be junk. When I heard the radio click in and Jimmy (Elledge, crew chief) start to talk -- that he wasn't going to say that we needed a little bit more because that was all it had."
How do you feel about racing at Bristol? "We've always made the race here, I've never missed it -- it's just the fact that we just suck when we get in the race. We have to overcome that, but starting this high -- I started 43rd both times I made the race here so starting eighth is going to be a lot better. We weren't very good in race trim so we have a lot to work on tonight."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 9th
How did your car change from practice to qualifying? "I couldn't seem to roll the center and come off the corner like we needed to, but we ended up near the front. The track heated up so it just slowed down overall and lost grip. Whatever you were fighting with in practice just escalates."
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 21st
How was your qualifying lap? "That was a pick up from where we were in practice so that is improvement for us. We typically never pick up here from our mock run to our actual run. It was a great effort -- rolling out first has never really been a good thing unless qualifying is at 10 o'clock in the morning and we're not doing that. We can come up from a 20th or so starting position and we can fight back from that. We've started dead last here and we've gotten to the top-10 so we'll be all right."
TONY STEWART, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 28th
MIKE SKINNER, No. 00 Champion Mortgage Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 33rd
DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing
Starting Position: 36th
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 42nd
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