Martin Truex, Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Track Boats Impala SS, met with media members at Bristol Motor Speedway and discussed the new track surface here, if there's any similarities between the spring and September races at California, if he can...
Martin Truex, Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Track Boats Impala SS, met with media members at Bristol Motor Speedway and discussed the new track surface here, if there's any similarities between the spring and September races at California, if he can solidify his place in the Chase here this weekend, on the impact of the new surface and Car of Tomorrow and pit strategies for Sunday.
ON THE NEW SURFACE AND HOW IT WILL AFFECT RACING THIS WEEKEND: "Well it feels like a wider track and I think anything three inches wider that's big. Inches are big here. There's not a lot of room to begin. They give us a little more room which is going to be a great thing I think. I really enjoyed the truck race. They moved up, a bunch of guys ran the high groove and that was cool. Cup race, whether or not we'll get that we'll just have to wait and see. But the Cup race is still going to be different in the fact that everybody seems to go out there and run the same speeds, most of the field at least. We'll have to wait and see but it seems like the groove is definitely wider. There's definitely more room to the race on than what there used to be."
ON IF THIS IS A PLACE HE CAN SOLIDIFY HIS PLACE IN THE TOP 12: "I don't know. My car is decent right now. Bristol you never know what could happen so we're just working hard and trying to get our car as good as we can and trying to do the best job we can do and work on the things we can control and hopefully we'll get our car better throughout the weekend and we'll have a great run this weekend."
ON IF IT WILL BE TOUGH TO KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING THE RACE WITH THE NEW SURFACE AND CAR OF TOMORROW: "There's a lot of things that are different but it's still the same old Bristol. You've got to have a good car, it's got to turn well. We're fighting the same things we've always fought here as far as the handling of the car goes so it's sort of the same. I think the racing will be a little cleaner than it used to be. I think there's a little bit more room out there. People won't have to push and shove quite as much. Hopefully we'll see less wrecks and more racing but other than it's Bristol."
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