JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position: 1st What do you think of your first Cup pole? "We have a really fast Home Depot Toyota, for sure. We worked hard in qualifying practice earlier and we were going...
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 1st
What do you think of your first Cup pole? "We have a really fast Home Depot Toyota, for sure. We worked hard in qualifying practice earlier and we were going to start 10th-place car and kept making little changes and they got it pretty good. It was good, I'm happy about it, how we picked up. Some guys are picking up, some guys not so much. We picked up a little bit and we're happy with that. Bristol is a really cool race track. It's a track I usually I don't run really good at, I usually get caught up in a wreck really early. If we start up front we should have a better shot at making it through the mess. We have a really fast race car."
How were you able to get the pole? "To pick up from what we had in practice was key for us. The car was quite a bit freer than what we had in practice. My car was tight when we ended practice and I thought I was pretty good. We were fast being tight, so I thought that was going to be what we wanted. I dropped off in our first timed lap and turned the wheels to the right and said 'uh oh.' I had to kind of park it in the center and get the good run on the exit. That's how we were able to get the pole after watching it on TV and watching the track, it was all about corner exit. That was the big deal for us to get the Home Depot Toyota there that was definitely really cool. To get your first pole - I never thought it would come here. This is one of my tougher race tracks and I thought I really sucked here. I guess I don't know."
What's been the key to your success this year? "I think for me it's just experience, that's the biggest thing. Coming to these places a few times, knowing what I want in the race car. Me and Zippy (Greg Zipadelli, crew chief) work great together. Those are the biggest things, that's what really changed us around. I think it just took us a long time to figure it out. Me and Zippy are definitely getting along the best we ever have and I think that's one of the biggest things that helps us right now. This is pretty neat to get your first pole - I'm pretty pumped up about it. I'm going to be sleeping with a smile on my face."
How do you go from this being a tough track for you to winning the pole here? "I have always been fast here. I've always had good race cars since I've been coming here in '06 in a Pro Cup car. I've always been fast and I've always been caught up in a wreck or knocked the fender and blew a tire, stubbed in the nose, blew a motor - I've about done it all here besides have an uneventful race. That's why this is one of my tougher race tracks. I have a good GameStop Toyota in my Nationwide car right now. Hopefully we get a couple of good runs out. I walked into this race track today and I said I want an uneventful race. Just a race where we can go through without banging fenders all during the race and get through this thing, have a good starting position. Having the first pit stall - that's key, so to have that stuff for us is a really good thing here."
How was your tire wear today? "I think tire wear will go away eventually when a track opens up. The Nationwide race is going to put down a lot (of rubber). I haven't heard of problems, usually they tell me if there's something wrong. We had a lot of race trim runs in practice and made quite a few laps and didn't have any tire wear issues. I know this tire drives a lot different than what it did last year and I know about everyone had to tighten up their race cars. Definitely, the tire is freer but once you get kind of snugged up and get used to it, it's actually pretty good. I have no tire wear issues."
DAVE BLANEY, No. 66 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports
Starting Position: 3rd
How does it feel to qualify third for Sunday's race? "We're proud of it. I think we qualified in the top-10 here last year in both races with the same car. Our guys have a nice little setup that qualifies good here. Real proud of them. It's a big accomplishment to come here and be right at the top of the board. Pretty funny, but pretty proud."
Can you talk about your son, Ryan, winning his first Late Model race a week ago? "I drug him (Ryan Blaney) here today, he didn't have school today so I brought him down and he's with me. I was a proud guy there a week or so ago there in Dillon, South Carolina. He's doing a good job. He's 16 and this is his second full year in the Super Late Models and he's doing good, having fun."
What happened to your car early in the fall race when you qualified up front? "That was a deal, I forget what happened, but I got loose and got nicked a little bit and it just stacked up from there. It wasn't a case of the car not being quick at all. I think in the spring race last year we qualified in the top-10 somewhere and raced right along until the first caution. I honestly don't know what we'll do. Phil Parsons (team owner) and my guys could say that we're racing and they could come and say that tomorrow. Hard to know what the plan is just yet."
Is there a possibility that you will drop back at the start of the race? "If we aren't going to race all day, then there is that possibility. It's whatever the team kind of decides. It's a hard thing all the way around. Whatever is best for us and everybody, that's what we'll do."
MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Little Debbie Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Starting Position: 9th
How was your car in qualifying? "We struggled in practice and that lap there felt like I stole it. It just shows you that you don't need to get the car comfortable, you just have to run fast which ever way it works out. Just pumped up. Our team is strong and I'm really excited for the weekend and just for every single race this year. We have Little Debbie on board too for the first time this year. I am so proud to have their support and I'm just looking forward to Sunday."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 10th
How was your can in qualifying? "It was okay, just a little bit tight. It's a decent lap, but I think the track is getting quicker. It seems like the speeds have been gaining and it seems that everybody that went out kept getting quicker. I don't know if it will hold up. It was a lot better than it was in practice. The guys did a good job. If it wasn't a little too tight then it would be real fast."
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 15th
How was your car in qualifying? "Good, it's improving. That's one good thing. We do keep getting better. I'm looking forward to this weekend, especially since we're getting back to short track racing."
Can you see a difference on the track with the SAFER barrier change? "I haven't even noticed it. I walked up here and looked at it earlier and it doesn't look like that much different. I don't think it's going to affect anyone. The only way it's going to affect someone is maybe someone running the high line and they get up into the loose stuff. You'll get in the wall quicker."
How was tire wear during practice? "I thought the Nationwide usually runs in front of us, but I think they changed it this year where we are the first one on the race track. To me, it was a little bit different for sure with no rubber on the race track it was very slick at the beginning. It was a challenge. I think it has gotten better, we do see rubber where it is starting to build up on the race track, so it's getting closer to what - hopefully we won't have any rain before Sunday."
MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 19th
How was your car in qualifying? "Not good. We got going pretty good in practice and made a few adjustments to try to get better and we just went the wrong way. The car pushed real bad right there. We were pretty good in practice. I'm a little disappointed that we slowed down, but it is what it is. We'll get out there tomorrow."
What will be your strategy for Sunday's race? "I got pretty happy in race trim today. We unloaded pretty far off, but we got pretty good. I was pretty happy with the changes and we made a lot of headway. Tomorrow we'll just go and start like that, keep working on it to try to get better. Not sure what the weather is going to be like, so we'll have to wait and see. We'll work on it tomorrow to get it the best we can and then guess for Sunday and tune it through the race."
ROBBY GORDON, No. 7 Warner Music Nashville/Blake Shelton Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports
Starting Position: 32nd
JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 FrontRowJoe.com Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports
Starting Position: 35th
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 MM's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 38th
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports
Starting Position: 39th
How does it feel to be back in the car this weekend? "It's been awesome because I want to race Talladega. I want to think I can compete at Talladega, I want to go to some other races and being able to be subjected to this pressure, I know what it's going to be like to qualify. While I'm not happy with what we just did, we contended and I love being with the guys. My brother (Darrell Waltrip) told me that's what he missed the most when he stopped racing, was being with the guys. Just being able to be one of the boys that pushes the car around, it's fun. I'm happy, I would do it more but I don't have any money."
MAX PAPIS, No. 13 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Starting Position: DNQ