Charlotte: Knaus qualifying press conference

CHAD KNAUS , CREW CHIEF, NO. 48 LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY - Qualified 1st: IN QUALFIYING AT LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY, HOW MUCH OF IT IS THE CAR AND HOW MUCH OF IT IS THE DRIVER? "I'm going to say it's the car, how's that? No, I'm just...

CHAD KNAUS , CREW CHIEF, NO. 48 LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY - Qualified 1st:

IN QUALFIYING AT LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY, HOW MUCH OF IT IS THE CAR AND HOW MUCH OF IT IS THE DRIVER?

"I'm going to say it's the car, how's that? No, I'm just kidding (laughs). Hey. It's definitely a group effort. This is a driver's race track. This track is so rough and so bumpy and so out of control, the driver's got to have a very good feel of what the car is doing and be able to describe to the team and the crew chief what transitions are going on during the race to make the proper adjustments. I'm not going to say it's a driver's track and I'm not doing to say it's a car's track. It's a team's track."

ON JIMMIE'S SEASON TO DATE

"Honestly, the biggest thing that has helped us early on this season is what NASCAR has done with the points system. They basically allowed us, I'm not going to say a free 26 races to get up to speed, but they've taken the pressure off us. Right now, going into the final races before going into the Chase for the Championship, we don't have to be first in points. We don't have to be tenth. And that puts us in contention to win the championship. So that's taken a lot of pressure off of us as long as we stay in the top 10. We've been able to do that.

When you're relaxed and you don't have a lot of pressure on you, it's easy to go out there and find your rhythm early in the season. Typically, if you have difficulty early in the season like a lot of team's do, you can't catch up. Well, right now you can just kind of go out there and cruise. If you've got an opportunity to win the race, take the opportunity. But the key is to not take yourself out of a top 10 finish. I'm not saying it's simple, but that's the mentality you've got to take. If you're running third, you want to do something that might make you win the race, but you don't want to do something to make you finish outside of the top 10. And that's the approach we've taken and it's definitely working."

ON SET-UPS BASED ON DAYTIME PRACTICE FOR A NIGHT RACE

"We're definitely going to have to base of lot of stuff on our notes from the past. We weren't able to run a lot of laps during the All-Star race. We'll practice at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, and that's the closest we're going to get to actual track conditions on Sunday. The track will be somewhat cool. There are supposed to be some rain showers coming through. That'll give us some indication."

-gm racing-

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