DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing: Starting position: 8th How was your qualifying lap? "That was a good lap for us. We made a good qualifying lap last week and we thought we could do it again. But, it 's funny ...
DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing: Starting position: 8th
How was your qualifying lap? "That was a good lap for us. We made a good qualifying lap last week and we thought we could do it again. But, it 's funny because it (the track) seemed so much faster last week. So, we didn't really know what the track had in it. That was a solid lap and we'll take it."
How much difference do you feel the engine adjustments made tonight? "I don't know how big a deal the engine change has made. I know it helps some, but I don't think it's all make or break it for us. You have to get the whole package right -- you have to get the car handling and running. But, I'm real happy with the improvements Toyota has continued to make and I think you're going to start seeing all the Toyota teams improve, especially as we all continue to learn."
DALE JARRETT, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing: Starting position: 23rd
What are your thoughts on the power of the engine today in practice and now qualifying? "Toyota moved the power curve on the engines and that's something we've been talking to them about. It helps us get back in the gas when we're coming off the corner because that's really where we've been struggling. We had plenty of power from the start-finish line to the corner, but we needed to improve from the corner back to the start-finish line. It feels a lot better now, but it's not the total answer. Now, we need to go back to work on the cars again."
How was your qualifying lap? "We really had a good lap considering that we had to practice in the heat of the afternoon and then try to set up the car for an evening qualifying run. You basically have one or two laps to get it done and that puts a lot of pressure on the guys. They did a great job tonight and Jason (Burdett, crew chief) has done a great job for our team. It just feels great to be able to race again. Jason's not a miracle-worker, but he has a lot of great ideas and we've put him with a lot of the really smart people at MWR and Toyota. So, with all of them working together, I think we're going to start seeing some real improvement."
How excited are you to race again on Sunday? "I'm so excited to get to race again on Sunday. I don't think I had to work this hard to win a championship, but that's what it takes these days -- a lot of hard work. I'm extremely excited to get into this race for UPS and our entire race team."
How was your qualifying lap? "We're in the show and that's our main goal. We've won our race so far because we have to come to the track focused on getting into the race. I still think we could've been better than we were. I know we're a new team and learning and growing, but I want to be up front contending for top-10s rather than worrying about getting in the show. But, I'm real proud of the Team Red Bull guys and everyone at Toyota. We were real good in practice and posted a good qualifying time."
Did you feel the motor was better tonight than in the past? "The motor seems to be a little better this weekend and I think that really helps in qualifying. There were several Toyotas that made the show and we all ran good all day today. I still feel like we need more, but to come out of the box with a brand new engine this season. NASCAR made Toyota change from the engine they had spent so long developing in the truck series and I hate it for everybody at TRD because they've really had to work a lot harder to get us all where we need to be. They are working real hard to regain what they worked so hard on in the truck series, but they will get there and I think the run by all the Toyotas tonight really shows that work paying off."
JEREMY MAYFIELD, No. 36 360 OTC Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing: Starting position: 24th
How was your qualifying lap? "That was the fastest lap we've turned all day and I'm real proud of that. The guys worked real hard to get the car ready for tonight and we were pretty worried about drawing the first spot to go out to qualify. But, we turned a solid lap. I'm proud of our whole Bill Davis Racing team and Toyota for the work they've put into the engine to keep improving it. We picked up a half-second from where we practiced and so much of that comes from being able to test here -- now we'll get ready for the race."
How was your qualifying lap? "We are starting to figure this qualifying thing out. It's a comfort level thing. I have logged a lot of laps here in the past few weeks. I was able to be comfortable here and understand the track, so I was able to get at it. Honestly, I am a little disappointed about where we ended up in the starting order. The early draw killed us. I didn't want to cut it this close, but the important thing is we are in the race, and we have 400 laps on Sunday to figure the car out. The qualifying lap felt okay though and I think we can definitely improve in the race. I am excited to finally be able to race in my first mile and a half race. A top-25 Sunday would be good for me. A top-20 would be fantastic."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Domino's Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing: Starting position: DNQ
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing: Starting position: DNQ
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