Chicagoland: Speed post qualifying interview

SCOTT SPEED, No. 82 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team Starting Position: 2nd How was your qualifying lap? "Both of our cars obviously ran well since we unloaded, so going into qualifying I knew we had a shot certainly for a top ...

SCOTT SPEED, No. 82 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team
Starting Position: 2nd

How was your qualifying lap?

"Both of our cars obviously ran well since we unloaded, so going into qualifying I knew we had a shot certainly for a top -five spot. But, you also have to be a little cognizant of making the race. Honestly, after the lap Brian (Vickers) threw up there it was really no point to try to push it to the absolute edge. It was a solid lap. The car has been great all weekend. It's honestly easier to drive the car on the front row than it is sometimes than when you qualify 30th."

How do you balance going for the pole knowing you have to get into the race?

"If Brian (Vickers) would have posted a .60 or .70, I think we would have tried to push it a little bit harder.  After that lap
there's no need to try to get the pole, you just want to make the race.  It's always in the back of your mind but sometimes
those laps that you take a little easier are a little faster anyways.  It's probably not that big of a deal."

Did you make any race runs in practice?

"Towards the end we made a solid eight lap run and it was really competitive. If we do happen to get rained out tomorrow and we have to start the race with what we ended practice with I feel pretty reasonably confident that we'll be alright."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Teams Red Bull Racing