Chicagoland: Truex Jr post qualifying interview

Martin Truex Jr. , No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS - Qualified Second ON YOUR LAP: "It was a great lap. We unloaded off the truck really good and did some race stuff. Went though qualifying trim with about an ...

Martin Truex Jr. , No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS - Qualified Second

ON YOUR LAP:

"It was a great lap. We unloaded off the truck really good and did some race stuff. Went though qualifying trim with about an hour left and the car was really fast on our first run. We made two runs and I felt like I could go faster and (crew chief Kevin) Bono (Manion) wouldn't give me any more tires because we needed them for tomorrow. I felt like the car was really good and it was in qualifying. We picked up a good amount of speed from practice and it was just not quite fast enough. But a great run for the Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet and Bono just continues to give me good cars and that's what the difference was today."

DO CLOUDS OVER THE TRACK REALLY HELP YOU RUN FASTER OR IS IT IN YOUR HEAD?

"I think a lot of it's mental. We think the track cools down so maybe we push a little harder. Some tracks it makes a difference but whether. if there's a cloud for 10 seconds and then no cloud for 10 seconds, I don't know if there's that huge of a difference. But we all pray for clouds, just trying to get every little advantage that we can. Casey (Mears) ran a 5:80 and we ran a 5:93 so any tiny little bit can help you. So you just try to get all you can."

AFTER YOUR RUN AT MICHIGAN, DO YOU FEEL ENCOURAGED THAT YOU COULD WIN HERE TOO?

"Definitely there's a lot of confidence knowing that Michigan is not exactly really similar to this track but they've got similar characteristics. So we've got the same race car which has proven itself and run well at different. we took it to Pocono and ran third with it, at Michigan we ran second. We know it's in the car, we just have to tune it up and make it work well in this race track. This surface is getting to be more like Michigan. Last year the groove here was really wide. A lot of guys ran against the wall. I think Dale Earnhardt, Jr. ran against the wall and was probably one of the best cars towards the end of the race. I did that at Michigan and hopefully what we've learned and have been learning will work here. The car was pretty good in race trim today. We've got two hours to work on it some more tomorrow and I'm pretty confident in my race car and the things we've got in it that it should work here too."

HOW MUCH DO YOU THINK OF THE CHASE RIGHT NOW?

"We want to run well and finish up front no matter what the case is. Obviously we want to get in the Chase and once we get in it we want to be able to content for the championship. Performance over the next seven races is critical. Not only to get in it but to be competitive once we're in it. We don't want to just get in there and sit there and finish twelfth. So we want to do the best job we can for Bass Pro and everybody at DEI. They're doing a great job for me right now and I want to do all I can do to get us up there, make the Chase and compete for that championship.

HAVE YOU BEEN IN A POSITION WHERE YOU'VE QUALIFIED UP TOP SOMEWHERE BUT SOMEONE HAS BUMPED YOU OFF?

"This is the first time I've been this close to a pole in the Cup Series but I've had many, many other times where I've went out pretty early and put down a pretty good lap and had to wait it out. It's not much fun. I'd rather go out late and be second than go out early and sit there and wait. This is the best qualifying effort we've had in the Cup Series so I'm real proud of that; real proud of the team. They're doing a great job. We really want to get a pole this year. Obviously getting in that Bud Shootout next year is pretty important to us. We'll just keep going at it. I feel like we'll get one this year. We came close today but we'll get one."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Martin Truex Jr.