Darlington: Toyota qualifying quotes

JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position: 5th How good is your car? "We'll see, I don't know where we're going to end up with our qualifying run, but I think the car was okay in race trim. We're by no ...

JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 5th

How good is your car? "We'll see, I don't know where we're going to end up with our qualifying run, but I think the car was okay in race trim. We're by no means excellent but I think a lot of it is me getting used to this place. It's so different. You're digging as fast as you can right up by that wall. It's a fun race track, I'm going to learn tonight in the Nationwide car so we'll see what we can do with the Home Depot Toyota tomorrow."

How did your qualifying lap improve from where you practiced? "We picked up a ton from what we had in practice. We weren't too good in qualifying trim. In race trim I felt like we were okay. I just kept talking to the guys and picking Kyle's (Busch) brain as much as I can and figuring out all the stuff. It looked like after watching some of the practice and I was just losing it all in (turn) one. Everywhere else I felt like I was okay. I kept focusing on (turn) one and I finally 'manned-up' to go through there fast enough I guess is what it comes down to. I got a good run here and hopefully I learn tonight a lot in the GameStop Toyota and be able to transfer it to the Home Depot Toyota tomorrow."

What did you do to prepare for the races at Darlington? "Pretty much all I knew was the amount I played on the video game, watched tapes and talked to as many people as I can. I came down here about a month ago with Cale Yarborough and he gave me a few laps around here and I learned some there. I felt like I did as much as I can to prepare myself coming into this. It definitely helped, but I think as many laps as I made today, a lot of laps in the Nationwide car and a lot of laps in the Cup car today so I think just laps helps the most and just talking about it after."

What was the best advice you received about running at Darlington? "It's a bunch of little stuff around this place is the biggest deal. I think tonight what I'm going to learn the most is just making your run. If you catch these cars at the wrong time, I figured out in practice already, you're screwed and you lose about a second. You have to time your run to keep your momentum going. That is the biggest thing and I talked to Kyle (Busch) a lot about that. I talked to Kyle (Busch) a lot after the first practice just picking his brain about turn one and trying to figure that out. It was helpful obviously."

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MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Bush's/Kingsford/Clorox Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Starting Position: 10th

How pleased are you with this qualifying lap? "I got myself in trouble there at the end of practice - we stuck it in the fence on the last lap. That just really took my confidence away. They don't call it the 'Lady in Black' for nothing - it's a tough place. I'm just pleased to bounce back like that. It's hard on the confidence when you take a hit like that and come straight back and get aggressive with it again. I'll take it and for us it's a good time."

What are your expectations of tomorrow's race? "I don't expect to finish it to be honest with you. I'm going to try my best like I do every week, but this track is just so tough to pass, so aggressive and I just feel like its going to be tough. If we can finish tomorrow night, I'll be happy."

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KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

2Starting Position: 14th How was your car on your qualifying lap?

"I just drove it a little too hard into turn one there on my first lap, so we left a little on the table there. The M&M's Toyota was really good in race trim in practice so I think it will race well tomorrow night."

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DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 21st

MAX PAPIS, No. 13 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Starting Position: 22nd

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DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 Farm Bureau Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 23rd

Was the brush with the wall in turn four driver error or was the track not ready yet?: "It was a driver mistake for sure. I just swung for the fences, I tried to get in the gas way too early there. I know I got through (turns) one and two pretty good and just made a mistake. I got in the gas a little too early and had a tire shake in the front. I tried to use a little brake to get the front back on the track but just lost the nose off four and got a little damage. We're going to have to come from deep in the field, but our Farm Bureau car has done it before so we'll have to do it again this weekend."

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ROBBY GORDON, No. 7 RGM Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports
Starting Position: 28th

JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports
Starting Position: 32nd

DAVE BLANEY, No. 66 Prism Motorsports Toyota Camry, Prism Motorsports
Starting Position: 33rd

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BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team
Starting Position: 35th

How was your qualifying lap compared to practice earlier? "I was really, really loose. I was chasing the back of the car the entire lap and I don't really know why. Thought we had a really good car in practice, even in qualifying trim. It was bad there on our qualifying lap."

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MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 36th

SCOTT RIGGS, No. 36 Toyota Camry, Tommy Baldwin Racing
Starting Position: 37th

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

JEREMY MAYFIELD, No. 41 All Sport Toyota Camry, Jeremy Mayfield Motorsports
Starting Position: DNQ

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Michael Waltrip , Robby Gordon , Cale Yarborough , Tommy Baldwin
Teams Red Bull Racing , Germain Racing , Tommy Baldwin Racing , Michael Waltrip Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing , Robby Gordon Motorsports , Prism Motorsports , NEMCO Motorsports