Darlington: Toyota teams qualifying quotes

BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team Starting Position: 3rd How was your qualifying lap? "It was a good lap. It wasn't good enough for the pole. I thought we had a shot at it. I was pretty happy with the car in race...

BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team
Starting Position: 3rd

How was your qualifying lap? "It was a good lap. It wasn't good enough for the pole. I thought we had a shot at it. I was pretty happy with the car in race trim today. We made a really long run at the start of the second practice. I was really happy with that. We didn't run a really fast lap but we were trying some stuff with air pressures. I was really happy on the long run. The qualifying runs -- the last several weeks we've been really rushed in qualifying because our race stuff hasn't been as good as we wanted. Either haven't made a run at all or only made one and this week was the first week in a while that we kind of have been able to make the qualifying runs that we wanted to in practice and really felt like we had a chance to adjust the car and make it the best we can. And it showed. It was the best qualifying that we had in several races. I'm real proud of the Red Bull guys for that. Track position is going to be really important here. It is a one groove race track. It's not like it used to be so I think track position is going to mean a lot. So it's good to have a good qualifying effort."

Is the track with the new pavement tougher than it was with the old pavement? "Yeah, I think it's challenging in different ways. The old track the challenge was to manage your tires and throttle control and sliding up through the corners and know that you have to backup so much every lap because you're going to lose grip every lap continuously. We kind of brushed the wall on the old track. You'd kind of slide up to it and you'd just take it with a quarter and just keep going. So you probably had more stripes with the old track. Now, you're just going a lot faster, you're doing it every lap. There's not really a drop off in pace but you're going so fast and you're so close to the edge and you're so close to the wall that when you do crash rarely is it just a tickle in the right-rear quarter, now it's a backup. And you saw a lot of that today. So probably less guys hit the wall now than they used to but when they hit it, it's a lot harder and you end up really tearing the car up."

Do you want the inside or the outside on double-file restarts at Darlington? "I would say inside probably. I can't imagine the outside in one and two would be the place. When you get down to three and four the outside might be the place to be if the guy on the inside doesn't hit you. What I remember from last year and what I've seen today you're going to be a lot tighter on the bottom down on three and four so maybe the high groove has an advantage. But in one and two I can't imagine that the outside is going to have any advantage whatsoever. If not, a pretty big disadvantage."

Would you rather have track position or tires with 10 to 20 laps to go in the race at Darlington? "I would probably say track position. Some of our fastest laps in the Nationwide and Cup was at the very end. Now that is going to change. I don't expect that to be the same in the race when you're out there and you run 30 in a row. Track position -- I can't imagine the tires are going to matter with inside 10 to 15 laps. I don't think you will be able to make up the track position."

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DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 4th

How difficult is it to qualify at Darlington? "This place is pretty intense. Man, it gets your attention. I'll tell you, our lap was great because we weren't all that good in practice and never really got a good mock run like we needed. The speeds just kept going up and up as the shade goes down. My teammate, Marcos Ambrose, rolled out a backup car and qualified like that. That's how well the cars are prepared at Michael Waltrip Racing. I don't know that we'll stay there, I think it will get knocked down a couple spots, but hopefully it will be decent."

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MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Kingsford/Scott Branded Products Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Starting Position: 7th

Were you happy with your qualifying effort? "That was the first lap that car has done, because we crashed in practice with about five minutes to go. We had to go to the backup and no idea what we had. I was feeling pretty jinxed, to be honest with you. And to come out with this lap, it was totally unexpected. I didn't think it was going to happen like that, but we'll take it. We have great stuff between Michael Waltrip Racing and JTG- Daugherty Racing. It's just great that we can show it."

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DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 8th

What happened in turns three and four during your qualifying lap? "I don't know. Is that where we missed it? I figured we probably lost it in (turn) three and four. I just got too tight down there. I may have carried too much speed. If not, I carried too much brake in. I know what I needed to go faster but it just didn't have it in it, but it's still a great qualifying effort for our team. We usually are in the 30s so I'll take that and we'll race tomorrow. I know our FedEx Camry was extremely fast in race trim. I think the track will definitely pickup speed as it goes so guys with the late draws will have a little bit of an advantage. I felt like we were just a little bit off there and it showed up in the times that we were just a hair off a pole run. It's a good overall run for our No. 11 team, we usually don't qualify well so we'll take a top-10 any day."

What is FedEx's ‘Race Time' promotion? "It's a cool opportunity for FedEx's small business customers to get a spot on the No. 11 FedEx Toyota for the first Chase race at New Hampshire. For a small business to be on a Cup car is a big deal so small business owners out there should check out fedex.com/racetime."

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JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 13th

How was your qualifying lap? "It was okay. We picked up a lot from practice so that's good. I don't know where it's going to hold up. I know I'm shaking right now so I got all I can get out of her. It wasn't bad. The car wasn't doing anything terrible. It's pretty close to what we had in practice."

How hard is it to qualify at Darlington? "If you go over the edge then you're in the wall but you've got to go a little bit more than you did in practice to get the extra speed out of it. It's one of those deals. It's tough to say."

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SCOTT SPEED, No. 82 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team
Starting Position: 16th

How was your qualifying lap? "I think I hit the lap really good. I'm very happy about how we drove around it. It's just really close up there right now. It's very tight. I'll definitely take it. It's certainly a lot better than my qualifying lap last year. It's cool to see such big improvements."

How hard is it to qualify at Darlington? "It's hard to push the car hard enough in qualifying because the car has so much more grip in qualifying trim. It's not easy because you know how quickly it can bite you. It's definitely one of the hardest tracks for us to qualify on. No question."

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MICHAEL McDOWELL, No. 66 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports
Starting Position: 18th

ROBBY GORDON, No. 7 BAMvip.com/James Otto/Whitney Duncan Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports
Starting Position: 26th

DAVE BLANEY, No. 55 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports
Starting Position: 28th

MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 33rd

REED SORENSON, No. 32 Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Starting Position: 36th

TODD BODINE, No. 64 Little Joe's Auto Sales Toyota Camry, Gunselman Motorsports
Starting Position: 37th

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Doublemint Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 39th

MAX PAPIS, No. 13 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Starting Position: 43rd

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

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Robby Gordon , Marcos Ambrose
Teams Red Bull Racing , Germain Racing , Michael Waltrip Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing , Robby Gordon Motorsports , NEMCO Motorsports