Daytona 500: Allmendinger Friday quotes

AJ ALLMENDINGER (No. 44 Valvoline Dodge Charger) HOW DID YOU SLEEP LAST NIGHT? "Very relaxed (laughs). I slept a little bit better knowing that I had qualified for the Daytona 500. I'm a race car driver and my mind was already thinking about ...

AJ ALLMENDINGER (No. 44 Valvoline Dodge Charger)

HOW DID YOU SLEEP LAST NIGHT? "Very relaxed (laughs). I slept a little bit better knowing that I had qualified for the Daytona 500. I'm a race car driver and my mind was already thinking about Sunday because I didn't run like I wanted to in the Duel yesterday. I'm just happy that I could wake up today and get into a race car."

HAS THE EXPERIENCE YESTERDAY AND FOR THAT MATTER THE OFF-SEASON HUMBLED YOU AT ALL? "Maybe. For two years now, I've had to stand on the sidelines and watch 200,000 people cheering for someone else (other than me) when they announce a name during intros before the Daytona 500. To go through what I did...and what we did as a team during the offseason...it is very special and something I'm very thankful for."

HOW WAS YOUR CAR TODAY IN PRACTICE? "It's getting better. We really tried to work on the balance of the car today. We're losing some momentum on certain parts of the track where we have to go over the bums and that's costing us some speed. I think we're getting closer and closer. Today's session certainly helped, but we still have some work to do. Our Valvoline Dodge got better in the heat which is encouraging."

DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU OWE YOUR TEAMMATES FOR HELPING YOU GET IN THE 500? "I certainly know that I will return the favor to them. Elliott (Sadler) and Reed (Sorenson) were fantastic teammates yesterday...without them I may not get into the 500. They know that I would do the exact same thing for them. When you have guys like them give up their Duel finish (and pit position) for you, you know that you owe them one. We're a team and that's what teammates do. We were able to get our Valvoline Dodge Charger into the show and now anything can happen. "

-credit: dodge motorsports

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup