Daytona II: Stremme post-qualifying interview

DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Charger) -- 3rd fastest overall, fastest Dodge "We actually did a lot of qualifying runs to make sure we got in the field solid. We're not far off. Reed and Casey ran in the draft, and we don't have much...

DAVID STREMME (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Charger) -- 3rd fastest overall, fastest Dodge

"We actually did a lot of qualifying runs to make sure we got in the field solid. We're not far off. Reed and Casey ran in the draft, and we don't have much different of a setup than they do. This is a car they hung a new body on. It's the same chassis we ran in the 500. I wish it was back in February and the year was starting out so we could start out the year a little different, but I'm pretty proud of my team. We have a lot of changes going on within our whole organization, and it's definitely benefiting us as far as our performance keeps getting better every week."

YOU SAT OUT LAST WEEK. DO YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT COMING BACK STRONG THIS WEEK?

"I was probably a little upset that I was out last week, but not really, not with the situation we're in. Scott Pruett is a really good road racer. He had some bad luck and got involved in some incidents, but on the other hand we put ourselves in a bad situation in the beginning of the year, getting our program behind. We've turned things around. We're running better. We've been testing and building more cars. It wasn't a bad deal. I was happy. I was here yesterday when the garage opened helping my guys unload the trailer because I didn't get to see them last week. It's been a pretty good time down here. I'm looking forward to tomorrow. A lot of cars had to qualify in, but I still feel we'll be able to race well."

WHAT WAS MISSING THE FIRST HALF OF THE SEASON?

"It's not to knock anybody, but we just built cars like a Ford and it didn't work on the Dodge. I had different cars than my teammates and it's a struggle to try to get there when we were off so far with chassis, bodies, everything. They eliminated all that. At Darlington it showed we ran a lot better. It still didn't show with the finish we had. We had a part break, but at Michigan I wish we could have finished the race out. We had a really good car in Happy Hour. With the weather conditions changing a little we had to play catch up at the end of the race. We ran 19th. Every week I see some improvements. Again, the organization is going through some changes. They're trying to find people to put in place, and I'm behind them 100 percent. It's a whole different atmosphere, different cars and everything from the 40 team. This is my 500 car, and I'm pretty happy with it. I think it will race pretty good. The team is coming around. This is nothing I did. You run wide open, and I was just making sure I didn't hang the gear or something. I didn't know if the time would hold up for third, but it all worked out."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Scott Pruett