JASON BURDETT, Crew Chief, No. 44 UPS Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing: What are your thoughts after making the race due to rain? "It would've been nice to know if the changes we made were better for the car. It's almost a double-edged sword for...
JASON BURDETT, Crew Chief, No. 44 UPS Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing:
What are your thoughts after making the race due to rain? "It would've been nice to know if the changes we made were better for the car. It's almost a double-edged sword for our team now because the No. 55 team has to go home when they had the speed to make the show, and we get to run. I'm not sure what we could've run. I'm not sure if we would've had enough to make it or not. I guess I'm happy that the rain came to lock us in. But, I'm also disappointed for the 55 guys."
Does this affect anything you have to do tomorrow in the race? "There's no impact on the race. With the position we're in in the points, we didn't get to do any drafting yesterday. Whether it rained or not, it didn't matter. We pretty much have what we got for the race tomorrow night, and we'll just have to work with what we got. We'll have to do the best we can with our qualifying package in the race."
Will you have to make a lot of changes at the beginning of the race? "There are a few things that we have to do in order to take it out of qualifying trim and put it in race trim. There are different things that you can't race that we'll have to get off the car during the first pit stop. That stuff we already planned on, so that doesn't change much."
BILL DAVIS, Owner, Bill Davis Racing -- No. 22 Caterpillar Camry and No. 36 360 OTC Camry:
What does the qualifying situation do to your team's morale? "It would've been great if we could've finished qualifying today. We would've had both of our cars in the show and both starting in the top-five. Unfortunately, the rain interfered -- the No. 36 car is going home and the No. 22 car has to start from the back. I don't know what you can do about 'Mother Nature,' though. The guys brought two fast cars here. We had cars, but we'll have to go home and work on the Car of Tomorrow cars. Hopefully, we'll have a good run tomorrow night and go from there."
What types of changes will the team have to make tomorrow? "We have some changes to make, but nothing huge. The changes we need to make can be made in a timely manner, so I think we should be all right. The No. 22 car should be pretty good tomorrow night, I just hope that we're able to avoid any trouble on the track and get our car to where it can work its way to the front."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Burger King Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing:
What are your thoughts on qualifying being cancelled? "It was going to be close. We were right there on the edge of guys that were going to make it or not. I'm glad that DJ (Dale Jarrett) and I were able to get in, but it was a double-edged sword because Michael (Waltrip) was definitely going to be in the race and now he can't be. That's disappointing, but that's how things worked out, I guess."
What are your thoughts now you know that you're in the race? "We didn't have the speed we needed to qualify into the race, but we got saved by the rain. The race win at Talladega last year earned us a spot in the race tomorrow, so I couldn't be happier for that. It's unfortunate for the guys that were sitting at the top of the charts during qualifying that now have to go home. I know it has to be hard earning your way into the race and then seeing yourself go home. It's just as hard sitting on the sidelines and watching other people race, so I'm just glad that we're in the show for tomorrow."
Can you talk about the rain-out situation as it affects your team? "The luck is on our side, but the performance still needs the help. And, we take that personal. We're happy we're in, but we're upset that we aren't the fastest Toyota. That's our goal every week. We want to be the fastest Toyota. With some of those other guys outrunning us so bad, obviously we're missing it. We're not going to run this car anymore, but we're surely going to work on the Car of Tomorrow for Talladega."
What will a good run tomorrow mean for the team? "If we can just get a good, solid run that would be great. You have to avoid the big one, just like any other time. We've got some work to do on the car. You'll see a lot of 'go-or-go home' cars make a lot of changes during the first few stops. Everyone is going to try to get the cars racing better than they are now in qualifying trim."
How disappointed are you that you missed the show? "It was a good effort by the guys today, but we just weren't fast enough to get into the race. Unfortunately, the rain didn't help us the way it did the No. 83 guys. It's tough that we didn't make it into either race at Daytona this year, but we just need to bring a better package here. We've really struggled this year on these big tracks. Superspeedways just aren't our strong tracks. It's hard going home when you know it's not from a lack of effort on the team's part. Everyone is working their butts off to try and make this work, but we're just missing something."
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