Dover: Pole winner interview

DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Starting Position: 1st How was your qualifying lap? "It seemed to be pretty good. We unloaded and felt like the car was pretty good and made some small ...

DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 1st

How was your qualifying lap?

"It seemed to be pretty good. We unloaded and felt like the car was pretty good and made some small adjustments to it as the course of practice went on and in the end I was actually a little concerned about it if it was going to be fast enough because the car got pretty tight compared to what we had in our practice run. We lost a little bit of time from what we did in practice, but the Aaron's Dream Machine was good. Rodney Childers (crew chief) made the right adjustments. We were just a little bit tight. That TRD horsepower got us to the corners there and got us to the other end. So it was a good enough lap and I wasn't really sure it was going to hold up but I'm thankful that it did."

Does your win help boost your confidence coming in here to Dover?

"I'm kind of a nervous person anyway.  Waiting around for them to decide if we won the race or not and then waiting around
all day so everybody had a shot at us to try to knock us off the pole kind of becomes nerve wracking over time.  In the end, we
had a good car.  The way things went down last weekend -- we won the race and I'm really proud of that and it feels really
good.  I think it gives the shop a little momentum because those guys work so hard on everything.  For me, I would like to win
a race a little differently than that, but you take them anyway you can get them.  I'm none the less proud of the call Rodney
(Childers) made last week that won us the race.  So I do think we have a little momentum going right now and a really good
race team.  So those things help my cause greatly every week when I get in the car."

Did the track change during the afternoon?

"I worried a little bit about the earlier draw. It seems to be your mindset because most of the race tracks that you go to when you go out and it's hotter the track is obviously slower. It just seems like the concrete surfaces like we have here in Dover don't seem to react as drastically to temperature change as a lot of the places that we go to. When we went out the temperature was about the same. I think about three degrees hotter than when we were at practice so it wasn't a great deal different. I felt pretty good that the car was going to be pretty decent and it was -- just a little bit on the tight side, but at the end of the day I don't think going out early was a factor. I don't know if any cloud cover would've come that it would've helped anybody that much just because the track surface doesn't seem to react that much."

How good is your race car?

"It's really good. Rodney Childers (crew chief) and the guys brought me another great Aaron's Dream Machine. We just had it a little bit too tight for qualifying but off the trailer it's been really, really good and I think we've got a pretty good race car so hopefully our time will hold pretty strong and give us a good pit selection for Sunday. We'll work on this thing tomorrow in race trim."

-credit: toyoto motosports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing