Indianapolis: Mayfield post-qualifying interview

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- Qualified 2nd "It was a little bit loose, but that was what we needed. It's pretty cool to qualify that well at The Brickyard. I think we ended up 41st or something in practice because...

JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger) -- Qualified 2nd

"It was a little bit loose, but that was what we needed. It's pretty cool to qualify that well at The Brickyard. I think we ended up 41st or something in practice because we didn't get a good qualifying lap in. I didn't know what to expect. I went out there and that thing stuck just perfect. I made one qualifying run and somebody pulled up under me. We didn't know what we had. To come here to Indy and qualify like that is pretty cool. The guys made the right changes. It's a great race car. This place changes so much, but it's always slick. We just kinda prepared for that. I feel good about the car for Sunday.

"We did all race trim in practice. We went to make our qualifying run in practice and we only made one lap, and it wasn't very good. We made some changes so we didn't know what to expect. So we went back to our race stuff and hoped we qualified. Obviously the guys did their homework and got me tuned up for qualifying. I went into turn three for the first time and knew that it was going to stick. And from there to the green and into turn one it stuck. It was just a little bit free, but you've got to be that way to be fast anymore. I knew coming off of turn four that if I made it through turn four we were going to have a good day. We made it and here we are today.

"(Starting second) gives us a lot of confidence just knowing that our race setup is what we qualified today and how good it is. When you can qualify like that with your race package, which is what everybody pretty much did, it gives you a lot of confidence that you've got a great race car and a great team and they'll make the right decisions to give you a great run."

"I think as far as the impound situation, I kind of liked it. It worked out good for everybody under that circumstances that we were under. The one day deal was all we could do and for us it worked out good. I was pretty happy about it. I think it was real good because you got all you could get out of this morning's practice sessions . I don't think there was anything else we could do to our car to make it any better."

Is there any benefit to having your teammate right behind you at the start of the race?

"There's a little bit of benefit to it. You always want to be ahead of whoever you're teammates with or just anybody else. I wish I was ahead of the 38 and he (Michael Waltrip) wishes he was ahead of me. You just look at it the same way. It's cool that both of our cars were that close together and both of us are starting in the top five. Anytime both the team cars are together wherever that always helps us get to the front. It's good for both drivers and both teams."

How important is a win here?

"I have a couple of Pocono trophies it would look good between."

Any comment on two natives of Owensboro, Ky., having the top starting spots in the race?

"Indianapolis is like the closest place to us being from Owensboro. I know it's pretty cool to have two in the top three starting like that. They always ask us what's in the water, but I don't know that either."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip