MARTIN TRUEX JR. , Relief Driving For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo Qualified 3rd in first NEXTEL Cup attempt: Post Qualifying Press Conference: "I'm real excited to get this opportunity to fill in for Dale Jr. and...
MARTIN TRUEX JR. , Relief Driving For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo Qualified 3rd in first NEXTEL Cup attempt:
Post Qualifying Press Conference:
"I'm real excited to get this opportunity to fill in for Dale Jr. and help out his team. To work with Tony Eury Jr. and Tony Sr. and all the guys on this team has been a good experience and I've learned a whole bunch. I'm just real excited and proud to do this."
WITH DALE JR. BEING IN 2ND IN POINTS, IS THERE ANY ADDED PRESSURE THIS WEEKEND?
"No, no pressure on me at all. They told me last night - unless they were lying to me to make me feel easier - that they were in this to get last place points and that whatever we did better than that was a bonus. So I'm looking forward to hopefully trying to give them a good bonus."
BECAUSE THIS IS NEW HAMPSHIRE, ARE YOU MORE COMFORTABLE?
"Yeah, I think that helped keep the pressure off for sure. I feel comfortable. I knew I could get in there and do a good job and I felt I could drive the car as hard as it would go and luckily it worked out good. We had a test out here. We were planning to run the fall race here with Chance 2 in a Cup car. We borrowed a car from Dale Jr's team and from the No. 15 team and we came up here and tested. We learned a lot up here and that, I think, helped more than anything. The plan was to take Chance 2, the whole Busch team, since we have an off weekend. It's not set in stone or something that we would positively do. But that's why we came up here and tested to see how we could do. We'll probably come back here and test again."
IS THERE ANY POINT IN PRACTICING GETTING IN AND OUT OF THE CUP CAR?
"No, but we're going to. Junior's got a lot of experience doing that with the road racing stuff and he's come up with some pretty cool ideas to make it faster. We're probably going to practice a little bit probably tomorrow night."
WHEN DID YOU FIND OUT YOU'D BE SUBSTITUTING FOR JUNIOR?
"I think it was Wednesday. They knew all week that if he needed somebody to replace him that I would be the guy to do it and I kind of knew that. We didn't know if it would happen or not, but if it did I would be the guy to do it."
IS THERE ANY PART OF YOU THAT THINKS ABOUT WINNING YOUR FIRST-EVER CUP RACE?
"That's a big task. But I don't think it's out of the question. The Budweiser team is surely capable of winning the race here. They were close last year with some really strong runs. Nothing is out of the question. I'm just going to try to do the best job I can and I know they'll do a great job tomorrow and Sunday."