Loudon II: Toyota teams qualifying quotes

DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position: 4th Are you happy with your qualifying run? "Yeah, it's just the tire feels like it's really, really hard. It just didn't have a lot of grip. We were running...

DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 4th

Are you happy with your qualifying run? "Yeah, it's just the tire feels like it's really, really hard. It just didn't have a lot of grip. We were running a lot faster than what we were here in the spring. It was a decent lap for our FedEx Freight Toyota. If we get a top-13 or top-14 position, I'll be happy there."

Why do you think your car slowed down during qualifying? "It just seems like it takes a little while to get the heat in the tires. It was a solid run to backup our practice time was not bad. It's hard to come back out here and do. This track is very, very finicky and it's very line sensitive. You've got to be careful not to overdrive or else this track will bite you."

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KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 9th

Can you talk about your qualifying lap? "It wasn't bad. We snapped real, real loose up off the top of the track. Not a lot of heat in the tires. I just gave it what she had on the second lap and didn't turn out to be too bad. I was looking forward to backing up my time from practice, or even making it a little bit better. It would've put us up on the pole. It was a good lap for us."

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DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 13th

How would you assess the season after narrowly missing the Chase? "It has definitely been a pretty good year for everybody at Michael Waltrip Racing and the Aaron's Dream Machine. You start out the season really not knowing what to expect with a new crew chief and a lot of new things. Then, as you get closer to having the opportunity to do some really good stuff, you're really bummed out when you don't get a chance those. I'm really proud of my guys. I'm really happy with the year we have had so far. We still got a lot of racing left, and we need to go out there and try to finish out as strong as we can. Maybe learn some stuff for next year so we'll be a little bit better next year. That's what we're hoping for."

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DAVE BLANEY, No. 66 Prism Motorsports Toyota Camry, Prism Motorsports
Starting Position: 15th

JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 NEMCO Motorsports Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports
Starting Position: 20th

MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 21st

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BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team
Starting Position: 26th

Why do you think your car slowed down from practice to qualifying? "We are kind of scratched our heads a little bit. We were obviously slower than we were in practice. The pressure didn't come up as much and we definitely lost grip because of it. We've just got to figure out why. The car was just kind of on top of the track and the tires never really came in. The balance of the car seemed to be okay but just didn't quite have the grip or the speed that we had in practice."

What will you work on in practice tomorrow to prepare for the race? "We need to try to find a good balance of the car for the race. I think we have a good car. Like I said, I don't know why we ran slower in qualifying -- maybe going out early hurt us but there were guys that went out before us that still did fine. We've got to figure out why the pressure didn't come up which in turn hurt our grip."

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SCOTT SPEED, No. 82 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team
Starting Position: 27th

ROBBY GORDON, No. 7 Sylvania Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports
Starting Position: 28th

MIKE WALLACE, No. 64 Gunselman Motorsports Toyota Camry, Gunselman Motorsports
Starting Position: 30th

MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Bush's Best Baked Beans Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Starting Position: 31st

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JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 33rd

How excited are you to come back to New Hampshire after the win this spring? "It's a cool place to come back to. We'll have to see what we can do with the Home Depot Toyota. We're struggling with it a little bit, but we'll see. It's just cool to come back to your hometown and see everybody here. Hopefully, we can get another win."

What are your goals for the final 10 races? "I really just want to keep improving like we have been throughout the season. We need to keep getting better at every race track we go to and gain some momentum for next year and try to put this thing in the Chase. We'll have to see. We'll just take it one race at a time."

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MICHAEL MCDOWELL, No. 36 WAVE Energy Drink Toyota Camry, Tommy Baldwin Racing
Starting Position: 43rd

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Robby Gordon , Tommy Baldwin
Teams Red Bull Racing , Tommy Baldwin Racing , Michael Waltrip Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing , Robby Gordon Motorsports , Prism Motorsports , NEMCO Motorsports