Martin Truex, Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Impala SS met with media to discuss the wild card race, getting off to a fast start in the Chase, on his first win at Dover, on being the leader at DEI, any advice he's received from Dale ...
Martin Truex, Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Impala SS met with media to discuss the wild card race, getting off to a fast start in the Chase, on his first win at Dover, on being the leader at DEI, any advice he's received from Dale Earnhardt Jr. about the Chase, about what it means to him to be in the Chase, the biggest difference between last year and this year, and getting a jump start in the Chase with good tracks for him right away.
Select quotes from driver interview:
EVERYBODY TALKS ABOUT TALLADEGA BEING THE WILD CARD. IS THERE A PARTICULAR TRACK IN THE CHASE THAT YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT? "The only one that I'm kind of worried a little bit about is Martinsville. We haven't really figured that place out yet. That's about the only track that I'm a little bit worried about. But our cars are running well and our COT's are running pretty good, so I'm not all that concerned. But Talladega is definitely the wild card. For us, the other wild card would be Martinsville."
ON HIS LEVEL OF CONFIDENCE ENTERING THE CHASE "I'm pretty confident. Obviously there are no guarantees. We need to go out here and do our job and perform the best we can. But the next two weeks are two great tracks for me and my team to get off to a good start and build some more confidence."
WHY DO YOU THINK WE SEE SO MANY SWEEPS AT DOVER? "Well, it's a tricky place. It's probably one of the tougher tracks that we go to. It's very fast. It's hard to get a hold of. The concrete gets real bouncy. It's just hard to get grip and hard to make you car work good there. It think that's probably the biggest reason a guy figures out some stuff and gets his car to go around there. It's tough for a lot of guys to get their cars working right there."
ON EMERGING AS THE LEADER OF THE RACE TEAMS AT DEI. HAS DALE EARNHARDT JR. TAKEN A BACK SEAT THERE? "I don't think Junior will ever have a back seat to anybody." (laughs)
YOU'RE IN THE CHASE, AND HE'S NOT "I don't think that matters. We're just doing what we can do. I love my race team and we're having a lot of fun. We're looking forward to next year. We're looking forward to all the stuff coming up and taking this team and this company into the future and winning races and hopefully championships. So we'll just do what we can do for the rest of the year and I think when Homestead comes around, we'll be one of the guys up there fighting for it. We're just going to have some fun here and do what we can do."
WHAT ADVICE HAS DALE JUNIOR GIVEN YOU ABOUT THE CHASE? "He just told me to enjoy it and have fun. You've worked all your life for it and to just make sure you have a good time. I don't think that's going to be a problem for us and our bunch. We love racing and enjoy coming to the race track. This is what we love to do. We just feel blessed to be in the Chase and to have all the success we've had this year. We just hope to keep it going and have a great last 10 races."
WHAT HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE FOR YOU BETWEEN LAST YEAR AND THIS YEAR? "I think the biggest thing was just getting experience; not just for me, but for my whole team and all of us working together in the Cup Series and building that foundation. With all the teams that are good have been doing this for a long time. To be able to run with them has been great. I think Denny Hamlin had a big edge on me and some of the other rookies last year coming to a team that has been running well and had been successful in the past. They only had one new guy. We had all new guys. It took us a while to build a foundation and some confidence. Just working on past experience helps tremendously. Just getting that experience was huge."
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