Martinsville II: Rusty Wallace qualifying press conference

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge) -- Qualifies Second Fastest "It's got more grip and everybody I talked to said it's going to take different springs and all that. I came up here to test last week and everything I tried to do messed up. I...

RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge) -- Qualifies Second Fastest

"It's got more grip and everybody I talked to said it's going to take different springs and all that. I came up here to test last week and everything I tried to do messed up. I came out of Kansas City and I tried to helicopter up and got stuck in the fog. I went back and got in the airplane and tried to come up here and the airport was broke down. If I'd known all that I would have driven up, but I screwed up so bad I missed the test. I couldn't test at all. I got here and put my last year's qualifying setup in it and it was out of control with that. I just started slinging springs and shocks and made about 50 changes. It was getting pretty close. Then I qualified second and it was balanced pretty good in qualifying and felt real good. I'm excited about getting out on the track tomorrow and see what's going to happen. I don't know if the concrete is going to grind the tires off if the car is going to go dead loose or stay tight or what it's going to do, but it was a good run for our team.

"These are the same tires we had the first race here and the track is more aggressive. Something is going to give. I don't know what it is. You did see a ton of rubber out there. It's all stacked up out there. When the guys tested here I did hear they had a little trouble with that, but I just hope when the trucks go out and they get through with their race tomorrow they can lay more rubber down and we'll have to negotiate what we're going to negotiate on Sunday. It's a lot of unknowns at the moment.

"I think one of the most important things in qualifying here is getting your pit selection. It sure makes it a lot easier on the brakes and suspension and pit road position. When you can get up there in the front and select that baby and get it in the wind and let the brakes breathe and not have to work the car so hard. I don't think it's going to be one groove, I really don't. I think there's going to be a lot of passing going on. I think the track is going to go loose. I don't think it's going to go tight. I think it's going to grind the tires off and people are going to try to get hooked up. Everybody told me how tight the track was and I got here and I saw everybody spinning the tires up off the corner. I saw half of them spinning out and sliding all over the place. It didn't look like it was totally hooked up to me.

"I don't know the characteristics of the track yet. I don't know what it's going to do. I think the right rear tires are going to give up. I think the track is going to go loose. That's what I think. It's been kinda hooked up they tell me and I was running more right rear spring than I was running in the first race. I do think it'll go loose. I'm not certain. I would like to see the truck race get done, lay a little rubber down tonight and let's get our practice done tomorrow with all 40 cars on the racetrack and I think the second session is going to be real key. I think there will be more rubber down yet. I think when it's all done we'll leave with a little different outlook. I think there are a lot of unknowns right now. The tires are good. I liked them the first race. Something's got to give. They're going to wear. I just don't know which one is going to wear the worst. I think it's going to be the right rear.

"If I'm out there running bad and I see Dale coming behind me, I'm going to give him room. There's nothing I can gain out of that. If he's behind me and I'm getting ready to go a lap down and I do go a lap down... I'm not going to pull over if I am going a lap down. I'm going to stay on it, but I'm not going to rough him up. He's going for the money and I'm not. On the other hand, if I'm coming up behind him and I'm leading the race, I expect the same courtesy out of him."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Rusty Wallace