DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing Starting position: 17th How was your qualifying lap? "We didn't practice much and I really wasn't all that happy with the car in practice. We had a little motor issue that we had...
DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing Starting position: 17th
How was your qualifying lap? "We didn't practice much and I really wasn't all that happy with the car in practice. We had a little motor issue that we had to work on. I hit the curb a little on that qualifying lap and that probably hurt me, but it is a pretty good lap and we're starting in the top-20. Now I just have to survive the race on Sunday -- that's all you can do here at Martinsville."
How much of a difference does it make to be locked in the field on a day like this with limited practice time? "It makes all the difference to be in the top-35 because you have to be in the show in order to maintain that position. If you fall out of two or three of the races with bad luck -- we could be right back in the same position outside the top-35."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Domino's Pizza Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Starting position: 19th
How much did the shortened practice session affect your qualifying run? "We didn't get to make any qualifying runs in practice because everybody just ran out of time. The car was just tight on the throttle, but it was good enough to get us in. We weren't bad off the trailer in the first few practice laps, but we focused on some race runs in practice because we knew the rain was going to affect how much time we would get on the track. We wanted to try and get maybe one qualifying run in practice, but as soon as we got the car changed over -- the rain started. I think we have a good car for the race on Sunday and hopefully we'll get more practice time tomorrow with some better weather."
AJ ALLMENDINGER, No. 84 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Team Red Bull Starting position: 25th
How was your qualifying lap? "Our lap was good -- we were just a bit tight. All the credit goes back to everybody at Team Red Bull -- especially the test team. We may have got into this race in the spring, but we weren't very good. That was probably the only race where I came in to make a pit stop and told the team to just -- fix the car' -- that's how bad it was that day. They've worked really hard over the past couple months to make sure that we were a lot better when we got back to Martinsville. We could've still been a little better, but I'm happy to be in the show and I think we will have a better performance on Sunday."
How was your car in practice and how much better do you feel you are for this race than when you raced here in the spring? "We were good in practice today and I even got to pass a car, which I thought was pretty cool at this track. Back in the spring I spent most of the race on the top groove because I was getting passed by everyone else. We're getting a lot better and we still have some improvements we can make. These are the tracks where we struggle -- these flat tracks are where we had struggled early on and I feel like we are definitely making progress."
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Starting position: 29th
How was your qualifying lap with such limited practice time today? "It was a great day because the way it started -- Dale Jarrett, David Reutimann and myself all saw it raining and thought it could just do that all day and we knew we would be in the race. But, God doesn't give you anymore than you can handle and he didn't want it to rain out so now I couldn't be any happier with the plan. We had to fix a wrecked car after only one lap of practice, but now we are sitting in the race with a car that I really think will be good on Sunday."
What has the change been with Michael Waltrip Racing over the past few months with the solid runs and all three cars making the races? "If you think about the fact that a year ago we didn't even have a copy machine, but we were ordering cars, telephones and computers. We weren't up to speed and we weren't where we needed to be when the season started -- quite frankly Toyota wasn't where they needed to be at that point either. They've improved and we've improved. They see us now as a group that is ready for some help where before they may have looked at us thinking, -- I don't know if we can help them -- they might just be chasing their tails'. Now we really have our stuff lined up in a good way and it makes me proud that teams like Team Red Bull and Toyota will ask us our thoughts and look to us to see what we're doing -- that's just a great feeling."
DALE JARRETT, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Starting position: 33rd
How was your qualifying lap? "We knew that time was going to be awfully close to not making it into the show. We didn't get much time and really nobody got much time in practice to be able to work on much. But that's just the way the breaks are. The guys did a great job getting the car where I could drive it. I'm really happy that our time was good enough to be here to race on Sunday. This could be my last time here and this is a special race track for me because I drove my very first Cup race here back in 1984. I would like for Sunday to be a good day for us."
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