MARTIN TRUEX, JR, NO. 1 BASS PRO SHOPS/TRACKER BOATS MONTE CARLO SS, FINISHED SECOND:
ON HIS RUN TODAY:
"Well we had an up and down sort of day obviously. We had an awesome race car at the start of the race and we got out there and led a bunch and the car was really, really fast and handling really great. We decided to take two tires, lost a few spots with that one caution there about 60 laps or so. Lost some track position from that and we got spun out there right before half way on the backstretch and that kind of put a damper on things. We had to go to the tail end of the longest line there and work our way back to the front but we had a great race car. The guys on the Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet are doing an awesome job for me giving me great race cars. We unloaded really good again this weekend and it's just a credit to all them guys and their hard work."
ON IF HE EVER THOUGHT AFTER HE GOT IN THE BIG ONE TODAY THAT HE WOULD BE ABLE TO COME BACK:
"Well I wasn't really sure but I knew one thing, that I had a really good race car and we were going to battle as hard as we had to get back there. No one ever got mad or upset or put their heads down. We worked hard and kept digging. Bono did a good job of keeping calm and we just worked our way back up through there."
WHEN YOU WEREN'T CATCHING CARL EDWARDS WITH 10 LAPS TO DO, DID YOU LITERALLY OR FIGURATIVELY HIT A WALL?
"Well both, I figuratively hit the first one when I got about 10 car lengths from him and got really tight and then I actually ran into the wall and pushed my right front fender in a little bit and it got even worse. From there it was just try to save gas and make it until the end. We were definitely faster than him there for a while but like I said we were both pretty much running the same line right up against the wall and once I got about eight or 10 cars from him I just got really tight so it was unfortunate but like I said, it was a great day for us. Carl hadn't had one in a while so I'm sure he's real happy."
WHEN YOU'RE CHASING SOMEBODY DOWN LATE IN THE RACE AND YOU HIT THAT WALL THAT YOU DESCRIBED, HOW ARE YOU ABLE TO RESTRAIN YOURSELF FROM TRYING TO GO FASTER WHEN YOU CAN SEE THE FIRST PLACE GUY SO CLOSE?
"Well it's tough. I was already running as close to the wall as I could possibly get pretty much without hitting it and I knew it was just a matter of time as hard as I was running I was going to hit. I probably didn't do a perfect job of holding myself back because I did run into the wall but you know when it comes down to the end, 10 to go, there wasn't anybody even close to us to challenge and I knew I had to go. If I had the wall, pushed the fender in, I was going to finish second anyway so I kind of let it all hang out there at the end."
HAVE YOU GOTTEN TO THE POINT WHERE ANYTHING OTHER THAN A TOP FIVE WILL DISAPPOINT YOU? AS GOOD AS YOU'RE RUNNING, HAVE YOU CHANGED YOUR EXPECTATIONS COMING TO THE TRACK EVERY WEEK?
"That's a good question. I don't know. I'll let you know when we finish 20th again (laughs) and I'm hoping that's not anytime soon. But yeah I think it definitely does. When we were struggling last year in the beginning of the year and we were just kind of making our way and learning our way through we'd be happy qualifying 10th and running in the top 10. They were good days for us but times have changed. We've evolved as a race team and we're running up front each week now and once that happens you can't settle for anything less than what you're capable of and I know we're capable of running up front each week and every week and just having a lot of fun right now. My race team is doing an awesome job. You just hope and pray it keeps going good for us. If we didn't start out so bad this year who knows where we could be right now. Just having a lot of fun and hopefully it continues for us."
ON IF HE IS IN THE ZONE BY DOING WELL AND CONTINUING TO BUILD ON IT:
"Yes and no. I think at certain times it definitely helps, definitely helps to ease your mind like today when I got spun out and we had to go to the back. In past experiences I might have got a little hot, got a little ticked off and maybe not used the perfect judgment on my way trying to come back through the field so I think as you get to finishing good and running up front it kind of calms your nerves. You don't get so upset when things aren't going exactly perfect because you know you can overcome them. There's no question that you can overcome them problems and drive back to the front so it definitely helped today with us getting back to the front."
ON GOING FROM SOMETHING ALWAYS GOING WRONG TO NOW HAVING NOTHING GO WRONG AND IF THE CONFIDENCE OF THE WIN MAKES THAT MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE:
"No, not really. Honestly I think a lot of our troubles weren't really self-induced. We had a lot of stuff happen to us that we couldn't control like pitting and the caution comes out. I mean it happened to us three or four times at least this year, getting flat tires. Obviously you never know at the restrictor plate tracks but Daytona we led a bunch and we got wrecked right at the end. California we broke an engine. It's been a lot of things we couldn't control. The only race where we kind of threw ourself under the bus was at Richmond when we pitted at the wrong time and we lost all our track position and we ended up getting wrecked with a lapped car. But other than that, Bono and all the guys have really made good decisions on the pit box and we've always had good pit stops so it hasn't really been a case of us making mistakes as much as it's been things that we couldn't control."
DO YOU EXPECT TO MAKE THE CHASE?
"Absolutely. There's no reason why we can't. We climbed from 42nd in the standings after the second race of the year and we've been constantly improving as a team. I think we still have room to improve and we're getting better. Right now I think the sky's the limit for the way things are going. I'm looking forward to it. Who knows, the end of the year comes around and we could be challenging for that championship."
DO YOU THINK THAT HAVING THE EXPERIENCE IN THE BUSCH SERIES MADE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN HOW YOU RACE TODAY?
"Yeah, absolutely. There's no substitute for experience. That's the bottom line. Especially in the Busch Series when we go to the same race tracks and we run on the same tire with a lot of the same drivers. You learn a lot of the things that you can't get away with doing when you get to this level whether it's the way you race with veterans or how to conduct yourself off the race track, things like that. Experience is what's needed to figure out how to do them. Obviously I loved my time in the Busch Series; we had a lot of success. But I learned a lot of the things I use today by doing it."
AT THE TIME YOU SPUN, DID YOU HAVE ANY CONTROL AT ALL?
"Well, sort of. I saw the No. 12 or somebody start to turn sideways up ahead and I started to slow down before the guys in front of me even did. I got hit from behind so I started spinning. I was going straight backwards at one point and I was looking out the windshield and I saw cars coming towards me. I was almost stopped and it started to spin around to go the correct direction and I put it in gear and steered out of it and somehow it straightened out and I took off. Then I had to go around Newman who slid past me. I kind of knew what was going on but I wasn't in total control the whole way. Just at the very tail end of it."
WAS THERE ANY DAMAGE FROM THAT SPIN?
"It was just track position, I believe. Dirty air. The left-rear quarter panel was bent up, tore up a little bit but I don't think it had any effect on the way the car ran."
WHAT DO YOU ACCOUNT FOR YOUR SUCCESS ON THE DIFFERENT TRACKS YOU'VE BEEN AT RECENTLY?
"That's been a great thing. Obviously we're real excited about the fact that we've run well on a lot of different types of race tracks. Obviously Dover is my favorite track and probably one of my best race tracks so we kind of expected to go in there and run well. At Pocono we ran really well there last year and here we were just okay last year but this is the car we ran so well at California with in the beginning of the year. So we were excited about coming here with that race car and seeing what we could do after we only ran 10 laps at California with it."
-credit: gm racing