Phoenix II: Toyota teams qualifying quotes

DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Starting Position: 4th How was the car out there in qualifying? "It was pretty good, we were just a little bit tight but for the most part we were pretty good. It looks like ...

DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 4th

How was the car out there in qualifying? "It was pretty good, we were just a little bit tight but for the most part we were pretty good. It looks like Michael's (Waltrip) car came up to speed and got a little free on him but I think he has a pretty good car, too. I'm proud of my guys, they brought me a great UPS Toyota and hopefully it'll hang in there and give us a good pit selection. More importantly we got the car in position on Sunday."

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DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 8th

How was your qualifying run? "It was pretty good. I was fairly happy with it. We did pick up which is a good sign. I just wish we went out a different time because the sun was so bad right there I couldn't see."

How bad is the sun affecting your vision on the track? "You couldn't see. I could not see one thing getting into turn one. It definitely affected my line for sure. I got all over the apron the second lap and that was going to be the money lap. I felt like I got through (turns) three and four really, really good. I'm happy with it and I think we can work with it. It's really crucial right now, the sun is tough."

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KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Pedigree Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 14th

How was your qualifying lap? "Not as good as we wanted. The car felt pretty good -- just didn't have the speed it needed."

Are you okay with how your practice sessions were today? "Practicing went pretty well. The car had good speed in practice -- just not as much as everyone else picked up there for qualifying."

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MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Little Debbie Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 18th

How was your qualifying run? "It was really good. You know you just drive so tight when you gotta get the car in on speed. You just really let loose and really go for it, but you just have to be on that conservative side to make sure you get it in the show. I'm happy with our qualifying, I feel like we've got a good car for Sunday."

Does running the other race help you out at all? "No, it actually hurts because the two cars are so much different. I actually didn't practice the second practice in the Nationwide car just so I didn't get those bad habits. It's a balance, sometimes it works for you and sometimes it doesn't. I think here the two cars are so different I just prefer to keep them separate."

Are you getting more comfortable with the people you are working with? "Yeah, they're out there, and they are understanding what I need to go fast and everything so it's a good combo, and we're just growing into each other and it's going to be a lot of fun."

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DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Bad Boy Mowers Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing
Starting Position: 23rd

How's your car handling on the race track? "We started off really bad in practice earlier today. They made it better by big leaps and bounds. I thought we had a shot to make a good qualifying lap and the second qualifying lap I kind of made a mistake there in (turns) three and four and that cost us probably a couple tenths. It'll be middle of the road but we did make a lot of gains and that was a good thing."

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MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 25th

TONY STEWART, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 29th

KEN SCHRADER, No. 96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry, Hall of Fame Racing
Starting Position: 32nd

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BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team
Starting Position: 36th

How's your car here at Phoenix? "It's not that good right now. We struggled in practice. We went in a different direction a little bit than what we should have been. Most of the things we started to do we had to undo. We kind of ran out of time by the end of practice. I think we'll be fine for tomorrow. We learned a lot. Our teammate when in a different direction and they were pretty good and seem to be pretty happy. We'll go towards that for tomorrow and that'll help us. It's frustrating, I think we can be better - I know we can be better. We're just not real happy right now."

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SCOTT SPEED, No. 84 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team
Starting Position: 38th

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip
Teams Red Bull Racing , Michael Waltrip Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing , Bill Davis Racing , Hall of Fame Racing