BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team Starting Position: 8th Was your qualifying lap as challenging as it looked to the fans? "It was a little harsh -- you should have seen the first run that we made today. If you...
Was your qualifying lap as challenging as it looked to the fans? "It was a little harsh -- you should have seen the first run that we made today. If you think that one was harsh, I think we hit everything under the car on the first run. It was on the track a little bit and it was a little harsh, but this track has gotten rough. It's not necessarily a bad thing -- just because I make that comment doesn't mean that we should go repave it. It's gotten very, very rough -- even down the straight-aways you see cars sparking on the front stretch. That adds something to it and its unique. With these cars and the way we try to run them with the splitters and as low to the track as we can get them with the bump stops and it makes for a rough ride."
How was your car in qualifying today? "It felt okay, but it was a little rough. I was lacking a little forward drive off the corner and I couldn't get the throttle down as fast as I wanted to. I could start rolling down with it early because the car was rotating well, but I couldn't get it wide open as quick as I wanted and that definitely hurt us a little bit."
What is your expectation for the race on Sunday? "That was definitely the best first practice that we have had here since the first race we had here. I'm sure everybody else would say the same thing because it's the second time here with this car. I love this race track. I love coming to Pocono and I think it's a great race track, it's a lot of fun to drive. There's a lot of passionate fans here. Some people argue that the races are a little long and they may be a little long, but I still enjoy coming here."
Does it hurt you not to be able to shift here anymore? "I would definitely much rather shift. I think it adds another element of excitement and another element of a challenge to the drivers and I think it adds something for the fans because the shifting used to help us make passes. Having that torque getting off the corners used to help us make passes. That is definitely a rule that I disagree with -- I still think that letting us shift again would make for better racing and better action for the fans."
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 14th
What did you struggle with in today's qualifying session? "We just didn't have the speed out there today but the No. 11 FedEx Express Camry handled really well and felt a little better than it did during our practice runs. This car is really good as is but should be even better after we work on it tomorrow. I am feeling good about Sunday."
TONY STEWART, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 20th
Are you happy with how much you picked up from practice? "Yeah, I don't know where it's going to put us but we picked up three-quarters of a second so that's a pretty good pickup there."
How do you expect the 20 car will do this weekend at Pocono? "Hopefully it will be similar to what we ran here in the spring. If I remember right, I got a pit road speeding penalty that cost us to go to the back. We struggled in practice this morning. Had a good pickup for qualifying so if we can do that for Sunday during the race we'll be in good shape."
DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing
Starting Position: 24th
Were you able to improve in qualifying from your practice session earlier today? "Our Cat Toyota was a lot better than where we're going to end up. I felt like I lost most of our time in the tunnel, but looking at the data it seems like turn one was our biggest problem. It turned a lot better during that lap than it did in our mock qualifying run and the balance was good so we made gains from practice."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 27th
What are you struggling with in your car today? "We just can't figure it out -- the car felt fine in qualifying. Not knowing how fast we had to drive it because we were pretty bad in practice compared to now and not getting the full effect of what the car really had in it."
Does your past performance at Pocono give you that much more motivation to do well? "It doesn't give me anymore motivation, you just go into every week trying to get the best finish that you can. Sometimes you can better your run that you had the previous time and sometimes you can't. 43rd (in June) -- I think we can better that."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 28th
How was your car in qualifying today? "The car drove good, I just over-drove the tunnel turn and it kind of messed us up. I was happy with the car, I just kind of messed up. When a car feels good sometimes you have a tendency to over-drive it. That is kind of what happened. I feel like my car is probably the best car we've had all year as far as the way it has accepted adjustments and everything that has been done. It is a new car and hopefully we can get some laps tomorrow and make it better."
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 42nd
How was your car on your qualifying lap? "It wasn't that great of a lap. We don't know really where we're off -- we were a little slow and we just didn't have a lot of grip. It was slippery and we slipped and slid every which way. The car felt like it was balanced -- from one end to the other we didn't do any worse it was just that both of them were a little off."
MICHAEL McDOWELL, No. 00 Champion Mortgage Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 35th
J.J. YELEY, No. 96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry, Hall of Fame Racing
Starting Position: 43rd
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