KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Pretzel Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position: 1st Did having a later qualifying draw help in securing the pole position? "I felt good about the cloud cover coming over just before we went out there. I knew...
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Pretzel Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 1st
Did having a later qualifying draw help in securing the pole position? "I felt good about the cloud cover coming over just before we went out there. I knew the track was probably going to pick up some grip. I really thought we needed to charge and take advantage of that opportunity. Of course the way lap times were picking up from practice anyway, there was a bunch of guys that picked up seven, eight, nine, even a full second of time, so I had to give it all she had and we made a good lap there. The M&M's Pretzel car was fast. I'm real proud of the guys and Dave (Rogers, crew chief) and everybody that worked hard on making some changes during practice to try to get the car to my liking a little more. We made some good changes there for qualifying trim that really helped us that we'll keep in there for tomorrow and see if we can't make them work in race trim, too."
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 5th
How was your qualifying lap? "Starting in the top five is always a good place to be but we can't help but be just a little disappointed. "We were really good in practice and thought we had a good shot at the pole but we were a little loose and I had to use just a little more brake into (turn) two and that's where we lost the time. We can see the front from where we are. We had a good practice this morning and feel pretty good about where we are in race trim so we'll get back to it in the morning to be ready for Sunday." ***
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 12th
How was your qualifying lap? "It was okay. It wasn't a pole run obviously, but I felt like we picked up quite a bit from what we did in practice. Everyone is picking up a lot. I feel like we had our Home Depot Toyota pretty good right now for at least one lap in practice in race trim. We weren't that good on the long hauls so we need to work on getting our car faster with laps. And that is going to be the big deal here -- this typically is a longer run type of race track. Hopefully we'll get practice in tomorrow and we can work on our car a lot. If nothing else, it gives us a decent qualifying position and something good to work with for when we get into the race."
Do you feel like you are learning how to get around Pocono? "This is a tough race track. I can't say I like it at all, to be honest with you. Someday I might when I figure it out. I just think my teammate Denny (Hamlin) is awesome here, obviously. I'm able to pick his brain and I followed him around in practice and just talked to him on the radio. He came over to me, just trying to find every little bit that I can as a driver to help my team make my car even better. I feel like we're working at it. We're going to get there, we just have to have some patience with it."
MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Little Debbie Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Starting Position: 16th
How was your qualifying lap? "This is a really tough place to get around. It's one of the fastest tracks that you go to. The surface is really old. It's bumpy, there's a lot of cracks on the surface so you never know what you're going to get. We gained a lot of speed from practice to qualifying trim there."
Do you think Pocono drives like a road course? "No, it doesn't drive like a road course. I can debunk that myth straight up. It's a hard, hard race track. You've got to have a lot of confidence, you've got to be brave and I'm lucky I got a lap down. It won't be front row, but it will be a decent lap for me."
Are you more confident at this track? "I finished sixth here in the spring and we feel like we can do that here again. We've had a good day so far and I feel good about the lap. I feel good about what we're doing."
MAX PAPIS, No. 13 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Starting Position: 20th
How was your qualifying lap? "It actually wasn't too bad. It's not good on the time there, but it wasn't too bad. It was a little harsh on the stops. We've been having trouble with it being harsh on the front stops right now. We're going to work on that for Saturday. In the short term we just kind of stuck with what we had. Center off the car drove really well, just a little bit harsh on the stop and a little bit tight into the center. Definitely wasn't as good as we should've been. I was wide-open real early, there just wasn't a whole lot of speed."
How has the crew swap been so far for you? "It's good. It feels a little bit more natural to me and that's because Jimmy (Elledge, crew chief) and I worked together for so long. There's really no panic because we know if we're off, we're just off and we've got to fix it and if we're good we're going to be good. We've just got to continue to work together. I think we've learned a lot in this first practice. I'm going to get the direction for tomorrow so hopefully we'll be able to get it better, which I think we will for Saturday."
MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 27th
What happened with your car during your qualifying lap? "No, I'm not real sure. We only have one box and one battery for qualifying so I can't switch. It was strange. Just all of the way down the front straightaway was skipping real bad and it wouldn't turn any RPM. Then it mysteriously went away off of turn one and down the backstretch. Not real sure, but the NAPA Toyota was driving real well. I thought it was going to be a good lap without that. The guys did good. We'll just have to go back and figure out what happened and race them all Sunday."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 29th
How was your qualifying lap? "The splitter was hitting on the Aaron's Dream Machine and it was taking off on me. It feels good going into the tunnel and into turn three, but there's a rough part of the track where we keep hitting the splitter. Through the middle of turn one and in to the tunnel turn was hurting us pretty bad. We'll keep working on it tomorrow and we have 500 miles to make it better on Sunday. We'll get it back to where we need to be."
How was your qualifying lap? "I thought it was pretty good. I don't know why it was as slow as it was. The car handled pretty well, it just didn't have very much speed in it. During practice, the car was decent but the same thing. It kind of had pretty good drive, just missing a little bit of speed."
What has your experience been like so far with swapping crew chiefs and some crew members this week? "It's been different. It takes some time to get used to everything for sure especially on our part since Ryan (Pemberton, crew chief) and I have never worked together. We'll see what transpires. I think it's good for the whole organization."
JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports
Starting Position: 30th
MICHAEL McDOWELL, No. 55 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports
Starting Position: 32nd
DAVE BLANEY, No. 66 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports
Starting Position: 34th
CHAD McCUMBEE, No. 64 Little Joe's Autos Toyota Camry, Gunselman Motorsports
Starting Position: 39th
ROBBY GORDON, No. 7 SpeedFactory.TV Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports
Starting Position: DNQ
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