Richmond: Toyota teams qualifying quotes

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Pedigree Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position: 7th Are you happy with your qualifying run? "That qualifying run there tonight for the Pedigree Toyota Camry wasn't bad. The car stuck really, really well, it turned...

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Pedigree Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 7th

Are you happy with your qualifying run? "That qualifying run there tonight for the Pedigree Toyota Camry wasn't bad. The car stuck really, really well, it turned well and exited the corner great. Way better than what we were in practice. We felt pretty good with that lap. I'm happy with it. We'll see where that puts us. I don't know exactly where that will put us at -- probably somewhere within the top-10 -- some sort of a good starting spot where we can go racing tomorrow night."

Is starting the race in daylight and finishing at night a concern? "Not really because we practice during the day so we pretty much know what we've got during the day. The biggest thing is going to be having enough adjustability built in the car at night so when we come down pit road and make adjustments during the night we've got enough adjustability where we can do that and keep our car running up front."

Could you have used more practice? "We probably could have, but since we didn't get it nobody else got it. It's the same for everybody. I felt like the guys made some awesome adjustments from practice to qualifying and the car stuck better than it had all day."

Can you continue your 'hot' streak here? "It's been neat to be able to do that but we have to keep that going here in Richmond, Virginia. So, we'll see how it runs tomorrow night."

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DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 14th

Can you talk about what you struggled with in qualifying? "It was terrible. It was bad loose -- real bad loose. I'm really disappointed with that. We made a bad call there and should have left it alone. We made a bad call and we are going to pay for that pretty bad on Saturday night, I'm afraid."

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TONY STEWART, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 15th

How was your car on your qualifying lap? "It was nothing impressive -- we were a little too tight. Zippy (Greg Zipadelli) said he changed a bunch of stuff before the qualifying run and wanted to make sure we were plenty tight -- we accomplished that."

What are your thoughts about Denny Hamlin earning the pole for tomorrow night? "I know how much running good at your home track means to you. For him to go out and put that run down, that's a great lap for him."

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DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing
Starting Position: 17th

How did your car change from practice to qualifying? "The car was really good in practice. We were really happy with it. I thought we were fine -- I probably played it real cautious there. You can't take chances when you're in our position. The car was probably capable of going quicker than that, but that's all we needed to do. The car was better than that lap. Looking forward to tomorrow -- that's the best car we've had this year."

What do you think about Richmond? "Richmond is a good track. We ran pretty good here the last few years. It's a pretty fun race track. It's wide and there are multiple grooves you can run on -- anytime it's like that the drivers like it."

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AJ ALLMENDINGER, No. 84 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team
Starting Position: 18th

Can you talk about getting into the race for tomorrow night and your qualifying run? "It was pretty solid. I think the car is really good in race trim. In qualifying and practice we really couldn't get any speed out of it, which was frustrating because I think we were about third quickest overall in race trim. The guys did a good job. They made a few changes. Probably could have got a little bit more out of it. I knew the first lap felt pretty good -- just tried to get a little bit more out of it the second lap. Overall, I'm pleased with it."

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MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 27th

How did your car change from practice to qualifying? "I'm pretty disappointed in my second lap -- we had a decent first lap, but that second lap I just over-shot turn one and got sideways. Still ran faster, but left a lot of speed out there. We had a really good practice and I hate that I screwed that up, but I feel real confident about tomorrow night."

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MICHAEL MCDOWELL, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 29th

What did you struggle with on your qualifying lap? "I think we have a pretty good race car. We were too free there for qualifying, but I think everything will play out in the race tomorrow night. I'm a little disappointed and it's just tough because the track cools off and picks up and it's my first time here so it's hard to know how much to get. I'm a little disappointed, but I think it's going to be like that for a while."

What do you think of Richmond? "It's a lot of fun and the Aaron's Dream Machine was really good in practice -- it felt really good in the long runs. I don't think any of the places are easy to get around especially when you push this hard to try to be competitive. It's one of those things where you have to push it pretty hard and it's just finding that limit without pushing too hard."

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BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team
Starting Position: 32nd

Can you talk about being the first car out to qualify? "We needed more of a pick up, but I think the guys did a good job on the car. Going out first really hurt us -- the 44 (David Reutimann) was supposed to go out first, but he didn't show up at the car and he was on the five minute clock so he got to go out second. We definitely learned our lesson there and next time I am first, I just won't show up because I will still have five minutes. I'm really happy with our car in race trim."

Can you talk about being 15th in points and trying to work your way into the top-12? "I think consistency is going to be the key and so far we have done a good job of doing that and being there week in and week out at different race tracks. Some tracks we haven't been as good as others. It's definitely going to be important to keep that pace up, but not only being consistent, but also having good runs. You can't consistently run 30th and get in the 'Chase'. You have to consistently run up front."

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J.J. YELEY, No. 96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry, Hall of Fame Racing
Starting Position: 43rd

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Denny Hamlin
Teams Red Bull Racing , Michael Waltrip Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing , Bill Davis Racing , Hall of Fame Racing