JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Qualified 2nd) HOW WAS YOUR LAP? "From the time that we unloaded the car was quick. We made just a few small, minor adjustments to it and when I made my bonsai run in practice I didn't really...
JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Qualified 2nd)
HOW WAS YOUR LAP?
"From the time that we unloaded the car was quick. We made just a few small, minor adjustments to it and when I made my bonsai run in practice I didn't really drive the car hard enough and still ended up like ninth quickest. We made a few adjustments for qualifying and when my lap was over I came on the radio and told them I didn't drive hard enough, but the car had a lot of grip and still ended up second so that was a good day for us."
HOW ABOUT THE HEAT THIS WEEKEND AND THE TRACK?
"When it gets hot it just loses grip. The track gets greasy and more than likely if you're loose, you get a little bit looser and if you're tight, you get tighter. But I don't notice the track cool down that much from the start to the end. I think the biggest difference would have been, it's always hard to go first even if there hasn't been another type of tire on the race track, but I think when you add those together it's tough to be the first two or three guys to go on the track anywhere."
WHAT ABOUT THE TRACK FOR SUNDAY?
"We did the exact same thing in practice. We had a setup in the car that I wouldn't have guessed would have qualified very well because it's mainly just on trying to get the car to go forward on old tires, but I think the bigger story on Sunday is gonna be the heat. Every year here it's hot. You get out of the car and you're exhausted and it's like 10 degrees hotter here than what it's been the past two or three years, so I think for all of these guys having to run two series, I think they're gonna have big issues (laughing). I think it's gonna be a challenge for everybody, but especially for the guys that are gonna fly all night long. It's gonna be hot."
JEFF GORDON AND TONY STEWART WERE FAVORITES AND DIDN'T QUALIFY UP FRONT. YOUR THOUGHTS.
"I think if Jeff Gordon doesn't run off the race track he's on the pole. I don't know that for sure, but he was a half-second faster than the second-place car in practice. If he could have just maintained what he ran in practice, he would have been on the pole still by half-a-second, so I think him not running off the race track, we'd all be moved back one spot. I don't know, but Kurt has always been good at road races. The whole time he drove the 97 car they were quick at all of them, so I don't think it's a surprise at all."
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR PROGRAM AND ITS TURNAROUND?
"It's still hit and miss. It's certainly not 100 percent great, but my crew chief Bob Osborne flew out here with me. I asked him last week, 'Why don't you go with me and we'll go out a day early and play golf.' We both enjoy playing golf. I said, 'We'll go out and just be guys,' just to try to get to know each other. It's tough when you switch race teams to get to know everyone and we already had a crew chief swap on the team, so just about the time you feel like you're getting to know the first one they were switched. I think this is my seventh or eighth week with Bob and I still don't know him very well. I don't know him at all away from the race track and I don't feel like, whenever we make adjustments to the car, my first three years of Cup I would always say, 'This is what I think we should do.' Donnie (Wingo) would always put ideas in my head and I would say, 'This is what I want to do,' and I haven't been able to do that because I don't know him well enough. I didn't feel comfortable enough around him, so we came out here early and had two great days of just being guys away from the race track and playing golf and enjoying ourselves. We still have a little bit of work to do to our race team to get it as consistent as what all of the other Roush cars are, but it's cool to be able to come to a road course and run well. We obviously have run well at some of the ovals, but if you ask anyone internally they know that our program is not yet perfect by any means, but it's getting better every week."