Texas II: Pole winner interview

Martin Truex, Jr. Captures Career-First NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Pole at Texas Motor Speedway and met with members of the media following qualifying: Martin Truex, Jr. , No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Monte Carlo SS, Pole Winner: "I came...

Martin Truex, Jr. Captures Career-First NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Pole at Texas Motor Speedway and met with members of the media following qualifying:

Martin Truex, Jr. , No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Monte Carlo SS, Pole Winner:

"I came up to speed, the car was real good in turns three and four. In turns one and two went really well, so I drove way down in to turn three and I actually got a little tight and never quite got to the bottom. I was a little worried, I didn't think it was going to be the lap that it was, I thought it was a little bit slower than that. I just have to hand it to all the guys on my team; they rebuilt this car from last week. It is my favorite car, it has been for a good part of the season. I just have to thank them for all the hard work getting it back together and making as good as new. I real proud of those guys today. I was a little surprised, there have been a few times when we were second or somewhere else in the top-10 when we thought we had a great shot at the pole. Today, I wasn't really sure. So it was great that it worked out for us.

"Bono gave me a headlock which was sort of a 'hell yea'. This is my favorite car of all. I have a favorite Impala SS, but they are all basically the same, but this car here, for some reason we haven't been able to duplicate it, we have tried a few times but for some reason we can't get the body just like this one. I don't know what it is about this car, I love the feel of it, I love how the seat is in it. Just everything about it feels right when I get in it and I have a lot of confidence so I can drive really hard in it. It is fast so it is a lot of fun."

ON HOW LONG IT TOOK TO REBUILD THE CAR AFTER THE ATLANTA RACE:

"The worked on it night and day. They worked on it from right after the race, they were about an hour and a half late for dinner that I grilled out for all my guys after the race in the coach lot, because they were stripping it down so when it got back to the shop Sunday night, it was stripped and ready for the front clip to be cut off to get ready for all that work on Monday morning. They put a lot of hours and a lot of work. Not only did they get it done it time, they did a great job on it.

"Basically everything from the windshield forward, everything. Front clip, the front fenders, the nose and all that stuff. The motor obviously gets changed. For them to cut the fenders off, put a front clip, redo the body, paint the clip get all the suspension on there and get out here to Texas on Thursday, they did a great job. It was a lot of work for them, they did a great job."

ON NEW HAMPSHIRE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY BEING SOLD TO BRUTON SMITH:

"I would hate to see them lose a date. That track is a big part of racing in general in the Northeast. Every race fans goes there. There really is no place close for them to go. I hate to see them lose anything. Bob Bahre and everyone at the track have done a lot for a lot of people's careers including myself. I hate to see him leave as the track owner, but I hope they will keep it around, but there is no telling what will happen so we will have to wait and see."

ON THOUGHTS OF WHAT HAPPENED TO CAUSE THE BIG WRECK AT ATLANTA:

"The reason Denny (Hamlin) couldn't get going was so bizarre because of where we were. You weren't allowed to flush your toliet because of the drought in Atlanta and he has water in his gas tank. That was rather odd that it happened there, but you know, what are you going to do, it happens. We have had everything go wrong that you could ever imagine happen to us throughout this year and the Chase. Nothing is surprising any more. We have put it behind us already. We are ready to win the race here in Texas."

ON FINALLY BEING IN THE BUD SHOOTOUT:

"Being in Daytona and not being in the Shootout is the worst feeling in the world. All your buddies are out there racing and you are sitting there watching them on TV, just wishing. It is the first race of the year and you want to be part of it. We are glad to be there finally. We have worked hard on it all year. The guys put a lot of effort in it in the last two months and we have been real real close, we just haven't been able to get it done. I am real proud of the job my team has been able to do for me and glad to get it out of the way. Hopefully we will win the Shootout so we don't have to worry about it any more, we will be in it for a long time."

ON HOW IMPORTANT TRACK POSITION AND STARTING POSTION IS AT TEXAS:

"It is pretty important here. This track, the bottom groove is where you want to be. Last week at Atlanta, we started 22nd and were in the top-five in 20 laps. Here it is a little harder. In the spring race, qualifying got rained out so we started, I think it was 22nd, and we really never made our way to the front. We got that dreaded aero push for most of the day and it seemed like all the good cars ran on the bottom. It is defiinitely a pretty big deal to qualify towards the front and you need to keep that track position here for sure."

ON HOW IT FEELS TO GET HIS FIRST BUD POLE:

"This is huge. It is a huge deal. Like I said, we have been really working hard now for a while to get it and we have been real close so this is definitely a lot sweeter. For as long as we have been trying and as close as we have been, it definitely makes me appreciate it more. I really didn't know we had a chance today, I knew my car was driving really well in practice, but a lot of guys went faster towards the end of practice and I decided to park mine because I liked it so much. I questioned my decision in the motorhome when qualifying was going on to be honest with you. Now I obviously feel like I did the right thing. It feels great. I am just real proud of the guys for all the work they have done, for all the work they have put in to this. Last week was a heartbreaker, but to come here and start the weekend here like this, it just shows you how in to it they are, how hard they are working at it and how we don't let t hings get us down. It is a huge deal for us."

ON BEING IN THE CHASE:

"It is a great honor to be a part of the 12 guys. Obviously, we have been terrible throughout the Chase. I we look at on it paper. But the job my team is doing with my cars and what they have been giving me each weekend at the race track, has been something that I have been really proud of, I know they are. I feel very lucky to be part of the Chase. I wish we could do a better job for Bass Pro and everybody and everyone at DEI. We are doing all we can do, and I proud of what we have been able to accomplish, sitting 12th, we definitely not happy with it, but it is what it is. Hopefully we will build confidence throughout this deal and when we get in to it next year, we will know what it takes to win it and things will go a little better for us."

-credit: gm racing

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Drivers Martin Truex Jr.