Toyota NSCS Texas post-qualifying quotes

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Denny Hamlin: "I was pretty impressed with our runs."

DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Office/March of Dimes Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing - Starting Position: 6th

How was qualifying today? “We steadily made our FedEx Office March of Dimes Camry better through each session and really actually found something that will hopefully help us for race trim tomorrow. I was pretty impressed with our runs. With as many cycles as we had, we were able to pick up speed in each session -- pretty happy with that, actually.”

Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

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If there’s a weather delay for the Cup race, what will your team need to do to stay ready and prepared? “I think it’s more about the crew chiefs and what they have to do to adjust our Camry for the conditions. We’ll diagnose that and we’re going to look at the forecast to try to judge our car based off of that.”

BRIAN VICKERS, No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing - Starting Position: 23rd

What does a driver do to stay focused and prepared for the race if there’s a rain delay? “It depends. Tomorrow -- it depends on what’s going on. You still have to go through your routine, you still do the great fan stuff that we have for Aaron’s. This weekend it’s the launching of the ‘Own it’ campaign, so we’re still going to do some stuff to make sure everybody knows Aaron’s wants you to own it. We’re going to do the driver’s meeting. They still typically do driver intros in the rain so that when it stops raining they’re ready to go. But after that, you try to -- for me personally, I try to relax and try to get my mind away from racing because I think sitting there and just mulling over the race for five hours and then actually race for three-and-a-half hours -- you just wear yourself out. Sometimes you watch a movie, sometimes a show. More times than not, I’ll just work on a book I’m reading and just chill and relax.”

CLINT BOWYER, No. 15 Willie’s Duck Diner Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing - Starting Position: 25th

How was qualifying for your team? “One spot. That’s it and we would have made the next round. I made a second lap and I ran the exact same lap time. Just a bummer we didn’t make it to the next round. We’ve been good on long runs this weekend so we’ll be ok for tomorrow. Just wish we had a little better starting spot for our Willie’s Duck Diner Toyota.”

MATT KENSETH, No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing - Starting Position: 26th

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing - Starting Position: 29th

ALEX BOWMAN, No. 23 Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry, BK Racing - Starting Position: 30th

PARKER KLIGERMAN, No. 30 SMS Audio Toyota Camry, Swan Racing - Starting Position: 36th

COLE WHITT, No. 26 Swan Energy Gear Toyota Camry, Swan Racing - Starting Position: 42nd

RYAN TRUEX, No. 83 Toyota Camry, BK Racing - Starting Position: DNQ

JOE NEMECHEK, No. 66 Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports - Starting Position: DNQ

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Series NASCAR-CUP
Article type Qualifying report
Tags alex bowman, brian vickers, clint bowyer, cole whitt, denny hamlin, joe nemechek, kyle busch, matt kenseth, nascar-cup, parker kligerman, ryan truex, texas 500