Toyota teams qualifying quotes

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Joey Logano, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Joey Logano, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

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JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position: 8th

How was your qualifying run? “It was a little bit too loose. It was kind of a guess for us. We didn’t make a qualifying run since the first practice so we really weren’t sure what we were going to have there. We picked up speed. We’ve been tight here the last few times we qualified. So, it’s good to be on the other end of the boat. It will be decent and we’ll go from there.” Are there any challenges starting the race during daylight and finishing under darkness? “Yeah. Every challenge you can possibly find we practice today and it was really, really hot. I don’t know what we are going to have.” Are you happy the University of Connecticut won the men’s basketball championship? “Heck yeah. I wore my UConn hat all week.”

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KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position: 11th

How was your qualifying run? “It’s a far cry from where we were yesterday, but unfortunately it’s not going to be fast enough today to get us where we want to be, but overall we felt like the Interstate Batteries Camry was really good. We posted a good time. But apparently there are going to be guys that are going to go faster than us. Our draw hurt us a little bit. We weren’t fast yesterday, but we got a lot better today. Looking forward to the race. It’s great to be here in Texas in front of the hometown crowd with Interstate Batteries. I’m pumped about that.”

Do you have a chance to compete for the win? “I’d certainly like to think so no matter where we end up in qualifying I think our race car’s a lot better. The guys on this Interstate Batteries Camry did a great job this weekend, turning it around and getting it where it needs to be. Glad to be here in Texas -- back in the home crowd with the Interstate Batteries guys and all their dealers and distributors. We thank all those guys across the nation who do such a great job to help us get to where we are and have the great white and black and green colors on this weekend.”

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KASEY KAHNE, No. 4 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team Starting Position: 13th

How was your qualifying run? “I just blew turn three. I actually had a really good lap going, I drove in too hard and gave up a lot of time. The car felt really good, the engine and everything felt really good. I just screwed up.” What will your strategy be for Saturday night’s race? “Hopefully practice was good enough today and we’ll be fast tomorrow -- we’ll see.”

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MICHAEL MCDOWELL, No. 66 HP Racing LLC Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports Starting Position: 20th

CASEY MEARS, No. 13 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing Starting Position: 22nd

DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Office/March of Dimes Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position: 23rd

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DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Starting Position: 25th

How’s your car at Texas after practice and qualifying? “It’s been loose all day. It drove good in qualifying, we just didn’t run very fast. We’ll have to figure out why that is, but Rodney Childers (crew chief) and the guys did a great job getting it changed around to where it drove pretty good. We just didn’t have enough speed that time.”

How will your car be in Saturday night’s race? “I don’t know. We fought being really, really loose all day. We practice in the heat of the day and the racing will be at night. More than likely it will be different. Hopefully we planned ahead enough where we have enough adjustments in it to where we can keep it going, I think we’re okay.”

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Brian Vickers, Red Bull Racing Team Toyota
Brian Vickers, Red Bull Racing Team Toyota

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BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team Starting Position: 30th

How was your qualifying lap? “That was the best we’ve been all weekend. We needed to get there about an hour-and-a-half ago as far as practice is concerned. The guys did a good job. We made a lot of changes from practice to qualifying. They were all really, really good. We just needed time to make it better. It’s always hard to go out there with a brand new setup and qualify.” Are there any challenges starting the race during daylight and finishing under darkness? “It’s the same for everybody. The track is going to be different, it’s going to go through some changes tomorrow as the sun goes down for sure. It’s going to be the same for everybody.”

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MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Starting Position: 31st

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BOBBY LABONTE, No. 47 Bush’s Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing Starting Position: 34th

Are you pleased with the way your car is handling? “No. It was way too loose. We felt that in practice in our qualifying trim, and the same thing again here in qualifying. We thought we tightened it up, but we didn’t.”

Do you enjoy coming back to Texas? “I do, but not after qualifying not very good -- but I do. It’s a great place, a great race track -- great for us. It’s a lot of fun to come here. Usually a lot of things to do, usually more during the fall race. So, I do enjoy that.”

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MIKE SKINNER, No. 60 Big Red Toyota Camry, Germain Racing Starting Position: 36th

JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 NEMCO Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports Starting Position: 37th

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