Talladega: Bodine, Sprague qualifying interview

TODD BODINE, No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing Starting Position: 1st Can you talk about your qualifying effort? "I thought it was a pretty good lap. Our truck has been handling pretty well throughout the weekend, and...

TODD BODINE, No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing Starting Position: 1st

Can you talk about your qualifying effort?

"I thought it was a pretty good lap. Our truck has been handling pretty well throughout the weekend, and we ran about what we expected. There's going to be a lot of good trucks that we'll have to beat in tomorrow's race, but I think we have a pretty good shot. We'll just have to keep our nose clean and stay up front and out of trouble."

Will the impound force the team to make changes on the truck early in the race?

"Not at all. We've been in race trim since we unloaded, so we're stuck with what we have. As far as these plate races go, qualifying position isn't that important. You just want to be able to start near the front to avoid any big wrecks that happen early in the race."

How is your truck going to be in tomorrow's race?

"I think we have a pretty decent truck for tomorrow. Our truck is pretty neutral in the draft, and that's a good thing. At a place like Talladega, experience plays a big part. You can go from the back to the front in just a few laps if you know which line to get in and get the right set of circumstances."

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JACK SPRAGUE, No. 60 Con-way Freight Toyota Tundra, Wyler Racing Starting Position: 2nd

How much different is restrictor-plate racing than any other tracks you race?

"Restrictor-plate racing is just a totally different deal. I really haven't enjoyed racing on these superspeedways until the last couple of years. The more power your truck has, the more enjoyable it is. If you know you have a little more juice in the truck, you won't be fighting just to stay alive in the draft. At a place like Talladega, you don't lift. Even the bigger tracks like California, you still lift after the first few laps. Here, if one guy makes a mistake, he can take out 15 or 20 trucks."

What is going to be the key to tomorrow's race?

"The most important thing tomorrow is the spotter. He is the most important crew member in the race. He's the one that's going to keep you out of trouble. You can't see anything out of these trucks. Everything is in the hands of the spotter, and hopefully, we'll be able to stay out of trouble."

qualifying lap out there, and fortunately, we'll be near the front at the beginning of the race. I've only been with these guys for a couple of days, but I can tell they know how to put a good truck together. I've worked with (crew chief) Jason (Overstreet) in the past, and we've won a few races together, which gives me a comfort level for sure. I just have to thank Germain Racing for giving me this opportunity. I'm having a blast." What makes you so good on these restrictor-plate races? "I'm not sure what it is. I like racing in the draft and as a veteran guy, I've learned what to expect out of these races. I know what it takes to complete a pass, and know the importance of picking the right draft partners. I've been fortunate enough to win a handful of restrictor-plate races, and hopefully I'll be able to add another win tomorrow."

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