DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing: Starting position: 5th How was your lap? "That was a good lap for us. Our car has been real good in practice -- we've been real happy with it. We backed up our practice speed...
DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing: Starting position: 5th
How was your lap? "That was a good lap for us. Our car has been real good in practice -- we've been real happy with it. We backed up our practice speed with our qualifying lap so we're real happy to have done that with as hot as the track has gotten from practice until now."
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing: Starting position: 16th
How has your day been and how do you feel about your lap? "This is a hard day for us. Qualifying is always difficult, but when you think about getting it done in 16 seconds, it causes you to make a lot of decisions real fast. I watched a lot of cars before I went out and made the decision that when I got to the turn; I was just going to let the car wander wherever it wanted to. The car felt like it wanted to run in the middle of the track and it stuck good. The thing I am most proud of is that we were pretty far off earlier today and we were able to get it right and get in the show."
What were you able to see with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck race Wednesday night about the new surface? "Side-by-side racing -- we've got options now and it's going to be great!"
JEREMY MAYFIELD, No. 36 360 OTC Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing: Starting position: 31st
Can you talk about your qualifying lap? "I thought the lap was pretty good. We were a little tight in the center of the corner, so that's something we're going to need to work on for race trim, but it's good to be in the show. This is the first track that we're going to run for the second time this year, so I'm happy for the team to see some improvement. It's definitely hot out there, so hopefully it will be a little cooler tomorrow night for the race."
How do you like the new track surface? "They did a great job with this place. Before, you could only run on the bottom and had to pretty much get into a guy to get by. Now, I think there will be a second groove of racing on the high-side, so you can work the track that fits best to your car. We'll have to see how the race plays out, but I'm optimistic that it's going to be a pretty good show."
DALE JARRETT, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing: Starting position: 33rd
How was your qualifying lap? "I over-drove the car on our lap. This is a real difficult situation to be in and probably one of the most difficult in my career with it being such a big weekend for UPS's 100th anniversary -- there are a lot of things planned. This is a tough race track to have to get it done on, but we did and we're in the show."
What do you think about the new surface at the race track? "The race track is great. They've taken a race track that has been one way for a long, long time and provided a lot of great racing. I think what the fans are getting ready to see tonight and tomorrow night will be really incredible racing. I understand where Goodyear is coming from, but I think if we had just a little softer left-front tire then the fans would probably see one of the best races ever. But they are still going to see good racing. I commend them because they talked to the drivers before they just came in here and tore things up. The looked at what they needed to do in order to provide the best race possible. When you put 160,000 people in a race track, you have to provide them with a great show. Before it was more about watching people just run into each other and you're still going to see that because we have 43 cars on a half-mile track. But now you're going to see multiple laps of side-by-side racing and I think the fans are really going to love that."
How was your qualifying lap? "We were tight in practice and everybody else has been loose. I've been practicing running up the race track to start my lap and then coming down -- the car got really loose on me when I did that in qualifying. I know there was a faster lap in the car and if I could have turned that lap I wouldn't have had to wait around to see if I made the field. We've been struggling the last eight weeks. I think Ricky (Viers) and myself have been challenged and I think we've stepped up to the challenge and shown them that we can do this. We are just happy to be in this race and looking forward to a wild race tomorrow night."
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