Ryan Newman: "Obviously, it was a pretty decent lap. We picked up almost two tenths from where we practiced this morning, so we're really happy with that. I told the guys that I knew I had a little left in my back pocket and I thought that we ...
"Obviously, it was a pretty decent lap. We picked up almost two tenths from where we practiced this morning, so we're really happy with that. I told the guys that I knew I had a little left in my back pocket and I thought that we could do a couple of things to the car and we did that and made it a little better. It was a pretty decent lap overall to pick up two tenths and end up second from being P9 in practice. It was definitely a big change and a big step in the right direction for us."
THIS IS YOUR SECOND TIME HERE. HOW DO YOU THINK THE TRACK SEALER IS WORKING? "The track has a ton of grip today, more so than the spring race. It feels really nice. I was actually a little loose in my qualifying run, but that wasn't at all due to the sealer. The track feels like it has a lot of grip. You can see the sealer wearing off a little bit. I think it's going to be really good racing. It's for sure right now almost a two-groove race track."
YOU'VE QUALIFIED UP FRONT MOST OF THE SEASON. "It's just a lot of hard work by the team in order to be able to qualify like that. For me as a driver, I always say in a position like that in qualifying, you have the car in perfect conditions. You have nobody in front of you, you've got all the downforce on the car, the tire pressures are up and you can just race the race track for one lap or two laps, whatever it is. That's just been one of my stronger points this year as far as qualifying goes. It's definitely a team effort and having the car prepared to go that fast."
WHAT'S THE PLAN FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR AND NEXT YEAR? "We have three more Winston cup races that we're doing this year at Kansas City, Charlotte and then Phoenix. I think there are five or six or seven Busch races and we'll finish up in Homestead. So, Busch races this year and three Cup races, and then next year, a slated schedule for full Winston Cup and hopefully Rookie of the Year."