MARK MARTIN -6-Ameriquest Ford Fusion (Qualified 1st) "First of all, it was a real tribute to Mike Beam and that team. That's my truck team, and everybody knows how awesome they've been. They took on the seven Busch races as well this year, and...
MARK MARTIN -6-Ameriquest Ford Fusion (Qualified 1st)
"First of all, it was a real tribute to Mike Beam and that team. That's my truck team, and everybody knows how awesome they've been. They took on the seven Busch races as well this year, and they're pulling double-duty this week. For them to give me this kind of effort is pretty incredible and pretty amazing. I love those guys so much and I love working with them. This is a cool way to wind up our Busch thing. It was a surprise that the car was that fast. I did very much like the car in race trim. I made a mock run and was not very impressed with it and made some considerably large adjustments for qualifying and it really perked it up. It's a big surprise to us. I feel like we're going to race well. We may have to adjust on the car quite a bit tomorrow based on the fact that is a different kind of a setup than we've run in the past. We may have to kind of adjust along the way tomorrow, but we're off to a good start."
TALK ABOUT YOUR CUP CAR THIS WEEKEND.
"I was very pleased with the Busch car and we went over and started the Cup practice not that much different, a little bit different, and we made some of the changes that brought it toward the Busch car. To be honest with you, I was very pleased with the Cup car in race trim. I was very disappointed with it in qualifying trim. I guess we'll learn more about it tomorrow because we won't be trying to mix both. I feel like I've got a great Busch car with our Ameriquest car and I'm hoping that we have a fairly competitive Cup car. This is not my favorite car. We're not used to doing this, but in the course of three weeks we lost my two favorite cars. That's not typical for us. We usually get one car and race it a lot, and that's what we were doing with the car at Charlotte, and then we were going to do the same the thing with that car at Atlanta and we lost it as well. This is the car that we ran at Pocono. It has run well in race trim today and we hope we'll run good on Sunday."
ARE THE SPEEDS GETTING TOO FAST IN THE CUP CARS?
"The cool thing about it is that unlike lots of places, this tire is backing up hard. And, that's wonderful. It makes for great racing. That means you need to put tires on when the caution comes out. That means that the speeds will slow down quite a bit on a run. It's all good stuff. But, if it held its speed, like brand new asphalt would, then, yeah, I would agree and say that we're getting up there flirting with too much speed. In race trim, the times and the speeds are going to back up pretty hard and that's going to be great. That's going to make for some really good racing and if we get the top groove rubbered in, people will be running the bottom, middle and top. It's going to be good, great racing."
DAVID RAGAN DID NOT QUALIFY FOR THE CUP RACE THIS WEEKEND. HAVE YOU HAD A CHANCE TO TALK WITH HIM YET?
"I haven't talked to David today. He's doing double-duty as well with the truck, in the 6 truck tonight. I'm sure he's disappointed, but then you have to look at the Roush cars were not fast, and he did not have a fair chance because you had Jamie McMurray about 45th and Greg Biffle 39th. If you look down the list, it wasn't his fault that he didn't make the race. It was our fault by not having faster stuff for all of us to drive today. We, obviously, don't know why that is. If we all would have been better then he would have been up there solidly."
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