MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 00 Out! Pet Care Toyota Camry, Diamond-Waltrip Racing Finished: 2nd Did you have a car to beat Brad Keselowski toward the end of the race? "He was a little bit better than us obviously there at the end on the long runs.
MARTIN TRUEX JR.,
No. 00 Out! Pet Care Toyota Camry, Diamond-Waltrip
Did you have a car to beat Brad Keselowski toward the end of the race?
"He was a little bit better than us obviously there at the end on the long runs. Had a good race - had a lot of fun racing with him. I have to thank Out! Pet Care and everybody at DWR (Diamond-Waltrip Racing) for letting me run this Toyota. I have never been so disappointed to run second. It looked like if those last couple cautions hadn't come out, we were going to be in good shape. Just a little too tight after that last run there. It's a shame because on the green flag runs we were really fast and really just called off the adjustments and then we got too tight later. These guys did a great job - they're a part time Camping World East team that won the championship so to run like this with them again for the second time is awesome and they do an awesome job. I can't thank them enough. Just wish we could have done one stop better."
Is this finish a confidence-booster for you?
"We come do this Nationwide deal for fun and running good is obviously a bonus. We've run good enough in the Cup car to run second a few times and it just didn't work out for us. We ran second here in the All-Star Race here in the Cup car. I don't know if it's a confidence booster as much as it is about having fun and coming here to get a trophy. It's been a while since I've won a race, to be honest. I feel like I've got a good opportunity to do that with this team this year in the 00 and the 99. I got two more races running it to do that and we'll see what happens."
What was your opinion of the new Nationwide Series car?
"I think the car is awesome. Honestly, I think they should adapt some of the rules to the Cup cars. I think the racing is great. Not having bump stops is a huge plus for the teams I think as far as saving a bit of money and making things a little less complicated and making the racing better. I think that's something they could look at. Obviously our noses will be more towards that style next year in the Cup cars, which I think will be good. Overall I think the cars are awesome. Obviously with looking at the qualifying times and how tight the field is, it definitely tightened the field up from what it was with the other cars when they would come here, which is a good thing. Obviously with all the Cup teams building new cars every two or three months, there's a lot of cars and chassis' out there for the smaller buck teams to be able to get and it really helps them be competitive with the body rules and the aero rules where everybody has to fit that template. It's a big, big deal I think for the series and a big shot in the arm in a good way. I think it's going to help the series coming down the road."
-source: toyota motorsports