JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Qualified: 3rd What would it be like to win here at Daytona? "To win anything here at Daytona would be incredible. With all of the history here, it is the world's center of speed. ...
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Qualified: 3rd
What would it be like to win here at Daytona? "To win anything here at Daytona would be incredible. With all of the history here, it is the world's center of speed. To come away here with a victory, you know you beat the best. Saturday is always fun. It's an exciting race for a driver. You are sliding around and you are three-wide bumping and banging and doing all of that at 190 miles per hour, it's really cool."
Can you talk about how the car handled and how it was feeling on the track? "The car is handling great. All of the guys on the crew at Braun Racing did a great job. We knew Tony Stewart was going to be a tough car to beat and obviously he beat us. Tomorrow is going to be an exciting race. I'm looking forward to it and I'm looking forward to bringing this car home in first place."
How important is qualifying here? "It's not very important. It's more of a moral booster for the team. It's more of a way to get the guys into it because really all of the work goes back to them. From a driving standpoint, you just hold it wide open and run around the bottom of the track. All in all it was a good qualifying effort for us."
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 32 Hass Avocados from Mexico Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Qualified: 9th
Can you talk about the position you are in both in the Nationwide Series and for Sunday's Daytona 500? "Things are good right now -- especially on the Cup side of things. Everything seems to be good over here on the Nationwide Series as well. Hopefully we will get a win for both of these guys on Saturday and Sunday."
Can you talk about the Nationwide Series car and what you have seen in practice and qualifying? "Our car seemed to be really good in practice. We sat out yesterday to try and save a set of tires. Right now I'm pretty pleased with the Haas Avocados from Mexico car."
Can you talk about the difference coming over here to the Nationwide car compared to the new Cup Series car? "It is tough to say. I think that these new Cup Series cars actually handle a little better than the cars we had before. It seemed like it is really a speed difference once you come back to these Nationwide Series cars, especially since they lost so much horsepower over the winter. It is definitely a big change."
MIKE WALLACE, No. 7 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing Qualified: 24th
What are your thoughts going into Saturday's Nationwide Series race? "We very much feel like we are going to win the race. That is our intention. The GEICO Toyota Camry has been really good in drafting runs yesterday and drives very comfortable. It is much better than we thought so I'm excited about it."
How much do you bring from spotting for your brother yesterday in the Gatorade Duels to this race? "It is amazing. I've been coming to Daytona for many, many years and I've never been on the roof here so you see a whole different race. We all learn a lot every time. You think you have been coming to race tracks for a long, long time but you learn something new every time you come. I did see some things yesterday that changed things out there. I'm just really pumped up about the Germain Racing team, Bruce Cook (crew chief) and the whole Toyota involvement in our program."
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