KYLE BUSCH, No. 20 Doosan Infracore Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position: 6th Since you didn't run a qualification lap in practice yesterday, was your qualifying lap about what you expected? "No not really, we just lost grip in the...
KYLE BUSCH, No. 20 Doosan Infracore Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position: 6th
Since you didn't run a qualification lap in practice yesterday, was your qualifying lap about what you expected? "No not really, we just lost grip in the track I guess. We didn't go up as high as some other guys did on air pressure and we didn't put as much tape on the nose as other guys did. Maybe we didn't totally max out our car, but I think we'll be fine tomorrow."
How is this car on a road course with the reduced horsepower? "You can't drive these things anywhere we go. It is what it is, though and we'll make due with what we've got. Everybody is the same. Obviously I think I've been pretty good with it in being able to run up front, win races and contend for wins in every single race we've been to. To me, I'm just not a very big fan of it because you reduce horsepower here and then you get to the Cup Series and you've go twice as much horsepower. It's kind of a non-win situation. If you're too loose off (here) then you struggle with that. It's a big deal everywhere."
MIKE WALLACE, No. 7 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing Starting Position: 19th
How do you feel on this track and how was your qualifying run? "That's quite a bit quicker than what we ran yesterday in practice. It's better than a second from what we ran yesterday. I have a hard time at the road courses laying down that really fast lap because I'm always concerned about running it off the race track or sliding the tires. I can race better than I can qualify here. I think our lap time will be okay. Pit strategy is going to be the key here, and everybody is go ing to kind of be on the same deal here, which is different than the ovals we run. All in all , the guys have done a great job and we'll go from there."
Do you prefer qualifying in groups as opposed to the traditional qualifying format? "I like it, actually. I like the groups because I like the segment that you can go run three or four laps. It's not like its just one lap or two laps. I think it was only three laps some of us have gotten out here. It works out good. I actually like it because if you mess up a lap you are kind of prepared for it and you have another lap to recover. The GEICO Toyota Camry is running smooth. The brakes were good and it turned good. It's a little freer than yesterday so that caught me off guard just a little bit."
MICHEL JOURDAIN JR, No. 32 Visit Mexico Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Starting Position: 20th
How was your qualifying run? "We're not very happy. We struggled quite a lot with the balance of the car. We were really tight so we'll see how it is for tomorrow."
Given your experience on this track, what's your strategy for tomorrow? "I think most people know enough to know this is such a long race I think its just about finishing and being there at the end. I don't think we have the speed to really fight for the front so that definitely needs to be our strategy to be there at the end."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Starting Position: 33rd
How did your car handle during your qualifying laps? "We just had to be ultra conservative -- we didn't have to be, but I kind of painted ourselves into a box here with me messing up yesterday. We didn't get a chance to do a qualifying run (during practice). The car was pretty free that time and it was about just staying on course and putting down a decent lap. We put in a lap where we didn't tear anything up. The Aaron's Dream Machine Camry has been pretty good since we unloaded it and I just messed it up. I have to thank all my guys because they really thrashed this thing back together. On top of that, I have to thank the NASCAR officials because they worked with us really well trying to get everything fixed. I have to thank them as well."
Did the road course lessons you had at Infineon Raceway last month helping you this weekend? "Chris Cook helped me out a lot out there at Infineon. I learned a ton of stuff and a lot of that stuff I applied in my first practice session where we were 12th on the speed chart. That was a big jump up from last year. I made a miscue there in the second practice and that was definitely something Chris did not teach me. I learned a lot, like how to apply things and breaking points as well as turn-ins and all that kind of stuff that I didn't know before. Hopefully I'll be able to use it in the race and we'll see what we have on Sunday."
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Starting Position: 36th
How is your car handling out on the race track? "We had a bad day yesterday and the guys reworked the car last night. It's a lot but we didn't qualify very well -- I didn't expect to. I imagine we'll just start the race and stay out of trouble to come away with a good finish. I enjoy the race track -- its fun road racing. Last year we had a really good car and ran sixth in the race but didn't qualify well at all. There's no reason to think we can't do that here this weekend."
What's your race strategy going to be tomorrow? "We're going to stay on the race track and miss a shift."
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