REED SORENSON, No. 10 Braun Racing Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Starting Position: 6th Are you happy with your qualifying lap? "All of these guys at Braun Racing did a good job. I'll tell you what. I'm surprised. I thought we were going to be...
REED SORENSON, No. 10 Braun Racing Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Starting Position: 6th
Are you happy with your qualifying lap? "All of these guys at Braun Racing did a good job. I'll tell you what. I'm surprised. I thought we were going to be middle of the pack because we didn't run very fast yesterday, but we didn't pull out all of our tricks until today. They did a good job. All black car looks pretty cool. Wish we had something on it though. I'm pretty excited about tomorrow now. It drove really good in the draft so I knew we had a good race car. I was pleasantly surprised that it ran that fast in qualifying. We've got four of us out there tomorrow so we'll use that to our advantage and try to work together and hopefully we'll get one of us in victory lane."
Did the wind slow you down from turn four to the start-finish line? "Yeah, there is a little bit of a headwind just from looking at the flags here. I didn't lift. The RPM picked up down the backstretch and we when we went through (turn) 3 and 4 I could feel the headwind a little bit when we came out of four so that probably hurt us a little bit. My crew chief (Stewart Cooper) didn't think we were going to run that well and now he's mad because we barely missed the pole there. I think that little bit of a headwind probably hurt us. You can see the flags here moving. It's a great qualifying run and we're happy with that and we'll get ready for tomorrow."
Is starting position important at Talladega? "It's not important. You could start dead last here and still win the race here. It's cool for the guys more so than the drivers when you qualify good because they spend a lot of time and effort on these cars and they did a great job. So it's more bragging rights for them more than anything. I wasn't even supposed to run this race but we put it together last week and as you can see it's all black -- it was a last minute deal."
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Starting Position: 7th
Are you happy with your qualifying lap? "I had the easy part today. I've got to thank all of the guys on the Great Clips crew. They did an awesome job. It's not like we had much to fine-tune on this thing. They were up til 2 o'clock this week working late just to get the thing done. I've got to thank the fab (fabrication) shop and everybody at Braun Racing back at home. This is a testament to their work. I had the easy part and hopefully it hangs on up there in the top-five. I've just got to thank the guys. It's really good for them."
Will you be aggressive during the race or lay back? "I won't lay back. It's no fun laying back. I just like to go all of the time and try to get up there and lead laps and run upfront. That's how I learn what my car is going to do at the end of the race. You take a chance of getting involved in a wreck but I've laid back before one time and got in the same wreck. So that stopped me from doing that from that point on. I always go hard."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 11th
Is this the toughest of all the tracks to put yourself in position to win? "It is. This place you just never know what is going to happen and it always changes every single lap. It's hard to keep track of everything throughout a race here. For us in the Z-Line Designs Camry we like to try to win when we come here but so far we haven't quite been in the right position to do that. When it comes down to the last few laps you don't know who is your friend, you don't know what is going on and you don't know what is happening. You don't know where you need to put yourself. It's crazy. For myself, we just try to do what we need to do to be there at the end. Somehow I learned how to win a Cup and Truck race here so maybe I could put it together for a Nationwide one too."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing (continued)
How was your car during Thursday's practice? "It's not bad. It's pretty good. We expected it to be a little better than the 20 (Joey Logano). These guys have done a good job bringing a new car here. It's an old, new car. It's been re-bodied a few times. It's the last time we get to race one of these cars on the restrictor plate track. Next time we go to Daytona it will be with the new COT version of the Nationwide cars and we'll see if we can't try to win one here."
Do you think you have a race-winning car in the Nationwide Series this weekend? "I feel pretty good about it. We've had good cars here in the past. I've been upside down before so maybe this will be the time where we can try to finish one out and finish one up in victory lane. I've done a Truck win here and I've gotten a Cup win here so Nationwide would fill that void. I can mark another track off the list where I've gotten all three."
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 15th
What is the key to qualifying at Talladega? "Really here it's all about a good car, I think, especially for qualifying. It's kind of tough here right now for the GameStop Toyota. The Toyotas have awesome motors everywhere we go and it seems like they kind of restrain us because they work so hard and give us awesome stuff. We've got the smaller restrictor plate on them than the other cars out there so that shows up in qualifying. It just makes it tough for all of the Toyota guys that work real hard and they kind of restrain us a little bit. It is what it is. I was happy in practice yesterday. It was able to suck up and push cars a lot better than I usually can in the Nationwide cars. That's pretty cool. I'm looking forward to when we do get to race. Hopefully it's tomorrow if the rain holds off."
What is the best pit selection for Talladega? "Typically we look for openings whether it's a garage opening or something like that. You want to have that opening out. That's usually second best and usually entrance in or something like that would help you. Those are the main things you look for when selecting a pit. Here it's not really a huge deal. It's more like pit selection and getting behind the right cars and hopefully having a good out all day. That's the big deal really."
BRIAN SCOTT, No. 7 AccuDoc Solutions Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Starting Position: 17th
How was your qualifying lap? "It felt like Talladega. You just really try to hit your shifts and do everything right. You pretty much got what you've got when you unload here. Handling is not really an issue. It's all about motor and aerodynamics. My hats off to everybody on our AccuDoc Solutions Toyota. Considering the resources that they have -- they don't have Cup resources. They don't have Cup wind tunnel data and stuff like that like a couple of the guys in front of us do. They do a really good job with what they have and we've got a really fast Toyota Camry here and I know that we're going to race well. Just need to work on drafting and try to be there at the end and miss the inevitable wreck."
Will it affect you if the race is postponed tomorrow? "I had a lot of practice last year in the Camping World Truck Series race and so far this year with weather. You can't control it. Weather is one thing that is not in the driver or teams control so you just take what you've got. Same 43 drivers are going to race whenever we get the race in. I'm happy that we have a nice, sunny day here for qualifying and we race when we race. I just hope we don't get blown away by a tornado or something."
How did your car handle in the draft during Thursday's practice? "Pretty good, pretty solid. The handling here at Talladega is different. You just look at how it handles sucking up and how it pushes and gets pushed and leads. I felt really strong in all of those categories. It's always a different game. You try to simulate what you're going to have in the race but normally you're lucky to get a 10-car or 12-car draft and it always changes when you get 43. When 43 cars get out there we'll see. We've got a really good setup in this thing. It's traditional. I think we're going to have a pretty good AccuDoc Solutions Camry."
BRIAN VICKERS, No. 32 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Starting Position: 25th
How was your qualifying lap? "It was good compared to what we did yesterday but it was bad compared to trying to sit on the pole. The car was a lot better today and I was happy about that. I'm not sure how we will be in the race. I think we'll be good in the race but we were traveling more today it seemed like we scraped the skirts and that hurt us a lot going into the corner."
MICHAEL ANNETT, No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Starting Position: 29th
How was your qualifying lap? "Pretty much where we expected. We ran a 20 last year and I think that put us 20th and we ran a 22 or 24 today. The same cars and pretty much the same package as we brought last year. It's pretty much what we expected."
How did your car handle in the draft during Thursday's practice? "It liked to be pushed which was good and it sucked up well. If we can suck up and then get a good push it took off. We came off (turn) two and I think the 34 (Tony Raines) gave us a shot in the back and I told the guys I knew it was going to be top of the board. You can just feel it. That's something you look for when you come here and practice and we feel like in the race will be pretty good."
STEVE WALLACE, No. 66 5-hour Energy Toyota Camry, Rusty Wallace Racing
Starting Position: 33rd
Are you happy with your qualifying lap? "I don't know to be honest. We unloaded and we ran a 52.88 so it's obviously a lot better than I ran during qualifying. We don't really have a lot of speed in the cars but they're driving pretty good. They definitely need help to go to the front but we'll see."
How did your car handle in the draft during Thursday's practice? "It was alright -- slow by itself again. I really had to have guys push me hard. It sucked up alright but on a scale of one to 10, the car is about a seven. You've just got to be in the right place at the right time tomorrow."
BRENDAN GAUGHAN, No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Toyota Camry, Rusty Wallace Racing
Starting Position: 36th
How was your qualifying lap? "It was actually right about where we thought. I still don't get how some of these guys are able to pull the 51's and stuff. That's just so much speed and so much body and I don't know what we're missing for that. I was expecting a 52.70 or 52.80 and did a 52.49 so I was really happy with that time and as we know at Talladega it's not about qualifying the race car, it's about the race car. I believe our Toyota is good for tomorrow so we'll be alright."
How did your car handle in the draft in Thursday's practice? "Really good. We only did about 14 laps. When Joey Logano got behind me he pushed me up to about 7600 RPM and we were fast. I tried to return it and get behind him and push and I could not push the same RPM's. So basically I'm a better puller Toyota Camry than I am a pusher Toyota Camry. The only problem with that is you've got to get to the front to show everybody you can pull the field. If we can get our Toyota up front it will be fast."
TREVOR BAYNE, No. 99 Diamond-Waltrip Racing Toyota Camry, Diamond-Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 39th
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