Lally to Start TRG Motorsports Ford 39th at Kansas
Andy Lally qualified the TRG Motorsports No. 71 Ford Fusion in 39th for tomorrow's running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400 at Kansas Speedway.
Lally ran his first laps in practice yesterday at the Kansas track ending the day 35th overall with a time of 32.325. In qualifying, the Northport, New York native improved on that time, running a lap of 31.655, his best of the weekend.
"I did my first laps at Kansas on Friday," Lally said. "Kansas is tricky, especially this weekend because we have some really high track temperatures. It is not a really high-banked track. You enter the turns with a lot of speed. You enter with high-bank type speed, but it does not have a lot of banking. It is a challenge to keep yourself from over-driving the entry to the corner. It is a fun track.
We were struggling a little with the front-end in the first practice. The guys did a great job making changes to help the car turn. We went out with a relatively conservative set-up for qualifying because we knew we had to get in the show. We didn't want to take any chances. I was able to get some good advice from a few of my friends in the field and it paid off. It was a good lap. What a stressful day it is when you have to qualify on time. We will now focus on the race."
Kevin Buckler, team owner, likes the way Lally has rebounded from Charlotte.
"Andy and the team did a great job in practice and qualifying," Buckler said. "Not making the Charlotte race was tough on everyone, but we have all bounced back and everyone is really focused. Andy had never seen Kansas until yesterday. The team worked super hard all weekend and Andy has made progress every time out. We have no place to go but up. I can't believe he has never ben here and was able to out qualify a bunch of NASCAR regulars. We are really proud to carry the colors of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and the Children's Tumor Foundation the car this weekend and are looking forward to giving them a strong run and their first taste of NASCAR. They are two awesome causes."