Atlanta II: Toyota teams qualifying quotes

BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Team Red Bull Starting position: 14th How much of an improvement was your car tonight versus practice earlier today? "Compared to how we have been, this is probably one of the best qualifying cars ...

BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Team Red Bull Starting position: 14th

How much of an improvement was your car tonight versus practice earlier today? "Compared to how we have been, this is probably one of the best qualifying cars we've had in a while. It was a little tight for qualifying, but the car was good. We finally got it to turn a little bit out of turn four and got it on the apron, which hurt us a little bit. It probably cost us a tenth or two, but we made the race, so I can't complain."

What affect has the crew chief change had on your team today? "Randy (Cox) and all of the guys have been great all week, they seem so seamless. We had good communication in practice, and we brought a pretty a good qualifying package, so hopefully we'll have a good race car on Sunday."

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MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Starting position: 24th

How was your qualifying lap? "It was everything I could have asked for. I must have left a little bit out there. It was free and good, but I probably just didn't get all it had. I needed to be a little bit better." How do you feel about the progress your team has been making? "It's fun to see an organization to make some progress. We've definitely done that. We fought through some really difficult, trying times. It was good to come back with the ability to survive, hang around and give ourselves a chance to turn this deal into something. It's just a real honor to be part of the Toyota team, with the support they've given me along with NAPA. It's been amazing."

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AJ ALLMENDINGER, No. 84 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Team Red Bull Starting position: 31st

How was your qualifying lap? "This was just a great job by the guys. I overdrove it way too much. The car was loose, but I didn't help it by the way I drove it. I'm not really happy with the lap, but I'll be a lot happier when I wake up tomorrow and I can drive, let's put it that way. I haven't been comfortable with the track all day. It's funny because I was good in the truck race last year and qualified second. I think I was spoiled with a really good truck. I liked the track last year. This year, we have struggled here. In the spring, we blew up leaving the pits and I wasn't very good in the truck race. This week, even when we were quick, I wasn't comfortable."

Does it help the momentum of the team to get both cars back in the race? "It's good for Brian to get back in the show after the struggles they've went through. I would've said the track was slowing down until (Greg) Biffle and (Dale Earnhardt) Jr went out. I just need to get better here, that's what it comes down to. I'm not very good around here right now. Hopefully I'll figure it out tomorrow and get around here better."

Is Atlanta one of the race tracks that you struggle at more than others? "Out of the mile-and-a-halfs, this is probably the only track that scares the living heck out of me. I don't know what the car is going to do. I'm just hanging on and hoping it sticks. That's what we'll work on tomorrow. You can run a lot of places here, so we'll just put some laps in tomorrow. There will be plenty of chances tomorrow and Sunday to work on the car, and that's what we'll do."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Michael Waltrip
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing