Martin Truex Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Monte Carlo SS met with media and discussed racing at Texas next week compared to Atlanta and Charlotte, his car set-ups, the importance of qualifying at Atlanta and what he likes about the ...
Martin Truex Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Monte Carlo SS met with media and discussed racing at Texas next week compared to Atlanta and Charlotte, his car set-ups, the importance of qualifying at Atlanta and what he likes about the Atlanta track, on his impression of the Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth incident at Martinsville, and the day-to-day pressures of running in the Chase
Select quotes from driver interview:
TEXAS IS THE THIRD 1.5-MILE TRACK IN A ROW, IS IT ANY DIFFERENT COMPARED TO ATLANTA AND CHARLOTTE? "It's a lot different. It's a lot more like Atlanta than it is Charlotte. Charlotte's not really like anywhere we go. I don't really care for it too much to be honest with you. I like Texas a lot. The surface is getting worn down a little bit every time we go back and I think the racing gets better every time we go back. We typically run well there and look forward to going back."
WILL YOU RUN A SIMILAR CAR SET-UP AT TEXAS TO WHAT YOU RUN HERE IN ATLANTA? "I think we'll run a very similar set-up here and at Texas. We ran pretty well there the first race this year. I think qualifying rained out. We were real fast in practice. I thought we had a shot at the pole, but we didn't get to do that so maybe we can go back and get our first Bud Pole. We're really trying to get into that Bud Shootout next year. Hopefully if we can't do it here, we can do it at Texas."
WHAT MAKES ATLANTA DIFFERENT THAN THE OTHER 1.5-MILE TRACKS? "It's just better. The surface is older, obviously. And any time that happens, the racing gets better. The tires wear out and you can move around the race track. Atlanta is really known for having a really good outside groove, top groove, and I really enjoy running up there. So that's one of the reasons I like it. It gives you a lot of options during the race. You catch a car and he's running the bottom, you don't necessarily have to follow him at all. There are plenty of places to pass. There's always a way to get around somebody in front of you. And it makes it a lot more fun to race like that. The corners are a little bit different, but the way you drive into the banking here is a lot different than a place like Charlotte."
WHAT WAS YOUR IMPRESSION OF THE CARL EDWARDS / MATT KENSETH INCIDENT AT MARTINSVILLE? "I wasn't surprised."
WHY? "I don't know. They don't seem to like each other. I don't know what got Carl mad last week. I have no idea. I thought it was a little over the line to do what he did."
HAVE YOU BEEN IN A SITUATION LIKE THAT WITH A TEAMMATE IN ANOTHER SERIES OR ANYTIME? "No. I'm easy to get along with. I don't really have any trouble getting along with people."
-credit: gm racing