Atlanta: McMurray post qualifying interview

JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Irwin Ford Fusion (Qualified 3rd) TALK ABOUT YOUR LAP. "That was good. We unloaded really good in race trim this afternoon and went into qualifying trim and we were like 10th or 12th and didn't really change a whole...

JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Irwin Ford Fusion (Qualified 3rd)

TALK ABOUT YOUR LAP.

"That was good. We unloaded really good in race trim this afternoon and went into qualifying trim and we were like 10th or 12th and didn't really change a whole lot on the car. When it comes time to qualifying here, it seems just really big to be able to arc the car in the corner. I knew I'd saved a little bit for qualifying and it turned out to be a pretty good lap."

HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO KEEP THIS START GOING?

"It certainly makes showing up every week a lot more enjoyable. We've run so well at all the races this year and certainly at Daytona we didn't get the finish for the car that we had and then had the brake issues at Fontana, and then last week being as sick as I was, I was pretty excited to be able to run in the top 10. We have an off weekend next weekend and to be able to come out of here with a good finish makes for a lot easier off weekend, so it's a good way to start your weekend. I don't know that qualifying -- at Atlanta it's usually one of those tracks you can pass at, but Sunday's race is gonna be interesting because the tire that we have here is a huge challenge to drive. The cars drive really odd and I think the track position will probably be more important here than what it's been in the past."

HOW DO YOU THINK THE CAR WILL RACE?

"We did the typical start to the weekend where you do race runs and then just make a couple qualifying runs at the end, but for some reason the cars are turning really good off the wall. I almost kind of feel loose getting down at the corner and then when you get to the white line they get super tight and then they're really loose off. I know that last year here the first race the cars were really a challenge to drive and I would guess that you'll hear a lot of guys complaining on Sunday that their cars are gonna be a challenge to drive."

IS QUALIFYING A BIG WHITE-KNUCKLE EXPERIENCE HERE WITH THESE TIRES?

"I wasn't on the pole, so maybe I should be shaking more. I don't know, I think it's been more adventurous for me here when I've qualified 30th and you're trying to hang onto that car. My car, it wasn't that thrilling of a lap. I think my save last week at Vegas was way more exciting for me than my qualifying lap here."

DID YOU WATCH THE SAVE LAST WEEK ON TAPE?

"Honestly, the tape didn't do it justice. I was like, 'Damn, I wish I had an in-car camera right now because that was a lot of work.' It's just incredible that you're able to slide that long around a corner and gather it up. Gosh, two or three times throughout that I thought, 'Oh, I've got it saved,' and then I thought, 'No, I don't yet.' So that's incredible. I can't believe that we were able to hang onto that. And it's amazing what goes through your mind in that three seconds. You think, 'Oh, not another bad points day.' Or, 'Who the hell just hit me?' That's what I was actually thinking, so my view seemed a lot scarier than what it looked like on TV."

-credit: ford racing

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