Four Toyota Camrys will start Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500. David Reutimann, driving the No. 00 Domino's Camry, will start in the 24th position making his third start of the season. Brian Vickers, driving the No. 83 Red Bull Camry, will start in the...
Four Toyota Camrys will start Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500. David Reutimann, driving the No. 00 Domino's Camry, will start in the 24th position making his third start of the season. Brian Vickers, driving the No. 83 Red Bull Camry, will start in the 31st position making his second start of the season.
Dave Blaney, driving the No. 22 Caterpillar Camry, will start in the 35th position. Dale Jarrett, driving the No. 44 UPS Camry, will start in the 43rd position. Both Blaney and Jarrett will be making their fourth starts of the season. Michael Waltrip, Jeremy Mayfield and AJ Allmendinger failed to qualify for Sunday's race.
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Domino's Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing:
On the nerves of making the race on your first qualifying lap: "Frank (Kerr, crew chief) said that if my first lap was good enough to make it into the show that he would let me know and call me off on my second lap. I got to the start/finish line on my first lap and I didn't hear anything, then I drove into turn one and I still didn't hear anything. About halfway down the backstretch Frank came over the radio and said that he thought we were going to be okay. I thought, man, Frank, just thinking we're in isn't going to cut it. So I made sure to run hard the rest of the way and thank the good lord that we had a fast enough lap to get in the race. At least now I can maybe eat something and keep it down. I'm going to have me a lot of Domino's pizza tonight, I promise you that."
On making the race this week versus not making last week's race at Las Vegas: "You'll have that I guess. Last week we knew we weren't going to be good enough and after those laps I knew it wasn't close enough. It's a tough deal just trying to get into these deals on time. Nobody ever said it was going to be easy. We'll just keep plugging away. The important thing is that we'll be here on Sunday."
On the advantage of taking a qualifying lap with the track under darkness: "I think it might have been a little bit of an advantage. The cold weather made it a little less of an advantage, but definitely I think it helped." On being behind on race set-up: "We're behind some because all we did was work on qualifying set-ups. It doesn't really matter what your race set-up is if you don't qualify for the race. We just have to make up for lost time and learn a little bit tomorrow in practice and in the Busch race -- things that we can apply over here. If we can do that, we'll be pretty good."
On his qualifying lap: "I feel like it was a good lap. The car handled pretty good, but it still wasn't quite as fast as I thought it would be. It's tough right now not being a top-35 team. I really like this race track and I've always run really well here. I think we have a good car and I'm really proud of Toyota and what they've accomplished to this point. We've still got a ways to go and some gains to make, but I'm real proud of what Toyota and this Red Bull team have done so far."
DERRICK FINLEY, Project Engineer for Michael Waltrip Racing:
Commenting on the No. 55 NAPA Camry's qualifying lap: "We fought a loose condition off-throttle all day. We started loose in and loose everywhere, but we got the entry and the center better. We were just loose off for most of practice. For qualifying, we basically did what the No. 00 team did because they obviously had a really good car. They all did a really great job. But when we went to qualify, we don't know exactly what happened. The car was just a little bit loose off still in qualifying and there was some type of miss in the engine and right now that's where it stands."
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