Bristol: Ryan Newman qualifying press conference

"We made big gains, from practice to qualifying to qualifying itself. I think we were 35th in practice and came back and qualified eighth. Just got a little better balance on the car, the guys did an awesome job just getting prepared. You know, I...

"We made big gains, from practice to qualifying to qualifying itself. I think we were 35th in practice and came back and qualified eighth. Just got a little better balance on the car, the guys did an awesome job just getting prepared. You know, I spun out there in practice, and usually when you spin out at a place like this it takes a little bit of steam out of you. We fought back and qualified eighth. So, a good qualifying effort, it gives us a good opportunity to pick a good pit stall, and hopefully we can keep the car in good shape for the race and see all the laps here on Sunday."

DO YOU FEEL PRETTY GOOD ABOUT YOUR CHANCES ON SUNDAY? "I think so, yeah. We had a pretty good experience here last year in the Busch Series. I think we qualified third and finished sixth in the first race, and we didn't qualify very well in the second race and I think still came home with a top 10. It's been a pretty good track to me, statistically, but at the same time, it can reach up and bite you at any time. It's just fun to compete here. I really enjoy the race track. It's a driver's race track, once again, and Goodyear's brought a great tire here and it lasts long time and it's really fun to be able to race like that."

IT'S PRETTY EARLY IN THE SEASON. IS IT TOO EARLY TO START LOOKING AT THE POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP? YOU'RE IN SECOND PLACE. IS IT TOO EARLY TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHERE STERLING IS OR DO YOU JUST RACE FOR THE WIN NOW AND WORRY ABOUT THAT LATER? "It's never too early to start thinking about points and no matter what we're trying to do the best thing we can to get the best position on race day, whether it's trying to finish in the top 15, the top 10, the top five, or in position to win, so we always think about points, but there's only so many things you can do. Getting a top-10 qualifying spot at Bristol is just a little bit of benefit when it comes to the race on Sunday."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ryan Newman