MARTIN TRUEX JR., NO 1 BASS PRO SHOPS IMPALA SS TALKS WITH MEDIA ABOUT THE NEW IMPALA SS AND HIS APPROACH TO THE SEASON BASED ON THIS MORNING'S RESULTS HOW DO YOU FEEL QUALIFYING WILL GO? "Well, we're kind of throwing some stuff at it right now...
MARTIN TRUEX JR., NO 1 BASS PRO SHOPS IMPALA SS TALKS WITH MEDIA ABOUT THE NEW IMPALA SS AND HIS APPROACH TO THE SEASON
BASED ON THIS MORNING'S RESULTS HOW DO YOU FEEL QUALIFYING WILL GO? "Well, we're kind of throwing some stuff at it right now for qualifying. We actually unloaded off the truck fairly well. In race trim we were about the fourth- or fifth-fastest car. Went to qualifying trim and the car didn't really get any faster so I'm a little nervous about that but it's the same old Bristol. It's hard to turn in the center and you've got to drive off. It's real, real important for us to qualify well here and we kind of need to pull them out of the hat today so we'll see what happens."
YOUR CAR SEEMED TO BE LOOSE OF THE CORNERS. IS THAT WHY YOU WERE FIGHTING MOST OF THE PRACTICE SESSION TODAY? "Well, we were really fighting turning in the center. As you keep throwing things at it to try and get it to do that, usually here you'll get loose in the corner and you'll get loose off. So it's kind of. it's really hard here to find that balance of where you can get through the center good and still get off the corner. That's what we were fighting."
YOU HAVE SOME NOTES FOR EVERY TRACK NOW. ARE YOU COMING INTO THIS YEAR MORE CONFIDENT? "Yeah, for sure. It's been a whole lot easier for us so far this year. Everywhere we've been we've been really good right off the truck and that's because we've been there. We know what our race cars need and we've done a great job of showing up at the race track with cars that perform well where last year we were kind of showing up blindfolded it seemed like sometimes. It's been a whole lot easier on me and all of the guys on the team. When you unload with a car that's capable of going fast it's a whole lot easier to have a good weekend so it's been good. Our cars have been running good every week and I'm looking forward to the year."
YOU'LL ONLY HAVE TWO HOURS OF PRACTICE TIME TOMORROW. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO HAVE RESOLVED BEFORE SUNDAY'S RACE? "I don't think there's any real big questions that are critical that we need to know before the race. The biggest thing is to get your car driving good. It's just like another weekend for me, so far. The biggest problem we've been facing is getting this car to turn.
"It doesn't matter where we take it, you're limited to the travel in the front end. We're traveling probably not even half the amount we usually do. We're just having a hard time getting this car to turn. We're just kind of feeling our way through it trying to find things that work and it's going to be the thing we're going to fight all weekend. That's what most people are fighting and we're just going to have to figure it out."
HAVE YOU BEEN IN NORTH CAROLINA TOO LONG? YOU'RE STARTING TO SOUND MORE LIKE GASTONIA THAN SEASIDE HEIGHTS. "It rubs off on you, you know."
I KNOW YOU WON THE BUSCH RACE HERE BEFORE. WHY DID YOU GUYS DECIDE NOT TO RUN IT TOMORROW? "Well, Dale (Earnhardt) Jr. got this one. I think I'm getting the night race when we come back so I'm looking forward to that. We've got a Busch team and we've kind of just split up the schedule. I want to run the night race. I like racing here at night better than the daytime so that's kind of why I'm not here. We're going to probably do about eight or 10 Busch races throughout the season so I'm looking forward to them. They're always a lot of fun to do. Dale got this one so hopefully I'll get the next one."
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