TRAVIS KVAPIL -- No. 28 Lumber Liquidators Ford Fusion (Qualified 43rd) "It's a big letdown. We came here with a little bit of a different package with our primary car and we just didn't have it worked out right. We bottomed out going into turn...
TRAVIS KVAPIL -- No. 28 Lumber Liquidators Ford Fusion (Qualified 43rd)
"It's a big letdown. We came here with a little bit of a different package with our primary car and we just didn't have it worked out right. We bottomed out going into turn three on the first lap of practice and wrecked the car. Unfortunately, we didn't get a lot of laps on our back-up car, but on the good side this is the car we raced all last weekend. We've got great test information to fall back on, but we just didn't get a good chance to give our qualifying run a good effort. We only made three or four laps of practice with this back-up and, obviously, we're in the field so we just need to take care of it and work hard on Saturday to get ready for Sunday."
THE SAME THING HAPPENED IN TRUCK PRACTICE LAST WEEK. YOU WRECKED ON YOUR FIRST LAP. "Yeah, it was kind of the same thing last week. We cut a tire last week and wrecked a truck. I don't know, we need to change our luck and do something a little different. I hate it for the guys because they have to work real hard and both things just happened. It wasn't like I messed up or the guys missed something, we just had some issues there with that first car and it just got us behind. The worst part about it is we talked all week about how important we thought it was gonna be to qualify. That's why we came here in qualifying trim today and we haven't done that all year. Our plan really unraveled on us."
DAVID GILLILAND -- No. 38 freecreditreport.com Ford Fusion (Qualified 32nd)
"My day wasn't too bad. We experienced a lot of the same things we did last week in practice for the showdown. We tried some stuff for qualifying trim in practice and just never really got a handle on it, so we went back to some stuff we tried in the test. We weren't 100 percent happy with either, so in qualifying we were just a little bit too tight. We've been loose in qualifying historically this year, so we opted to go toward the tight side and we were too tight. It could be worse because we could be in a back-up car, but everything is good. I feel really good about our race and the stuff that we were able to learn last week in the showdown is gonna help us. We're real excited about that and looking forward to the race."
JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Irwin Ford Fusion (Qualified 15th)
"It was OK. That was as fast as I could go. We tested here and made a couple of qualifying runs and the car was pretty good, but it's so much hotter now that the balance isn't quite the same. When my lap was over, if I would have went any faster I felt like I would have spun out, so that was all I had."
DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Qualified 5th)
"I'm pretty happy. Certainly I would have liked to have gone a little bit faster. We were just a little free. We were pretty good in practice and we thought it would cool down a little bit, which it did, so we just made a little small adjustment on it. I think we've got a great race car. Certainly the 18 and the 9 are pretty quick, but we'd always like to go a little bit faster."
BUT IT'S A GOOD STARTING SPOT. "Yeah, anywhere in that top five or 10 is a good starting spot. We feel like we've been pretty good on some of the longer races this year. We just kind of find our rhythm and get comfortable and start riding and I think we've been bringing some really good race cars to the race track. Hopefully we have a good Saturday and are able to fine-tune our race car during the night session on Saturday. That practice is gonna be pretty important and we need to get the car comfortable to where we can get going."
GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 Dish Network Ford Fusion (Qualified 4th)
"I had no idea I missed it by that little. There was a big huge white trash bag laying on the race track getting into turn one. I knew I couldn't run it over, so I had to be a little bit lower on the track and I must have turned down in the corner harder and the car just ran up the track. It would have done a flat or a 28.90 easy. The car was just so fast -- so unbelievably fast. I don't know with a car this good if it matters where you start. This car is good enough to win the race if we don't have any problems. We'll just have to wait and see."
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