MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA Batteries Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Starting Position: 3rd How do you feel your car has been today in practice and qualifying? "It's been a good day. We had a good practice, but like we talked ...
MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA Batteries Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip
Starting Position: 3rd
How do you feel your car has been today in practice and qualifying? "It's been a good day. We had a good practice, but like we talked about earlier, it was tough to gauge exactly what you had because the track was so hot. You knew you were going to have to pick up seven or eight tenths of a second. It was difficult to really know what you had, it was just going out there and looking for that feel and a good balance with your race car. We were able to get that this afternoon and go out there and lay down a good lap. I was proud of the team and all their work. Charlotte has always been a tough track for me, but I'm really starting to come around and warm up to it."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Armed Forces Foundation Toyota Camry, Michael
Starting Position: 6th
How was your qualifying lap? "Qualifying in these things is all a white knuckle run. You have to be able to be on that ragged edge the whole time and everybody out there is doing it. The track continues to get faster as the temperature goes down. We had a good Aaron's Dream Machine, I think we gave up a fair amount of speed coming to the green to actually start the lap. Oddly enough that's about as important as anything else you do out here. Proud of my guys. We didn't have a very good mock qualifying run in practice, but all in all Toyota and Toyota Racing Development gave us horsepower and hopefully it will hold up."
How does it feel to be the defending Coca-Cola 600 winner? "I haven't gotten that very often, unfortunately. I do like the sound of it so we need to see what we can do to try to win this deal again. Whether it's going out there and beating them on Sunday or winning it halfway when the rains come. It doesn't matter we'll take them anyway we can get them. I'm proud of my guys. It's good to have the Armed Forces Foundation on the car this weekend the thing looks really good and it's for a great cause."
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 7th
Are you satisfied with your qualifying lap? "I'm real satisfied. We qualify typically very bad, so anytime we qualify good we know we have a really strong car. I'm proud of this whole FedEx Office team. We did nothing but work on qualifying trim today. The team did a good job of putting the same car under me that I had in the All-Star Race."
Where did you run in practice to decide for qualifying? "I ran on the bottom, the top, just about everywhere. It was tough for me to really find where I should run. I just said to myself that I was gonna commit to the bottom, even though we ran the top during practice. It looked like the 42 (Juan Pablo Montoya) and the 1 (Jamie McMurray) committed to the top and they slowed down. Overall, I'm pretty happy with our run and I think it's a good building spot for Sunday."
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 8th
How was your qualifying lap? "It was good. This track is so different from what we practice with. I said that before I went out. I ran the middle of the track in practice and I was watching qualifying and everybody was down to the bottom. Then I didn't know where I wanted to be and I was asking Zip (Greg Zipadelli, crew chief) and none of us knew what we needed. So I decided that I would run the bottom in (turn) three and four on my get up and go lap, which I probably gave up a little bit of speed doing that. I think it was good for a confidence builder for me before I went into (turn) one so I would know what the car would do on the bottom. Just a little on the free side, just sawing a little too much in there. Still shaking."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 9th
How was your car in qualifying? "Turns one and two were really good. I babied it into (turn) three just a little bit because I knew I had a good run down the backstretch so I didn't want to overdrive turn three so that's maybe where I gave up just a little bit. The track is only going to get faster. We'll see what we get and that's what it is."
How has this week been for you and the race team? "We're just making a lot of progress. A big bomb has been dropped on this company in the last couple weeks and I think everybody has been trying to navigate that in their heads and figure out what's the best way to wrap our arms around this thing here moving forward. Last week when it was kind of a mess, to put it lightly. We all sat down this week and said, There's been a lot that has gone on, I'm new and we are going to try to have a more methodical approach to the weekend.' We did that. Did we sit on the pole? No, but we made a lot of progress for what has gone on the last couple weeks and I'm happy with it. We made a good lap and now we can come back Saturday and focus on trying to get the thing good in race trim and have a good, solid 600."
How much information have you gotten from Brian Vickers about this car for the Coca-Cola 600? "I didn't a whole lot today and mainly because we've kind of gone down a different path a little bit to accommodate what I like out of the car. It is difficult. I talked about how he drove the car and got pretty specific with it and it helped a lot. I don't know if it's the spoiler, the tire maybe being a little different and then you have me in the picture that's different as well. We're trying to combine all that and make something happen. It might be the longest way around, but at the end of the day, it's the quickest way to get to where we need to go is to incorporate some of the things I need too. I'm listening to everyone to Brian (Vickers), Ryan (Pemberton, crew chief), Jimmy Elledge (82 crew chief), Jay Frye (Red Bull Racing Team General Manager) and everyone I need to just to get as much information as I possibly can in a short amount of time."
DAVE BLANEY, No. 66 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports
Starting Position: 17th
JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports
Starting Position: 19th
TODD BODINE, No. 64 Toyota Camry, Gunselman Motorsports
Starting Position: 29th
MICHAEL MCDOWELL, No. 55 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports
Starting Position: 30th
MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Kingsford-Bush's Beans Toyota Camry,
Starting Position: 34th
How do you prepare to qualify at night after practicing in the day? "You can't prepare for it. I just went back to what I did last week. We were just a little bit off on the setup. Just a little bit. It was just a little tight. That's the way it goes. I think we left a little bit out there, but not much. Maybe a couple tenths, but I feel good about it."
ROBBY GORDON, No. 7 Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports
Starting Position: 36th
REED SORENSON, No. 32 Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Starting Position: DNQ
MAX PAPIS, No. 13 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Starting Position: DNQ
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