AJ ALLMENDINGER (No. 44 Valvoline Dodge Charger) YOUR THOUGHTS ON FINAL PRACTICE? It's going to be nuts out there tomorrow in the Duels. The track is hot and slippery and guys are slippin' and sliding all over the place. Your car isn't good, ...
AJ ALLMENDINGER (No. 44 Valvoline Dodge Charger)
YOUR THOUGHTS ON FINAL PRACTICE? It's going to be nuts out there tomorrow in the Duels. The track is hot and slippery and guys are slippin' and sliding all over the place. Your car isn't good, you're just trying to gauge whether or not it's worse than everybody else's car. I'd like for our Valvoline Dodge to be a little bit better. I think we have a decent car for sure. We made some gains as the track got hotter which is a good sign."
HOW TOUGH IS TO FIND A GOOD HANDLING RACECAR ON THIS TRACK? "It's tough. Even on new tires, you're still sliding all over the place... everyone is trying to get as much as they can on a new set of tires. After the tires wear out, you're just hanging on to the race car. It probably looks good from a fan's standpoint, but it's a handful inside the car."
HOW PATIENT WILL YOU HAVE TO BE TOMORROW IN YOUR DUEL RACE? "It's going to be very, very important. You can get yourself in a lot of trouble out here in a hurry if you try and push the envelope. I'm hoping to get up with a pack of guys when I know (I'm in the race) and just try to ride it out. If I can get to fifth, sixth or seventh position and know that I'm in the 500, then my job gets a little easier."
WILL YOU KNOW WHERE THE OTHER DRIVER'S YOU'RE RACING AGAINST TO GET INTO THE 500 ARE ON THE RACE TRACK DURING THE RACE? "Yep... every second I'm out there (smiles)."
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger)
"I thought our Budweiser Dodge shook out well. The track is a little bit looser than it was the other night, so we're really trying to get the car to handle the way we like. Handling is so important here (at Daytona) and every time that we've run well (at DIS), it's because of that. Speed wise, we're okay and we seemed to work pretty good in the draft. Center off, we're kind of losing the front end a bit; you definitely need it (front end) to be good there because that's where you make up your time off the corner. We'll keep working on it."
HOW DOES BEING FAST TODAY TRANSLATE INTO TOMORROW'S 150S? "It really doesn't. Right now (during practice), it's all about trying to get the car set up and be comfortable to run wide-open tomorrow...that's all that really matters."
THREE DODGES HAVE BEEN AT THE TOP OF THE SPEED CHART TODAY, THAT HAS TO MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD: "Yeah, we were all right together on a few runs. We all stayed together and moved up from the back straight up to the front. Our Dodge's are running well in the draft and that's always a key here in Daytona."
REED SORENSON (No. 43 McDonald's Dodge Charger)
WHAT DID YOU LEARN TODAY IN BOTH PRACTICES? We learned a lot today, especially on our chassis setup. The good news is that we were better in the heat today and that's encouraging. We've got some more tweaks that we have to make before tomorrow, but nothing major that would force us to start in a hole."
HOW SLICK IS THE SURFACE RIGHT NOW? "It's worse than it was in the Shootout because of the heat. It seems like after you get about 10 laps on your tires the cars really start to slide around. The end of the race is going to be interesting. If you have fresh tires, we'll be able to go three-wide. If not, it could be a nightmare because it will get real racy and you don't want to be in the middle of a pack with decent rubber."
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