DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Domino's Pizza Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing: On his qualifying run: "To be where we are is pretty impressive. We have a great group of guys and we just came up a little short. We're going to roll up our sleeves...
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Domino's Pizza Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing:
On his qualifying run: "To be where we are is pretty impressive. We have a great group of guys and we just came up a little short. We're going to roll up our sleeves the rest of the week and work hard to get into the 500, that's what we came here to do. We're not giving up by any means, but it would have been nice to do it today."
JEREMY MAYFIELD, No. 36 360 OTC Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing:
On his qualifying lap: "We ran a lot faster yesterday, we slowed down some today. I guess the track has changed some, but overall we are still pleased with that lap and hopefully it will hold. It would mean a lot to get on the front row here at Daytona, but it is a tough day for everybody. Everybody's out there trying to get the best time they can, but if I can get in on time, that would be great. But we just have to see what happens."
On running the Gatorade Duels: "I think we will be in good shape as far as where we will start the Duel's if we have to race our way in. But it is tough to wait until Thursday to know and then we are not even on track the next couple of days, so that gets pretty nerve-wracking. I wish we could have known yesterday, but we'll just have to wait until Thursday. I think I would race the Duel's a lot differently if I was locked into the race, but we'll have to wait and see, I might have to get aggressive to make sure we get in. But we'll do the best we can."
MIKE SKINNER, No. 23 Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing:
On his qualifying lap: "The wind is a lot worse than it was yesterday. Then you go through inspection where they beat on this and pull on that and you know these cars are so finicky these days. We slowed down about two-tenths, but I think that's pretty common among most of the cars. We'll just have to see what happens. We really would have liked to have backed up our time from yesterday with our Camry. I just don't think it's in the race track. I called it yesterday, I said some of the guys in front of us may end up behind us and some of the guys behind us may end up in front of us. It's a matter of how you get through the room of doom over there and how much work you have to do on your race car. I know they tuned the motor up as best they could and this is a back-up motor, obviously not the motor we wanted to use. But it is what it is and it's not in our control right now. I just hope the wind keeps blowing because if the wind picks up we might just sneak in."
On expectations of Toyota's at Daytona: "You're not going to come here right out of the box and get where Rick Hendrick and Richard Childress are because they are the benchmark. Our job as a team and as a Toyota team is to go out there and catch those guys. If we came out here and were faster right off the bat, that wouldn't be natural, something would be wrong."
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing:
On his qualifying lap: "We were certainly disappointed with the speed of the car. It was a long morning with the confiscation of the intake manifold, but we got all that squared away just to get to make an effort and have a have chance to be somewhere in the twin 150s. I'm ready to go; I've won them twice so I think I can win it again."
On his car overall: "There are Toyotas that are faster than us, so we should have done better. That's really the bottom line. We'd like to perform at the top level and we are a little bit off. Our problem was getting through inspection made us not be able to get our temperatures as hot as we'd like it."
On the intake manifold: "There's nothing wrong with it, we just had an oil problem of some sort. That's not even a factor. We ran a 60 something yesterday and we needed to run a 60 something today, and we didn't, we ran in the 90s."
On the large field trying to race their way into the Daytona 500: "I don't care about the others. All I worry about is me. I'm going to race as hard as I can--that's all I can do."
DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing:
On the qualifying run: "I don't know, we just haven't had any speed since we've been here. We hurt an engine on the first lap of practice, put another one in and then didn't run very well in the second practice. I don't know, just no speed by ourself."
On having a locked-in starting position for the Daytona 500: "Being guaranteed in the race obviously takes some of the burden off, but of course we want to be faster. Today really meant nothing for us because changing motors yesterday means we start at the back of the Duels no matter what. I just wish we had more speed in our car because we're quite a bit slower than my teammates."
On his qualifying lap: "Obviously I would've like to have been a bit faster, but overall I was pleased at that. We're not really looking so much at the lap times, but this is the best the car has driven over the past couple of days. Great job to the guys, we're all working real hard to get this figured out. I think overall with where we were at, I'm pleased with that. We'd like to be further up than where we are, but we knew we were going to have to race our way in."
On how he could have made the lap any better: "I don't think there's a lot the driver can do to help the qualifying lap, but I know there's a lot a driver can do to hurt a lap. You're at where you're at and there's really nothing I can do about that. But that's what is so great about this whole team because everyone knows how difficult it's going to be as a new organization and we will just continue to learn every time out."
On the qualifying laps: "This was certainly not the lap we were hoping for, but that is the luck of the draw. The wind was right in my face on the white flag lap and I'm sure that took some speed away from us. I'm sure we're going to have to race our way into the 500, but I don't really mind that too much. We got to do a lot of racing last night in the Shootout and we learned a lot about how the car will react in traffic."
On his run in the Shootout helping to prepare for today's qualifying: "Last night definitely helped us prepare for Sunday. It gave me some seat time and allowed us to get a better idea of what the car will do under race conditions. Our pit crew did a great job and it gave Doug (Richert) and I a chance to work together in a race for the first time. We tried some things to make the car better and it did give us some thoughts leading into this week."
On being the first driver to take a qualifying lap: "It was pretty neat, I mean it is a little stressful to be the first guy out on the track to lay down a lap. I just wish it could have been a little better. I would definitely like to be the first Toyota to get a pole, but we have time for that. All the hard work that everyone has put into this race and this season, I know it will pay off. In fact, I think it paid off today, it paid off last night and it will pay off on Sunday. If you really look at it, a brand new team and a brand new manufacturer finished eighth last night in the Shootout. Obviously I wanted to do better, but it was our first race and hopefully it will pay off today in qualifying and Thursday in the 150's."
On information to help teammate, Allmendinger, on his qualifying run: "There's really not a lot I can tell AJ (Allmendinger) about qualifying. Just get through the gears, hold the gas down, don't touch the brakes and don't hit anything."
DALE JARRETT, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing:
On choosing this car for the 500: "We decided early on in testing with this car that with the amount of downforce, it felt to me like this was the car we wanted to use for the 500. We knew today wasn't going to be pretty as far as speed for us and that is just a sacrifice you have to make when determining which car to use. I still think I could race my way in on Thursday if it all goes like I think it will with this race car. Basically today was just a day to throw away for us. Our work starts on Wednesday and I think we will be pretty good for Thursday and next Sunday."
On being nervous about their time: We're not nervous because we obviously have a spot. Last night didn't go as well as we would have liked, handling wise, which backed up what we thought would happen because that car is light on downforce and light in the front imparticular. We were hoping we could make it better with some adjustments, but we are feeling pretty good about where we are and we know we will be good in the race."
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