KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position: 3rd Are you disappointed that qualifying was cancelled today? "We would've liked to have qualified just to see what kind of speed our car would've put up...
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 3rd
Are you disappointed that qualifying was cancelled today? "We would've liked to have qualified just to see what kind of speed our car would've put up versus the field, but that's alright. It doesn't matter really where you start here, but it's good we get to start upfront being third in points and get a good pit selection so hopefully that will help us out a little bit. I feel like our car is alright and looking forward to what we can do here tomorrow night and hopefully have a good shot at staying upfront and having a good race car."
Who do you think will draft with you in tomorrow night's race? "Well, you're probably alluding to the fact that I wrecked everybody yesterday, but the thing about it is I made a couple mistakes but to me people will work with you if your car is fast. If your cars work well together, if you're cars are fast that's typically when you help each other out. Yesterday there was a couple guys that had really, really fast race cars that never stayed behind me for more than about a straightaway and then they'd go on and do their deal. If your car is not very fast or if it doesn't look like it's handling very well people aren't going to be willing to stick behind you and help you. So, that's just kind of how it plays out."
What should fans expect in tomorrow night's race? "A lot of sliding around. I guess it's going to be exciting for the race fans to kind of see what the cars look like going around the race track. They're not going to be stuck. They're not going to be like Talladega where we're three-wide all the way around the track looking like we're in New York traffic. It's going to look more like we're on an interstate and we're just drafting each other and trying to pass each other when we can when we get to the corners depending on whose car runs better where. Our car seemed to be pretty decent on the bottom and it was loose up top. I kind of like being down against the yellow line, but other than that you just play it out and see what you have in store tomorrow when it comes down to the drop of the green flag."
Are you more concerned about the traction of the entire track and not just the patched area of the track? "No, the only thing wrong with the pot hole, the reason we keep digging it up is because it's a swell and our cars keep bottoming out right in that swell and chunk the asphalt. Everywhere else around the race track the race track doesn't have a whole lot of grip so you're pretty much sliding for the two and a half miles around here. Even down the straightaways we saw how light of a touch I could lay on somebody and they spin out. Even though the tri-oval you're hanging on, especially when there's cars on your outside that are going by you you seem to get a little bit loose through there and chasing it a little bit."
Do you have any concern on taking the Nationwide Series new car out on a green track after the rain? "I don't think so. I think we've had enough time down here practicing this week as well as the test we had about a month or so ago that I feel like everybody is prepared as they can be. Maybe a little bit more some than others, but to me I don't see any issue with a green race track."
Will winning here this weekend mean more since it's the last time on the current pavement? "I think you go to the race track to win any week, but when they're fixing on making a change you want to be the winner of either the last or the first or whatever. It seems like it shines a little bit better maybe in I guess your eyes. I don't know about us, it's just that you want to win them all."
Would you like to get a piece of the surface from Daytona? "When they tore up Bristol they sent all previous winners a chunk of the race track so that was really cool and maybe they'll do the same thing here."
Will you pit and get fresh tires with five laps to go in the race here no matter where you are? "I think it really comes down to the situation. How long have you been out there? If you've been out here 60 laps -- I guess you can't go 60, you can go 35 on fuel -- yeah, you'll be coming. If you've only been out there five laps because you just had a caution with 10 to go I think you'd stay out. Depending on where you're running, where guys are running. If there's still 35 cars on the lead lap or something like that the break is probably going to be right around 12 and who all comes. And then from there you just kind of have to play it out and weigh your options against who you're racing."
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 4th
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 16th
Did your car drive as well today as it did yesterday prior to the damage? "In qualifying runs the car doesn't really seem to do a whole bunch out there, but the guys did an awesome job putting that thing back together. It's like you said, you can't even tell that anything happened to us. So, they definitely have put worked hard and put together a good piece here to go out and qualify with and I'm sure it's going to be just as good when we get out there to race. I'm pretty pumped up about it right now. I think we'll be pretty good."
How much fun is it to race at Daytona? "It's pretty fun. I tell you at first it scared the heck out of me at Daytona with these Cup cars. I mean, you're just sliding around everywhere and now I'm definitely a lot more comfortable out there. You know what you're looking for out there, you know what balance you need and definitely able to help the team a lot more. Experience is definitively a big deal when you come to a place like Daytona."
MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip
Starting Position: 18th
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael
Starting Position: 19th
MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Kingsford-Bush Baked Beans Toyota Camry,
Starting Position: 28th
ROBBY GORDON, No. 7 Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports
Starting Position: 32nd
MAX PAPIS, No. 13 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Starting Position: 40th
JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports
Starting Position: 42nd
DAVE BLANEY, No. 66 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports
Starting Position: 43rd
TODD BODINE, No. 64 Toyota Camry, Gunselman Motorsports
Starting Position: DNQ
MICHAEL MCDOWELL, No. 55 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports
Starting Position: DNQ
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