KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position: 11th How do you think your car has been handling so far this weekend? "Our race trim is pretty good. We felt real good with that. Qualifying trim just...
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 11th
How do you think your car has been handling so far this weekend? "Our race trim is pretty good. We felt real good with that. Qualifying trim just didn't act to where we wanted it to. We'll work on it here tomorrow, and try to make race trim a little better."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 14th
How much did the clouds help you with your qualifying run? "It never hurts, but being a concrete race track it's not quite as sensitive as it is with a lot of places that we go. Ryan Pemberton (crew chief) and everybody on this team has been doing an outstanding job. I'm pretty sure that (time) is not going to hold up, but hopefully it will be ok. It was a pretty good lap. It was a little slower than what we've practiced but all in all it's pretty good."
How is your car in race trim? "I'm actually pretty happy with it. We've got a little bit of work to do with it. We've been unloading and been pretty close the last couple of weeks so when you can do that, it makes life a little bit easier."
How do you feel about your chances this weekend at Dover? "The UPS Toyota was pretty good in race trim when we unloaded and we got two qualifying runs at the end of practice. I don't know -- every time I think we're really, really good we're not. I'm pretty optimistic. The guys have been doing a great job and this is another one of our new cars. It's been a godsend for sure so we'll keep plugging away at it and see if we can get a good win."
Did you plan for the cloud cover during qualifying, and what did it do to the car? "We were still a little too loose. It didn't really tighten up that much with the clouds. I was kind of thinking it would a little bit, but it didn't. I'm a little disappointed in that lap. I thought we could've run better than that, but I guess you can't really win them all."
MICHAEL McDOWELL, No. 00 Champion Mortgage Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 28th
How do you think your qualifying lap went? "The last run in qualifying trim in practice we were a little loose, we adjusted for it, and just over-adjusted. Historically, this place gets loose in qualifying, but it didn't. It tightened up with this cloud cover, so we were just a little too tight. I'm a little disappointed. We were 26th in practice, I think, and that's about where we'll end up. We have a good race car for Sunday, so we'll keep working on it tomorrow."
How important are these last nine races for you? "They are very important. We have to keep this car in the top-35. It's important for Michael Waltrip Racing and it's important on whether or not I have a job next year. We're all fighting hard here, and it's an important part of the season for us."
KEN SCHRADER, No. 96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry, Hall of Fame Racing
Starting Position: 43rd
How was your run today after going to a backup car during practice? "It started out pretty screwed up and they got the backup car out in time to get a couple of laps and we ran a 95 in a couple of our laps so we ran better than we did in the primary car. We made some small adjustments and just went out and tried to get a lap and it looks like it worked."
How did the backup car run compared to your primary car? "The backup car is fine. We had never made a run in the other car in qualifying trim so it's kind of comparing apples to oranges, but they both had the same feel and they were good."
TONY STEWART, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 33rd
DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing
Starting Position: 37th
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 40th
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