JEREMY MAYFIELD, No. 36 360 OTC Camry, Bill Davis Racing: Starting position: 20th How is your new crew chief David Hyder? "He's just a great guy. He and I have already hit it off really good. We've known each other for a few years. I think...
JEREMY MAYFIELD, No. 36 360 OTC Camry, Bill Davis Racing: Starting position: 20th
How is your new crew chief David Hyder? "He's just a great guy. He and I have already hit it off really good. We've known each other for a few years. I think he and I are going to be good together. I'm really looking forward to it."
How was your qualifying lap? "We had a really good day. I went out for qualifying and felt really good in turns one and two, going into (turn) three I about lost it. It got loose on me getting in -- the first time all day. So, I thought we're out of it -- I wasn't sure we were going to be able to make it. I go into turn one and I was loose in and they said 'you're in the show' -- and I just shut it off."
Are the Toyota teams starting to turn things around this season? "You're starting to see a turnaround with the Toyotas. You're seeing more cars making the races. The No. 83 (Brian Vickers) is making races, the No. 84 (AJ Allmendinger) is making races, we're running good, and Michael's (Waltrip) deal is running good. Hopefully, this is our turning point, this weekend and last weekend. Toyota has the resources to pull from and it's just a matter of the race teams using the resources. I think we're starting to realize that."
How do you feel about your team this week? "Even though last week we didn't finish good, we still showed that we can get the job done. I think that built a lot of confidence and a lot of momentum for this week."
DALE JARRETT, No. 44 UPS Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing: Starting position: 22nd
How was your qualifying run? "My lap was good. I probably had them a little more to the conservative side than what we need. I was a little bit on the tight side on the exit of the corner and that probably hurt me just a little bit. Past history told me this place gets loose, especially under the sun when you go to qualify. It was a good lap for us. We are in the race, that's the main thing. We've had a good solid car here since we unloaded and we've did a good job of adjusting. These guys are working hard and doing a lot of testing. We are starting to learn more about these cars and that should help."
Did your test at Nashville help prepare the car for this weekend's race? "There's no doubt the test helped a lot. After Darlington, we knew that we needed find and try some things that we didn't have time to try at Darlington to get us in that race. We went to Nashville with a purpose and they did a terrific job of running through everything that we needed to and getting us a better idea of where we needed to be to be able to qualify."
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing: Starting position: 23rd
How was your qualifying run? "It didn't feel all that great because I was really loose but I knew I had a lot of leg in it. I knew I was going faster than I was in practice. I'm thankful for the fact that we brought a car here that when we unloaded it we could tune on. There's been too many times when we showed up with a car that was out in left field and we had to try to get it competitive. But, today we unloaded and we were competitive. That's the difference today."
Where did that lap come from? "Just studying, hard work and listening to other people's set-ups. There's a lot of people who have been really supportive of us, not only on the Toyota side, but other teams have pitched in and said 'think about this' or 'think about that.' I'm just real thankful for the fact that they have supported me and they cared enough to try to get us in. Having Bobby Kennedy (MWR Director of Competition) back and being able to run and have information. He's been a big contribution this week and it certainly hasn't gone unnoticed."
How big of a sigh of relief is getting in this race? "We work so hard and we understand the challenges and we knew something good would happen eventually. This is good."
You seem to be a little shaky, is that result of your qualifying lap? "If I was top-35 in points and went out there to run, I'd come in like this because that's what it takes to get a lap at Dover. It takes that much energy -- or whatever you want to call it. You just go as hard as you can go and it just holds your breathe hard."
What are your emotions right now? "I'm real thankful for all the help and the support we've gotten. I think we'll continuously get better. It's quite a position to be in and knowing you've been close so many times and rolling out there, I can't explain it. When your heart and soul is into something it is so hard to get it heading in the right direction. It is really tough to take. But, I've always been good at Dover, I won my first Cup pole here and I won my first Busch race here -- I always liked Dover."
How was your qualifying run? "It was loose all the way through. We had a couple things that messed up during the practice session and we thought we had it changed and it actually went the wrong way. We were kind of guessing a little bit going into qualifying."
How do you adjust your car for the race after using Friday's practices on qualifying set-ups? "It puts us a little behind, for sure. To say we can't use some of the things we learned in qualifying would be untrue. But to say we are as far as along as we need to be to compete for the win with these guys is probably not true either. Charlotte was great race for us and we had a great race set-up. But we were also there for two weeks and we had a test there so we had plenty of time to work on our race stuff. It's not like we showed up with no data, no test, no nothing and had to spend the whole time in qualifying trim."
Did not having the test session here hurt your team? "It probably hurt us more than anyone else. We don't have any telemetry and data we can take and go run in set-ups like other teams do. We don't even have data for the old car, much less this car. They might not have any data for this car, but at least they have something and they can take what they've learned at other tracks with this car and put it all together and make it happen. We are further behind with the Car of Tomorrow and missing that test really hurt us more than any of the other teams."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Burger King® Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing: Starting position: DNQ
DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Camry, Bill Davis Racing: Starting position: DNQ
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