AJ ALLMENDINGER, No. 84 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team Starting Position: 2nd (Note: This is Allmendinger's career best NSCS qualifying effort) How exciting is this qualifying result for you? "I thought we won something for how...
How exciting is this qualifying result for you?
"I thought we won something for how excited everybody is. It was a great run. I knew the .91 lap that Jimmie (Johnson) put down was a pretty solid lap. Everybody at Red Bull builds solid cars. This whole 84 crew is coming together. We've had a few tough couple of weeks but we've been running strong at least when we're doing it. This is a good way to start the weekend and hopefully we can finish it off the same way."
What is your team going to do tomorrow to get ready for Sunday's race?
"It's one of those things that you don't ever want to be over confident. I was pretty confident that we were going to have a good car, but still when you're in that situation being out of the top 35, you don't want to go in there trying to go for the pole and do something stupid and not make the race. I just wanted to be kind of cautious and I was cautiously optimistic and put a good lap in. That felt good. Sunday is a long race so we have to be smooth and work a little for the day time but work more on what the car's going to do at night. I'm looking forward to it."
How was your lap?
"It was pretty good. I knew Jimmie (Johnson) had put down a pretty fast lap so I didn't know if we could run a .91 but I felt like we could at least run a .20 and the car was pretty good. There wasn't much more that I could get out of that lap. It was as smooth as I could be. I might have been able to get half a tenth more, but that was a solid lap. It's always tough when you're in that situation of going home or just trying to make the race because you're always just a little bit nervous to try to get a little bit extra out of the race. I'm happy with it and it's our best start we've ever had for the No. 84 team and it's a good place to start for Sunday."
How important is track position?
"I think with these cars especially, it seems like every place we've gone starting up front is really key. It's hard to pass as the cars are really aero dependant. It seems like whether we're at Martinsville or Bristol or even at Daytona or Talladega, it's important to be out front and have a good clean race. Hopefully we'll have a good enough car on Sunday that we can stay there. I'm going to talk to Jimmie (Johnson), I think he said he's going to let me lead the first lap for the five points I need them he doesn't. We have a lot of work to do still. Our focus is to have a good solid day like we've been trying for the last two months and get back into the top-35. We had a taste of it but the last two weeks of it have been disappointing and hopefully this is a good kick start to Sunday. The car has been good all day."
Did you clip the wall on your qualifying lap?
"That's easy compared to Bristol last week. You have to hang it all out. It didn't scare me so it must have not been that close."
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