DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finishing Position: 7th Did your car improve from practice? "Overall, I think we picked up from what we practiced. The car has been pretty good in practice. It...
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 7th
Did your car improve from practice? "Overall, I think we picked up from what we practiced. The car has been pretty good in practice. It was a little bit tight in the center and a little loose off, but it drove pretty good."
Are you pleased with that qualifying run? "Overall, it was a decent lap. We felt like we were kind of in a hump and a little bit better than that. It drove pretty good -- I can't really complain. It was just a couple of little things that kept it from going a little quicker, but that's a ll it takes when you're around the company that you're around -- it takes being off just a tiny, tiny bit and you're not going to get the pole. I'm proud of what we've accomplished so far. Rodney (Childers, crew chief) made some good changes in practice and this is our first real test because of Daytona you can't do a whole lot. This is actually our first chance to get to work with one another in this venue, and I think it's been going pretty well so far."
How did your qualifying draw affect your performance? "It was alright. The track was definitely a lot faster out there than it was in practice and certainly going out early is definitely where you want to go right now. At least, we know we have a car under us that's going to be pretty good for the race. That's the most important thing. We'll hopefully end up in the top-15 and be able to go from there. Both of the Red Bull cars ran really well here. These things aren't the most crazy, difficult to drive in qualifying. When the cars ride we're normally alright and the race is certainly going to be a lot tougher for us."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 10th
How did you feel with your qualifying lap? "I felt pretty good with it. That was a lot better than the way we were practicing. The car had a good balance to it and it felt pretty decent. We'll see where that puts us, I'm not sure it's going to be the pole but I think it's going to be a top-10 run. Hopefully, somewhere between 10th and 15th -- at the worst. The Interstate Batteries Camry was good there. It was a lot better than practice, so that's all we can ask for."
Did it help you going out right before in truck qualifying? "No, not really , because the trucks you can run wide open here so it's pretty easy. This you have to finesse it pretty well. Just trying to find the line that it needed, the braking points and everything."
How did you pick up quite a bit from practice? "For us, we were so far off in practice that we needed to gain something chassis -wise. So (Steve) Addington (crew chief) and the boys went to work. It has a pretty good set-up underneath it. I was proud of the way it drove. I'm not so sure that's fast enough."
ROBBY GORDON, No. 7 Jim Beam Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports
Finishing Position: 12th
Are you pleased with your car? "I was until I saw (Brian) Vickers' lap and I guess I'm not as pleased as I thought we were. He beat us two-tenths, almost three. It's pretty impressive."
Do you enjoy coming back here to California? "We have a lot of friends that come out and family in town. This is an important race for us. With that being said, it's always important to come to California and run. I'm back in the Toyota camp, they build our engines here in Costa Mesa (Calif.), so we're close to those guys that get down and dig for us. This will be a decent starting spot. We're going to get beat by the sun pretty much and if that wasn't the case I'd say we would have had a real shot at it."
MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Little Debbie/Kingsford/Clorox Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing Finishing Position: 14th
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 23rd
Did the track change from practice to qualifying? "I thought we were going to have a good qualifying run after practice this morning. We went out this afternoon -- three hours after practice -- and the track had changed and it wasn't good for us. The car was tight on the run and we just didn't run well. The FedEx Freight Toyota will run well on race day -- but on this run we just didn't get the job done -- plain and simple. Since the Daytona 500 the FedEx crew and Mike Ford (crew chief) have worked really hard to get ready for California and I think with some quality practice tomorrow we'll be where we want to be on race day. It's a 500 mile race and we all know anything can happen. Last August, we finished third in the race -- I think we can do better or improve on that tomorrow."
DAVE BLANEY, No. 66 Prism Motorsports Toyota Camry, Prism Motorsports Finishing Position: 30th
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finishing Position: 34th
SCOTT RIGGS, No. 36 Red Bank Outfitters Toyota Camry, Tommy Baldwin Racing Finishing Position: 36th
JEREMY MAYFIELD, No. 41 All Sport Toyota Camry, Jeremy Mayfield Motorsports
Finishing Position: 39th
Did you get what you expected out of the car for qualifying? "That was by far the best the All Sport Toyota Camry felt all day. Tony (Furr, crew chief) and the guys tuned it on in practice and we knew what we were looking for but we didn't seem to find it until just now. I wish we could have got there in practice and then I think we could have qualified even better but that's all I got right there. I'm just thrilled to have made the race and ready for second start with Mayfield Motorsports."
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finishing Position: 42nd
JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports Finishing Position: 43rd
TODD BODINE, No. 64 Toyota Camry, Gunselman Motorsports Finishing Position: DNQ
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