Homestead: Toyota teams qualifying quotes

BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Team Red Bull Starting position: 17th How's your car handling? "The guys did a great job. The track didn't pick up as much grip as I thought it would. Going late, we still slid around quite a bit. We...

BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Team Red Bull Starting position: 17th

How's your car handling? "The guys did a great job. The track didn't pick up as much grip as I thought it would. Going late, we still slid around quite a bit. We were really tight in practice and my guys got it freed up. I was turning to my right more than I was turning to my left. There's a borderline -- we probably could have been a little tighter than we were but if you hit the fence at all here, you're done. I'd rather be a little free than tight."

Are you sad to see this era of race cars pass? "To be completely honest with you if you want to know what a real race car is it's probably a Formula 1 car. It's my personal opinion that they don't put on that great of a show because they are fighter jets on wheels. This car (current race car) is a great car. The NASCAR Nextel Cup Series had some great finishes for many, many years and I hate to see it go. And, I'm not the only one. It drives really well -- in traffic it gets loose, it gets tight that it makes it interesting. It's just a really good race car -- you can race it -- it stops, it turns and it's really up to the drivers and teams to decide on how to balance the car and set up. The new car doesn't have a lot of that. It's really hard to pass. How you set it up on the computer at the race shop is about as good as it is ever going to get. Whoever does the best job of that on the seven-post and the computer is going to win."

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JOHNNY BENSON, No. 36 360 OTC Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing Starting position: 20th

How did your car improve from practice? "It wasn't too bad. I don't know if it was pretty but it was good for us. As long as we are in the race we feel good about it. I'm extremely pleased with how everybody did there job."

What do you think about coming in as an NCTS regular running a few NNCS races? "It's difficult to do. I appreciate the opportunity from Toyota and Bill Davis Racing but it is hard to come in and try to make races. It's very difficult."

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DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing Starting position: 23rd

Did your car handle differently on the qualifying lap than it had in practice? "Our qualifying lap wasn't great, but the car has been pretty solid all day. I just didn't hit a very good lap out there -- the car was a little better than that. We'll start Sunday in the top-half of the field so that should get us a pretty good finish. I just couldn't get the lap that I think the car was capable of based on how we were in practice."

Are you sad to see this style of car run its last race this weekend? "It doesn't really matter too much to me that this is the last race for this car. The car that we brought this weekend is a great piece that has done well for us at a lot of tracks this season. I'm happy to get one more race with this particular car, but it really doesn't matter to me -- I'll race anything." Are you looking forward to running all three races in this final weekend? "Hopefully we'll have a good run in all three races. All of them were good in practice today in race trim. We'll start out in the truck tonight and see how it goes. I know I'm going to be worn out at the end of the weekend."

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DALE JARRETT, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Starting position: 26th

Where did you find the speed between practice and qualifying? "I'm not sure where we found it, but I'm glad we did. The people at Toyota and Michael Waltrip Racing continue to work extremely hard and that's why I'm really happy about this qualifying effort. They continued to work hard all day and they aren't afraid of work. The results on the race track are not indicative of the hard work that has been put forth by this crew and everyone at Michael Waltrip Racing and Toyota. This has been a difficult year for us but we are going to be in this last race -- I'm excited about that."

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DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Burger King Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Starting position: 35th

How did the track change from practice earlier today? "We were real free on that lap, but we were able to turn a better time than we did in practice. The track was just real free -- that's how it was out there -- tough to hold onto the car. That was the fastest we could go and still get a lap."

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AJ ALLMENDINGER, No. 84 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Team Red Bull Starting position: DNQ

MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry, ichael Waltrip Racing MStarting position: DNQ

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing , Bill Davis Racing