In their own words: Bowyer, other Toyota drivers talk Charlotte qualifying

Clint Bowyer: 'It’s a good way to start the weekend.'

In fifth, Clint Bowyer was the fastest Toyota driver in qualifying for the Sunday NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Charlotte. Here's what he and a few fellow Toyota drivers had to say:

CLINT BOWYER, No. 15 Cherry 5-hour ENERGY for Special Ops Warrior Foundation Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing, Starting Position: 5th

How was the qualifying session?

“It was a solid qualifying session. A good starting spot. Certainly, it’s pole day so you want the pole, but nonetheless top-five starting spot for a long race. It’s a good way to start the weekend.”

DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing, Starting Position: 6th

How was the car in qualifying?

“I wish we would have gotten more out of it in the second session where we wouldn’t have had to make another run. Really with having those hot tires it hurt us in the final run, but still sixth isn’t bad. It’s kind of what I think we’re capable of so it’s a pretty decent run.”

How is the car for Sunday’s race?

“I think we learned some things that are going to make our car better for race setup during this qualifying session. Once we get to Saturday we’ll have a better idea of it.”

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing, Starting Position: 7th

How was the car in qualifying?

“We just had no grip from the center off. The car was great taking off but it was in a four-wheel slide through the turns. It’s hard because you have to go at that point. It’s a good starting spot.”

BRIAN VICKERS, No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing, Starting Position: 16th

How were the qualifying rounds?

“We ended up very close to where we were last week and obviously didn’t have quite the result that we wanted to. We were a little too tight the first run and I think that pretty much put us behind the eight ball the whole time by having to go out twice the first round. Then we ran second quick the second time out, but we were just too tight on the first lap and freed the car up a good bit and were good the second lap. Then we were going into our third lap in the second round and everybody else was on their second lap so that always sets you kind of back. Real proud of all the guys -- they did a great job on the car. We had a really good long run car last week and hopefully we’ll have another one Sunday.”

Toyota Racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Charlotte
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Clint Bowyer
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing , Toyota Racing
Article type Qualifying report
Tags charlotte, clint bowyer, denny hamlin, nascar sprint cup, toyota