Martin Truex, Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media and discussed his Chevy for this weekend, if he's surprised the favorites in the Chase are currently on top of the standings, if non-Chase drivers...
Martin Truex, Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media and discussed his Chevy for this weekend, if he's surprised the favorites in the Chase are currently on top of the standings, if non-Chase drivers should race Chase drivers differently, the top 35 rule, what he expects from the Impala SS at Talladega, if he is aware of who is around him during a race and where they are within the point standings, how he deals with how quickly things can change during a race, how he broke his toe, if there's concern about having someone with little experience racing at Talladega and if drivers will hang back at Talladega to avoid the big one.
Select quotes from driver interview:
YOU WERE THIRD IN PRACTICE. HOW IS YOUR CHEVY FOR THIS WEEKEND? "I'm real happy with it. We started in qualifying trim, just trying to get a good qualifying spot. I think it's important here to start up front so we started in qualifying trim. The Bass Pro Chevy is good and I'm pretty happy with it."
HOW COGNIZANT ARE YOU OF THE OTHER CARS AROUND YOU AND WHO IS IN THE CHASE AND WHO ISN'T AND HOW DOES THAT PLAY INTO YOUR STRATEGY? "Well you always know who you're racing with whether they're in the Chase or not. It makes a little bit of a difference but not a huge one. We're out there to get every spot we can get, get the most points we can, try to win the race every week so it doesn't matter if we're racing Tony Stewart for the win or Dale Jr. for the win, we're going to race them probably the same."
WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR TOE? "I broke my darn pinky toe yesterday. But it's all good, I'm fine. I'm good to go. It was my left (foot). It hurt a little to put my shoe on this morning but since I've been walking around and everything it feels pretty good.
"I kicked the ottoman in my living room, typical, just walking around and basically stubbed my toe and broke it. It is what it is."
-credit: gm racing