TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING LAP? “A really solid lap for the Miller Lite Dodge team. We haven’t qualified well this year but today was a great effort. Track position is key on road courses especially at a fast place like The Glen. I’m a little disappointed that we didn’t get the pole. I’m positive I could have squeezed another tenth out of it for sure. We’ll take it. We can see the front and will have a good pit selection. Our car is fast.”
WHERE IS YOUR CAR FAST IN RACE TRIM? “Everywhere. Paul (Wolfe) has done a great job getting this Miller Lite Dodge prepared. We unloaded fast and have showed good speed throughout the weekend.”
ARE MISTAKES MORE MAGNIFIED ON A ROAD COURSE? “Yeah. There are so many things to worry about – braking zones, handling, etc.… there’s just so much more to think about inside the car that gets magnified.”
ARE YOU BETTER WITH ONE BAD ANKLE OR TWO GOOD ONES HERE? “(Laughs). Hopefully, I’m one spot better with two good ankles.”
Sam Hornish Jr. (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 17th
HOW WAS YOUR LAP? “I was just a little too free to start out the lap. The backend moved out on me a bit; I had my hands full of wheel. I felt like we were too free to start the lap and about halfway around we got better. We just needed to be better early. These cars are definitely different from the Nationwide cars with the added power and more straightaway speed. We'll take what we can get and race 'em Sunday."
HOW ARE YOU IN RACE TRIM? “So-so. We need to be better. I feel that we made a big gain overnight but not where we need to be yet. If we can make another gain like we did last night, we'll be pretty good tomorrow."
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN TRANSFER FROM THE NATIONWIDE POLE CAR TO THE SPRINT CUP CAR? “The race line is about the same. The biggest difference is that you get to the corners with so much more speed that you're on the brakes more. You carry so much load, especially through the bus stop section, that it's pretty bumpy with the line you have to go through there. Having bump stops versus conventional springs makes it different. It's a good learning process that's for sure."
Source: SRT Motorsports