DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing: Qualified 11th On his team being on the edge of something good right now: "I think our performance has been up a bunch this year. California was definetly good the whole time we...
DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing: Qualified 11th
On his team being on the edge of something good right now: "I think our performance has been up a bunch this year. California was definetly good the whole time we were out there - just not out there long enough. We showed it a bit today in practice and conditions changed here today -- it got a little cooler for qualifying. Kevin Hamlin (crew chief) and all the guys made some good calls. It was solid, it was good."
On being with Bill Davis Racing: "We have a good experienced team that has been around and run well in years past. We have a good solid group and we should run good. The Camrys are definetly helping us this year. We made a big gain in performance from last year. We had a real good race going in California and then broke down. We have another good one here today. We got a lot better on the qualifying run. We struggled a little bit earlier today and the guys made some good calls."
On his solid qualifying run: "Its early. That's going to be a decent start, not great. It was a really good gain from practice and that's the main thing. I was struggling in practice. They had the car just solid as a rock right there. I'm sure a lot of guys are going to run faster than that but it was a good gain for us."
On the track changes: "Today when it was sunny and hot the cars were just sliding all over the place. It cooled off this afternoon and the cars were stuck again. It looks like this is going to be a really, really weather sensitive track. This is a real hard tire so that doesn't help you out much. When the track is slick it doesn't have much grip. I don't know, it's going to be tough on Sunday if it is sunny and hot, you are going to have to have your car hooked up." "The track is nice, but it was nice before. We'll just have to see what kind of race it puts on Sunday and see if it was worth going. That will take a couple of years to really tell."
On how the teams and drivers are adjusting to the new track: "It is a new track. We've all raced a long time at a lot of different places. You try to compare it to somewhere else you've been to. It is never the same, but the crews do their homework and they come with setups they think will work and most time they are pretty close."
On his qualifying run: "I think I might have over drove turn one. My spotter said if I could, try not to lift all the way out of the throttle into one on the lap. I tried that and it worked. I don't know if we are going to be in or not, but it really comes down to being at Team Red Bull - but especially being on the 84 car. My crew chief and my team - obviously I've had my struggles - but they are behind me 100-percent and I'm so proud to be a part of their team. They are the best group of guys. Ricky Viers (Crew Chief), he keeps the car so organized it's unbelievable. I'm just proud to be a part of the team. Whether we are in or not, and I hope to God that we are in, but if not, I'm just glad to be a part of these guys."
On his qualifying run being good enough to get in the race: "I want to be in this race bad. I've been through a lot of struggles so far.... I was real nervous last week because we ran a 30.7 in practice and it was tough. It's tough watching these guys these guys are so good. Just watching everybody and seeing how much time they pick up. It scares the living daylights out of you becauseyou think there is absolutely no way I can pick up seven tenths or eight tenths - but you have to. I hope it gets me in. It is better than what I wanted to run. I was thinking if I could run a 15 or a 10 it would be good, so I guess we will find out."
On his qualifying run: "We fought with the car all day and we finally got it good enough to qualify. It was tight in the center. We had to pick the throttle up down in turn three and four and kind of lost the nose a little bit on the second lap."
On the track changes: "I like the changes. I think the track is better. The track was really good when we came out here for the test and Goodyear brought back a different tire. We struggled to come back with it."
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing: DNQ
On his qualifying lap: "It is not so much my lap, it is my whole company. Our cars are not running right. It's just real dissapointing. I feel for David Reutimann and I feel for Dale Jarrett. I'm really concerned about why we aren't any better than we are, but we are going to work. I think about several people who have been through the same thing. The Petty's a couple of years ago when Kyle couldn't make a race and Richard's No. 43 car wouldn't run. I know how to do this - not just as the driver, but as the owner. I know how to connect with people and get them to understand my goal and my vision. I'm not going to give up. Hopefully people will understand that this is just the start."
On the performance reflecting on Michael Waltrip Racing: "We have to go to work, we have to figure things out. We have to change some things up. We have to rearrange some people. You cannot define the future by what we are doing here today. I love being a car owner and I love having my hands on it - I love driving. I never really realized how much I love driving until this year. When I didn't get to do it at California and I was doing that Pay Per View thing talking about what happened, I thought 'darn, that hurt.' This isn't who we are. This isn't who we are going to be defined as. It is just going to take a little bit of time to get it squared away."
On how he will be defined: "I think we will be defined as a team that started out with a whole lot of hope and optimism. We were smacked in the head with reality and then we dug deep and over came it. That's what I think and that is the only answer I'll accept."
On going to Atlanta: "We'll go to Atlanta with the same upbeat attitude that we came here with. I felt really good about coming here. We dug ourselves a hole this year, but it's not over. You just have to remember that my career has been defined with a lot of trials and tribulations. I have had a lot of highs and a lot of lows and they have all made me a stronger person. A stronger person is what you need to be to when things like this happen.
DALE JARRETT, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing: Qualified using the Championship provisional, will start 43rd
On his qualifying lap: "This technical process is putting us way behind. We are missing it from the start, too, with our setups. Its just things of a new team and we are just not getting enough laps to get us comfortable for qualifying. We made a change before qualifying and we bottomed out and nearly wrecked me. We made it through it. It's just a process and we'll have to take it week by week in between trying to build new cars and trying to get some testing in too. We'll just keep working."
On not having enough laps prior to qualifying: "We have to get laps and we didn't get many of those. It is just the inspection process puts us so far behind. Hopefully we can have a good race on Sunday and the next couple of weeks to get us in the top-35 to make that process a little easier. We'll be a little better prepared after that."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Domino's Pizza Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing: DNQ
On not qualifying for Sunday's race: "This is heartbreaking, and I'm disappointed for my team and sponsor. I really wanted to give all the employees of Domino's Pizza and my fans something to cheer for on Sunday. The support they give this team means everything to me and I know we will bounce back next weekend at Atlanta."
JEREMY MAYFIELD, No. 36 360 OTC Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing: DNQ
On his qualifying run: "Something happened to the motor. We had motor trouble, and it just happened to me again. I don't know what the deal is."
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