MARTIN TRUEX, JR., DRIVER OF THE NO. 1 BASS PRO SHOPS IMPALA SS, met with media members today at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and talked about handling, trying to gain grip with the tires, racing in Atlanta next week and more. ON RACING AT LAS ...
MARTIN TRUEX, JR., DRIVER OF THE NO. 1 BASS PRO SHOPS IMPALA SS, met with media members today at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and talked about handling, trying to gain grip with the tires, racing in Atlanta next week and more.
ON RACING AT LAS VEGAS: "It's frustrating for me. Like I said, here and Charlotte I've never really figured out what it takes to get around them, get the tire to stick to the race track. So I'm a little frustrated today and I kind of was prepared for this coming in. I knew what it was going to be and just trying real hard to figure it out. The guys are doing a good job we just haven't really hit on much to help it yet."
WHAT DID YOU DO IN YOUR FEW OFF DAYS? "I went home. I didn't do much of anything really, just hung around the house. Took care of some business and that's about it."
WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE CAR? "The same thing that's wrong with my car every time I come here with these tires on the new asphalt, hard tire. We just can't figure out how to get any grip. The car is real, real evil to drive. It just snaps loose whenever it feels like it. I think a lot of people fight the same thing, but we've never really figured anything out. So the same thing we go to Charlotte with, the same problems."
SO THE TEST DIDN'T HELP AT ALL? "No, not for us. We tested for two days; we had two different cars. We tried a lot of different stuff. We just ran okay. We never really hit on anything that made us really good or that made me really comfortable. We always fault here, with this combination tires and pavement. So I don't know if we're missing something or if I'm missing something or what it is but we'll just keep working on it. We're certainly not any threat for the pole today, but we'll keep working on it throughout the weekend and we'll hope to have a good race. We went through the same exact thing here last year, qualified bad, ran just okay, we finished like 12th. Kind of our goal for the weekend is do all we can do, get the car the best we can and fight throughout the race and try to get the best finish we can. Hopefully a top 10 will be great."
ON HOW THE CAR HANDLES IN TRAFFIC. "It definitely seems better in race trim. With the tape on it trying to really bust off a lap it's really, really edgy for me. Like I said we have a problem going really fast. But I think in race trim, once their pace slows up and we get out there, the track widens out and stuff, I think we'll be okay. It's just right now is not working out for us."
CAN YOU LEARN ANYTHING THIS WEEK FOR ATLANTA NEXT WEEK? "No, absolutely not. Totally different. Here is just complete opposite of anywhere we go, here and Charlotte."
ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO ATLANTA? "Definitely, yeah. We had a good test there in I guess it was the fall. We had a great race there in the old car, we ran good in the test with the new car and I really like that race track and look forward to going there and having a shot to win."
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO WIN THERE? "It takes a good car like anywhere we go. A good engine. You know the track is big. Good pit stops, good luck all day. Just the typical you got to put everything together. 500 miles, it's a tough race. You gotta be up on the wheel all day. It's really a fun race for all of us. It's one of my favorites of the year. I've been looking forward to it since last spring when we led all those laps and got wrecked at the end or the fall I should say."
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