DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing Starting Position: 10th How was your qualifying run? "That was a real good qualifying lap. That was within a half-a-tenth of what we got the pole with last time we were here ...
DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing Starting Position: 10th
How was your qualifying run? "That was a real good qualifying lap. That was within a half-a-tenth of what we got the pole with last time we were here (7-1-07). We gained two-tenths from practice. We weren't as good in practice as I thought we might be. I didn't get Tommy (Baldwin, crew chief) going down the right road on the changes that we needed to make. Then, we did make a good change for qualifying and it helped it a bunch. If we made that change earlier in the day, we probably would have been faster. That should be a great place to start. I was hoping that we could come back here and be in the top-10. We need to race better than last time. We ran 30 good laps last time and then we died. We need to have a better race."
Blaney captured the first-ever Nextel Cup pole position for a Toyota Camry earlier this year at New Hampshire (7-1-07).
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Burger King Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Starting Position: 20th
How was your qualifying run? "It was a good lap -- both laps it was good. We needed to be tighter and the first lap it was too tight to be real, real fast. The second lap the tires came in and it drove good. We probably should have run a little quicker than that. We've been fighting center-off all day and it was really good there -- it was really good everywhere. I was just pretty conservative on the first lap. It's been best on the second lap anyway. I just tried to get some heat in the tires and some heat in the brakes and not do anything stupid. Frankie (Kerr, crew chief) and the guys told me we just had to back-up what we ran in practice and we'd be okay. I'm bad about overdriving it anyway, so I tried to be a little conservative. It worked out."
How was your qualifying run? "That's a great effort by everybody. We're still a bit off on these cars. It seems like we get them sometimes, and other times we're off. The first lap felt good, and the second lap I felt like I got through turns one and two really good -- and it just gave out from under me. I wrecked about three times, but didn't hit anything."
Does running the Craftsman Truck Series race this weekend help? "That helps, although the car and the truck are different. I seem to be able to get in the truck and calm down. Getting into the truck lets me calm down and take my mind away from the car. Whether it helps me or not learn anything about the track, I'm not sure. It just lets me take a breather and regroup."
Does finishing the past two races give you confidence? "That's something - to be able to finish a race. We just have to keep improving. This is a big test. If we can get through this race -- we can get through anything from here. I'm terrible at this track. This place has me for a loop."
Why does this track throw you for a loop? "I don't think we have a great set-up here and I struggle to find the right line around this place. It doesn't look like that hard of a place. But, you get on it and the banking -- although it's gradual -- it's a big deal."
How was your qualifying run? "It wasn't as good as we wanted or we needed, but it was enough. The car was just spinning the rear tires off -- having a hard time getting traction. That's one thing we fought the whole practice. We were way off the beginning of practice. We made some gains during practice, but we never could get the car the way we wanted."
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