EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER IMPALA SS First in Final Practice: "We were good yesterday, we were awesome when we rolled off the truck. I was really happy yesterday. No gremlins showed up last night, we were still good today. We worked on the...
EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER IMPALA SS
First in Final Practice: "We were good yesterday, we were awesome when we rolled off the truck. I was really happy yesterday. No gremlins showed up last night, we were still good today. We worked on the car a little bit. We tried a lot of different stuff, made it better, made it worse, made it better, made it worse. Just hopefully we tomorrow we roll out the good car for the race."
ON BRAKES HERE AT MARTINSVILLE IN IMPALA SS: "I am a little worried that we might not have these cars understood as far as ducking the brakes and cooling the brakes yet. That is sort of trial and error. Tomorrow is going to be a day of learning for a lot of us."
ON GOOD QUALIFYING EFFORT AND STARTING POSITION: "I like to qualify good here. It is one of my favorite race tracks actually to be honest. It is a good place when we have a good car so I am pretty pumped up."
MARTIN TRUEX, JR., NO. 1 BASS PRO SHOPS/TRACKER BOATS IMPALA SS
Third in Final Practice: ON FEELING ABOUT CHANES FOR A GOOD RUN TOMORROW: "I hope so, our car is good enough. It is just a matter of doing everything right during the race. This is a tough place to race. My luck hasn't been so great lately. Seems like everytime we running good, something weird happens. But we are going to give it all we got. Our Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet is really good.
"The guys are doing a great job. They are doing all the right things. Bono (Manion, crew chief) is really on top of his game here lately giving me good cars. He is giving me what I ask him. When I ask him for something, he knows how to give it to me these days. Things are going good."
ON WHAT HE LIKES MOST ABOUT IMPALA SS: "Nothing in particular. It really doesn't feel all that different, it is a little more top-heavy. It is a little more comfortable, has a little more safe feel with all the room around you. Other than that, it is not really a big change. I think it is a lot better suited to the flatter tracks like here and Loudon and Phoenix where you don't have to travel in the front as much. The bigger tracks it is going to be a handful like it was a Bristol. We kinda struggled a little bit, not bad but we struggled a little bit with the travel in front. It is going to be like that on all the banked tracks. On the flatter tracks here, it drives really good."
ON WHAT IS MOST CRITICAL TO HAVING A GOOD RACE TOMORROW: "Track position, track position, track position. It seems like it is really hard to pass even in practice. I did a terrible job of qualifying yesterday and I got us behind, we probably should have been in the top-five. But we have a good enough car, we can race our way up there. We need to have good pit stops. If we gain one spot every run, by the end of the day we will be up front. Hopefully that is way it works out."
ON BRAKES IN TOMORROWS RACE: "Our brakes have been fine. We had a little trouble yesterday in qualifying but it wasn't a wearing out the brakes or heat issue. We had a little bit of part malfunction, the pedal got a little low but we got it fixed and the brakes have been fine."
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT IMPALA SS
Sixth in Final Practice: YOU PICKED UP QUITE A BIT IN TODAY'S PRACTICE, ARE YOU FEELING GOOD ABOUT YOUR CAR FOR TOMORROW? "Not really. No."
ON USING THE BRAKE IN PRACTICE: "Everyone is fighting a lot. You run down a million mile an hour down the straight away and you got to do a hairpin so you're going to use a lot of brakes. The big battle the last day and a half has been trying to get it to slow down without locking the left front. That's what everyone is fighting right now."
-credit: gm racing