Phoenix II: Toyota teams qualifying quotes

DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 TUMS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Starting Position: 6th How was your car during qualifying? "It was a good lap for the TUMS Toyota. Tracks can get cooler and it's going to get quicker. All in all, just as long as...

DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 TUMS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 6th

How was your car during qualifying? "It was a good lap for the TUMS Toyota. Tracks can get cooler and it's going to get quicker. All in all, just as long as we get a good starting position for Sunday. And more importantly, get a good pit selection because pit road is tight h ere so we need to get a good pit stall here."

Did you leave anything on the table in qualifying? "We went out 18th and this end of the track (turns one and two) is in shade and this end (turns three and four) stays in the sun. I hope the sun stays out a little bit longer there and keeps baking it because hopefully that will give us a fighting chance to get up in the top-five."


KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 7th

How was the handling of your race car? "The car stuck really good. It was fine. I maybe screwed up a little bit in turn three -- just not being able to get back to the gas as hard as I would have liked to. Overall, it's pretty decent. Happy with it -- a good starting spot."


JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 10th

How was your qualifying lap? "I was a little bit tight in the center and free off. Not too bad. I went into (turn) one and probably under drove it a little bit. I wanted to make sure I got off the corner good. I found myself rolling on to the brake pedal a little bit earlier than I probably wanted to just because I brake too hard initially. Probably just gave up a little bit of speed there. I made sure I got off the corner good, so I think that probably evened out. It's a little bit snug and free off, but nothing crazy happened. It was pretty basic. I think it's decent. I don't know where it's going to end up."

What do you think about being on a string of four top-10 finishes? "Hell yeah, I'm excited about that -- that's really cool. That's the first time. We've never had three straight top-10s and now we're up to four with two top-fives in a row which is even cooler in my book than the top-10s. I'm running a little high right now -- we have a lot of momentum on our side. It's cool. I think the stat is we'd be fourth right now I think in the Chase if we were in it. We're not, but it would be cool if we were. I think we've been doing a real good job lately. I think the communication between me and Zip (Greg Zipadelli, crew chief) with all of us working together. I think we've all been working good together. I think that's the biggest thing. We're not getting fired up at each other if we had a bad qualifying lap or if we're struggling in practice. It's keeping the confidence up, I think that's the biggest thing. Even during the race, my crew chief and spotter (Mark Robertson) -- all of us are working good together and not getting down on ourselves or down on each other. I think that's the biggest thing, it's all communication. One person starts to blow up it seems to kill the whole deal. It seems like right now is what we have."


MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 11th

Are you happy with your qualifying run? "Yeah, it was a good pickup from practice, which is always good. The guys made good adjustments. This is one of those places where going out early is not great. Being able to beat the guys that all went out ahead of us was very important. We talked about it before we went out. Michael (Waltrip) talked to me about it. He said, ‘You are kind of screwed going out fifth, but if you can at least beat the guys that go out ahead of you and some behind you, you'll be in okay shape.' I think that we'll be okay. I thought we should have picked up more the second lap, but I was just a little too loose."

Is there anything you can do to fix the car from being too loose? "We've had it all day. The guys are going to think about it a lot tonight and try to figure out what is going on there. We worked on it some today and made a few little gains, but not the gains that we needed to make to be as good as we needed to be. We'll work hard on it tonight and fight tomorrow."


MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Little Debbie/Safeway Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Starting Position: 13th

Did you make your cat better than it was in practice? "We changed a lot. We weren't very good in practice. So, I'll take that. It's going to be a decent spot for us. I just want to put in a solid lap and we did that. We've run good here. I've qualified in the top-10 a couple times and finished in the top-10 a couple times. So, it's a pretty good track for me."


DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 17th

Are you pleased with your qualifying run? "I wish I would have been a little further to the front. But, it looked like I might have got on the splitter a little bit hard. I just missed my line. I under drove turn three and then tried to get to the gas to compensate for it off of (turn) four and got too aggressive. Then I had to back out off of (turn) four. I just didn't have a very smooth lap, but it's very tough with the sun getting in turn one -- it's very tough to hit your marks right. Just a little bit to mess your timing off -- you can see a little bit of time goes a long way."

What happened during your qualifying lap? "I missed it. I missed my lap. I got through turns one and two decent, not great. But, I just missed my marks. I heard the rev limiter getting in turn three and it kind of alarmed me a little bit. I hadn't been in it all day. So, I backed off. I was a little to conservative getting into (turn) three and then too aggressive coming off of (turn) four trying to make up for it. We'll move on. Still, that was a decent lap. For what I know where we need to be -- from the time we are off we could have picked that up with a better driver."

Did you think about selecting a pit stall in relation to qualifying? "No. For me, we are just trying to be up as far up as possible. This is a very critical track as far as track position. You got to just make sure you get the best qualifying effort as possible. We come from mid-pack here usually, so this is actually a decent run for us -- not what I was hoping for anyway."

Does it feel good qualifying ahead of Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson? "A little bit. Obviously, you don't have to pass them. You hope not, if your car runs good. For us, we know those guys are going to be coming to the front. The 29 (Kevin Harvick) qualifies in the back most weeks and finds his way to the front. It's no different than us. For us, I always say never look into qualifying too much. But, for us, once we're the better of the three."


CASEY MEARS, No. 13 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Starting Position: 24th

KASEY KAHNE, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team
Starting Position: 25th

SCOTT SPEED, No. 82 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team
Starting Position: 27th

ROBBY GORDON, No. 7 MAPEI/Menards Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports
Starting Position: 34th

MIKE BLISS, No. 55 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports
Starting Position: 36th

LANDON CASSILL, No. 64 Empire Steel Toyota Camry, Gunselman Motorsports
Starting Position: 39th

JASON LEFFLER, No. 66 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports
Starting Position: DNQ

JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 Heat Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports
Starting Position: DNQ

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Kevin Harvick , Robby Gordon , Jimmie Johnson
Teams Red Bull Racing , Germain Racing , Michael Waltrip Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing , NEMCO Motorsports