Phoenix II: Truex Jr post qualifying interview

MARTIN TRUEX, JR., NO. 1 BASS PRO SHOPS/TRACKER BOATS IMPALA SS, QUALIFIED 2ND: "Well I was surprised. We didn't have the greatest practice. We were only about 32nd in the order. We did a bunch of race practice and did a few qualify8ing runs...

MARTIN TRUEX, JR., NO. 1 BASS PRO SHOPS/TRACKER BOATS IMPALA SS, QUALIFIED 2ND:

"Well I was surprised. We didn't have the greatest practice. We were only about 32nd in the order. We did a bunch of race practice and did a few qualify8ing runs and we were really tight all day. Bono (crew chief Kevin Manion) and engineer Walter came up with a plan and did it and the car was really good. I was really proud of them and real happy about the run. Three one thousandths is a little tough to swallow, but that is the third time we have been second by about that much this year, so that stinks. It was a good run for us, I am real proud of all the guys for their efforts. They do a great job for me."

ON HIS THOUGHTS OF HAVING THREE INDY 5OO CHAMPIONS IN SUNDAY'S FIELD:

"I think it says a lot about NASCAR and the sport and how great of a series we have here and how competitive it is. For those guys to be as successful as they are in their own right and in their own series to want to come over here and race with us, I just think it says a lot for the competition and the competitors here."

ON HOW IMPORTANT TRACK POSITION IS HERE AT PIR:

"I think anywhere we go, because the field is so close, because of the new generation race car especially. If you look at the times in practice and the times in qualifying, everybody is really close and that curve on pit road down there in one and two can be really tricky too, so a good pit stall helps a lot here."

-credit: gm racing

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