SCOTT SPEED, No. 82 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team Starting Position: 2nd How was your run today? "It seemed to come together good. We kind of figured after practice that we were pretty good. We made a pretty big change and made...
How was your run today? "It seemed to come together good. We kind of figured after practice that we were pretty good. We made a pretty big change and made one last run and made a pretty big mistake during the run and ended up 33rd in practice. We thought if we could just clean up the lap it would be better. Obviously we didn't expect it to be one second better, but we'll take it. Things are starting off this weekend a little bit better than the last two. I had to shave all the black hair because that seemed to be bad luck. I also named our car, her name is 'Rattlesnake.' I think it's kind of mean and sounds fast. We're in Phoenix, so it fits. I don't know which one of those has changed our luck around, but we'll continue doing all of them."
What is it about open wheel racers that do so well at this race track? "Honestly my background and Sam's (Hornish Jr.) background is about as different as coming from open wheel racing to NASCAR, honestly. In any case, coming from a different form, when you come to a track like this when you have to use the brakes quite a lot, it's something that is not typical of a normal mile-and-a-half race track. A lot of the guys that have the experience in NASCAR, I think excel at those kind of race tracks but it's a little bit easier to sort of transition to where you have to brake a lot."
How was the track during your qualifying lap? "We picked up a second from practice, so the track can't be too bad. We hit on some things on the very last run in practice and we were sitting there in the hauler, 'Man, I hope this is as good as we think it is.' We didn't run a good lap, but as it turns out, the car was clearly better. It obviously gives us a lot more confidence going into tomorrow as well."
Did you know that the car had this much speed in it? "We knew after looking at all the data after practice that our car was pretty good, so we knew we had it in it. It was just a matter of getting it out. As a team, we did a good job this weekend. This is a place where you only get two practices all weekend so you really have to maximize those as much as you can. Obviously, we did a good job with that and hopefully it's just as good in race trim."
MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Kingsford/Bush's Baked Beans Toyota Camry,
Starting Position: 4th
How was your qualifying lap? "It was great, a real bonus for us. We didn't expect to run that good. We feel good about it and we have a great race car. We had good practice speeds. We were worried about qualifying and to come out like we did and put a good lap down, we're really proud of it."
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position: 6th Were you happy with your qualifying lap? "I thought it was horrible and it actually wasn't bad. The first lap, I screwed up and over drove it into (turn) one and locked the left front, went up the race track. It was all going to be on the second lap. I got better and it's a good run -- for me, it's the best I've ever done here, so I've got to be happy about that."
MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 8th
How was your car today? "It was okay. We had a big pick up from practice for us. We kind of struggled today. I'm not really sure what the deal was. We felt good coming in. Both Pat (Tryson, crew chief) ran well here last year and so did we and we came here with stuff that we thougth would work and it was horrible. We really struggled and scrambled throughout practice. The track was real, real slick and the tire didn't really have a whole lot of grip in it so that was a really good lap for us. We picked up a bunch from practice and are happy with it. We just need to put our heads together tonight and come up with something good for tomorrow for the race."
MICHAEL McDOWELL, No. 66 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports
Starting Position: 12th
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 17th
How was your car in qualifying? "Our car was pretty good. The M&M's Camry was good. Dave and the guys made some nice adjustments there from practice to qualifying. It seemed like it worked pretty well. We didn't know what to expect going out first. You know, that guy named 'Luck' drew for us today. He hadn't been on our side all year yet, but one of these days he'll come on the dark side with us."
JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports
Starting Position: 18th
How was your qualifying lap? "It was slick. The car was really moving around a lot. The tires actually have decent grip in qualifying trim. In race trim, that's where they fall off a bit. We had a good balanced car, it was just sliding around a lot. The first lap, I think I left a little bit at (turns) three and four. I tried to go a little harder on the second lap and it just shot up the race track -- a four-tire slide. It's a fine line. You can easily get over it and slide off. The biggest thing that hurt us was going early. As the sun goes down, the track is going to get faster and faster."
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Office/March of Dimes Toyota Camry, Joe
Starting Position: 26th
How was your qualifying lap? "Not the lap we wanted considering how well this No. 11 FedEx Toyota practiced but we were really loose and that's where left time. We actually had a good lap going but I snapped loose there and that was enough to hurt us. Was hoping to start closer to the front but we'll just have to fight our way forward."
DAVE BLANEY, No. 55 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports
Starting Position: 31st
ROBBY GORDON, No. 7 Warner Music Nashville/Blake Shelton Toyota Camry,
Robby Gordon Motorsports
Starting Position: 33rd
MAX PAPIS, No. 13 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Starting Position: 34th
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Best Western Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip
Starting Position: 39th
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