DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing: Starting position: 19th How has your car been today in practice and on your qualifying lap? "We were happy with the car all day. We had great conditions with the weather when we...
DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing: Starting position: 19th
How has your car been today in practice and on your qualifying lap? "We were happy with the car all day. We had great conditions with the weather when we went out and I thought we could really get a great lap. But we were too loose and it just wasn't comfortable enough to really go after it. But we had to just take what we could get. I think our car was a lot better today than we were in June and we got to work on race set-up today, which is something we haven't gotten to do every weekend. We're in good shape -- I just wish we could have taken better advantage of the weather on our qualifying lap. Working on race set-up today in practice really gave us a head start on tomorrow's practice sessions so hopefully we'll be able to get the car where we need it to be on Sunday."
How has your car been today in practice and qualifying compared to how it performed in June? "Practice went really well and very smooth for us this morning. We had a good game plan and we executed it real well. I think we had a good car in practice and a good car in qualifying, but obviously we're not on the pole so we need to be better. So far we've won our race because we're locked in. I think we brought back a good car from what we learned in the June race, but it is a little different car with a little different set-up. This car feels like it has more potential in race trim. Toyota has brought us a motor with more bottom-end power than we had here in June with their adjustments to the power curve. I think the car was better even in qualifying with the power than it was in June, but these straight-aways are just so huge -- it can be hard to tell when you're out there by yourself. But I really think the power will show in the race on Sunday. I think we are a lot better this weekend than we were in June, but we still have a lot of gains to make."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Burger King Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing: Starting position: 31st
How was your car in qualifying? "We've made gains on the car today a little at a time and we gained enough on it to get us in the race. We're fighting some different things compared to what we did back in June, but I think we're better than we were then for that matter. It's just one of those situations where I know we've been struggling a little on the torque side with the motors and this track definitely requires that. But I do think the motors from TRD (Toyota Racing Development) are getting better and I think we'll get there as a whole."
What does it mean to have all three MWR (Michael Waltrip Racing) cars in the race? "It's huge to get everybody in and it makes for a better competition meeting on Monday. That's what it's all about and it's good for everybody -- Michael Waltrip Racing, our sponsors and Toyota. It gives us that much more data to learn from so we can continue to have all of make these races."
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing: Starting position: 39th
How was your car on your qualifying lap? "Our car was crazy loose. I got to the tunnel turn when I was coming to the green flag because you like to see where your car is at that point and I went to touch the brakes and the pads were pulled back. We were loose coming to the green and loose all the way around. But I'm really happy that the lap was good enough to get into the field. But I was going full tilt for the full lap."
What does it mean to you getting all three of your cars in the race on their qualifying times? "Our goal each week has been to get all three cars in the race and I think we have been faced with more challenges this season than what we thought and what we told our sponsors. It's nice to see that we're gaining on our goals and it's better to be able to come to the track and prove that by getting all of our cars in the race. We need to finish all three of them in the top-20 on Sunday if possible in order to keep gaining points and it's important to me to get the No. 55 car ahead of the No. 49 car in owner points so we would be locked into the field in the case of rain. If Mother Nature wouldn't have cooperated today, the No. 55 car would have gone home. So it's important to go out and gain enough points to put ourselves in a position to be locked in should there be rain during qualifying."
DALE JARRETT, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing: Starting position: 40th
How was your car today in qualifying and how would you compare the track to the June race? "We've made the car better as we've gone along. I wasn't sure that it was going to be enough to make it into the show, but I'm real happy to be racing on Sunday. With the mixture of sun and clouds during the session, I wasn't sure who was going to get the breaks of having shade on the track during their lap. We've fought the speed in this car on qualifying laps and I think if we can overcome that hurdle, the car will actually be pretty good in the race. Generally this place is a good bit slower in the second race weekend than it is in the first and we picked up at least a half-a- second from where we were in the first race here this year. That means we're moving in the right direction at least."
JEREMY MAYFIELD, No. 36 360 OTC Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing: Starting position: 43rd
How was your car in qualifying? "It's been a weird year and a weird day for us because we make strides and then we fall back. We weren't sure what was going to happen in qualifying because we weren't very good in practice, but we made some changes which helped us. When I went out for my warm-up lap, the car bottomed out real bad and I thought it was really going to hurt our lap. But I just kept my foot in it and kept running and tried to get everything out of it that I could. Fortunately I was able to post a lap that was fast enough to get us into the show."
How much did the clouds and cooler conditions help your qualifying lap? "That saved our day. We probably would have been in trouble if it hadn't been for that. It's about time that something went our way because we haven't been able to get any luck at all this season."
Can you talk about everything you've gone through today from practice to qualifying? "Today was just a rough day all around. We began practice with a crash on the second lap and had to bring out our backup car. The guys worked hard and fast to get that car ready to go back on the track, and we were able to get about 40 minutes of practice. We fought a loose condition all day and although we picked up a second in qualifying from what we ran in practice, it just wasn't enough to get us in the field. All we can do is focus on Watkins Glen and making the race next week. I know Brian (Vickers) will represent Team Red Bull well on Sunday."
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