Pocono: Toyota teams qualifying quotes

BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Team Red Bull: Starting position: 9th How was your qualifying lap? "I was pretty happy with the car, but with today's qualifying and with our position in the points -- we will take anything as long...

BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Team Red Bull: Starting position: 9th

How was your qualifying lap? "I was pretty happy with the car, but with today's qualifying and with our position in the points -- we will take anything as long as we're in the field. We struggled all day with the car being real tight, but I think we found what it was right there at the end of practice. I was a little loose all the way around the race track on that lap and I probably could have pushed it a little more. But with our situation, if you push it and you're a little loose then you could potentially go home. I'm excited about our lap and really looking forward to Sunday."

What do you attribute your consistent gain in points over the past several races? "We seem to be really good in the races and I'm really proud of Toyota and TRD (Toyota Racing Development). They've been working real hard and it has shown in the last couple races with how well the Toyotas have been running. I'm real proud of our entire Red Bull team that's building these race cars -- our intermediate program has really been improving week after week. We've been doing a good job in the race and Doug (Richert) has been calling great races. I'm just excited to race Sunday and hopefully we can be just as good when we get to Michigan."

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DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing: Starting position: 14th

How was your qualifying lap? "The car was good and it scared me because I got loose coming to the flag -- I thought it really killed my speed. The first couple corners were good and then I got loose again in turn three. I didn't think it was that fast, but I'm real proud of my guys -- especially after last week. This will definitely put me in a better mood for the trip to Nashville tomorrow for the Busch race."

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DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Burger King® Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing: Starting position: 23rd

How was your qualifying lap? "The guys made some really good and really smart changes after practice. In fact the car was so good in turns one and two that I think I lost a little time because it was better than I anticipated it would be. I got in the corner and got a little loose in turn three, which made the car slip a little, but just enough that I could get the car to turn through the corner. But really, it doesn't matter where we start as long as we get to start."

Do you feel like the laps in the ARCA car this morning helped you today in qualifying? "The laps in the ARCA car this morning definitely helped and that was a great call. I have to thank Eddie Sharp and the guys over there because they brought a great car. The only thing I'm sad about is that I don't get to race the thing, but Josh (Wise) will come in and do a good job tomorrow."

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AJ ALLMENDINGER, No. 84 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Team Red Bull: Starting position: 28th

How has your day and your car been on your first trip to Pocono? "This place is just crazy and I feel like I have no idea what I'm doing around here. This track is bumpy and awkward -- they told me it's like a road course and that's a lie -- its nothing like a road course. That was a great lap, but you always feel like you could've given it a little more. In my mind, there was a lot more that I could've gotten out of it, but I just need laps around this place because this will be a tough race. I couldn't be prouder of my team because we started out pretty bad this morning and they kept working on it to get it better and better."

What is it about the success you seem to have on your first trip to the crazier tracks on the NNCS circuit? "I usually hold my breath on these qualifying laps, but halfway down the backstretch I realized these were 55- second laps and I couldn't hold my breath that long. The good thing I think about coming to these harder tracks is that we have more time in the car before we ever get here. If you would have sent me to Darlington as the first race of the season -- I would have retired."

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MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing: Starting position: DNQ

JEREMY MAYFIELD, No. 36 360 OTC Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing: Starting position: DNQ

DALE JARRETT, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing: Starting position: DNQ

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing , Bill Davis Racing , Toyota Racing