KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position: 1st How happy are you to capture today's pole position? "It's nice to sit on a pole every once in a while. I only get the opportunity maybe once a year if lucky. Great...
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 1st
How happy are you to capture today's pole position? "It's nice to sit on a pole every once in a while. I only get the opportunity maybe once a year if lucky. Great effort by the team. Guys did an awesome job. This M&M's Camry was nice once we unloaded. Dave (Rogers, crew chief) has done a good job this year. Thank him for working all the hours and hard work that he does. Of course, the whole rest of the team as well. They've done a lot to come here. Richmond is one of my best race tracks for some reason. Maybe not one of my favorites, but definitely one of my best. We hope that tomorrow night we can prevail and try to get Dave (Rogers) his first win as well as a Cup crew chief."
How is your car here at Richmond? "It's not bad. We're decent. I'd like to be a tad better. We ended up first in qualifying trim and we made a change and didn't go nearly as fast. Hopefully, we can find that balance tonight and I can hit my line exactly right to try get a good qualifying lap and try to get a pole. For the guys, they've done a really nice job this weekend. Dave (Rogers, crew chief), has done a good job and the M&M's Camry is fast.
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 2nd
How was your qualifying lap? "The lap was pretty good. I kind of overdrove the second lap getting into (turn) three down there -- which actually underdrove it for me because generally I overdrive everything. It ended up being a good lap. From where we started to where we ended up finishing in practice, we struggled in our first practice. In our second practice, it was like a totally different car -- in a good way. In the end we ended up having a good effort for our Aaron's Dream Machine and the guys did a good job. I was actually surprised that it held up as long as it did because the track did get a little cooler. It felt like it got a little quicker. I thought those guys were going to knock us down a few more. Thankfully, we got a good starting position and a good pit selection for tomorrow."
What do you do when racing under different conditions than when you practice? "We struggled so bad early, we were just shooting for anything that was going to drive decent. In the end, I think you just try to make your car drive as good as you possibly can with the conditions that you have. When the night falls you just have to rely on your crew chief to go back through the notes and find out what the tendency of the track is. I'm not smart enough to remember what it does any way. I just sit there and turn the wheel and tell them what it's doing and I give them time and they adjust on it. That's just how I kind of do it. Jimmie's (Johnson) got it all memorized."
How much has changed for you since winning a Charlotte about a year ago? "Judging from this season, it hasn't gone the way you want. I've gotten older. I haven't gotten any better looking. But, I've still got a great team. I've got a good bunch of people surrounding me. I still got the same group of people that got me to that position. Although I heard Jeff Burton say today in an interview that he's never run as well and had finishes as poor as he has, and I guess we can say the same thing. We've definitely run really well and just haven't had the finishes. Not much has changed. Still got a good team and a little more confident at some places, except for when we turn left and right at road courses. Still working on that."
Are you happy with the way your car is handling? "At the first practice we were not very good at all. We were way off. The start of the second practice we got a lot better. Progressively, we stayed a lot better as practice went on. So, it ended up being pretty good. It is two opposite ends of the spectrum from where we were when we unloaded, to where we are now. We weren't very good at the beginning of the practice. We were way off to be honest with you. I felt like we weren't anywhere near where we needed to be. We made some big adjustments that got us better."
Does it concern you that your car was off in the first practice? "We unloaded with a little bit different setup than what we had run here in the past just trying to get better, and sometimes when you unload like that sometimes it doesn't go your way. I don't have a problem with that. The important thing is we were able to rebound and get it going in the right direction, which is not always easy. A lot of times if you don't unload good it's really, really hard to make up any ground. So, we were able to do that and I'm proud of my guys."
How was your qualifying lap? "I think it will be in the top-10. I'm really proud of the guys. They made a lot of changes throughout practice. We were off to start with. That is the best the car has been. The changes after practice were really good. Honestly, I thought we had a shot at the pole there. I'm not sure where I lost it. I was a little tight in the center, but the car was a lot better than in practice so maybe I left a little bit out there. Maybe I could've gotten in the gas a little harder, I'm not sure. I'm really proud of the Red Bull guys. I just wanted to get them a pole again."
JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports
Starting Position: 11th
How was your qualifying lap? "I think we just missed it a little bit on the loose side. We didn't quite get down in the corners the way we wanted to. Overall, the end of practice went really well. We were pretty good in race trim and pretty good in qualifying trim, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow."
MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Kingsford/Bush's Baked Beans Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Starting Position: 20th
How was your qualifying lap? "It wasn't bad. We had some trouble in qualifying practice, so we didn't get a lap in. At these speeds, everything is so close and you don't want to make a mistake. We tried really hard, but we just didn't get enough practice earlier in the day."
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 23rd
How is your race car? "It's too loose for qualifying, I guess. We didn't pick up what we needed to pick up. I think we just over-adjusted trying to find speed, and we went too far. Kind of like practice. We were pretty good in race trim, as far as speed and lap times were concerned. I wasn't happy with the way it was driving. Then we went to qualifying trim and it did the same things it did in race trim. I thought I had a good car in race trim. I thought I had a good car in qualifying trim. We got a little bit too excited in freeing it up. It was just loose on exit and that's what it's all about. It is what it is now."
MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 26th
How did your car handle during qualifying? "It was kind of like practice. We were pretty good in race trim, as far as speed and lap times were concerned. I wasn't happy with the way it was driving. Then we went to qualifying trim and it did the same things it did in race trim -- it just wasn't fast anymore. The track is real slick and it's hard to get a hold of, and I just couldn't get the car to turn at all and can't get no power down. So, we've felt the same thing all day and it did the same thing here in qualifying."
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 30th
How is your car handling? "It's slow right now. It's the only word I can really use for it. I'm just running as hard as the car will let me and it just won't take any more speed. So, we just got to figure that part out."
Is there any more pressure here racing? "No. We've already won a race here so there's no pressure on that side of things."
REED SORENSON, No. 32 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Starting Position: 34th
ROBBY GORDON, No. 7 BAMvip.com/James Otto/Whitney Duncan Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports
Starting Position: 37th
TONY RAINES, No. 64 Gunselman Motorsports Toyota Camry, Gunselman Motorsports
Starting Position: 43rd
MICHAEL McDOWELL, No. 66 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports
Starting Position: DNQ
DAVE BLANEY, No. 55 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports
Starting Position: DNQ
MAX PAPIS, No. 13 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Starting Position: DNQ
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