Watkins Glen: Andy Lally qualifying report

Lally Qualifies Adobe Road Chevy on 16th Row for The Glen Watkins Glen, NY, (Aug. 7, 2010) - TRG driver Andy Lally qualified the No. 71 Adobe Road/TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Impala SS in 33rd place for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Helluva Good!...

Lally Qualifies Adobe Road Chevy on 16th Row for The Glen

Watkins Glen, NY, (Aug. 7, 2010) - TRG driver Andy Lally qualified the No. 71 Adobe Road/TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Impala SS in 33rd place for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Helluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen race to be run Sunday afternoon.

Glen After completing a shake-down test at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) on Tuesday, Lally was able to get a full day of practice in the Adobe Road Chevy yesterday. Unlike last year when he was only able to get two timed laps under full power due to an engine mis-fire. The North Port, New York native was the first car on the track for today's 11:00 a.m. qualifying session.

"Going out first and doing the one lap run wasn't a big deal, we did our fastest lap of the weekend," Lally said. "Maybe mentally going out first might have been a disadvantage. I had my head around it enough that it did not hurt me. I think I got everything out of the qualifying run. I hit my marks on the track. You always question yourself after the fact. I about tagged the wall coming onto the front straight and I was on the curbs where I needed to be."

In practice, Lally and the team were able to trim a second off of their lap time from the first to the second session.

"We struggled a little bit in practice yesterday. I wanted to work on a couple of key areas that we needed to be fast through. We were focused on getting the whole platform sorted to go around here fast. The guys worked hard last night. We made four small methodical changes for qualifying. We didn't throw the kitchen sink at it. I think the adjustments helped. The time may not have shown it, but I have more confidence with the way the car feels today than yesterday. I don't think we will change anything for the race."

Team principal, Kevin Buckler, is looking forward to tomorrow and will play a key role with strategy during the race.

"Andy has done a great job all weekend," Buckler said. "It is not easy to come up to this level and do as good a job as Andy is doing. We didn't qualify as well as we had hoped, I don't think we had the car, but Andy always races well here. He is really working well with Dan (Stillman, crew chief) and the guys to make adjustments on the car to improve it every session. I will be doing my best to assist with strategy during the race tomorrow to help get every possible position on the track and in pit lane."

-source: trg motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kevin Buckler , Andy Lally
Teams TRG Motorsports