DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Camry, Bill Davis Racing How is your car this weekend? "Our car is decent here. Our tests with the road course cars have gone well. We had good speed at Infineon, but had battery trouble. I think we're okay. ...
DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Camry, Bill Davis Racing
How is your car this weekend? "Our car is decent here. Our tests with the road course cars have gone well. We had good speed at Infineon, but had battery trouble. I think we're okay. You never know at these tracks. You could qualify well and still get caught up in a big wreck in the first turn. It's a little bit of survival here, so hopefully we'll be able to keep it on the track and stay out of trouble."
Do you see improvements on the team as the season has gone on? "I think the improvements have come by finishing races. We've had a lot of DNFs early this season, which has killed us in points. I think we're leading the league in DNFs. We have run decent and have run better almost every week. Ever since (crew chief) Tommy Baldwin came on board a few races ago, we've run pretty well. We ran good at Indy, but didn't run as good as we thought we would at Pocono with that same car. We have squeaked our way into a spot in the field, which is a bit of a relief this week, but we need to continue putting together good runs to get a little breathing room."
How difficult has it been developing two cars this season? "With the Car of Tomorrow, everybody started from scratch, so it's been the same for everybody. We've had to redo our whole fleet with the regular cars with Toyota. We knew it was going to be difficult. We came to the first race at Daytona thinking we had really good race cars looking at the engine dyno numbers and wind tunnel numbers. We had a much improved race team from 2006 to 2007. Our only problem was finishing races early in the season."
What improvements do you think the team needs to make for the rest of the season? "We just need to be consistent. One week, we'll come to the racetrack and run in the top-10, but others we struggle to run 25th. We just need to learn as much as we can about the Car of Tomorrow during races and testing, so we head into next year with good information. You look at the teams that run in the top-10 every week, they're consistent. They don't have bad days. That's what we have to strive for."
PJ JONES, No. 00 Burger King Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
How was your car earlier today in practice? "I thought our car was really good. We ended up decent on the time sheet, but I thought we had a shot of taking the top spot. I was about to go out for another mock run on sticker tires, but some weather came late in the session. The guys definitely brought a pretty good car here. I'm just happy for the entire Michael Waltrip Racing organization. It's good for the whole team to have three cars in the show Sunday, and hopefully we'll be able to get some good finishes."
What challenges will you face having to start so deep in the field? "We started 43rd at Infineon and finished 12th, without that good of a car. This place is a lot more open and a lot faster than Infineon, so I don't think it should be too big of an issue. I like to race no matter the situation, and Sunday will be no different. We'll just have to keep our nose clean and work our way to the front when we can."
JEREMY MAYFIELD, No. 36 360 OTC Camry, Bill Davis Racing
How does it feel to know you're in the show Sunday? "I am excited we are in the show on Sunday. We had a really strong practice today. All the guys on my team really worked hard and we picked up speed every time we made a run. We were never outside of the top-10 on the practice sheet, which is a credit to all the hard work my guys put into these cars. The guys really brought a good car this weekend and it showed all day. We will now turn our focus to getting our Camry dialed in for the race."
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