ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado, 5th in morning practice session, 1st in rookie practice session, 3rd in final practice session: How did you feel about the truck during this morning's practice sessions? "I am really, really...
ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado, 5th in morning practice session, 1st in rookie practice session, 3rd in final practice session:
How did you feel about the truck during this morning's practice sessions? "I am really, really excited about tonight, I think we have a shot to win tonight. I have never experienced this before, so I am pretty excited about this. I love this race track, this is a cool place, and it would be awesome to run well here, in front of the hometown people. I moved here two years ago, and have made a lot of good friends here, and I am excited about racing in front of them.
Did you use the open test yesterday to create the set-up for the truck today? We had a great test here yesterday, and we have used the notes that we got from the truck yesterday to build off of today. We have been just getting better and better, and these Spears guys don't give up, and we just keep working together to get the truck back on top of the board, and I think that we are going to be in good shape tonight."
MIKE BLISS, No. 16 IWX Silverado, 2nd in morning practice session, 2nd in final practice session:
What did you work on in the practice sessions this morning? During this practice, I told Dave (Fuge, crew chief) that we were really good, that we should just park it, and he wanted to try some stuff, and I think that that messed with our heads a little bit. This track still feels the same, the sun comes out and the track changes. We ran well during practice, and not knowing how this track is going to react tonight, we are guessing a little bit also on how we want to set things up for tonight. We are kind of questioning as to whether we keep guessing or do we go with what we were running a couple hours ago. How did you use the information from the test in today's sessions? Yesterday was just a jumble together some notes and see what we can come up with day, but we started off this morning really good. We are going to try and work on making things better for qualifying, because that is always hairy, and also for the start of the fuel runs. I think we should be pretty good tonight."
DENNIS SETZER, No. 85 E85 FlexFuel Silverado, 23rd in morning practice session, 6th in final practice session:
What are your feelings on this morning's practice sessions? I am pretty happy with the truck, we are had a fast lap with our mock qualifying run. We are just working on getting the truck better in the center of the corner. We have been able to use what we learned in the test yesterday, and have applied some of that to what we adjusted on today.
How have you adjusted to racing on the new surface here at LMS? It is very smooth, but there are still some bumps when you go off into Turn 1, and the rise and fall on the backstretch are still there, and there are still some chatter bumps. You can tell some of the characteristics of the old track are still there, but there are also some noticeable new ones as well."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 51 National Land Liquidations/Manheim Central Florida Auto Auction Silverado, 5th in morning practice session, 5th in final practice session:
How was your backup truck in this session? "It's running pretty good right now; we unloaded with it in yesterday's practice and we're doing all right with it so far. I'm proud of all of my guys; they've really been working hard. They've been doing a great job and everybody's been pulling together and we're trying to make that No. 51 truck go. No debris today; we've been keeping it pretty clean so we're happy with that and we've got a very fast truck on a long run. I think we're about where we were last year - I'm proud of it."