TAYLER MALSAM, No. 56 One Eighty Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports Qualified: 6th How was your truck in qualifying? "It was really good. I think we'll be pretty stout tomorrow night. It was better than I expected to be. I thought it was...
TAYLER MALSAM, No. 56 One Eighty Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports
How was your truck in qualifying? "It was really good. I think we'll be pretty stout tomorrow night. It was better than I expected to be. I thought it was going to be a lot looser and more rough, but we figured it out. We put the same setup in that Kyle (Busch) has and it made it a lot better. We're looking forward to tomorrow night."
How was your qualifying effort? "I think it was good. I think we backed up practice today. Kyle (Busch) and I have pretty close trucks, so hopefully we'll get there tomorrow. He's amazing in the draft -- he beats me every time. I'm just going to try to follow him in the race tomorrow, learn as much as I can and hopefully have a pretty good finish."
ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 51 Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
How was your qualifying lap? "I thought it was pretty good. The truck drives really, really good in race trim. It's super fast. We practiced quite a bit last night and thought we had a pretty good truck. The race track is going to be cold tomorrow night, just like it was tonight."
MAX PAPIS, No. 9 GEICO Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Can you explain your feelings after such an emotional day? "I'm extremely excited. Today was a great day for Germain Racing, for GEICO and for Toyota. You need to appreciate what's happening here. We are in the top-10 in the truck, we made the show in the (Daytona) 500 in my first attempt. I'm really ecstatic. I'm looking forward to the races. I'm going to give a good birthday present to my kid. He's going to be one year old on Sunday. Matteo is going to have his birthday present. Tomorrow, I think me and Todd Bodine, we have two very fast Tundras, and we're going to play smart. Wouldn't be anything better than pushing Todd Bodine into victory lane, or maybe the opposite."
STACY COMPTON, No. 60 SafeAuto Insurance/Wyler.com Toyota Tundra, Wyler Racing
How excited are you to put this deal together to race at Daytona? "I'm proud of Chad (Kendrick, crew chief) and all the guys on the SafeAuto Toyota. We had a great truck yesterday in practice. We really didn't make any single truck runs. We didn't know how we were going to be, but the truck is good. It's really good in race trim. I can't wait until the race tomorrow night. We had a decent qualifying run. Qualifying doesn't really mean a lot here. We really worked hard in race trim. This is a whole new group. A lot of stuff has happened in the last few weeks and for it to come together the way it has, shows how hard these guys are working. I'm pretty excited about it."
TODD BODINE, No. 30 GEICO Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Does the weather affect the truck when it's cool out in the evening? "Not really. The coolness doesn't. If it gets damp in the area, it gets heavy and then yeah, it creates a little drying on the bodies. As far as the handling of qualifying here we're going slow enough that handling doesn't really make a difference unless you get really tight. It's pretty much fair for everybody."
Do you have the same setup as the past two years at Daytona? "Yeah, it's the exact same truck, same setup, same everything. We haven't changed anything. It was driving the same. It drove really good in practice and it drafted really well. It did everything it was supposed to do like it's done in the past. If we can stay out of trouble, keep it running upfront and give us another shot to win that's all we can do."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Heluva Good! Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports
What were you fighting during qualifying tonight? "I was just fighting speed I guess. That's pretty disappointing. I'm sorry to be as happy as I was beforehand going into it knowing how good Tayler (Malsam) ran. That's what we expected. We expected this thing to be just as good if not better. It had better tunnel numbers and everything. We missed something."
TED MUSGRAVE, No. 15 Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
How was your qualifying lap? "Typical qualifying here, it's uneventful. A lot of guys that start upfront are barely hanging on in the race and they kind of falter back. My truck was really good in practice today and yesterday. It was very neutral driving so I'm skeptical how to make it faster in qualifying, but then again in the back of my mind I'm glad I know what I've got for the race. It's pretty good."
Why did you only run a few laps in practice earlier today? "Basically, all that was is just to get it back out there and see if it has the same feel as it did yesterday with lower fuel and wore out tires. And the balance was still there with the tires wore out and low on fuel so I'm thinking to myself that's a pretty decent combination right there if it doesn't change on me all the way through the duration of a run. I'm pretty happy about the truck. If we get out there and get running tomorrow in the draft we'll be in good shape." ***
JUSTIN LOFTON, No. 7 visitPIT.com Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
How has your experience been at Daytona International Speedway so far this week? "I'm having a really good time being here. I really enjoy coming down to Daytona. I love speedway racing. We really got the number 7 Toyota Tundra hooked up. Not as quick as I wanted to go but it's single car runs and it's not what we're going to be doing tomorrow night. I'm really looking forward to tomorrow night's race for visitPit.com, Toyota Tundra and just everyone on the crew just a big thanks to everyone for giving us the opportunity to be here and we're really looking forward to putting in a top-five effort tomorrow."
Were you slower in practice than you expected? "That just had a lot to do with just being comfortable and just learning the draft. Coming from ARCA racing it's a lot of single car, everyone gets in line and goes around the race track where these guys are three-wide all over the place, all over the race track. So just kind of figuring it out and learning where the air is at. I'm going to have about 100 laps to learn tomorrow and I'm definitely going to come out of here with a lot of experience and move on and look forward to strong 24 races after this one."
MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RV Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
How has your truck been this weekend? "Our truck is handling perfect. It's very, very slow. I'm embarrassed to bring a truck to Daytona that isn't faster by itself, but on a positive note this morning in the draft that thing was really, really good. It drove good. I could keep the throttle on the floor and pass people. I fell to the back two or three times on purpose and came right back to the front. I think when it's all said and done we've got a top-five truck. I'm really proud to be back in a Tundra again this year. I'm stoked about the International Trucks/Monaco RV sponsorship. It's really cool. My involvement with Toyota is kind of the longer running in the Truck Series so that's something to be proud of and keep going."
NELSON PIQUET, No. 1 Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
How was your qualifying lap? "It seems to be okay. The same pace as my two teammates so I don't think there is nothing else we could've done. Here qualifying is quite simple. Just keep it on the line and I think tomorrow is going to be the big day."
How has your experience been so far in Tundra here at Daytona? "It's been good. The truck is good. Obviously, the race is the race. Before the race everything is very different. It's different from what I'm used to but you get a good feel from things before the race because you have a good idea of speed and stuff. Here is a bit different where the race everything is different. It's difficult to say what's going to happen in the race but I hope to finish the race and stick together with my teammates and help each other."
What did you learn from the ARCA race that you can bring to the Truck Series race tomorrow night? "I think patience and learning that the race is long. You have to be very, very patient and even more here. I'm going to be dropping back and forth. It's much more than even in the ARCA race. I think that's the biggest thing."
TIMOTHY PETERS, No. 17 K&N Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
How has your truck been this weekend? "I would like for our K&N Filters Tundra to be a little bit better by itself, but we knew going into it that we would give up a little by ourselves to be better in a pack. This morning in the pack was really good. I can maneuver any way I want it to go. I'm excited about tomorrow night."
How different is the start of this year compared to last, knowing you're racing a full season? "All the difference in the world. Your mind is at ease just knowing that you can concentrate on going out there and doing your best to go out there and try to win races. I'm very thankful for the opportunity that Red Horse Racing has given me, and we'll just make the most of it."
DAVID STARR, No. 81 Zachry Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
How did your truck handle during your qualifying lap? "Our truck handles great. Everybody at Randy Moss really did a great job over the winter preparing these trucks. One of the things we focused on when we got down here for Speed Weeks was just getting the trucks to handle well. We feel like the truck that's going to handle good all day will be the one that runs upfront so we never made a mockup qualifying run. Our Zachry Toyota Tundra is awesome. It handles well and that's all we can ask for. We never taped up or made a mockup qualifying run during practice so we didn't really know what to expect. I guess it is wherever it is going to be, but we're pretty much focused on the race. We brought a truck here that we knew wasn't going to qualify well, but it's not where you start it's where you finish."
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