KYLE BUSCH, No. 51 Miccosukee Resort Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports Starting Position: 1st Was your strong qualifying run a surprise? "It's all she had man -- that was it. It was wide open. It was a good lap for us. The Miccosukee...
KYLE BUSCH, No. 51 Miccosukee Resort Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Starting Position: 1st
Was your strong qualifying run a surprise? "It's all she had man -- that was it. It was wide open. It was a good lap for us. The Miccosukee Toyota Tundra -- I was not expecting that. I expected to be about third or fourth, or something like that to the Chevrolets. Here at this place when you can hold it wide open, I guess not having to reaccelerate -- that seems to help our plate deal that we have over on the Toyota side. I felt like that was as good as she could go. So, I'm happy with that. Hopefully, we can run just that s trong in the race."
JOHNNY BENSON, No. 1 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Starting Position: 2nd
Are you pleased with your qualifying lap? "It was pretty smooth through (turns) one and two, but (turns) three and four didn't go the way I wanted it to. It just got away from me there and slid up the track. All in all, I'm not going to complain. Everybody here at Red Horse Racing, Trip Bruce (crew chief) and the guys, did a good job. It's been fun and we're going to see what happens. I think we'll have a decent run tomorrow, we'll have to wait and see."
MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 Exide Batteries Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
Starting Position: 5th
How was your truck handling during qualifying? "It was pushing. It was tight. It was too tight for qualifying. The motor bogged down off of turn two. We were dragging the nose and dragging the side skirts a little bit too much. It was not going to run what Kyle (Busch) ran. She might have had a .70 in her if everything went really, really good. Eric Phillips (crew chief) and these guys did a really, really good job from where this thing was yesterday. We just missed our heights a little bit."
What's the key to being up front at the end of the race here? "When I won the race, the key was the guy in second wrecked the guy that was leading -- and I was the recipient of being on my toes enough to miss all of it. We've had really, really good trucks -- at times. We rolled off the trailer yesterday pretty good on the sheet, anyway, but I felt like the truck was not going to be good in traffic. I think this truck will race a whole lot better than it was when we rolled off the trailer. It was still a little too tight for qualifying -- it was hitting the race track awful hard. When we take the tape off the nose it probably isn't going to bang the race track so hard, which will probably help us."
TODD BODINE, No. 30 Germain.com Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Starting Position: 7th
How different was the track from practice yesterday to qualifying today? "We thought it was going to be a little more free -- a little slicker -- because all the practice that was on it and the sun was out bright. It ended up that it was exactly the same. We tightened the truck up by half-a-pound in the left rear tire, and it was too much. I wish we could have left the half-pound out of it -- it would have run a little faster. But, that's okay."
Are you happy with your truck's handling? "It was real good in race trim. We tightened it up to qualify, and it was a little too tight. It responded and did what we wanted it to -- and it will be a good starting spot."
How much momentum do you have after your Daytona victory? "Momentum is a good thing -- it's much better than coming out of Daytona with a crash. We work just as hard whether we crash or we win. For us, this is just another race to go win."
What's the key to being up front at the end of the race here? "You're going to have to have a good handling truck. The race track is getting worn out, and tires go away fast, so the good handling trucks are the ones that are going to be up front at the end."
MAX PAPIS, No. 9 GEICO Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Starting Position: 10th
How do you feel about your qualifying run? "That was the fastest I've ever run here -- the first time that I kept it almost wide-open. The truck ran really, really good in our first qualifying effort. I'm pleased about it, and I think it's going to r un like a rocket ship in the race."
What do you enjoy about this track? "I've driven here maybe 15 times with Champ Car. What Champ Car taught me is the way you drive into the race track and the way you drive out of the race track -- everything else that I learned there you can't apply here. There is not much you can really learn about, but I have so many special memories here. I won my first championship for Lexus and Toyota back in 2004 with Chip Ganassi's team. I finished second here in 2001 in Champ Car. Most of them are good memories, but I also have some not so good memories. I have a lot of mixed emotions every time I come over here to California. I definitely feel it's like my home track when I drove for Toyota and PPI Motorsports at the beginning of my career because I spent so many days testing here."
TAYLER MALSAM, No. 81 One Eighty Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
Starting Position: 11th
BRIAN SCOTT, No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra, Xpress Motorsports
Starting Position: 13th
How was your qualifying run? "It was good. It was cautious. This is the same truck we ran at Homestead and Texas last year. It's a good down-force truck with a little bit of drag. Even wide open -- like Texas -- it qualifies about the middle of the field. But, it races really good. We knew that unless the stars all aligned right, we w ouldn't have a shot at the pole. We know when the green flag drops we'll have a good truck and we'll be going to the front."
TERRY COOK, No. 25 Harris Trucking Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports #Starting Position: 15th
Are you satisfied with your truck's performance here? "Our Harris Trucking Toyota Tundra is not bad. We've been fighting with the shock package, well actually the whole suspension package, but we're mainly wo rking with the shocks trying to get over the bumps here. The track has gotten rougher each year we come out here -- and this year it seems like it's the worse it's ever been. We're really struggling to get over the bumps and that's been our biggest ailment this weekend and we still don't have it right. We're going to make one final shock adjustment prior to the start of the race that NASCAR allows us to make, and hopefully it will race well. I'm confident we will, it's just going to be a handful."
STACY COMPTON, No. 60 Wyler.com/Melling Engine Parts Toyota Tundra, Wyler Racing
Starting Position: 17th
DAVID STARR, No. 24 Zachry/Harris Trucking Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports
Starting Position: 19th
TIM PETERS, No. 17 Strutmasters.com/Hair of the Dog Energy Toyota Tundra, Premier Racing
Starting Position: 20th
T.J. BELL, No. 11 Home4theHolidays.org Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Starting Position: 21st
GABI DICARLO, No. 90 Great Clips Toyota Tundra, Stringer Racing
Starting Position: 23rd
How is your first experience driving a NASCAR truck? "It's good -- it's really good. We changed a bunch from practice yesterday and you can almost run it flat out and my first qualifying on the track -- so I'd call it good. Yesterday was my first time in a truck. They're a lot of fun -- I think they're more fun than the ARCA cars. It took a little getting used to yesterday, but now that I've cornered out the field for the whole thing it's a lot of fun."
SHANE SIEG, No. 15 Phoenix Construction/Red Top Auto Auctions Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Starting Position: 25th
JC STOUT, No. 77 Strutmasters.com Toyota Tundra, Premier Racing
Starting Position: 26th
JOHNNY CHAPMAN, No. 06 Toyota Tundra, Wyler Racing
Starting Position: 28th
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