ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 51 Graceway Pharmaceuticals/AKAwareness.com Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports Starting Position: 4th How was your qualifying lap? "I thought it was good, but I thought it was going to be better than that. It was just a...
ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 51 Graceway Pharmaceuticals/AKAwareness.com Toyota
Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Starting Position: 4th
How was your qualifying lap? "I thought it was good, but I thought it was going to be better than that. It was just a little bit too loose. It's okay though. I think that's going to play out to be a pretty good starting spot for us. Our truck was really good in race track so we'll see what we have tomorrow -- we should be good."
TODD BODINE, No. 30 Germain.com Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Starting Position: 6th
Are you happy with your Tundra after qualifying? "It was a lot better than what we unloaded. We came here with a different setup, trying to get ourselves better and we really have a lot to learn with it. So, we went back to what we had and worked on second practice. At the end of second practice we were fairly competitive but we thought we could get better. So (Mike Hillman) Junior made a change and I really think it was pretty good. It was a little loose qualifying, which is really good for the race. I'm pretty optimistic right now."
What does it take to win at Kansas? "You have to have a truck that drives good and drives good on old tires. That's the thing. In the Truck Series you can't change tires every caution so you've got to be able to run well on older tires and be consistent. You have to have a well balanced truck."
MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RV Toyota Tundra, Randy
Starting Position: 8th
How was your qualifying run? "This is a new Tundra and we hit our marks perfect. If you gave me 20 more tries, I couldn't get my marks any better than that. I ran wide open all the way around the race track -- never touched the brakes -- that's just as fast this track will go today."
BRIAN ICKLER, No. 18 Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports
Starting Position: 9th
How is your truck after practice and qualifying? "We've been struggling a little bit tight since we unloaded. It hadn't really been adapting to the things we've been doing to it. I haven't been in one of these trucks at a mile-and-a-half race tracks in quite a while so I'm going back to school a little bit and learning a lot. Hopefully we can have a good run tomorrow."
How will your truck in Sunday's race? "I think it's good. I think we have it freed up a ton at the end of the last practice. I think a lot of guys are complaining about tight and I was actually a little free at the very end on new tires. I think we're going the right direction. As long as we can keep it freed up, it's pretty easy to go the other way, so I think we'll be good."
TIMOTHY PETERS, No. 17 Strutmasters.com Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Starting Position: 10th
How was your qualifying lap? "Our No. 17 Strutmasters.com Toyota Tundra was okay, but not like we had it in practice. Things change a little bit and we really focused on race trim. I think we're going to be alright come tomorrow. Just as a racer, always when you don't back up what you did in practice, it's a little bit of a disappointment but these crew guys work hard week in and week out. It's a privilege to drive this machine."
JOHNNY BENSON, No. 15 Red Top Collector Car Auction Toyota Tundra,
Billy Ballew Motorsports
Starting Position: 13th
How is your Tundra? "I think it will be okay. It wasn't as good for qualifying as I thought it was going to be but I think for the race we'll be alright. It's too hard to tell right now. This is the first time I've at a mile and a half (race track) since last year -- this was one of my last 1.5-mile races last year. It feels strange being back on that, trying to figure out exactly what you need. I don't think we're far off, but we'll see what happens for the race."
JUSTIN LOFTON, No. 7 VisitPit.com Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Starting Position: 14th
How is your Tundra after practice and qualifying? "The truck started out real good in first practice and in second practice we over adjusted on it so we put it right back to where we were first practice. In qualifying we picked up from our mock run in practice and we're always excited about that. But, it's just not quite fast enough for what we're looking for. Don't know what else to do when you don't lift to the race track. I'm looking forward to tomorrow. I know we have a good handling truck and you'll definitely see the No. 7 Toyota Tundra up front. We'll just give it what we've got."
JESSE SMITH, No. 90 Great Wolfe Lodge/Great Clips Toyota Tundra,
Starting Position: 19th
TAYLER MALSAM, No. 56 One Eighty Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports
Starting Position: 20th
How is your Tundra after qualifying at Kansas? "It's alright. We went pretty opposite than what we were in practice, we were way too loose. I don't think we'll qualify really good but it should race pretty good I think. Kansas is one of my favorite race tracks because you can run bottom, middle or top. It's a lot of fun and I think we'll be pretty good. (Brian) Ickler's got a good truck too so it should be good."
DAVID STARR, No. 81 PC Miler Navigator Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss
Starting Position: 25th
How was your qualifying run? "It was pretty ugly. Our PC Miler Toyota Tundra wasn't very good. We've been tight from the center off the corners today in practice so I was trying to arc it in there to get a good run off the corners. Instead of arcing it, it almost got out from underneath me. It was loose. First lap was pretty ugly so I ran a second one and it was just as bad. It was too free. I hope we're a lot better tomorrow."
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