KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Toyota Tundra/Z-Line Designs Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports Starting Position: 1st How do you feel about the four women competing in the Truck race? "I think it's great. I think that Johanna (Long), she's done a...
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Toyota Tundra/Z-Line Designs Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports
Starting Position: 1st
How do you feel about the four women competing in the Truck race? "I think it's great. I think that Johanna (Long), she's done a really nice job in the starts that she's been able to make. Unfortunately she had an engine failure right off the get-go at Vegas. I think the Martinsville, the way this place is and of course going through the NASCAR approval process, obviously it's easy for them to make some starts here at Martinsville. I think it's just another car number when you come up to them, you have to pass them. It's not that they're going to be treated or looked at any differently than anybody else."
Were you able to practice around any of the female drivers today? "I think the biggest thing is just confidence and being able to have the truck under you and being able to believe in it and knowing how far to push it. Being able to have them just get the track time and the track time they need and deserve is always beneficial. With the way our testing rules are, you can't go test anywhere so they get their first hands on the race track when they get there. I was never around any of them today, but the more track time you get and the more laps you get, the more comfortable you feel and the better you do."
JASON WHITE, No. 23 Gunbroker.com/Pursuit Channel Toyota Tundra, Green Light Racing
Starting Position: 7th
How was your qualifying lap? "It wasn't bad. First time in a Toyota, so it's pretty exciting. Great, great power and these things turn really good, so I'm pretty excited about the race. Basically, we want to be good on the long runs tomorrow. We were one of the faster trucks on long runs. You pit once here and that's it. We made our truck for the long runs and I think it will be pretty good in the race."
MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 International Trucks/Monaco RV Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
Starting Position: 10th
How was your qualifying lap? "We were a little bit tight in the middle of the corner in our qualifying run. That's usually a good sign for me and we tried to make it perfect. We took too much wedge. We took wedge out and made a tire pressure adjustment and a track bar adjustment. We just did too many things. We fixed the center. The center was perfect. The truck got in the corner and through the center of the corner, I felt, perfect. But, when I picked the throttle up, she just lit up that big old Triad Racing Technologies motor and she spun the tires halfway down the straightaway. When you're spinning the tires instead of hooking them up, you're losing time. All in all though, we got a good race truck this week. I'm pretty pumped up about driving it tomorrow."
JUSTIN LOFTON, No. 7 visitPIT.com Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Starting Position: 11th
How was your qualifying lap? "It was pretty good. We were fighting the truck all day, getting it to rotate in the center. We definitely hit on something there. The guys did a great job all practice. We kind of got a little loose off turn four the first two laps and that warm-up lap. The second lap, I just didn't want to push the issue and thought it'd be better to get a lap in. I'm really proud of all the guys on the No. 7 Toyota Tundra, and we'll go racing tomorrow."
TIMOTHY PETERS, No. 17 Nelson Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Starting Position: 12th
DAVID STARR, No. 81 Zachry Toyota Tundra, Green Light Racing
Starting Position: 13th
How was your qualifying lap? "It's pretty exciting. I'll tell you, our Zachry Toyota Tundra was pretty awesome. First lap, the front tires didn't come in. Turns one and two were pretty good, but I came down in there to turn three right past the center and it just pushed up on me really bad. I needed to hit my marks, so second lap, drove it just as hard, but the front tires stuck. Not a bad lap for us. I wanted to get into the 19s (seconds). We hadn't done that all day and we're in pretty solidly. I just wanted t a decent starting spot for the race because I feel like our Toyota is pretty strong."
ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 51 Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Starting Position: 15th
JASON BOWLES, No. 15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Starting Position: 16th
JOHANNA LONG, No. 20 Panhandle Grading & Paving Toyota Tundra, Panhandle Motorsports
Starting Position: 17th
MATT LOFTON, No. 97 Strutmasters.com Toyota Tundra, Lofton Motorsports
Starting Position: 21st
TODD BODINE, No. 30 Germain.com, Germain Racing
Starting Position: 24th
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