NOTE: The O'Reilly 200 is a one-day event. Two one-hour practice sessions were held prior to qualifying. The trucks were impounded by NASCAR following qualifying and held on pit road in their starting positions for the race. The high ...
NOTE: The O'Reilly 200 is a one-day event. Two one-hour practice sessions were held prior to qualifying. The trucks were impounded by NASCAR following qualifying and held on pit road in their starting positions for the race.
The high temperature today was 99 degrees with a heat index of 118 degrees. The temperature at race time (7:25 p.m.) is predicted to be 93 degrees with a heat index of 108 degrees falling to a predicted 85 degrees with a heat index of 93 degrees by the end of the 200-lap, 150-mile race.
JACK SPRAGUE, NO 16 CHEVY TRUCKS SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 4th: "I'm pretty happy with our Chevy Trucks Silverado. I was going for another pole here but with the heat, we are pretty happy with what we got out of it. While it is the same for everybody out there, we want to find the key that no one else has to make it to victory lane. I know we will race strong, just have to keep good track position and be there at the end."
DENNIS SETZER, NO 46 CHEVROLET SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 13th: "Not where we wanted to start this race because it is not easy to pass here at Memphis. The track is really slick from the heat and I don't know that it is going to cool down much during the race. But Eric (Phillips, crew chief) and the guys will make the right adjustments and give me good pit stops and we will be up toward the front by the end."
RON HORNADAY, NO. 6 GM GOODWRENCH SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 5th : "I am glad we managed to squeak into the top-5 because it is really hard to win from anywhere outside of it here. The GM Goodwrench truck was good during practice and it felt good during our qualifying laps. I think it is going to run very well tonight. Once again my team has put together something that I think is going to be in the hunt all night long. We need a strong finish and I think that tonight will be a good night for us to get back on track."
ARIC ALMIROLA, NO. 47 FEDEX EXPRESS/HOME DEPOT/JGR PERFORMANCE OIL SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 33RD: "We loosened our FedEX Silverado up for qualifying but the track was so much hotter than it was even during the last practice that we were just too loose to hang on to it. I am disappointed with starting so far back but I know Randy Goss (crew chief) and the guys have given me a great truck and we will race well. We are shooting for finishing all 200 laps and having the fenders on the truck at the finish. If we do that, we will have a top-15 finish and that will be awesome."