Pikes Peak qualifying cancelled


TRAVIS KVAPIL, #60 CAT RENTAL STORES SILVERADO (starts fourth, 13th quick in happy hour):

ON STARTING THE RACE BY POINT STANDINGS: "We're really not too concerned about qualifying. We've got a good fourth-place starting position. Every time we qualify we want to qualify in the top five and get good track position. We spent this whole Happy Hour trying to find a good race setup and maybe we could have used a few more laps. We've got it headed in the right direction, definitely, but we're trying to tweak on it to find a couple of more tenths (of a second). We're doing a few things right now. I think it's what the Silverado needs, but we just needed a few more laps to verify it. All in all, I am real optimistic going into tomorrow. I think we have a really good truck. In the first few pit stops we will make a few adjustments that we need and we should run strong all day."

JACK SPRAGUE, #24 NETZERO PLATINUM SILVERADO (starts seventh, second quick in happy hour): "Actually, qualifying makes me more nervous than anything else. I don't have to do that now." DO YOU THINK THE FIELD IS MORE LEVEL NOW WITH THE RECENT RULES CHANGES?: "Tomorrow will tell. I've got a good truck. It was new in St. Louis, ran in Darlington, brought it here. It's awesome again. I've got to get to the end. I've got to stick the landing. I think we're going to be all right."

MATT CRAFTON, #88 FASTTRACK DRIVEWAY SEALER SILVERADO (starts 11th, eighth quick in happy hour) (Crafton is also running the Featherlite Southwest Series here this weekend): "I'm getting double the practice. Our Tour car isn't where we wanted it, but we're here to race the Silverado, and we brought the other car to have fun. But it hasn't been fun so far. We have a really good race truck. We've been running really consistent laps. We're probably one of the five best trucks on the long run. This is one of our best Silverados we had this year, comparable to Homestead. We had a really good truck there, dropped a cylinder in qualifying. We're starting 11th here tomorrow; we're happy with that. I wanted to qualify. We went out there and we were eighth fast in this last practice. I wasn't happy with my simulated qualifying run, ended up catching a slower truck. That slowed me down probably a tenth. I felt we could have been in the top five or top three. Last year when I raced the Southwest Tour here I didn't get to practice. They took me away in an ambulance. Got a kidney stone that morning. I'd never been here, my dad practiced the car and I qualified it. I got back at the end of practice, ran five laps and I had never seen the place, qualified fifth and ended up second in the race."

RANDY TOLSMA, #61 TEAM RENSI MOTORSPORTS SILVERADO (starts sixth, seventh quick in happy hour): "It's fine with me. This is our best qualifying effort of the year. Sixth will be a good starting position for us. I like the outside here. We're within sight of the leaders or the front starters. All those are good signs. We didn't have the Happy Hour we would have liked. We tried a lot of different options. I don't think we had a better truck than the one we unloaded. We will go back to the original setup and see what happens with this Team Rensi Silverado."

RICKY HENDRICK, #17 GMAC SILVERADO (starts ninth, sixth quick in happy hour): "I feel really confident going into the race tomorrow. We ran really well last year. We were first in the first practice and sixth in the second. I hate that we didn¹t get to qualify. I think we really would have had something for them."

-GM Racing

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