Talladega: Toyota teams qualifying quotes

TODD BODINE, No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing Starting Position: 5th What is your game plan Saturday to repeat your race win from a year ago? "The game plan is to try to run with the Fords. We got a pretty big horsepower...

TODD BODINE, No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Starting Position: 5th

What is your game plan Saturday to repeat your race win from a year ago? "The game plan is to try to run with the Fords. We got a pretty big horsepower deficit. We're just going to stick with them, and stay around the top. The Lumber Liquidators Tundra is really driving good, it's fantastic. I know it's going to be good in the draft. It was good yesterday in practice. That's what it's about here. You have to position yourself towards the end of the race to have a shot at winning. It's going to be hard to beat the Fords, though. That's for sure."

How much will you and teammate Mike Wallace help each other in Saturday's race? "If you're in the same pack, in the same line or next to each other, you try to do what you can to help. But, speedway racing is so hard and difficult to position with yourself with a teammate to be able to help yourselves, you really don't worry about doing that. If you're in the right spot, and you can do something to help, you do what you can do." ***

JOEY LOGANO, No. 59 Harris Trucking Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports
Starting Position: 6th

How important is this experience at Talladega going to be for you? "I think it's going to great to get a lot of experience. These trucks, just going off of yesterday with what I know, the draft is a bunch of fun with this thing. It's a big pack, and you move around a lot, but you can suck up right up behind people really easily. The race is going to be really awesome. I'm really excited to get out there with the truck."

Are you satisfied with your qualifying effort? "It doesn't really matter a whole bunch. Pit selection, I guess, helps a little bit. Besides that, I don't think it really makes a difference where we start. And our truck drafted really good, too. I'm happy. We'll work with it. I'm going to learn a lot of things the hard way out there. Hopefully, I can take the experience at the end of the race and put it to good use."


MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing
Starting Position: 9th

How excited are you for Saturday's race at Talladega? "I'm excited and the guys are excited. The truck is driving excellent. This thing is really, really good in the draft. We're just a little bit out-classed in speed by some of the others. You know what? It's not always the fastest truck wins at Talladega. A lot of times, the guy that starts in the back -- if he can draft good -- he can get up there and run halfway decent. I think we'll be pretty good in the race."


MIKE WALLACE, No. 9 GEICO Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Starting Position: 10th

Why did you decide to run the NCTS race here at Talladega? "Talladega is just a famed racetrack. There's a lot of history to it. It's just a nostalgic type race track. It's the biggest oval on the whole circuit. The trucks are so much fun to driver here because of the draft. They have incredible closure rates. Because of the throttle response, you can lift if you need to and not be in trouble. It's just fun. For me, that's what it is. We come here with one goal in mind, and that's to win the race. We don't care if we finish second or third. So far, I think we have a truck that we thing can win the race."


KYLE BUSCH, No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Starting Position: 13th

Was your qualifying effort about what you expected here? "I had no clue what to expect, really. We didn't make a qualifying run when we unloaded. Talladega is always different than Daytona. It's a brand-new truck. We'll just have to judge ourselves off the rest of the Toyotas. We were either the best or the second-best in the wind tunnel, so we either did or didn't do our homework here on qualifying."

What will success in Saturday's race mean to you on the Cup side? "It'll make me feel better knowing that I've got a chance at survival. Just being able to get out there Saturday in the truck and have some fun, and then come back Sunday in the Cup Series and see what we can do."


SCOTT SPEED, No. 22 Red Bull Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing
Starting Position: 16th

How do you think your truck was during qualifying? "It's about what we expected to be. Hopefully, we stay in the top-15 so we don't get too far back. We certainly weren't amazing by ourselves all weekend, but when we were with a pack of cars, I think we were pretty competitive. That's what going to matter. I was definitely very happy with it in the truck."


JOHNNY BENSON, No. 23 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing
Starting Position: 17th

What is the key to winning here at Talladega? "You just have to stay out of trouble. You try not to put yourself in a bad situation. Unfortunately, you're at the mercy of a lot of other people, too. You just don't want to be stuck in the middle. At least when you're on the outside or down on the bottom, you have a couple of different options. When you're in the middle, you're pretty much in trouble if something happens. If nothing happens, the middle is fine. You just have to be smart and patient. I've seen guys come from the back eight laps from the end and finish really well. It doesn't matter where you're at during the day."


DAVID STARR, No. 11 Zachry Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Starting Position: 26th

How do you think your qualifying effort was today? "I'm shocked, really. Yesterday, we ran a 53.80 (lap time) and today, we ran a 54.40. I can't believe it. It doesn't make sense to me what happened. We really didn't change the truck. We just checked everything out and went back out there and ran one lap. It just wasn't very good. It's puzzling to me, because it's not just a very good lap. We're going to race good tomorrow. It's just disappointing that we were that much slower than the other Toyotas. It's a little frustrating, but we'll race good tomorrow."


TERRY COOK, No. 60 Wyler.com Toyota Tundra, Wyler Racing
Starting Position: 15th

JOHN ANDRETTI, No. 15 Hyprene-Ergon Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Starting Position: 18th

BRIAN SCOTT, No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra, Xpress Motorsports
Starting Position: 23rd

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Wallace
Teams Germain Racing , Bill Davis Racing , Red Horse Racing