TERRY COOK, No. 25 Cajun Industries Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports Starting Position: 2nd How was your qualifying lap? "We're very pleased with the Harris Trucking/Cajun Industries Toyota Tundra. It was good. On the chassis dyno and the wind ...
TERRY COOK, No. 25 Cajun Industries Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports
Starting Position: 2nd
How was your qualifying lap? "We're very pleased with the Harris Trucking/Cajun Industries Toyota Tundra. It was good. On the chassis dyno and the wind tunnel, if they tell you anything, they tell you you've got a pretty truck. We spent a lot of time with this truck, rubbing on it and made sure that it not only qualified good, but really, ultimately raced well. So far, the qualifying part is coming true and hopefully it will race well tomorrow."
What do you think of the rule changes announced for 2010? "Thank you. That is it, thank you. It's been a long time coming. The rule changes, I think NASCAR did a great job in making sure the teams could feasibly get through the season so I applaud them for that. The pit stop rules that we had where you fuel one time and then tires on the next, I think it just confused everybody, confused the drivers. I think we opened ourselves up to getting somebody hurt, whether it be a track worker on the track or crew members on pit road. Going back to the format and now we have figured out a way to where it's going to be six people over the wall so that saves us the cost of one person, instead of the Cup or Nationwide that have seven, so that's going to help a bunch. The new engine rule where we have to run a sealed motor every two races instead of every three is going to help a bunch. Really excited about the outlook of the Truck Series going forward and as you mentioned, having been here for as many starts as I've had, I've seen the Truck Series go through a lot of changes and I applaud NASCAR for making this change. The double-file restarts, I first saw that in Phoenix in the Camping World West Series back in April and I thought it was just great side-by-side racing. I was excited when it got introduced into the Nationwide and Cup series, but was disappointed that they didn't do it in the Truck Series around Indianapolis race weekend. Knowing that going forward we're going to have double-file restarts, I'm excited about that as well. I applaud all their changes. Personally, I think it was a little overdue, I was looking for all these changes about mid-season this year, but glad to see they are taking the initiative to where we will have them next year."
MAX PAPIS, No. 13 GEICO Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Starting Position: 3rd
How much are you looking forward to tomorrow's race with such a good qualifying run? "The GEICO Toyota was just great -- it drove by itself. We did a lot of work to make it a little faster and the guys in the shop, they're just amazing. It's as much of a team effort as it can be. When you come to a place like this I think you need to maximize the length of the bolt in the truck. I guess they did it all and it's proven to work. It might have been facilitated a bit by starting in the back, but you need to put up the number and we did it so we're happy. This is a big thing for me, especially since it's the second time for me at Talladega. Just let me enjoy what it means to be in the top-five because it's just huge. I know it's only qualifying, but I just like to enjoy every second of it."
ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 15 Graceway Pharmaceuticals/AKawareness.com Toyota
Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Starting Position: 5th
Are you happy with your qualifying lap? "I'm really pleased with that. We go to these restrictor plate races all the time and we watch the 30 (Todd Bodine), as far as Toyotas go, outrun us. He's won the last four of them. I think that's pretty good for us, let alone just to be able to outrun him in qualifying. Qualifying doesn't mean a whole lot here. We practiced real well, we got a good race truck, so I'm excited for tomorrow."
TODD BODINE, No. 30 Copart Toyota Tundra, Germain Racing
Starting Position: 6th
How was your qualifying effort? "I got a lot of excuses. I had a headwind down the front straightaway, and a flock of geese flew in front of me in front of the back and messed the air all up and slowed me way down. It's Talladega. It doesn't matter where you start. It's how good your truck drives, how good it drives in the draft. This truck has won the last four speedway races and it drives awesome. We actually even made it a little better this morning with a couple things. I think the Copart Tundra is going to be just fine. It's great to have the pole, but that doesn't get the big check and the big trophy."
Does your starting position at Talladega affect your strategy? "If you're way back, yeah, you have to look at it a little differently. I don't even know what I ran, but we'll be close to 10th or something and that's close enough to the front. Just find a hole and just wait around for the end and see what you got. Make some adjustments and go from there. I've started like 28th here before and 10 laps was leading. If you do the right things in the draft and you make the right moves, it's not a big deal. I'm not really worried about it."
TAYLER MALSAM, No. 81 One Eighty Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss Motorsports
Starting Position: 8th
How was your truck in practice? "It was awesome. This Randy Moss team did an awesome job giving me a good truck. Same one as we brought to Daytona and we had a lot of fun with it. It should be a good race. Drafting here is so much different than Daytona. It's so much more smooth and it's a lot more fun, that's for sure."
How much fun is it to learn drafting techniques from the veterans? "I like it a lot, especially following Mike (Skinner) or (Ron) Hornaday and those guys, because I can follow them up through the track and see where their lines go and how they like to run. It's a lot of fun and I'm very fortunate to have Mike (Skinner) as a teammate, especially if we qualify near each other today."
STACY COMPTON, No. 60 SafeAuto Insurance/Melling Engine Parts Toyota
Tundra, Wyler Racing
Starting Position: 9th
KYLE BUSCH, No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew
Starting Position: 10th
MIKE SKINNER, No. 5 PC Miler Navigator Toyota Tundra, Randy Moss
Starting Position: 11th
How was your truck in qualifying? "That's the first qualifying run that we've done and our PC Miler Navigator Toyota Tundra is driving very, very good today. I think it'll race pretty good. I don't think we're the cream of the crop, by any means, but if we catch the right draft there towards the end, I think we can finish well."
How sensitive are the trucks to who you're drafting with? "It's not so much how sensitive the trucks are, it's how you react to what the drivers are gonna do. We were talking about that earlier. Over in the Cup (Series) side, you're drafting with certain people and you say, 'He's gonna do one of three or four things.' You can kind of narrow it down. There's been a couple of them I was riding around out there with today, there might be 10 different things, or eight different things. I'm like, 'Wow, why did he do that?' It's just the experience level with those guys over there. They're a little bit more seasoned as far as drafting goes. You gotta be a little bit aware. You can't take it for granted, what the guy in front of your or beside you is gonna do over here."
DAVID STARR, No. 24 Zachry Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports
Starting Position: 14th
BRIAN SCOTT, No. 16 Albertsons Toyota Tundra, Xpress Motorsports
Starting Position: 18th
T.J. BELL, No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Starting Position: 21st
TIMOTHY PETERS, No. 1 Strutmasters.com Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing
Starting Position: 23rd
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