TRAVIS KVAPIL -- No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150 -- (qualified 4th) "That's the fastest the truck has been all day. I guess going into I though we could run 30.35, and that's pretty much what it ran. Its two-tenths faster than what we ran in our ...
TRAVIS KVAPIL -- No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150 -- (qualified 4th)
"That's the fastest the truck has been all day. I guess going into I though we could run 30.35, and that's pretty much what it ran. Its two-tenths faster than what we ran in our mock qualifying run in practice. The truck drove spectacular right there and it drove spectacular in race trim and it felt really good for the long run today as well. We've got a really fast Ford and I definitely think we've got a shot at the win tomorrow night. It will be a good night, we'll keep it up front and be right there."
JON WOOD -- No. 21 Air Force Ford F-150 -- (qualified 6th)
YOU ONLY USED ONE LAP AND EARNED A TOP-10 START. "The one thing I like is now I can make a suggestion or something that I can improve on and it actually gets done. I noticed in practice that, for instance, if you left pit road really hard, spinning tires and everything for your qualifying run, you could get up to speed or be up to speed by the time you crossed the start-finish line to take lap one. You can't run two timed laps with your grill completely blocked off, which produces the most downforce, so I felt like blocking it all the way off, running one lap would be sufficient enough. I had sufficient distance and time to get up to speed. And the risk versus reward running full tape was worth doing."
COLIN BRAUN -- No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150 -- (qualified 9th)
"Hopefully, it should be good tomorrow. I don't know if we'll start in the top-10 because my teammates still need to go and they're pretty quick, plus there are other guys out there that are still pretty quick. I don't know if we'll end up in the top-10 but it certainly will be better than what we qualified in the spring. We had a truck that was pretty fast then and I feel like our truck is pretty good in race trim now."
DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE MORE EXPERIENCE THIS TIME AROUND TEXAS? "I feel like I know a little more about what adjustments to make. By know means do I have it figured out and I rely so much on what my crew chief Mike Beam says and what he says to do for adjustments. It's great having an experienced crew chief like that, one that you can lean on."
ERIK DARNELL -- No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150 -- (qualified 12th)
"It was a decent lap for our Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150. You pretty much got what you got here. You go out there a wide open and whoever has their truck freed-up the most or whoever has the least amount of drag in their truck is going to be fast for qualifying. That's about all we've got with that truck. We qualified 22nd here in the spring, so that's a little bit of an improvement there. It's not fast by itself but it races good. When we get in traffic it races good, so that's all we're worried about. I'm not worried about where we qualify, but it should be a good race tomorrow night."
BRENDAN GAUGHAN -- No. 10 International MAXX Force Diesel Ford F-150 -- (qualified 21st)
"I musts have the hardest working group of men in the entire world right here. Our MAXX Force Ford was awful today. It was bad all day long in practice. We were bottom of the board and struggling. The truck just had problems. And Bryan and the boys went back and basically took everything off of this Ford and figured out what was wrong. We found a bent truck arm and we found a couple of other things that we didn't like. Then we went out for qualifying and it did exactly what I wanted. I didn't get loose. It didn't twitch. It's not going to be the fastest thing. We're conventional, so we know we're not going to be in a straight line as fast as the guys in qualifying. But that is what a Ford race truck here is supposed to feel like. And in the dark tomorrow night, I think we have a piece that can race now. I was really nervous right up until I finished my laps."
-credit: ford racing