MARTIN TRUEX, JR. , NO. 8 BASS PRO SHOPS CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO -- Qualified 3rd: ON HIS QUALIFYING LAP AND A MEXICAN DRIVER STARTING ON THE POLE : "I'm really happy with my lap. My guys did a great job working on the car. I'm really excited ...
MARTIN TRUEX, JR. , NO. 8 BASS PRO SHOPS CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO -- Qualified 3rd:
ON HIS QUALIFYING LAP AND A MEXICAN DRIVER STARTING ON THE POLE
: "I'm really happy with my lap. My guys did a great job working on the car. I'm really excited about how we ran. But I also think it's really cool to see Jorge get on the pole. To see all the fans going crazy and the air horns going -- it was cool. I don't think they would have done that if I had won the pole."
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO QUALIFY ON A ROAD COURSE WITH VERY LITTLE TIME TO WARM UP THE TIRES?
"I'm glad they went with a full lap to warm up. Yesterday, they were planning on just going around the oval and coming right to the green and I'm sure a lot more cars would have crashed that way. My car was good. I was happy with it. It drove just like it did yesterday. It seemed like a lot of guys slowed down who went out early. The track was real hot and slick. I was glad to go out late and to have no surprises."
ON WHAT HE EXPECTS IN THE RACE
"I'm really happy to be starting up front. I think the first lap going into the chicane is going to be a hard time for a lot of guys. It's really narrow and you're not going to be able to go through there two-wide. So everybody is going to have to give and take a lot and get single file to get through there. That's the biggest reason why I wanted to start up front. I'm not sure what the race will bring. I think it's easier to race on these tracks than it is to qualify or to try and go fast for one lap. Then, it's hard to hit your marks and if you make one little mistake, you're off the track. Whereas in the race, you kind of get into a rhythm. You know what your car is doing every lap and you just hit your marks. I think there will be a lot less problems during the race than there were yesterday."
ON THE ALTITUDE AND THE CROWD
"The altitude hasn't bothered me personally, unless I run up too many stairs. When I'm in the car, you don't seem to be able to tell the difference very much. But the car doesn't like it as much. The motor doesn't run very well. It doesn't run as good as it does at sea level. We don't have quite as much power. But it doesn't bother me. The fans are awesome. They are very enthusiastic. For a day of Busch qualifying, I don't think we've ever had this many people at the track. It's fun to see all these people here. It's pretty exciting."