Talladega: Toyota teams qualifying quotes

JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Starting Position: 4th How was your qualifying lap? "We picked up a little bit from where we ran in practice and the guys are doing a great job. This car was really fast in...

JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Starting Position: 4th

How was your qualifying lap? "We picked up a little bit from where we ran in practice and the guys are doing a great job. This car was really fast in practice in race trim, but we knew that 33 (Ryan Newman) was going to be strong and they have been running really strong lately. It should be fun tomorrow - the Great Clips Camry is going to be really good in the race."

Do you enjoy restrictor plate racing? "I enjoy it - I wouldn't want to do it every week, but it's fun. The deal here is that you have as much fun while it lasts because it can end really quickly. Coming here to Talladega is always fun to race and a lot of dicing and beating and banging and stuff. Nothing better than doing that at 190 miles-per-hour."


SCOTT LAGASSE JR., No. 11 America's Incredible Pizza Company Toyota Camry, CJM Racing
Starting Position: 11th

Are you happy with your qualifying run? "Yeah. I didn't know what it would run. The crew chief has got a number in his head of what he wants to run but he seemed happy with it. That was a little bit quicker than what we ran by ourselves yesterday. We're just worried about having a good, solid race car and just get ourselves back up in the points here after last week. It raced good yesterday. It sucked up well and I think we'll have a pretty good day tomorrow."

Did you rebuild the car from Daytona for this weekend? "This is our backup car from Daytona and we've got another new one already built. Our guys are working really hard. We've got basically our whole fleet built. We lost one last weekend but other than that we're ready to go for the year."

Is anyone going to draft with you in tomorrow's race? "You hope you've gained respect throughout the year and I think I have. I've talked to some of the veterans and everybody just keeps telling me to ‘just keep doing what you're doing, you're doing the right job.' Our group is working hard so I think so because we've got a strong enough car and everybody saw it yesterday. If you don't have a very good car and you're a rookie then you're in big trouble. If you've got a really strong car and you're a rookie and you don't do anything dumb then you'll be okay. And that's our plan - is to just stay inline and it pushes so good that I'll just be pushing somebody all day pretty well. Hopefully the 18 (Kyle Busch) or the 20 (Joey Logano)."

Are you excited about making your first NNS start at Talladega? "I'm excited about it. We had a good car yesterday in practice, we had a good car at Daytona and got caught up in a little bit of a mess so this is a different car obviously than what we had there. We worked on making it a little better and it was really solid yesterday in practice and ran a good speed by itself and that's really all you can ask for."

What were your goals when you started this season? "This is a results driven business no doubt so you're always looking for results, but that being said its newer organization and a young group of guys so for a lot of us this is our first time working together. You don't really know where to set the level except to get started and see what happens. I think we've gelled quicker as a group - we have an absolutely great group of guys back at the shop and on the road. We've got basically a full fleet of cars together and ready minus last weekend's car, which we hated that. That took a big shot at us in the points. We felt like we should have left there seventh in points and now we're 13th so that really hurt. We just keep working and growing from where we're at and I think we have a great place to start. We are probably doing a little better than what we expected even."

How did you get from racing on Florida dirt tracks to where you are now? "I still race Volusia or Golden Isle or any of those tracks any chance I get -- I'll just race anything I can. I'm very fortunate. It's been a rough couple years for me -- leaving Florida and coming to Charlotte thinking that I'm set and ready to go and it not materializing like you hoped it would and really having to take a step back and look and see if you can do this and if this is what I was meant to do. I just kept at it hard and it really all fell together. I can't explain how or why, but I feel like I'm with the right group of people now and I am loving every day and enjoying every bit of it so I think it without a doubt is a dream."


KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 9th

Is there anything you can take from the Cup win last year in succeeding in tomorrow's NNS race? "I think the biggest memory was going a lap down and then having to make all that back up under green and getting up there and mixing it up with the guys. (Jamie) McMurray and I got sideways down the backstretch so there's a bunch of stuff that happened in that race. Nationwide stuff here with the Z-Line Designs Toyota should be all right. We were fast here last year I felt like and I don't even remember what happened, but we'll see how this year goes and see what we can do tomorrow."

How important is qualifying at Talladega? "It doesn't really matter here at all where you qualify. If you're not on the pole then it doesn't really matter. We'll see where we start tomorrow, but we feel like we have a good race car."


MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 13th

How was your qualifying lap? "The boys did a great job and I'm real proud of them. We were real good in practice yesterday. I was pleased with the way the car performed in the draft and that's the main thing. Qualifying, when you're locked in, is just a formality of where you leave from, but it's not overly important."


MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing (continued)
Starting Position: 13th

Have you had the success you were looking for in NNS this season? "The Aaron's car -- we haven't performed at the level we expected since the season started and then last week at Phoenix we had the performance in the car and we got crashed and so this is a place where it's the Aaron's weekend and we need to get a win for them and get them in victory lane. The car's got a cool paint scheme on it that a child designed and Aaron's gets it and we just love being a part of their team and hopefully we can do something fun for them."


JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 16th


MICHAEL ANNETT, No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Starting Position: 22nd

Are you happy with your qualifying run? "We didn't care what we ran today. We're real happy with what we had yesterday and we put the tape on like everybody else and you got what you got. We showed yesterday that the car doesn't need to start up front. It can start last place and we're going to drive up through there. This place, you have what you have and there's really no speed secrets needed. We're happy with what we have and be ready to go tomorrow."

Do you feel helpless at a track like this? "It's a crap shoot. Everybody is going through the same thing. We don't really call it frustrating. There really isn't much we can do as a driver in qualifying, but tomorrow there is a lot of things we can do and that's what's cool about this place. As long as you don't have something stupid happen the smartest guy is going to win this thing. Tomorrow really is just all driver and that's cool compared to some of the other tracks that we go to where a guy with a better car might win. We look forward to tomorrow and definitely got a car that can get the job done."

Did you learn a lot from winning the ARCA race at Talladega in 2007? "We were talking about that yesterday in practice because in that ARCA race we started upfront and I never fell back worse than second, I think, so I've never really drafted. I told these guys that we just need to run laps and I need to learn how to draft. That was the biggest thing. The ARCA race definitely -- seat time is seat on a superspeedway and that helps. Tomorrow is going to be a big learning experience but I'm looking forward to it."


DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 10 Copart.com Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Starting Position: 24th

DAVID GREEN, No. 07 Toyota Camry, SK Motorsports
Starting Position: 37th

MICHAEL MCDOWELL, No. 47 Tom's Snacks Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Starting Position: 41st

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Drivers Michael Waltrip , Ryan Newman , Joey Logano , Kyle Busch
Teams Germain Racing , Michael Waltrip Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing