Toyota NSCS Bristol Post-Qualifying Notes & Quotes

TOYOTA NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Post-Qualifying Notes & Quotes

Bristol Motor Speedway¬†—¬†March 16, 2012


American Muscle

JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position:¬†¬†9th How was your qualifying lap? “It was probably a bit tighter than what we had in practice. ¬†Went down in (turn) one and just plowed and got tight. ¬†The car is still pretty good though. ¬†I think we’re good in race trim. We’ll have a decent starting spot there in the top-10.”

Do you enjoy Bristol? “I like it. ¬†It’s pretty fun to race. ¬†It’s obviously entertaining for the fans. ¬†It’s one of the best race tracks we come to. ¬†I’d like to get a win here and it would be even cooler.”

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Doublemint Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position:¬†¬†13th How was your qualifying effort? “Obviously, that wasn’t the lap we were looking for. ¬†We lost a lot of time in practice working on a few things and only got out long enough at the end to make sure everything was alright. ¬†We’ll keep plugging away on Saturday and see if we can’t make this Doublemint Camry a race¬†winning car.”

MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Starting Position:¬†¬†15th How was your qualifying effort? “It was not bad. ¬†We picked up a little bit from practice, which is always what you try to do. ¬†Just some guys picked up more today. ¬†The car was pretty good — about like practice. ¬†Just not enough speed in it for today.”

CLINT BOWYER, No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Starting Position:¬†¬†16th How was your qualifying lap? “It was okay. ¬†I love being here — it’s awesome. ¬†Looking forward to the race and seeing how it all plays out.”

DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position:  20th

BRIAN VICKERS, No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Starting Position:¬†¬†25th Does it feel good to make your 2012 debut? “I feel pretty good about the equipment. ¬†I think we’ve got some really good cars here. ¬†We were good in race trim. ¬†I was really happy with the car in race trim. ¬†We weren’t quite as good in qualifying trim, but that lap there I think the car was good. ¬†I had a little bit of wheel spin late, but the first lap I kind of messed up. ¬†I just rushed the throttle the first lap.”

Is it difficult to debut at Bristol? “Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. ¬†This would not be my pick. ¬†If someone said, ‘Okay, you’re going to be out of the car for a while, miss a few races and where do you want to start,’ it wouldn’t be Bristol. ¬†That’s alright. ¬†I love this race track. What a great track and I look forward to racing here.”

How long have you and crew chief Rodney Childers known each other? “20 years, I would say. ¬†I was so young he probably remembers more than I do, but he actually helped put my first go-kart together — my parents and my father, obviously. ¬†It really feels good to be back at a race track. ¬†I appreciate — everyone’s been so welcoming. ¬†Everyone at MWR (Michael Waltrip Racing) has been great. ¬†I spent the last two weeks in the shop and everything has been a pleasure. ¬†Obviously a lot of familiar faces — Rodney (Childers, crew chief) being one — but even a lot of the guys on the car here were even on my car the last five years. I can’t thank Aaron’s enough for being on the car this weekend ¬†and, obviously, Michael (Waltip, team owner) and Rob (Kauffman, team owner) for putting me up.”

DAVID STREMME, No. 30 Inception Motorsports Toyota Camry, Inception Motorsports Starting Position:  28th

LANDON CASSILL, No. 83 Burger King / Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry, BK Racing Starting Position:  29th

TRAVIS KVAPIL, No. 93 Burger King / Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry, BK Racing Starting Position:  34th

BOBBY LABONTE, No. 47 Clorox-Scott Products Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing Starting Position:¬†¬†36th Do you enjoy racing at Bristol? “It’s a fun track to come to, but if your car is sliding a little bit, it just seems to amplify it here.¬† This is an exciting place to come to and it’s an exciting race for the fans. ¬†We love coming here.”

JJ YELEY, No. 49 America Israel Racing Toyota Camry, America Israel Racing Starting Position:  40th

JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports Starting Position:  41st

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