NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
CHEEZ-IT 355 AT THE GLEN
WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL
TEAM CHEVY QUALIFYING NOTES AND QUOTES
AUGUST 8, 2015
AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 47 KROGER/BUSH’S BEANS CHEVROLET SS – Pole Winner
AFTER THAT DAY YOU HAD YESTERDAY, FULL OF FRUSTRATION, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO NOW START ON THE POLE AT WATKINS GLEN?
“We can lead to Turn 1 at least. I’m just proud of all my guys; I was frustrated yesterday and I probably wasn’t helping. I was overdriving trying to get more than what we there and I didn’t do a good job yesterday. They saved me. They gave me a good race car. So, going into tomorrow, I feel happy with what we’ve got. But, we’ll see. It’s a tough race. This Kroger/Bush’s Beans Chevy is going to be fast and hopefully we’ll be reliving last year.”
TRACK POSITION IS VALUABLE EVERYWHERE. BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE STARTING FROM THE FRONT AS YOU HEAD TO TURN 1?
“It’s so critical around here. Everybody is so close. It’s tough to pass. You start beating and banging on each other. Your fenders get torn up here and you can’t have that. It’s very aerodynamic-dependent. It’s a good start. Strategy plays a lot in this race; fuel mileage and everything. I can’t thank everybody at ECR enough for giving me the horsepower. I don’t know if I’ll sleep any better tonight, or not; but I’ll be ready for tomorrow.”
HOW MUCH PRESSURE IS THERE ON YOU THAT YOU GOT THE JOB DONE HERE LAST YEAR TO GET INTO THE CHASE, IN A LOT OF HIGH EXPECTATIONS HERE AT WATKINS GLEN THIS YEAR?
“There isn’t any more pressure than I put on myself. These guys deserve it. I want to lift them on my shoulders and carry them to Victory Lane. Last year was special and it just makes you want to do it more and more. But the outside row, there ain’t nothing there. It’s all inside here that I put the pressure on myself and I’m going to go try to make it happen. These guys deserve it.”
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