Toyota NSCS New Hampshire Post-Qualifying Notes & Quotes

7th, David Reutimann 9th, Kyle Busch 16th, Martin Truex Jr. 18th, Casey Mears 22nd, Denny Hamlin 23rd, Marcos Ambrose 28th, Scott Speed 29th, Robby Gordon 31st, Joey Logano 34th, Landon Cassill 35th, Joe Nemechek 36th, Mike Bliss 37th, Reed Sorenson DNQ, Johnny Sauter

DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 TUMS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Starting Position: 7th How will your car be in Sunday’s race? “I hope it’ll run real good. We got to do a little bit of race stuff early on today and we weren’t really where we needed to be with that. Hopefully, tomorrow, we have couple hours of practice, we can get the TUMS Toyota a little bit happier and the driver a little bit happier and have a good race here and maybe repeat what we did in Chicago.” How important is starting up front at New Hampshire? “Everywhere we go, it’s really, really important. It seems like the smaller the race track, the more confined the area is, the more important it is to start up front. It would be great to stay up in the front and get a good starting position and good pit selection to pay off on Sunday.”

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position: 9th How is your car after practice and qualifying? “It wasn’t bad. You’re really slow getting up to speed trying to save the tires to make sure they stay under you and you don’t over heat them too fast. Overall the M&M’s Camry has been good today. Dave (Rogers, crew chief) has done a good job. We unloaded smooth in qualifying trim and did some little changes trying to make it a little bit better, trying to get some speed out it. You know, we are happy with that, its better than where we were in the spring starting wise and better than some of the other guys we’re racing with. I feel good about it, it should be a good pit selection hopefully and stay in the top 10 and go race on Sunday.”

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MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Starting Position: 16th How was your qualifying lap? “It was a big improvement from practice. We completely changed the setup to what one of our teammate’s had. It was a big help. It’s hard to go out there and haven’t driven it before. It was so much different. I could’ve done a better job driving it, had I ran it in practice. But, big improvement for us so I’m looking forward to working on it tomorrow.”

CASEY MEARS, No. 13 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing Starting Position: 18th What do you think of the performance of your race car? “I’ve been having a lot of fun with all the GEICO Toyota guys here. It’s been a slow progress here. We’ve been working with the MWR (Michael Waltrip Racing) guys as much as we possibly can to get all the information we can to get a good base. Bootie (Barker, crew chief) has been doing a great job. I’ve really enjoyed it. We’ve been fast, we’ve had competitive race cars. I think we have to sort out some little things around the program and I honestly think we’re going to be really good. I’m very happy to be here and looking forward to next year that if we get a full season we’ll be really good.”

DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Small Business Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position: 22nd What issues were you facing in qualifying? “We were just searching for grip. We had much less than we did in practice and that hurt us on that lap but this FedEx Small Business Toyota was good in practice so we feel okay. It took a while for the tires to come in with these cooler temps. We’d like to start closer to the front and have a better pit selection but we think we have a car that can pass and with two more practices tomorrow to fine tune we know we’ll be fine.”

MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Kingsford/Bush’s Baked Beans Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing Starting Position: 23rd How was your qualifying lap? “We missed it a little bit there. We were really good in practice. We lost a couple tenths there, it’s disappointing for us. The field is so close and very small things make a difference. We were just a little too free there that run compared to practice with our qualifying run, too bad.”

SCOTT SPEED, No. 82 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team Starting Position: 28th

ROBBY GORDON, No. 7 SpeedFactory.TV Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports Starting Position: 29th

JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position: 31st

LANDON CASSILL, No. 64 Little Joe’s Autos Toyota Camry, Gunselman Motorsports Starting Position: 34th

JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports Starting Position: 35th

MIKE BLISS, No. 55 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports Starting Position: 36th

REED SORENSON, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team Starting Position: 37th What happened during qualifying? “We were going for it. I hate it for these Red Bull guys, but they do a great job. I think we’re going to fix this one. Just barely hit the tires. I didn’t think we were going to hit it but we did. Get this one fixed and work hard tomorrow. We have 300 laps to get up towards the front. We’ve had two really strong finishes the last two races, so trying to build that momentum a little bit. This will slow us down a little bit, but we were going for it. It was just a mistake.”

JOHNNY SAUTER, No. 66 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports Starting Position: DNQ

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