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

4th, Joey Logano 12th, Denny Hamlin 16th, David Reutimann 19th, Kyle Busch 25th, Martin Truex Jr. 32nd, Marcos Ambrose 33rd, Scott Speed 34th, Reed Sorenson 35th, Landon Cassill 37th, Casey Mears 41st, Kevin Conway DNQ, Joe Nemechek DNQ, Jason Leffler DNQ, Mike Bliss

JOEY LOGANO Starting Position:  4th Are you happy with the race car? “I will definitely take it, for sure.  We picked up a little bit from practice, which a lot of guys haven’t.  So, I’m going to take that and be happy with it.  I know where the half-a-tenth that puts us where the No. 9 (Kasey Kahne) is right now.  We got what we got.  I feel like the car was — the balance was pretty close.  We’ll take it over the last few qualifying runs I’ve had — (they’ve) been terrible.  I’m glad I didn’t screw this one up.  They gave me a good Home Depot Toyota.” How much practice did you do in qualifying trim? “We did a lot of race trim practice, that’s for sure.  I think we ran the most laps of anybody in the first practice.  I felt like my car is good.  As soon as we unloaded, we didn’t have a lot o speed on the front side, but it hung in there for a long time and we made a long run off the trailer.  We just tuned it a little bit here and there.  We’ll see what we have when we unload tomorrow.  That’s usually when you really know what you have for race trim, but I feel like we are going to be close.” How important will practice be tomorrow with cooler temperatures expected Sunday? “‘Happy Hour’ is the most important practice of the weekend, I think.  We start in race trim just to get some laps up there, feel a couple different changes to see which way they are going to go, and the true telling is going to be tomorrow.  I think we are going to be fine. I’m pretty confident about it.  

DENNY HAMLIN Starting Position:  12th Are you happy with the race car? “Yeah.  I feel like we have some speed in the car that I feel like that we maybe struggled with earlier in the season.  Our cars seem to have speed now.  We’re qualifying better because of it.” Are you happy with your qualifying run? “I wish we would have picked up a little bit.  We didn’t fall off as much as some.  It just depends on how much it speeds up here later on.” How important will practice be tomorrow with cooler temperatures expected Sunday? “I think it’s going to be important.  I think the second practice is always the true test, no matter what the temperature seems to be.  For us, we ran race trim today and it seemed like our car was pretty good.  So, we are going to have a good starting spot, hopefully, for tomorrow.”
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DAVID REUTIMANN Starting Position:  16th How important is practice tomorrow with the weather being much cooler on race day? “It’s going to be different I’m sure.  We’ve just got to try to get a couple of hours of practice there and hit the ground running tomorrow morning.  I don’t think we’re bad in race trim.  I think our race trim stuff is okay.  I just know that as far as what we just had in qualifying wasn’t even close to what we needed to run fast.  Hopefully we’ll have a good race car. What do you need to work on in practice? “We’ve been free from the center off since we got here and that’s what slowed us up in qualifying.  In race trim it’s not as bad.   It’s something you can deal with, but in qualifying you can’t.” Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.   · 19001 South Western Avenue   · Torrance, CA 90501 , No. 00 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position:  19th Are you happy with your race car? “We were tight in practice and then again in qualifying.  I think we’ve got a pretty good car and we would be happy to come out of here with a good finish and keep pace in the Chase.  We’ve struggled here in the past when we’ve been in the Chase, so we know we need to have a good run.  We’ll work on the M&M’s Camry tomorrow and try to get it better for Sunday.”

MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS/Susan G. Komen Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Starting Position:  25th How was your qualifying lap? “Not too good.  We kind of struggled today in practice.  It was a pickup from practice — a good pickup, but just kind of struggling here today to get some grip.  We were real tight right there and then real loose in practice.  So, we made some ground just went a little too far.”

MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Little Debbie Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing Starting Position:  32nd

SCOTT SPEED, No. 82 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team Starting Position:  33rd

REED SORENSON, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team Starting Position:  34th Are you happy with your race car? “We’ve been struggling all day.  We made changes and I didn’t think it was a lot different.  We just have to go through tonight and see what we can do.  We’ve just been fighting no front grip all day and that’s what we fought during qualifying.  We’ll get it better.  We have all day tomorrow to get it better and see what we can do.”

LANDON CASSILL, No. 64 Toyota Camry, Gunselman Motorsports Starting Position:  35th

CASEY MEARS, No. 13 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing Starting Position:  37th

KEVIN CONWAY, No. 7 Extenze Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports Starting Position:  41st

JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 Heat Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports Starting Position:  DNQ

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

JASON LEFFLER, No. 66 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports Starting Position:  DNQ

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