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

6th, Kyle Busch 7th, Reed Sorenson 12th, Joey Logano 13th, Martin Truex Jr. 14th, Marcos Ambrose 16th, David Reutimann 21st, Scott Speed 23rd, Denny Hamlin 39th, Robby Gordon 43rd, Jeff Green DNQ, Joe Nemechek DNQ, Casey Mears DNQ, Mike Bliss DNQ, Jason Leffler DNQ, Kevin Conway DNQ, Johnny Sauter

KYLE BUSCH, Starting Position:  6th Do you have a car capable of winning Saturday night’s race? “I would certainly like to think so.  We’ve had really good cars here in the past and just never been able to put it all together in one night.  Charlotte’s my favorite place to race at.  I’ve yet to win a Cup race here, but been pretty successful in Nationwide and Truck racing.  Tonight’s qualifying effort was good.  Wished it was a little bit better than that, but we’ll take what we got there with a good, solid top-10 effort.  We’ll go on into the race and we can see the front from there.”

REED SORENSON Starting Position:  7th How was your qualifying lap? “It was a really good lap.  It’s been good all day.  We started out in race trim today and it was really good.  We switched over to qualifying trim and ran into a couple of issues.  But we fixed it and ran a really good lap in practice.  And ran another good lap in qualifying.  We’re just fighting it in turns three and four coming to the checkers, losing a little bit of speed.  But, it was a really good day.  Coming off the trailer, this is the best it’s been.  So it’s good.”

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JOEY LOGANO Starting Position:  12th Do you have more confidence coming to Charlotte Motor Speedway? “It does actually.  This is a place that when I go out there, I really feel like I know what I want.  I feel at home here.  This is one of the few race tracks that I can move up the race track and find speed.  I feel like this is my race track.  I enjoy coming here a lot.  Very disappointed with where we qualified right there.  I really thought we would have something for the pole.  I just went in there and thought I would pick up from practice.  The track cooled off a lot and picked up a lot of grip, but we didn’t pick up nowhere near as much as we needed to pick up there.  It’s going to hang in there, but it’s off.”

MARTIN TRUEX JR Starting Position:  13th Did the evening qualifying make your car faster? “I don’t think it was a big deal tonight.  It’s already dark and the track has been fast all afternoon.  We had that rain last night and both Nationwide and our practices were faster than they normally are here.  I don’t think it’s going to pick up much, but it’s blistering fast right now.  I’m not sure what the fastest we’ve ever went around here with this car is, but we were right there at it tonight.  We’ve had a good day today with our NAPA Toyota and proud of the guys, they did a good job.”

MARCOS AMBROSE Starting Position:  14th How was your car in qualifying tonight? “The No. 47 Lance Toyota was pretty fast and I think we’ll end up with a decent starting position.  This is the kind of track that can take your heart away.  It gets really fast when it cools down at night.  I’m happy with our qualifying effort.  Hopefully, we can have a good run this weekend and turn our luck around.”

DAVID REUTIMANN Starting Position:  16th  No. 00 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing, No. 47 Lance / Tom’s Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing., No. 56 NAPA / Susan G. Komen Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing TeamNo. 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

SCOTT SPEED, No. 82 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team Starting Position:  21st Did you make the right adjustments after practice? “I think we made the right changes.  I didn’t get everything out of it in turns three and four.  I tried to get back in the gas too soon and had to get back out of it before the exit and it cost us about a tenth (of a second) I would say.  But, the car has been good all weekend so that’s good for us.”

DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position:  23rd How do you feel about your qualifying lap? “Not the lap we were looking for but we’ve had our struggles here before.  We were tight in practice and tight on that lap also. We know what changes we are going to make for practice and we’ll turn it around tomorrow and be ready for Saturday.”

ROBBY GORDON, No. 7 Extenze Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports Starting Position:  39th

JEFF GREEN, No. 64 Little Joe’s Auto Toyota Camry, Gunselman Motorsports Starting Position:  43rd

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

CASEY MEARS, No. 13 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing 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

KEVIN CONWAY, No. 07 Extenze Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports Starting Position:  DNQ

JOHNNY SAUTER, No 23 Pink and Blue for Two Toyota Camry, R3 Motorsports Starting Position:  DNQ

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