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2012 Talladega: Toyota NASCAR Truck Qualifying Quotes
Posted by: ASkyler on Oct 06, 2012 - 06:49 AM
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2012 Talladega: Toyota NASCAR Truck Qualifying Quotes


KURT BUSCH, No. 18 Dollar General Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports Starting Position: 6th How was your qualifying effort? "It's interesting at the plate tracks with how you have to try to squeak all the speed that you can out of it, and I thought we did good with our two laps, so to gain a little bit of speed on that second lap -- you hope to gain a little more. That gives us a nice, solid starting spot and we'll see how the draft plays out. I'm more of a rookie than all of the rest of these guys when it comes to the draft, because they've been doing it the last few years. The last time I did a restrictor plate truck race was back in 2000. It's been a while."

 

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TODD BODINE, No. 11 Toyota Care Tundra, Red Horse Racing Starting Position: 7th How was your qualifying effort? "It was a good lap. We really didn't know what to expect. We didn't make a full blown qualifying run during practice, so we really didn't know what to expect. The Toyota Care Tundra was good. It rolled free and that's what you've got have here. You've got to have one rolling free and it was a good lap. That's good enough."

Does Talladega make drivers nervous? "You don't worry about it. It's Talladega -- you go out there, you do the best you can, you try to be smart, try to keep yourself out of trouble and if something happens it's Talladega. You have to be aware of that and understand that. Yeah, nobody is happy about it, but you just have to roll with the flow. I've won here twice. Had some great runs besides that and I've had some bad runs, some big crashes and whatnot. It's Talladega and I love it. I always have."

TIMOTHY PETERS, No. 17 Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing Starting Position: 8th How is your Tundra handling this weekend? "It is handling good. We unloaded our Tundra and it was really good. We drafted just a little bit to save our equipment and that will give us a good solid starting position and as long as we can complete 94 laps we'll be alright."

How much of a 'wild card' is this race when it comes to the championship standings? "At Talladega, you could get caught up in somebody else's doing and it not be your fault. It is the same thing coming up at Martinsville in a few weeks. So, we definitely have two wild cards that can change the game these next two races."

PARKER KLIGERMAN, No. 7 Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing Starting Position: 9th How is your Tundra this weekend? "We've got this No. 7 Toyota Tundra decent right now. Speed-wise it hasn't been the best. We kind of knew that going in. We just didn't put a lot of emphasis on this. I told Chad Kendrick, who is my crew chief, and the guys, 'Don't focus on this too much. You can get caught up in that whole deal of making a really fast truck and you come here and wreck in the first lap and it's over.' Anyone can win this race. If you start, you could win. There's nothing to think about and there's nothing to focus on other than just going out there and being smart about how you race and hopefully have the breaks come your way."

How do you prepare for Talladega? "I watch tape. Actually, I don't watch the Truck races, I watch the Cup and Nationwide races from past years and a little bit of the Truck. There's always something to be learned from tape and always something to be learned from history. History repeats itself. There's definitely moves that you can learn for the last 10 laps, but I think all of this part of the weekend and for the first 80 laps just be safe."

PARKER KLIGERMAN, No. 7 Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing (continued) How was today's practice? "We had a little problem with our pressure valve and we decided to soak our truck down with water and actually had so much water that it was coming into the cockpit, so that was fun. No, it's just a normal superspeedway practice. It's just kind of finding guys to work with and saying, 'Hey, you know, that actually worked out real well. Let's try that in the race.'"

How do you access your championship chances? "I'm fighting for a championship I think still, right? Fifth in points and only 39 out. I've got a great team behind me. I've got a great crew chief in Chad Kendrick and I've got great trucks from Red Horse Racing. There's nothing to be worried about. We've just got to do our job tomorrow."

CHRIS FONTAINE, No. 84 Glenden Enterprises Toyota Tundra, Glenden Enterprises Starting Position: 12th How was your qualifying lap? "It was pretty good I guess. The truck is really good in race trim. It drafts up really well so if it doesn't stay up near the top in qualifying we'll be alright. We'll get to the front."

DAVID STARR, No. 81 Zachry Toyota Tundra, Green Light Racing Starting Position: 17th

JOHN WES TOWNLEY, No. 09 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra, RAB Racing Starting Position: 18th

RICK CRAWFORD, No. 20 BRG Motorsports/Lilly Trucking Toyota Tundra, BRG Motorsports Starting Position: 20th

GERMAN QUIROGA, No. 51 NET10 Wireless Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports Starting Position: 23rd How was your qualifying effort? "I'm pretty happy with my 51 NET10 truck. It worked perfect. The guys at KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports) did an awesome job. Rick Ren (KBM general manager and crew chief), Toyota -- everyone is helping me a lot so I can get faster in less amount of races. I'm getting there. It took me 10 months to be here, so I'm pretty comfortable now that I've been around the truck."

Are you pleased to be back at the track? "Yeah, sure. It took us a long time to be here, but finally we've made it happen. I struggled a lot at the beginning of the year trying to get sponsorship, but NET10 came on board and I've got to really thank them for their support. I'm very happy and excited to be racing again. I've been out of racing more than 10 months now, but I'm looking forward to being successful in these four races. Obviously, my Toyota worked awesome. I think we're doing an excellent job this weekend."

What are your thoughts on this track? "It's race that's very tough. I've been watching on TV. Kurt (Busch) and Kyle (Busch), they are helping me a lot. They for sure are some of the most experienced at this kind of track -- It's my first time at a superspeedway and I'm taking their advice for sure and I'm looking forward to having a great finish. First, if we want to win, we have to finish, so my first goal is to finish. By the end of maybe, probably five laps to the checkered flag, we are really going to try to be in a good position to be top-10, top-five."

MATT CRAFTON, No. 88 Goof Off/Menards Toyota Tundra, ThorSport Racing Starting Position: 25th How was your qualifying effort? "Terrible. Didn't have a whole lot of speed by itself out there in practice, but it drafted very, very well. That's what it's all about. Qualifying really doesn't mean anything. It's just for the guys to see how fast the truck will go with what they built and it's the same truck we had at Daytona -- wasn't very fast there and didn't expect a whole lot from it here, but we'll be fine in the race tomorrow."

JOHNNY SAUTER, No. 13 Hot Honey's/Curb Records Toyota Tundra, ThorSport Racing Finishing Position: 29th How important is qualifying at Talladega? "Some people think they're so profound when they say, 'Oh, it'll draft good,' but a truck that is generally fast by itself gets just as fast or faster in the draft. It is what it is. We'll just race it and see what happens."

What do you anticipate in tomorrow's race? "The strategy is all the time when you come to restrictor plate racing in the Truck Series is not to crash, because that's generally what everybody likes to do. That's my strategy -- just not to crash -- and if you can do that, you'll have a decent day."

ROSS CHASTAIN, No. 08 SC Melon 1 Toyota Tundra, Green Light Racing Starting Position: 33rd

JOHNNY CHAPMAN, No. 07 Wear Your Gear/Bobber.info Toyota Tundra, SS Green Light Racing Starting Position: 34th


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