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2013 Daytona 500: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying Quotes
Posted by: ASkyler on Feb 17, 2013 - 06:17 PM
2013 Daytona 500: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying Quotes

"It was okay. Here there is only so much you can do. We had our engine change yesterday. Our main engine blew.

"For having a back-up motor I think it is pretty good. We ran a little better than the No. 1 car. We are not far from the Hendrick (Motorsport) cars so we are pretty happy. I think it is a good starting spot for the duels. Just got to go there and see what it does."

"I have no idea. Either, you have to be in it and run and see where you finish. You’ve got to remember if you have a really good car the duels don’t pay anything. Unless you have a strong car to win and be there to win you don’t want to risk the nice race car on Thursday. At the same time you say that, but if you have a shot at it you are going to go for it. So, we will see."

"It’s going to make it harder to handle. Like last night in the race we had a problem with when I went below the race track with that much splitter in the air I hurt it a lot of speed of the car. Before that we were actually pretty good so we will see."

"Absolutely, I think we have an upper hand on anybody that didn’t race. Understanding how these cars run, how these cars race, what these cars want. I think that is a plus. At the same time you’ve got to be smart about how we execute the race."


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HOW WAS YOUR LAP? "We picked up like a tenth from practice. Which is hard to do, in practice everything gets heat soaked, everything gets hot. I’m glad we picked up a tenth. A lot of guys are picking up more than that though. This is all about the guys. It’s almost like an off weekend for us drivers. We are just out here making laps. These guys put all the work in at the shop. We have a really good piece. Just looking forward to Wednesday and seeing how the cars are going to drive in the draft."

DID YOU LIKE YOUR QUALIFYING POSITION? WERE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT THE WEATHER OR THE WIND? "I thought that our draw was…historically our draw would be really good, but it’s been windy all day long. I’m not sure if it’s getting better or worse. Historically, as the qualifying goes on it gets windier which is not a good thing. I think it’s staying pretty consistent today though so it doesn’t really matter."

IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE REALLY HOT NEXT SUNDAY. DOES THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY? "I don’t like hot. I haven’t seen the weather, but I’ll take your word for it. If it’s hot it’s going to be a long race."

THOUGHTS, PLANS, STRATEGIES FOR THE DUELS ON THURSDAY: "Nobody is really locked in so you’ve got to go race. After watching the shootout last night even though it was really cold last night the cars were driving pretty good it seemed like. We are going to be racing Thursday in the daylight. I’m not sure what the temperature is going to be, but nonetheless it’s going to be a little more of a handful. Obviously keep your nose clean, but you’ve got to race hard."


AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 33 HONEY NUT CHEERIOS CHEVROLET SS - QUALIFIED 16TH TELL ME ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING RUN AND HOW YOU ARE FEELING FOR THE DUELS: "We have fast car, felt like we were going to be faster than that in qualifying. I’m happy with that I think that will have us solidly hopefully the top-15. It’s a tight field right there just so close. I don’t know if wind or what could get you. It’s really good though that we have ECR engines out here. They are in the top-10 right now so hopefully we can keep it that way."

WHAT IS YOUR STRATEGY GOING INTO THE DUEL RACE ON THURSDAY? "Do whatever it takes to get in the show because we don’t have points. Whatever it takes to get in the show and after that have some fun."


TALK TO ME ABOUT QUALIFYING: "We were really disappointed with that. We were quick in practice here, we were quick yesterday. We thought we had a lot more than that. We just didn’t pick up from where we ran in practice for some reason. It is what it is.

"We thought we had a solid shot at a top-10 and didn’t get very close to that. We were really disappointed with it, but it’s just part of the Daytona 500 and we still have the 150’s to get where we need to be. That is where the focus will turn to."

WAS KEVIN’S (HARVICK) WIN LAST BIG FOR THE ORGANIZATION? "We felt really good about last night. But, we are really disappointed about today. At our test down here and in practice yesterday we thought we had much more speed than what we have shown today. That is just disappointing. Everybody put a lot of effort into coming down here and laying down a good lap time and just didn’t get it with any of us. We are all disappointed with that, but as far as SpeedWeeks hardly anybody goes through SpeedWeeks happy with everything. We will just turn our focus to the 150’s."

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THE 150’S DO YOU REALLY KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT? "I go into the 150’s all the time kind of with the same strategy that is just go run the best you can. I think it is the only race all year long we get to practice for the race. That is how I view it. I view it as a great opportunity to go practice.

"I will say with the points structure the way it is this year you still have to finish. You have to run well enough to get in the race. A big wreck could really have a huge complexion change on who makes this race. That is going to be on everybody’s minds. It is a great opportunity to learn."

IF THE NO. 10 STAYS ON TOP OF THAT SCORING TOWER THAT IS GOING TO RESONATE WELL BEYOND HERE ISN’T IT? "Well it will be a big story for sure. Who know I’m sure there are a lot of people that would love to see that. It would be a huge story. Having a female sit on the pole for the Daytona 500 would be big."

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS - QUALIFIED 21ST HOW WOULD YOU ASSESS YOUR LAP? "It is what it is. We didn’t think we were going to have a shot at the pole. We thought we would be a little quicker than that. With the qualifying race, then the (Daytona) 500 being such a long race it’s important for handling. We knew coming down here we weren’t going to be racing for the pole. We were more concerned about the race itself. It looks like we will start 20th, 25th, something like that and go from there."

IT LOOKS LIKE THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE THIS COULD BE A HISTORIC DAY FOR NASCAR IF DANICA (PATRICK) DOES WIN THE DAYTONA 500 POLE. WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT WOULD MEAN FROM A MILESTONE PERSPECTIVE? "It would be a great milestone for the sport. For her to come in and hopefully…I want to see it happen. It’s Hendrick (Motorsports) equipment, Stewart-Haas Racing I think it would be great for our sport, great for her, great kick start to the year for everybody within NASCAR."

JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 MCDONALD’S CHEVROLET SS - QUALIFIED 22ND HOW WAS YOUR QUALIFYING LAP? "It was okay a little slower than we ran in practice, but just pretty simple here."

ANY THOUGHTS, PLANS, STRATEGIES FOR THE DUEL RACES ON THURSDAY? "I am going to have to think about it a little bit. I watched the shootout race from the spotters stand last night which is a lot different perspective. We didn’t really have enough cars last night. Even when they had the full field I don’t think that is comparable to what you are going to see in the 150’s and definitely not what you are going to have in the (Daytona) 500. I don’t know that anyone really knows just yet."

WOULD YOU LIKE TO WATCH THE FIRST DUEL AND BE IN THE SECOND ONE? DO YOU HAVE PREFERENCE THERE? "No, I would like to be in the first one and watch the second one. I was in the second race last year and it’s dreadful to have to watch the first one and then go do it."


HOW WAS YOUR LAP? "We knew that our lap wasn’t going to be great today. We felt like our car for whatever reason the speed was a little off in single car runs. All in all it’s really about putting ourselves in position on Thursday to get a decent spot for the (Daytona 500) hopefully be around at the end to have a chance to win the race."

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE DUEL RACE? DO YOU PREFER TO BE IN THE FIRST OR SECOND RACE? "It doesn’t matter to me whichever race is fine. I think that for us it’s really just about getting out there and getting some more laps in and hopefully with a few more cars than what we had in the Unlimited so we can get a little better idea. I don’t think anybody is really going to have a 100 percent idea until we get all 43 cars out there because it just takes a lot of cars to keep the lines even and moving and get the runs that you need.

"It’s really going to be a little bit trial and error until you get to Sunday. It’s going to be a lot of trial and error at that point because the moves and things are going to happen a little bit quicker than what they happened last night."

DANICA (PATRICK) WILL BE ON THE FRONT PAGE IT LOOKS LIKE TOMORROW. HOW BIG A DEAL IS THAT? "I think it’s a huge deal. I think it’s good for everybody to shift the focus to what they are doing as a team and on the race track with performance. It’s a huge deal for our sport to have her on the front row of the Daytona 500. Definitely sets a new milestone in our sport and I think that is pretty neat. I’m just glad it’s for all the right reasons."

SHE HAS TAKEN WHAT YOU SAID LAST NIGHT AS JOKING DO YOU GUYS HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP? DO YOU TREAT HER LIKE ONE OF THE GUYS OUT THERE? "Yeah, you can joke around with her. She knows when you are joking and poking fun. I get along great with her and Ricky. I was giving you guys (the media) more grief than I was her."

IT’S FUNNY TONY (STEWART) IS THAT WAY IN A LOT OF WAYS. I’M NOT ASKING YOU TO COMMENT ON NEXT YEAR, BUT IT’S ALMOST LIKE A FRATERNITY OVER THERE ISN’T IT? "Well, Tony (Stewart) and I are good friends. We always joke. Sometimes people can take it the wrong way and I’m just glad she didn’t take it the wrong way. It’s fun."

SHE HAS SO FEW CUP RACES IS THERE ANY WORRIES OR CONCERN ABOUT HER LEADING THE FIELD DOWN FOR THE START OF THE DAYTONA 500? "I don’t think so. I think as you’ve gone through the past couple of years she has got enough experience now and takes enough of the knowledge in to be able to understand what she needs to do and not going to make any erratic moves, anything like that. I don’t think she would do anything silly."

AS FAR AS THE DAYTONA 500 IS CONCERNED DOES LAST NIGHT GIVE YOU ANY CONFIDENCE OR BELIEF OR ANYTHING? "Well, for us we came down with the intentions of having a pretty big handling race and I think some of the speed in our car is not there because of the weather and I think as the week heats up hopefully that will kind of come to us a little bit more from a handling aspect of it. I still don’t think you are going to get the full effect of how the draft is going to work until you get all those cars out there.

"Just like last night the side draft is so effective to slow those cars down. When they don’t have a line of cars behind them you can just stop them. It’s going to be much different when you get all the cars out there."

YOU’VE WON THIS RACE BEFORE IS THERE A POINT DURING THOSE SPEEDWEEKS WHERE YOU KNEW THAT YOU HAD ENOUGH TO WIN THIS RACE? "The great thing about these races is you can have the fastest car and not even come close to winning. You can have the slowest car and win the race. We just feel like anytime we come here or Talladega that you can put yourself in a position to have a chance to win."

WHY DOES HAVING DANICA PATRICK ON THE POLE MEAN SO MUCH FOR THE SPORT? "I think the impact that she brings to our sport just when she started I think from a demographic stand point as far as whether it’s age groups. When you look at that female fan base we have a good female fan base and for the fan base in general whether it’s male or female I think that she definitely brings a lot to the table that we will all benefit from."

WILL THIS SILENCE THE CRITICS OR DOES SHE HAVE TO WIN A RACE FIRST? "She is going to have a lot of pressure on her regardless because of all of the following that she has. You guys have seen it. It’s hard to ruffle her. It’s hard to get her off track of saying the right thing and doing the right thing because she is just really good at that part of it because she has had so much put on her from the beginning.

"I don’t think that the pressure is going to bother her. She is going to go out and do her own thing. I’m sure a lot of people are going to write good things and a lot of people are going to write things that aren’t so good but all in all she is very open minded to listening to what you have to say and will go out and do better.

"You saw the performance get better as she went through the year. I think having the people around her that she does, Tony (Stewart) is going to help her a lot to be able to lean on that experience there is a lot there."


"We've had our share of bad breaks this weekend, but the good news is that we have a fast car in race trim," said Busch. "We expected more in today's qualifying laps, but we're excited about the way our Furniture Row Chevrolet SS has performed in the draft. We've been fast, but haven't been able to really show our hand due to being collected in a pair of accidents (in Friday's practice and Saturday night's Sprint Unlimited race). We need our luck to change."

Busch added, "We aren't losing sight of our main goal and that's the Daytona 500, it's the biggest race of the year and that will be our only focus when we return to the track on Wednesday. What happened this weekend is history."

REGAN SMITH, NO. 51 GUY ROOFING CHEVROLET SS - QUALIFIED 37TH TALK ABOUT QUALIFYING OUT THERE AND WHAT YOUR EXPECTATIONS ARE FOR THURSDAY? "I think our expectation is that we are going to have to race good because we don’t have much speed in the car. We will work on handling and try to get the Guy Roofing Chevy to handle as good as we can. It’s been a case where there have been times we have had speed since we’ve been here and there were times that is what the car has had in it. I think we know what the car has in it now, so we’ve got to make sure it handles good. We know that is going to be a factor."

A LOT OF GUYS WERE SAYING LAST NIGHT THAT THIS CAR DOESN’T REALLY LIKE THE CLEAN AIR AS MUCH AS LAST YEAR’S CAR; DO YOU FIND THAT TO BE THE CASE? "Well, I can’t speak to that because I have only got five laps of drafting and it was in the test and we kind of got caught up in that melee on the backstretch. I don’t really know what it’s going to want. I know my car was really loose testing. I heard a lot of guys were loose last night that is why I think handling is going to play a pretty big factor in it. We will just keep working on it and see if we can’t find speed in the next five days."

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