Friday, September 10, 2010
Qualifying Report - Richmond International Raceway
Martin Truex Jr. — No. 56 NAPA BRAKES Toyota — qualified 29th.
• Carl Edwards won the Coors Light Pole Award
• Juan Pablo Montoya and AJ Allmendinger rounded out top three.
• Point leader Kevin Harvick will start 20th
• JTG-Daugherty’s Marcos Ambrose will start 12nd
• Saturday’s race begins at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) on ABC-TV, MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio channel 128.
DAVID REUTIMANN — How was your car in practice today and how was your qualifying lap?
“We had a pretty good practice with the Aaron’s Dream Machine and we were just a little too free on our second lap. We couldn’t be as productive as we needed to be and missed it a little bit. All in all, pretty good effort for the guys. We unloaded good, I made some smart changes and I feel like this is probably the best car we’ve ever had here. I am kind of disappointed though, I feel like we should have been better in qualifying. We got loose on our second lap and it cost us some time. When you have opportunities to get poles, you want to get them. When you miss them, it bums you out.”
Will you approach these final 11 races differently not being in the Chase?
“It’s our own fault for not getting in the Chase. It’s a situation where we just go out here and race hard like we have been. I’m not going to approach anything any different. It may give us a chance to take some different chances and gamble a little bit on occasion when we probably wouldn’t. Other than that, I think it’s business as usual for us.”
MARTIN TRUEX JR. — How was your qualifying lap?
“It was not very good. We were pretty decent in that second practice there in race trim. Our car just doesn’t have good speed on new tires right out of the gate. It takes a few laps for it to come around and pretty much what it did right there. Just the front tires just never hooked up. I’m disappointed in the lap, but I’m proud of the guys and the job that they did after the problem we had in the first practice.”
What happened to force you to go to a backup car?
“The throttle stuck wide open going into turn one. It was unfortunate and a bit of an error on our part back at the shop as far as getting the car prepared. It had a little trouble with the throttle pedal assembly in the car. A bit of a mistake that set us back, but they recovered well -- the guys did on the NAPA Toyota. I’m just real disappointed on that lap right now.”