TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR RUN OUT THERE TODAY:
“I knew we had a fast car yesterday in the draft, it seemed really fast and could kind of go wherever I wanted. Today when I left the pits it just got up through the gears really quick and just felt good. It felt like the engine was running strong. I kind of held a line right around the bottom of the track where they told me to go and it worked. It’s my first pole at this track and at this type of a race track so it feels pretty good. We have tried for a long time to win one here and this shows how awesome that car is thanks to Hendrickcars.com and Chevrolet and everybody at Hendrick Motorsports we have some fast cars this weekend.”
HOW MUCH DIFFERENCE DOES THE HENDRICK EQUIPMENT MAKE? I THINK YOU HAD YOUR PREVIOUS BEST QUALIFYING EFFORT IN THE SPRING THEN BACKED IT UP WITH A POLE HERE. IT JUST SEEMS LIKE THEY ARE ALWAYS AROUND THE TOP OF THE CHART HERE:
“They just put a big emphasis on these types of tracks and this type of racing. I have never been anywhere before where they do that. As far as the engine goes, the body of the car, everything that they can work on they do. So that makes all of our cars qualify well and look really good when it comes to qualifying. I have qualified dead last here before and close to it probably the majority of the times I have been here my first three or four years in the Cup series. That is just all the effort and emphasis that they put on this track. It feels good to drive that car.”
DOES THIS MEAN ANYTHING FOR TOMORROW?
“It means I’m going to start first (laughs), that’s it. I think it means I will try to lead the first lap and just try to get that extra bonus point. If we are up there we might as well stay there and try to lead the most laps if we can. There will be a lot of lead changes I’d expect. So if you could lead the most laps get another point. To me it is just all about getting as many points as possible from here out. If we relax and wait in the back and try to stay out of something I think we just really need to race and race hard. We are a long ways back right now so if we can’t make points up at a track like this then we are probably not going to make those points up.”
DO YOU EXPECT TOMORROW TO BE A MORE WILD AND WIDE OPEN AFFAIR THEN MAYBE WE HAVE SEEN HERE IN THE PAST? IT SEEMS LIKE THERE ARE HALF A DOZEN GUYS YOU INCLUDED WHO ARE SORT OF ON THE FRINGE OF BEING IN AND OUT OF THE CHASE. ARE PEOPLE GOING TO TAKE MORE CHANCES THAN NORMAL?
“I feel like there are more guys talking about racing throughout the whole race tomorrow than what there has been the last few times we have been here. That is some of the Chase guys, there are guys outside of the Chase that have struggled maybe this year or had some bad luck this year and they could really change it around at a track like this. Yeah, I could see a pretty aggressive race at times tomorrow.”