POST COCA-COLA 600 QUALIFYING

Pat Tryson (crew chief, No. 56 NAPA Batteries Toyota) – “It was a little bit of a struggle because it was a long hot day. I think everyone started sliding around a little bit more. Once it cooled off, it was pretty similar to last week. I think we will be good for Sunday, but we’ll have to wait and see.”

Ryan Newman (driver, No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet, 46th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole) –“Glad the numbers worked out for us. I ran a high line after watching (Juan Pablo) Montoya and had a lot of confidence in the car. Good to be on the pole with the Army car for Memorial Day. I watched Montoya in practice, and he showed us how to do it. I said I was going to the top, and it paid off, after talking with Jimmie Johnson. I never run into the corner that close to the wall; it was as relaxed as I’ve ever been. I really like this track and its banking and always have from the first time I saw it during a ride around here with Buddy Baker. Feel like I’m more prepared than I’ve ever been and so is our team. No different than it would be taking over from Baker, but I would be happy to replace (David) Pearson.”

Kurt Busch (driver, No. 2 Miller Lite/Vortex Dodge, second fastest) – “To be able to turn what we accomplished from last Saturday night (victory in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race) into a good qualifying package speaks well of our team. We’ll  have a good pit box now for the 600. With Roger (Penske, car owner) on the pole up there (Indianapolis), we were trying to get the pole down here. We were just a tick off the pole, and it felt like it, too. When a good crew chief does his job, these are things that happen. I would take an average of the All-Star finish and today’s qualifying finish and see who the favorites are then for the 600.”

Martin Truex Jr. (driver, No. 56 NAPA Batteries Toyota, third fastest) – “It was a good day for us. We had a good practice and picked up some time. Good balance on the car. The Sprint Showdown (race) was about the same time the 600 will start, and we learned quite a bit with the car and adjusting on it. It is hard to say if a later draw would have mattered or what would have happened when I went out. About half of the track was in sunlight. That’s the luck of the draw. Seems like, in race trim, we were not the fastest in practice, but I believe we have a car that’ll hang around top-five most of the night.”