Found June 15, 2013 on Start 'N' Park Blog:
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YOU’VE HAD FAST CARS ALL YEAR. TALK ABOUT YOUR OUTLOOK FOR SUNDAY’S RACE AT MICHIGAN “Our qualifying lap was close. Carl Edwards went out early and posted a number that was right in the range that we thought we could run, and we came up just a bit shy with a little tightness in (Turns) 1 and 2 and maybe I was a little loose getting into (Turn) 3. When you’re splitting hairs like that, and you come home second and it’s like, ‘no worries’. We could have made a lap like that and come home 15th or so. So, it’s great that we are transitioning into this phase of the season. This team has done a tremendous job back at the shop with the shaker rig, the pull-down rig; tying that into the wind-tunnel notes. There are a couple of guys working on this car that are just doing a phenomenal job; better than I’ve seen at a lot of places with the combination of speed. And it’s cool because in our team de-briefs afterwards, we can honestly all look at each other and not have to sweep any information under the rug. We can all understand what led to what and why we didn’t deliver a better performance. And it’s just great to be on the same page with all these guys. It’s just a good feeling. To be on the front row four times this year; it’s all happened since Texas. It was like that race there just turned the switch on for us, and it’s been a great ride. So we’re just going to keep rolling. To be second, that’s qualifying, now we’ve just got to step into the race and that’s where we’ve got to close the deal. We haven’t been as strong as we’ve needed to be in the last section of the race, like after the last pit stop or with two pit stops to go, that’s where we have to find a little bit more improvement. But otherwise, these Furniture Row guys are phenomenal, and we’re knocking on the door.” YOU WERE CLOSE IN QUALIFYING. HOW CLOSE DO YOU THINK YOUR SET-UP WILL BE FOR THE RACE? IS IT AS EQUALLY CLOSE? “We’ll have tomorrow morning to shakedown this general set-up tomorrow. And at 9:30 in the morning, it’s going to be so fast it will be hard to get a perfect read. Because on Sunday, the checkered flag is going to drop at 3:30 or 4 o’clock on Sunday and that’s when we need to find a little bit more speed. And so we’ll have another set-up change to give the car tomorrow morning, and then we’ll decide from there what we’re going to run the second practice with, and really hone in on it. So we have a nice procedure and it’s a good game plan.” HOW MUCH DO YOU FEEL YOUR TEAM’S ASSOCIATION WITH RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING HAS HELPED THIS IMPRESSIVE RUN THAT YOU’VE BEEN ON OF LATE? “Well, it’s vital to be teamed-up with a big program to know that they’re working behind the scenes on all the speed that they’re trying to find. And then it bleeds over with the things that we have found and have distributed to Richard Childress Racing. So you always hope there’s that nice two-way street. And everybody at RCR has been rooting us on and we’re there trying to push them and there are new things that we’re bringing to the race track and each of the teams are working on little things. They consider us a fourth car. And so it’s great to have those teammate notes, so to speak, with (Kevin) Harvick and (Paul) Menard and (Jeff) Burton. That way I can look at notes and understand things quickly. When it comes down to more of the engineering-side, and those guys being able to communicate, and it’s the alliance that we have. It’s what we pay for. And it’s great to see it work.” LOOKING AT SUNDAY’S RACE, WOULD QUALIFYING ON THE POLE BE ANY DIFFERENT FROM STARTING SECOND? “Well, there is always the feather in the cap and the morale boost that it gives you. And when the road guys are done with their job and they turn it over to the pit crew guys, those are the guys that we need a little bit more from right now. And if we could have been in that first pit box, that would have helped with our overall pit road speed time. That way you don’t have to accelerate out of your pit box to go and trigger that line to lock yourself in that position. So, we’ll still find a great pit box with our pit selection, but that’s really the biggest difference. Outside-pole, inside-pole, Carl (Edwards) will choose outside or inside. We won’t know until the warm-up laps on what lane we’re going to be in. So, the front row is the best spot to be. And the first pit box is even better. So we just came up a little shy on that. But overall, to be up front and to have clean air on our car early in the race will be a definite benefit.” -Team Chevy PR
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