Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 10/13/14

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 10: Kyle Busch, driver of the #5 Sta-Green/Lowe's Chevrolet, races in front of Matt Kenseth, driver of the #17 Arby's Ford, during the NASCAR Busch Series ARIZONA.TRAVEL 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 10, 2007 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing | Starting Position: 5th Why did you run both qualifying laps? “You got to run lap two here just to see what happens. You can be faster or you can be slower, it depends how much you get out of it on the first one. The guys gave me a great piece here today. The Interstate Batteries Camry is awesome. Right off the truck we’ve been fast. Some fine tuning on it making it a little bit better here and there. Dave (Rodgers, crew chief) and the guys — can’t say enough.” What did you do different to go faster on your second qualifying lap? “Just let the tires do what they were going to do. Sometimes you can run hard enough on the first one and that’s it, and you don’t go much faster. But, other times you just run that second one and you see if it’s any faster or not. I felt like our Interstate Batteries Camry has been really good here today. The guys have done an awesome job for me. Really appreciate their effort.” Are there any issues with the race track and ‘weepers’? “There’s a ‘weeper’ on the apron of (turn) four. I’m not sure why or where it’s coming from — what the deal is there, but it’s been there all day. We’re not running there, but it’s in the bottom lane and it will be an issue for the race. Other than that, it feels like track conditions are pretty good.” Are you surprised there was no penalty over the roof flap issues at Daytona?   “I don’t know what the rules are on all that stuff. It kind of depends on I guess how severe people went on that. But, you’re certainly happy that there’s no penalties.” Can a mid-week race work in NASCAR like the late model race you ran in Milwaukee earlier this week? “I think it’s okay at the lower level cause you’re only looking for five to 10 thousand people to show up at these race tracks. Felt like the Milwaukee Mile had a really good crowd. I think there was 10 or 12 thousand people there. That was really good, especially for the weather scare we had earlier in the day. All in all, I think it might work here (in NASCAR). We’ve done it at Bristol a few times with the trucks and what not. I’d say the crowd’s not great for that, but it could be different for a Cup race.” MATT KENSETH, No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing | Starting Position: 13th What happened during qualifying? “I thought I lost it out of (turn) four on the last lap. I just got loose down there and I couldn’t hold the gas down. I think that will be a good run. That’s probably the best qualifying effort I’ve probably ever had here. I feel pretty good about my Dollar General Camry. It’s been doing the things I want it to do. I just got a little too aggressive that lap and cost us a little bit of time.” How is your car handling? “The car did the things I wanted it to do. I was just was a little bit too greedy — aggressive where I probably left a half-a- tenth laying there. Overall, I was really happy with how it drove. It’s been driving good since we got here. It’s a tough track for me — it has been. It has been pretty much forever. Probably one of my worst tracks qualifying and racing, so I’m pretty encouraged how my car drives.” Can you turn things around here at New Hampshire? “I feel like it’s been one of my weakest tracks, and Denny (Hamlin) and Kyle (Busch) are both amazing here. I’ve been trying to pay attention to what they got going. I feel like I’ve been learning some stuff there. And certainly they know what they’re doing at Joe Gibbs Racing at these kind of race tracks for sure. I’m looking forward to it to see if I can improve and I can step up my game a little bit.” BRIAN VICKERS, No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing | Starting Position: 14th How was your qualifying lap? “I think going back and forth to the Nationwide car and the Cup car — that first lap’s always the most difficult one. The guys — they delivered the Aaron’s Dream Machine — it was really, really good. I think I probably left a little bit on the table the first lap, but I got all of it the second. Hopefully, it will hold up. We’ll see. Going out early is definitely going to hurt us, but I think we’ll have a good starting spot.” How was your race car? “The guys did a great job. They gave me a great car. The Aaron’s Dream Machine drove really good. When you’re so close you think, ‘Gosh, I could have found it somewhere.’ We’ll see how it all shakes out. I think we’ll have a solid starting spot. We have a great car in race trim.” How much of a factor is weather in New Hampshire? “You know, it’s always going to be a factor. Going out early unquestionably hurt us. How much so? I don’t know. I feel like we got most of the car and most of the track. We were off in qualifying — we only got to make one qualifying run. The changeover took longer than we anticipated. So, that most certainly hurt us in qualifying trim.” MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA Batteries Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing | Starting Position: 20th How was your qualifying run? “Not what we were looking for. Maybe picked up from practice — which is good. But, some other guys picked up more. We were really good in race trim this afternoon. It felt like when we would go to qualifying trim it would still be fast –that wasn’t the case. So, we were kind of searching a little there. Just missed it a little bit.” Are you confident with the race setup? “Definitely where we started for race trim was better than we’ve been here in the past, especially last year. Tomorrow is a whole different day and this place changes a lot throughout the weekend. We’ll get to work on it tomorrow and see what we can do.” How much fun is it to be back in New Hampshire? “It would be fun if we were the fastest guy here — winning the pole and winning the race, but other than that it’s just a cool place to come to.” -Toyota Racing PR

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