Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 9/17/14

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 Doublemint Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing | Starting Position: 4th Did the clouds play a role in qualifying speeds? “Clouds played a huge role and unfortunately we didn’t get one. We still had a solid time there and ended up fourth so at least we are up near the front. It’s always better to start here closer to the front. Our race cars have always been fast here so we’ll see what the Doublemint Camry has in it for tomorrow.” Do you prefer rougher surface tracks or new repave tracks? “The tracks that have character and bumps in it and everything like that are a lot more fun to drive. This one here is a lot more treacherous because there’s water — a lot of water that seeps through the holes and there’s actually water out there now. I hit about four spots of it while I was on my qualifying run. That’s a concern, but everyone is on the same race track so you just have to pick your spots.” Will the weepers in the track play a role in the race? “I was mostly successful driving through the one (weeper) in turn one last night. The weepers are out there and they continually keep coming. It’s just the way this track is — its how many saw cuts it’s had in it and everything else and the grinds that it’s had in order to get it smoother. It’s just so thin.” Do you build adjustability into the race car? ”You certainly do. You try to build in it what you can, but here the last couple years the track hasn’t changed a whole lot for the Cup cars. The Trucks it’s like a light switch and the Nationwide cars it’s like a light switch so we have to be ready for that tonight.” DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing | Starting Position: 6th How was your qualifying run? “It was a pretty good run. Wasn’t too bad. We got out of it pretty much all we had. You know, a little speed here and there. We got caught by the sunlight where other guys had shade and that kind of hurt us a little bit.” BRIAN VICKERS, No. 55 Aaron’s/University of Louisville National Champions Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing | Starting Position: 9th How was the qualifying lap? “It was significantly better than practice by a large margin. The guys did a really good job. It’s always tough when you have to whole sell a race car and you don’t get a chance to practice. It’s tough for the guys and tough for me. We just missed it in qualifying trim in practice. We only got one stab at it and ran out of time. These guys did a great job making it better. I have to thank Aaron’s for the opportunity, obviously and what a cool paint scheme, having the Louisville Cardinals on the car this week as national champions — hopefully a little bit of that victory will rub off on us. We unloaded with a fast Camry, but it was a bit of a handful to drive. We really focused on trying to get it more manageable, especially for the race and in traffic and stuff. Part of that, we lost a little bit of speed and then we worked on trying to get that speed back in the car — we just ran out of time. I think we have a good idea what we need to do. A lot of that we applied to this qualifying trim package here and it seemed to be much better. It makes me optimistic for tomorrow night and what we can do with our race trim package to hopefully put this Louisville Cardinal Aaron’s Camry in victory lane.” CLINT BOWYER, No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing | Starting Position: 15th How has the car been handling? “We’re off, kind of been that way since we unloaded. Been struggling. Good news is we have a night to go back and look at notes and work on it and see if we can make it better.” What is the special paint scheme on your Camry this weekend? “It’s cool to have the 30th Anniversary Toyota Camry paint scheme. It’s been a great car for a lot of years and it’s turning out to be a good car on the race track as well. Cool to have that paint scheme.” MATT KENSETH, No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing | Starting Position: 16th How was the qualifying lap? “We got a good draw, but we didn’t have the greatest conditions. That was the best we ran all day. It says something about our day — I just really haven’t had anything that I’ve liked so far since we’ve been here. This condensed schedule makes it really tough if you do get off and never felt like we hit it. Hopefully, we’ll figure something out tonight and be there for tomorrow.” Will a weather change tomorrow impact your setup? “Any kind of change can’t hurt us because we really struggled today. I don’t know what will help us, but I don’t think at this point anything can make it a lot worse. We will look into that and I’m sure Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) will make some adjustments and whatever happens with the weather will happen.” MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing | Starting Position: 19th How was the qualifying lap? “Super tight. It was better than practice, but the track has picked up a lot. This is one of those places where it seems to pick up a lot of speed in qualifying. Last year, I don’t think we got a chance to qualify here because it rained out or something, in fact I think two years in a row it’s done that. We just missed it today.” -Toyota Racing PR
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