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Homestead: Toyota teams qualifying quotes

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Homestead: Toyota teams qualifying quotes
Nov 21, 2009, 2:16 AM

SCOTT SPEED, No. 82 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team Starting Position: 2nd How do you handle starting next to Jimmie Johnson on Sunday? "Carefully. More than anything I think it was just a product of being able to go out when the sun ...

SCOTT SPEED, No. 82 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team
Starting Position: 2nd

How do you handle starting next to Jimmie Johnson on Sunday? "Carefully. More than anything I think it was just a product of being able to go out when the sun was going down. Nonetheless its two years in a row that we're on the outside front row here. Eventually, I am going to want to be on the pole. The car is pretty good in race trim. Hopefully, we can work on it. When you start up front in a race like this, especially the way the restarts are working now with the lappers having to go to the back because you potentially don't go a lap down and you stay on the lead lap all day and get a good result. We have to take advantage of it and run good all day on Sunday and come home with a good, strong end of the year."

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MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Little Debbie Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Starting Position: 3rd

How was your qualifying run today? "It was great until Scott Speed just bumped me off the front row. We had a chance at our first front row spot and just lost it there on the last couple cars that ran. We're really pleased - it's about a second faster than what I qualified here last year. It's pretty much got the same springs underneath so it just shows you how far I've come as a driver and how far we've come as a team. I really didn't know how I was going to stack up this weekend, this track was my worst of last season. I was worried about coming down here, but I guess it worked out well and we had a great draw for qualifying. I drew 35th and you can't do much better than that in those conditions. We made the most of it."

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DAVID GILLILAND, No. 02 Farm Bureau Insurance Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 17th

Are you happy with your qualifying lap? "I'm really proud of all of the guys. We've struggled in practice with this deal this year and all of the guys made some great changes for actual qualifying laps and we were able to put down a solid lap there and into the race. We're in a little bit different situation than a lot of people. We come here and first and foremost we had to qualify in the race or we won't be here on Sunday. So that's our first and foremost goal. I'm real proud of what we've been able to do and we've been able to go back on some notes that we learned from earlier in the year the first two races that we did. I'm real proud of all of the guys. The Farm Bureau Toyota Camry drove great."

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MICHAEL McDOWELL, No. 36 WAVE Energy Drink Toyota Camry, Tommy Baldwin Racing
Starting Position: 18th

DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 22nd

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 30th

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BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team
Starting Position: 33rd

How does it feel to be the first person on the race track during qualifying? "You don't want to be the first one out. Honestly, the track's lost grip. I was expecting the sun going down, maybe losing some temp and gain some grip but the track temperature is about the same when we checked it. I think the Nationwide rubber took a little bit of grip away. The track seemed really slick to me. Our car was sliding around. Hopefully it keeps sliding around for everyone else."

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JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 35th

MATT CRAFTON, No. 7 Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports
Starting Position: 37th

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DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 38th

How was your qualifying run? "I had my hands full for sure with our FedEx Camry. Today we really haven't had a whole lot of speed in our race car even though the balance was fairly close. We had a lot of days like that but come Sunday I'm sure we're going to be towards the front where we should be."

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MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 39th

TERRY LABONTE, No. 08 FanCar Toyota Camry, Carter-Simo Racing
Starting Position: 43rd

JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 NEMCO Motorsports Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports
Starting Position: DNQ

DAVE BLANEY, No. 66 Prism Motorsports Toyota Camry, Prism Motorsports
Starting Position: DNQ

MAX PAPIS, No. 13 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Starting Position: DNQ

-credit: toyota motorsports

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