Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Toyota drivers on Texas

Martin Truex Jr., on racing at Texas: “Texas is one of my favorite tracks. It’s been a really good track for me in the past. We had good runs there last season. I love that it’s old and worn out. It’s got some bumps in it. It’s really, really fast and very similar to one of my other favorite tracks—Atlanta. I always look forward to going there. I am interested in seeing what this new NAPA Toyota does. I hope it’s something that we can go out with and win this race.”

Clint Bowyer, on racing at Texas: “I love Texas. The racing is always good and the track does such a great job of putting on a show both on and off the racetrack for the fans. This is one of the marque events on the schedule and taking home a trophy from Texas is a big deal. I’ve come close, but close doesn’t count. I want to win.” 

Clint Bowyer, on Gander Mountain's message: “I’m really proud to have Gander Mountain on the race car for the Texas race, but more importantly I think we carry such a great message ‘With Rights Comes Responsibility; Secure Your Firearms.’ It’s so important to keep that responsibility and to keep firearms out of the hands of the underage, untrained and unauthorized. Gander Mountain has always done such a great job of promoting safety and responsibility. Truthfully that’s why I am so excited to have them on board.”

Mark Martin, on racing at Texas: “I’ve always loved Texas Motor Speedway for a lot of reasons. I’ve always run pretty well there. We won there in 1998 and had good runs most of the time. That’s been in both Sprint Cup and Nationwide racing. For some reason, I just like racing there. It’s fast and will be again this weekend with the new cars. Should be a heck of a show. The track does it up right every race, and this weekend will be no different. Bruton (Smith) and Eddie (Gossage) do a great job with that track. It seems every year we go back they have something new and better. They really think of the fans.”

Mark Martin, on Batesville, Ark.: The track is about 450 miles from Batesville, so I’ve had a lot of support at Texas. When I walk by the fence going out to qualify or in driver introductions, I hear from them. I know Saturday we have a few hospitality visits and things like that going on. It’s good. The fans are real enthusiastic down there.”

Mark Martin, on working with multi-driver teams: “From my standpoint, it has worked well because I've worked with people that embraced it — Tony Gibson and all the guys on that team — Ryan Pemberton and all the guys on that team. (55 crew chief) Rodney (Childers) and all his guys at the 55 — Rodney gave his guys the opportunity to move to a different car when they found out that I was going to do a limited schedule or a split season. Everyone at the 55 made the choice — they wanted to be there. It's worked really, really well. It’s fun, it's comfortable — we've had great results. They were in contention to win with all three drivers last year. I certainly think that how you approach it and if you approached it with a negative attitude then I don't think it would work at all. I think it's important from that standpoint for everyone to be on board.”

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