Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Toyota drivers on Richmond

Mark Martin on Richmond: “This is my 55th race at Richmond and I am driving the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine plus Toyota is sponsoring the race so we have all that going for us. We were fortunate enough to win the pole here last year and MWR has done really well here of late. Clint won this race in the fall and we finished third. Martin Truex has been on fire the last two weeks. So, we are pretty optimistic Saturday night is going to be a lot of fun. Richmond is one of the best places we race and it seems like it’s always a great show for the fans.”

Martin Truex Jr. on racing at Richmond: “I expect another strong run this weekend at Richmond. I love going to that track. We’ve had some fast NAPA Toyotas over the last couple of years. Actually, it’s a good track for the entire Michael Waltrip Racing organization. It’s all about keeping this ball rolling in the direction we’ve been heading over the last few weeks. With some luck, we’ll leave there with a win on Saturday night.”

Truex Jr. on “Get Lucky with Truex” contest: “I’m all about mixing things up and trying something different if it will help. But I do not consider myself superstitious. After our bad luck at Daytona, I actually changed out my driver’s helmet. Right before Texas, I didn’t shave and I still haven’t since we’ve run well two weeks in a row. I really think this is a fun idea and when it comes to NASCAR fans, they are the best. This is a fun way to get them involved and if they can share with me what helps them succeed, I am more than willing to see if it works for me. I can’t wait to see what is sent in. It’s a  win-win situation for everyone that’s for sure! This little project could turn out big. This is going to be fun! But I really hope this contest doesn't last very long.”

Clint Bowyer on racing at Richmond: “Once you win at a racetrack, every time you go back there after that, there's always something you can carry in, and that's confidence headed into that racetrack. We had a solid run, a top-5 run at Kansas at home, and a little extra boost of confidence and momentum rolling into a track that's really good for me. So yes, absolutely. I'm looking forward to getting to Richmond. I know the boys are, and they're going to have the racer set on fuel for me.”

Bowyer on short-track racing: “You've got to hit your marks, you've got to be precise, you've got to get your car handling. At the end of the day it's no different than these bigger racetracks, but that being said, it seems like I'm better at getting my car to handle as good or better than the competition at these short tracks. You've got to be able to put the power down, wide open up off the corners, you've got to be able to get into the corners first and foremost. A lot of these short tracks we get loose in, and once you're loose in on any racetrack you just can't complete the corner and you're going to be off a little bit on speed. So you just focus on the balance of your race car, where you need to be, and then race hard. But more importantly, get comfortable. On the short tracks, things happen so fast, if you're not comfortable, if you're tense and up on the wheel and just can't get settled into a pace, it seems like you struggle really bad, and most of the time I can get to where I'm relatively comfortable and can get to just pacing and making laps.”

Bowyer on the runner-up jinx: “Obviously everybody talks about that runner up jinx and everything else. It just wasn't the case with us, The reason I didn't think so is everybody else that had finished second, Carl -- looking at Carl in particular, he lost by a point. Just the devastation from that can carry over not just within a driver but everybody across the board on the race team. We were first year in with a brand new team, we finished second in the championship, won three races. There was absolutely nothing to be hanging your head on, holding your head down. We were all super pumped up and couldn't wait to get started in 2013. For us it's just kind of been business as usual. We've had some bumps in the road, we've had some bad luck that we've had to battle through. But nonetheless, we've been able to continue to rebound after a bad weekend and get a good finish.”


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