Toyota NSCS Las Vegas Post-Qualifying Notes & Quotes

Matt Kesneth was the quickest Toyota entry in qualifying at Las Vegas
Matt Kenseth was the quickest Toyota entry in qualifying at Las Vegas

MATT KENSETH, No. 20 DeWalt Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Starting Position: 6th

How was your qualifying run?

"The track gained a lot of grip, which I guess is to be expected. It's really fast. They took a little bit of downforce off the cars, but not nearly as much as the power they took away, so your mid-corner speeds are just way, way up. I thought I got a good lap. I knew I missed (Turn) 3 a little bit there. We just got a little too tight, but overall I thought we got three good laps and I thought I got everything I could out of the car there that last run and we ended up with a decent spot."

What are your expectations for Sunday's race?

"I'll have a better idea when we get through practice tomorrow. We didn't work on race trim much today, so just got to get it driving good tomorrow. The track is going to be a lot different than any other year with this tire I think, so we're really going to have to work on making sure the car will go through the bumps, make sure the car will turn good and do the things we want it to do."

David Ragan
David Ragan

DAVID RAGAN, No. 18 M&M's Crispy Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Starting Position: 13th

How was your qualifying effort?

"We were able to pick up just a little bit with our M&M's Crispy Camry, but just probably needed one more run. I think the track cooled off a little bit there at the end. We were pretty confident in our lap time, but those guys got back out and just beat us by a couple of thousands and hundredths (of a second). You always want to be in that final group, you know? You always feel like you've got a chance for the pole if you can get to that final group. We probably learned a few things today and we'll have some opportunities to work on it tomorrow in race trim. So far, good weekend – just came up a little bit short in qualifying."

Carl Edwards
Carl Edwards

CARL EDWARDS, No. 19 Comcast Business Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Starting Position: 14th

How was your qualifying run?

"Our Camry was really fast. We just needed – we thought we were in for the third round, so we didn't want to go put another run on our tires and we ended up having a couple guys knock us out as the sun went down. The car is really fast. It's going to be good and I think it's going to be a fun race. I'm excited."

DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Starting Position: 19th

CLINT BOWYER, No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing

Starting Position: 20th

Did you feel good about your qualifying run?

"Really thought we were going to be in the final round. I had a great Turn 1 and 2 on the last lap, but I didn't have a great (Turns) 3 and 4. Real proud of the guys – we worked real hard on it after practice and they gave me a great 5-hour ENERGY Toyota for qualifying. We learned some things in qualifying that I think will help the rest of weekend."

Brian Vickers back in action
Brian Vickers back in action

BRIAN VICKERS, No. 55 Aaron's 60th Anniversary Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing

Starting Position: 28th

Did the track change during qualifying?

"It was a little bit different. We had a really good lap going until off of (Turn) 4. I don't know if I just asked too much of it through (Turns) 3 and 4 and it kind of took off. I had to lift late and once you lift that far out of the corner on the straightaway, you're in trouble. Other than that, the Aaron's Dream Machine was great and I think we have a lot of potential and it's a long race."​

How did it feel to be back in the No. 55 Camry?

"It feels great. It feels so good to be back in the race car and going 200 miles an hour again. I'm really proud of all the guys on this team and they give me the chance. It really is kind of a dream come true for the third time being able to race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the Aaron's Dream Machine when I wasn't sure if I would again."

JJ YELEY, No. 23 Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry, BK Racing

Starting Position: 40th

JEB BURTON, No. 26 MaximFantasySports.com App Toyota Camry, BK Racing

Starting Position: 41st

REED SORENSON, No. 29 Toyota Camry, RAB Racing
Starting Position: DNQ

MATT DIBENEDETTO, No. 83 Burger King Toyota Camry, BK Racing
Starting Position: DNQ

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