Martinsville Qualifying Report
• Brian Vickers, No. 55 Jet Edge Toyota – will start third
• Martin Truex Jr., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota – will start 12th.
• Clint Bowyer, No. 15 RK Motors Toyota — will start 15th.
BRIAN VICKERS: “I don’t know that I did. I don’t know that I didn’t, but I don’t know that I did. You’re kind of scratching your head like, ‘Man, could I have got a little more out of it?’ It’s so tight here at Martinsville. It’s such a great race track. It’s a lot of fun, but it’s difficult. And, you’re right, this is a good looking car. We’ve got Jet Edge on it this weekend. I like that light blue, it’s kind of like that Carolina blue. I don’t know if I made fans or lost fans, but I don’t really watch basketball. I just race. I’m just really proud of the guys. They did a good job -- everyone on the 55 crew. They made some good changes and maybe we left a little bit out there or maybe we got all of it. I don’t know. It’s all so tight it’s hard to say.”
MARTIN TRUEX JR.: “It was a good pick up from practice. We’ve been fighting a loose handling NAPA Toyota all day in qualifying trim. We definitely made progress there. We just didn’t go far enough. Hopefully it will be a decent starting spot on Sunday. My NAPA Toyota seems to have good speed in race trim. We’ll get it dialed in tomorrow and go racing.”
CLINT BOWYER: “It didn’t work out as well as I would have liked. The 5-hour ENERGY Toyota was just too loose all the way around. I knew when I was loose in practice that I’d probably be loose in qualifying, but I don’t think I realized just how much it would change. We’ll be fine. We’ll get it figured out and be ready for Sunday.”
• Jimmie Johnson won the pole with a time of 19.22 seconds/98.400 mph.
• Marcos Ambrose, Vickers, Joey Logano and Jeff Gordon round out the top-five.
• Johnson’s qualifying time set a new Martinsville Speedway track qualifying record.
• Two Sprint Cup Series practices are schedule for tomorrow.
• The race starts at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.
NAME: Brian Vickers
HOMETOWN: Thomasville, NC
RESIDENCE: Miami & NYC
NAME: Clint Bowyer
HOMETOWN: Emporia, KS
RESIDENCE: Clemmons, NC
NAME: Martin Truex Jr.
HOMETOWN: Mayetta, NJ
RESIDENCE: Mooresville, NC