Sonoma Qualifying Report
• Clint Bowyer, No. 15 5-hour ENERGY — will start fifth
• Martin Truex Jr., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota – will start 14th
• Brian Vickers, No. 55 RK Motors – will start 34th.
Clint Bowyer: How was your qualifying run?
“It was okay. I slipped up a little bit in a couple areas. I knew after the lap I had yesterday, it was going to be really hard to back that up. I just didn’t exactly hit a perfect lap. We started sixth last year and hopefully we’ll win up there. I think we’ll definitely end up in the top-10 somewhere. We’ll be fine.”
What do you think about the new qualifying format at road courses?
“It wasn’t any change. Still need some tweaking. I think it was the thought, the idea was there. The execution after what we saw with the tire falloff probably wasn’t the best thing. I think it would kind of neat, if we’re going to run three laps -- if we’re able to run three laps, we need to run three laps and have a combined lap total as your lap.”
Martin Truex Jr.: “Something burned up in the race car. The last few turns of the lap, I definitely screwed up because I had smoke flying and it smelled really bad and I was like, ‘Oh no, what’s going on here.’ So, my concentration was kind of messed up. I think we’re going to be okay. It looks like it was just part of the wiring harness for the cool box, which we didn’t even use today, but we’ll use tomorrow. So, hopefully it’s not a big deal. Hopefully it’s something we can fix. We’ve had a pretty decent car this weekend and typically the last few times we’ve been here, we’ve qualified well and that really threw me off there. I was hoping to have a much better lap than that today. Hopefully we’ll be okay for tomorrow.”
Jason Bowles (Qualified for Brian Vickers): What’s your role this weekend with the No. 55?
“I’m just here to make sure the car is decent for Brian (Vickers). Just do a decent job and make sure his car is ready to go on Sunday.”
Is the car ready for tomorrow’s race?
“I think so. It’s not bad. It’s tough not having any experience in a Cup car and then coming here and doing this. But, I think we got the car pretty decent and I think it will drive good for him tomorrow.”
• The race starts at 3 p.m. ET on TNT and PRN Radio 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