Ed Carpenter will start Saturday’s Rainguard Water Sealers 600 at Texas Motor Speedway from 14th place on the grid having set a qualifying speed of 220.487MPH.
After setting the fastest time in final practice session on Friday night, Carpenter commented by saying:
At the end there, I was in the back of the line and put up a big number. It doesn’t necessarily mean a whole lot of anything, but at the same time I’m pretty happy with my car. It felt pretty good relative to what I was seeing from other cars. It gave me confidence that we can make a good run tomorrow night. It’s still a tricky place. It’s a harder to pass because the top lane hasn’t come in yet (Turns 1-2) but maybe we’ll work it in over the course of the race. If not, I still think you’ll be able to get around people because Turn 2 from mid to exit is a lot harder with the new configuration. I still think it will be a good race, but I do think it will be different than the ones we’ve had the last couple of years.
JR Hildebrand in the No.21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet starts Saturday’s race from 18th place and speaking following qualifying for the race he commented by saying:
I’m still disappointed in where we qualified. It wasn’t because the car wasn’t handling well, but that’s behind us now. At the end of the final practice we were in a huge pack of cars and we were able to work our way through it pretty effectively. I’m definitely encouraged by that heading into tomorrow. We’ve made some changes between the two cars that have improved how we can run in traffic. Tomorrow is going to be a long race, but after that final practice session I feel like we’ve got something to haul up towards the front.