SRT Motorsports - Sprint Cup Post-Qualifying Quotes - Pocono

June 9, 2012 , LONG POND, Pa. -

A.J. Allmendinger (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 19th
“The thing has been so loose the whole time and we weren’t even close there.  It’s going to make it a long race now because nobody is going to be able to pass each other.  It seems like the tires are so sensitive to whatever you do to the car or the heat cycle.  It’s definitely not what we wanted.  I think the car will be decent but it’s going to be a long race.” 

IS THAT BECAUSE WHEN YOU PUT NEW TIRES ON YOU SLOW DOWN SO MUCH?  “It’s a good tire.  It doesn’t really wear out and it doesn’t fall apart on you and it doesn’t blister so it’s a good tire.  I don’t know what it is about the heat cycle on the tire that makes it good.  I think we’ll be okay.  Qualifying is just disappointing.  I wasn’t highly confident going into qualifying.  We put up one good lap in the first practice and we kind of made ourselves seem better than we were.  I think the race car will be a lot better but it’s just going to be so tough to pass.  I’d almost rather start in the back than mid-pack.  It’s going to be tough.”

DO YOU THINK THE GROOVE WILL WIDEN OUT DURING THE RACE?  “No.  It’ll wide out because of restarts but nobody is going to run out there and make hay on anybody.  We’ll see how it plays out.”

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 31st
We just weren’t very fast.  We’ve got to work on our qualifying trim but we’ll be good in race trim.”

IS YOUR QUALIFYING SETUP COMPLETELY DIFFERENT HERE VERSUS RACE SETUP?  “I hope or we’re in trouble for tomorrow (smiles).  I think so and we just haven’t hit on it.  Our car has been loose, tight, everything.” 
 
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