Driver of the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Qualified: No. 5 (lane choice)
The Competition: No. 12 Gary Densham
Q1: 3.915 E.T. at 304.87 MPH (Three bonus points for quickest run of the session)
Q2: 7.198 E.T. at 89.83 MPH
Q3: 7.717 E.T. at 86.88 MPH
Q4: 8.497 E.T. at 82.85 MPH
Bonus Points: Three
“We came in here without any pre-season testing and with a brand-new Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat body. A lot of new things. It was kind of interesting and fun because that first session, (crew chief Rahn) Tobler wanted to make sure everything was okay and told me to run it down there and shut it off at the 800-foot mark. I shut it off at about 840 feet and it ran 3.91 and put us No. 1 qualifier at that point, so that made it fun. And then like everyone else out here, we struggled a little bit with the track conditions and the extreme weather conditions. We had what we call ‘Disneyland conditions’ for the crew chiefs where you have great weather, cool air where these engines can make a lot of horsepower, and a great race track. So, it’s been tricky as you can see with all of the aborted runs.
"It doesn’t matter who you run on race day. Gary Densham is one of the guys I fear the most out here because he’s cagey, he knows how to get down the track. I’ve raced him a lot. I think tomorrow will bring completely different conditions than what we’ve seen already. The NAPA guys have done great and we’re going to go up there with lane choice, try and make Don Schumacher happy and go some rounds."