Brendan Gaughan Qualifying Quotes - Mansfield
BRENDAN GAUGHAN - No. 10 MAXX Force Diesel Ford F-150 - (qualified 20th)
"Last year when we came here and qualified, I went out first after the big rain storms when jet fuel and being first out normally don't mix well. Then everybody jokingly said, 'hey, good luck,' and we were 35th or 36th. So we're 20th today. We finished eighth last year, so I'm figuring now starting 20th means that were three-quarters of the way there. We can win now."
YOU PICK UP SOME TIME ON YOUR SECOND LAP. "Yeah, I thought it was a little bit better. We had a couple of good laps. We were smooth and at least from the driver's standpoint, it did what the crew chief was wanting. Just like a Charlotte when everybody looked at us and said, 'you qualified 29th,' it did what we wanted it to do, which at least from a driver's side says, 'hey, got some rubber on the race track. It did what we wanted. Tomorrow hopefully, we'll be able to run like we want.' And that's all that matters in these race trucks. I don't care about qualifying."
ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH HOW YOU THINK THE TRUCK WILL HANDLE? "I think so. I'm really happy so far. It turns where I want. It's multi-groove. I'm not just stuck in the one place running good. We can run sevens and eights consistently on 125 or 130 lap tires. I believe it will do what I want. I believe it will stay that long. It's just my job now to save it for the last 50 laps."