CHEVY MENCS AT TEXAS TWO: Post Race Notes and Quotes

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
> AAA TEXAS 500
> TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
> TEAM CHEVY POST RACE NOTES AND QUOTES
> NOVEMBER 5, 2017
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> TOP TEAM CHEVY FINISHERS:
> * = Current Team Chevy Playoff Contender
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> POS.    DRIVER
> *8TH     CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 24 HOOTERS CHEVROLET SS
> 11TH     KASEY KAHNE, NO.5 GREAT CLIPS/JUSTICE LEAGUE
> 13TH     AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 WINTER IN PYEONGCHANG CHEVY SS
> 16TH     AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 47 KROGER/CLICKLIST CHEVY SS
> *27TH   JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS
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> TOP FIVE QUALIFIERS:
> POS.   DRIVER
> 1ST       Kevin Harvick (Ford)
> 2nd       Martin Truex Jr. (Toyota)
> 3rd        Denny Hamlin (Toyota)
> 4th        Matt Kenseth (Toyota)
> 5TH       Brad Keselowski (Ford)
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> The next race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) will be at Phoenix International Raceway for the Can-Am 500 at 2:30 pm ET on Sunday November 12th.  Live coverage can be found on NBC, MRN and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.
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> TEAM CHEVY NOTES & QUOTES:
> CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 24 HOOTERS CHEVROLET SS – Finished 8TH
> YOU STARTED FROM THE BACK AND MADE IT TO THE FRONT, BUT AT THE END IT JUST KIND OF GOT AWAY FROM YOU, DIDN’T IT?
> “Yeah, we weren’t very good all day.  Had some good restarts there and was able to get some decent track position at times, just never could hold it, so a frustrating afternoon.”
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> PRETTY SIMPLE TASK HEADING TO PHOENIX MUST WIN, RIGHT?
> “Yeah, I guess.  I haven’t seen it, but I assume so.  So, we will try our best out there and see what happens.”
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> TALK ABOUT TODAY:
> "It's pretty straight forward.  We just never really hit on it. We couldn't find it at all.  It was a very frustrating afternoon. But you'll have that I guess, we'll just go on to Phoenix.  We are going to try our best.  Try to get a victory and go on to Homestead."
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> AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 47 KROGER/CLICKLIST CHEVROLET SS – FINISHED 16TH
> “It was a solid day.  We maximized the day for sure strategy wise and going about it that was the best we could have asked for there.  The car just got hot it was slick, we were just kind of on a razors edge.  I could be too tight, but I really fought too loose into the corner.  A couple of runs, I thought we would get it really close and make another small adjustment and it would go completely away. That last run there I was as loose as I had been all day.  IT’s better, we finished, that is better than we did in a month, so we are gaining on it, but to get to the next echelon it’s a big leap.  As a team everybody did all they could, that was a solid weekend, maximized it.  We will just continue to dig and figure it out.”
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> TY DILLON, NO. 13 GEICO MILITARY CHEVROLET SS – FINISHED 24TH
> "Texas has been quite the challenge for our GEICO Chevrolet team to overcome this year. We didn't have the day that we wanted, that's for sure. This team works hard week in and week out, but we just haven't hit on what we need to at these mile-and-a-half tracks. We struggled in practice to find a setup that worked for our GEICO Military setup and we didn't have a great starting spot from qualifying, but then we got damage early on in the race and it just made us tight. We never could get it fixed, and it just got worse throughout the race. We did what we could though and used strategy to get laps back for a stronger finish. 

Ron Fleshman

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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