Cup / Xfinity / Truck Press Releases

Ford Performance NASCAR: Team Penske and Front Row Motorsports Preseason Outlook

WALTER CZARNECKI, Vice Chairman, Team Penske – SOME THINK PENSKE COULD HAVE A LEG UP ON OTHER TEAMS BECAUSE OF ALL THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF RACING YOU HAVE DONE.  ANY VALIDITY TO THAT?  “I think that our experience in all these other series does help, but I’m not sure that it ‘gives us a leg up’ versus the competition because there are other teams that are in similar situations given their OEM affiliations.  There will be a lot of sharing of information, but I will say we’ve had some experience with a similar car in the Australian Supercar Series.  It did quite well there and I think we’ve been able to learn some things running there.  Now whether that gives us some clear-cut advantage as we go down the road, that remains to be seen, but I would say our experience will help us.”

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Volume 2022, Issue 1, Posted 11:35 PM, 01.14.2022

Aric Almirola to Step Down at the End of 2022

Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing, announced earlier this week that the 2022 season would be his last as a full-time driver in the NASCAR Cup Series.  He held a Q&A session this afternoon to talk about that decision with members of the media.

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Volume 2022, Issue 1, Posted 9:48 PM, 01.13.2022

Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith Statement on North Carolina’s Budget and American Rescue Plan Allocation for North Wilkesboro, Charlotte Motor Speedway

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Nov. 19, 2021) – The following is a statement from Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith on funding for North Wilkesboro Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway being included in North Carolina’s 2022 budget as part of the American Rescue Plan:

 

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Volume 2021, Issue 11, Posted 10:02 PM, 11.19.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Chase Briscoe Rookie of the Year Transcript

Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 14 Ford Racing Performance Racing School Ford Mustang, was named the Sunoco Rookie of the Year for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season.  That completed a sweep of sorts as Briscoe also won ROY in the NASCAR Camping World Truck and NASCAR XFINITY Series as well.  He was part of a Q&A session on Monday where he discussed the honor.--CHASE BRISCOE, No. 14 Ford Performance Racing School Ford Mustang

THOUGHTS ON WINNING ROOKIE OF THE YEAR.  “It’s super special.  I wish that there was a lot more guys going for it this year.  There were only two of us, but it’s still special to win it.  For me, I think I put something out after the race, where I never in a million years thought I would get to run one Truck Series race let alone win the Rookie of the Year now in all three.  It’s super humbling.  It’s super special to be able to be one of the few guys that have won it in all three is really special as well.  I’m glad that the first year is over.  There was definitely a lot of growing pains and things to learn, but hopefully this is just the first of many years in the Cup Series and something that I can continue to do.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 11, Posted 9:25 PM, 11.19.2021

Busch Light Clash Format Announced

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 9, 2021) – NASCAR announced the qualifying elements and race format for the first-ever Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum, the unprecedented 150-lap main event highlighting two days of racing action at the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, Feb. 5 and Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022.

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Volume 2021, Issue 11, Posted 1:31 PM, 11.12.2021

CHEVY NCS AT PHOENIX: Post-Race Notes and Quotes

KYLE LARSON, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Race Winner/Champion--HERE HE IS, CLIMBING OUT OF THE CAR, CELEBRATING WITH HIS TEAM, KYLE LARSON. CONGRATULATIONS. YOU ARE A CUP SERIES CHAMPION.--Let me get a drink here real quick. I can't -- I cannot believe it. I didn't even think I'd be racing a Cup car a year and a half ago. To win a championship is crazy. I've got to say first off thank you so much to Rick Hendrick, Hendrickcars.com, Jeff Gordon, NASCAR, every single one of my supporters in the stands, watching at home, my family. I've got so many of my friends and family here. My parents, my sister, my wife and kids. “Let me get a drink here real quick. I can't -- I cannot believe it. I didn't even think I'd be racing a Cup car a year and a half ago. To win a championship is crazy. I've got to say first off thank you so much to Rick Hendrick, Hendrickcars.com, Jeff Gordon, NASCAR, every single one of my supporters in the stands, watching at home, my family. I've got so many of my friends and family here. My parents, my sister, my wife and kids. Owen had been giving me crap a month and a half ago about how I can't win a Cup race when he's there, so that added a lot of pressure.

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Volume 2021, Issue 11, Posted 9:41 PM, 11.07.2021

Team Chevy at Phoenix2 --KYLE LARSON WINS NASCAR CUP SERIES TITLE

AVONDALE, Ariz. (November 7, 2021) – With just over 20 laps to go, Kyle Larson won the race off pit road – picking up three spots, all against the other Championship 4 contenders – and led the rest of the way to win the Series Finale 500 at Phoenix Raceway – and the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Driver’s Championship.

“I cannot believe it,” said Larson after the race. “I didn't even think I'd be racing a Cup car a year and a half ago. To win a championship is crazy. I've got to say first off thank you so much to Rick Hendrick, Hendrickcars.com, Jeff Gordon, NASCAR, every single one of my supporters in the stands, watching at home, my family. I've got so many of my friends and family here. My parents, my sister, my wife and kids.

"There were so many points in this race where I did not think we were going to win. Without my pit crew on that last stop, we would not be standing right here. They are the true winners of this race. They are true champions. I'm just blessed to be a part of this group. Every single man or person, man and woman at Hendrick Motorsports, this win is for all of us, and every one of you. This is unbelievable. I'm speechless.”

Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Camaro ZL1 1LE, was seeking his second consecutive championship, but finished fifth in the race to finish fourth in the final standings.

Larson, in his first season in the No. 5 HendrickCars.com Camaro ZL1 1LE, also won the regular-season championship.

“What a great way to finish the season. This is great day,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. Vice President of Performance and Motorsports. “Congratulations to Kyle Larson, Cliff Daniels and the No. 5 HendrickCars.com Camaro ZL1 1LE team on winning the NASCAR Cup Series Championship. Kyle ran consistently up front all year long. The crew executed efficiently in the pits. Cliff and the engineers called the right race strategy throughout the season. Congratulations to Kyle on becoming Chevrolet’s 33rd Cup Series Driver’s Champion.

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Volume 2021, Issue 11, Posted 8:39 PM, 11.07.2021

Toyota Racing NCS Post-Race Recap -- Phoenix 11.7.21

MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing--Finishing Position: 2nd--What more did you need to go and pass  Kyle Larson?--“I don’t know. Clean air seemed to be a good bit of an advantage there. Whoever got out front was there for 20, 30, 40 laps and then the long run cars would start coming around. I don’t know. Ultimately, we needed to beat them off of pit road. It’s unfortunate, but we win and lose as a team. I’m really proud of our efforts this year. Big thanks to everyone that makes it possible – Bass Pro Shops, Auto Owners, Reser’s Fine Foods, Toyota, TRD, Sherwin Williams, Oakley, Textron, Noble Aerospace, all of our partners. That’s three times that we’ve been second and that sucks. Second hurts, I’m not going to lie, especially with the car we had and the job the guys did. That’s racing as they say, and sometimes you’re just not on the right side of things. We were on the right side of things to get the lead there, and weren’t able to hang on to it. If we could have had the lead, I think it would have been over, but that’s kind of how the 5 (Kyle Larson) did it. They had a hell of a season, congrats to them. Gosh, dang, it sucks. I hate it.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 11, Posted 8:18 PM, 11.07.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Phoenix 2 (Four Mustangs Finish Top-10 as Briscoe Claims Rookie of the Year Honors)

RYAN BLANEY, No. 12 Menards/Jack Links Ford Mustang -- FINISHED 4th--“We had a good race. There was a group of us that were kind of behind the top-4 guys that were racing pretty much all day. We had a good Mustang there on the last run and we were able to get up to fourth. I am really proud of that effort. It was a really good last run for Todd (Gordon) before he hands it up. I wish it was a win. I can’t thank him enough for the last couple of years and I can’t thank this whole group enough for this year. It has been a lot of fun. Hopefully, we will be in the Championship 4 next year.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 11, Posted 8:17 PM, 11.07.2021

Toyota Racing - NXS Phoenix Post-Race Report - 11.06.21

DANIEL HEMRIC, No. 18 Poppy Bank Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing--Finishing Position: 1st--0He climbs out not only as a winner in the Xfinity Series, but Daniel Hemric, you are the champion. Congratulations.--“Lost my breath. Unbelievable. These guys right here, they asked me all year, How bad you want it? I gave one away here in the spring. Felt like I had to give one up here last week. We were not going to be denied. Thank you, Dave Rogers, Bill and Cindy Gallaher, everyone at Poppy Bank, Lou Gallaher, JR, I'm talking to you. Man, they took a chance on me. 2015, some form or fashion. Oh, they stuck with me through times they probably shouldn't have, to be honest with you. How about those race fans? That backflip good enough for you? I've been waiting a long damn time to do that. Thank you Joe Gibbs, everyone at TRD, Toyota, Bell Helmets. Everyone here that makes this program what it is. I know I've given up a lot. People have doubted me. I'll do it all over again for a night like this.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 11, Posted 12:52 AM, 11.07.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Cindric's Runner-Up Finish Leads to Eighth Owner's Championship for Mustang

AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 22 CarShop Ford Mustang -- POST RACE INTERVIEW--WAS THAT GOOD RACING?  “If everyone in the stands enjoyed it, it’s good racing.   I’m very appreciative of the opportunity to race on such a big stage.  The opportunity to race for Roger Penske and represent Ford Performance, our companies and all of our sponsors that have helped us this season.  It would have been awesome to finish this out.  I felt like we had a dominant race car.  I felt like we did everything right.  Come up a little bit short.  Sometimes it’s like that way.  Unfortunately, at the end of both seasonal championships this year I’m getting obviously moved out of the way and doored, but that’s hard racing.  That’s why everyone enjoys watching this series.  It’s because there’s a lot on the line.  I’m thankful for the opportunity and pissed to be second for like the third week in a row.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 11, Posted 12:46 AM, 11.07.2021

Toyota Racing - NCWTS Phoenix Post-Race Report - 11.05.21

CHANDLER SMITH, No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports--Finishing Position: 1st--The other Kyle Busch Motorsports team in Victory Lane with Chandler Smith. Second win of the year for Chandler as well as Rookie of the Year. How was your race?--“Yeah, for sure, first and foremost, All Glory to the Man Upstairs, without him, none of this would be possible. I wouldn’t have all these awesome relationships with all these guys, my racing family. This is my family. Also, he’s blessed me with a great family and being around great people and being able to come out to Phoenix Raceway in front of these fans tonight and be able to compete in high tier equipment. I’m just really blessed right now. Can’t thank Safelite, Toyota Racing, Danny (Stockman), KBM, Kyle (Busch), everybody that goes down the line to make this happen.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 11, Posted 1:34 AM, 11.06.2021

CHEVY NCS AT MARTINSVILLE: Post-Race Notes and Quotes

ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 48 ALLY CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Race Winner--HIS WORD TO ME, WOW. WHY THE CONTACT WITH DENNY HAMLIN? WHAT HAPPENED THERE?--“I just got loose in. I got in too deep, knocked him out of the way and literally let him have the lead back. For anybody that wants to think I was trying to crash him, obviously wasn't the case considering I literally gave up the lead at Martinsville to give it back to him.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 7:35 PM, 10.31.2021

Toyota Racing - NCS Martinsville Post-Race Report - 10.31.21

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (October 31, 2021) – Kyle Busch led Team Toyota at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday afternoon and narrowly missed locking himself in to the Championship 4. With their finishes, Martin Truex Jr. (4th) and Denny Hamlin (24th) secured their positions in the Championship 4 race next weekend at Phoenix Raceway.

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 7:27 PM, 10.31.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Martinsville Post-Race Quotes

BRAD KESELOWSKI, No. 2 Dent Wizard Ford Mustang -- “We gave it all we had.  We just needed to be a little bit faster in stage two to get us a handful of points and be closer, and then at the end I was just too loose.  I just couldn’t quite get it perfectly tweaked in, but, all in all, a pretty good run.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 7:21 PM, 10.31.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Cindric Advances to NXS Championship 4 For Second Straight Year

AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 22 Carquest Auto Parts Ford Mustang -- “We actually had to re-establish our track position after stage one with all of those cars flipping stages, so almost got a chance to win the race there.  It’s tough when you’re trying to race for a championship.  I said it after Bristol.  I have one way I intend on having to race for a championship and I feel like that’s as close as you can get to clean racing.  Noah earned it.  Noah deserved it.  I think a couple more laps and the 22 car would be in Victory Lane.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 10:33 PM, 10.30.2021

Toyota Racing - NXS Martinsville Post-Race Report - 10.30.21

DANIEL HEMRIC, No. 18 Poppy Bank Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing--Finishing Position: 3rd--How challenging was it down the stretch making decisions?--“I have got to tell you – it’s the first time as a racer that I’ve had to choose to not put myself in the best position to win. I wanted to line up on the top. I felt like I could beat him if everything is all fair games, but the ultimate goal at the start of the season with this Poppy Bank Toyota Supra team was do what we officially have a shot to do in Phoenix next weekend. It just felt like we had a shot to minimize the damage and that’s what we did. I’m so disappointed. This car should be in Victory Lane.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 10:28 PM, 10.30.2021

Toyota claims 12th Truck Series Manufacturer Championship

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (October 30, 2021) – For the seventh time in the last nine seasons, Toyota has won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Manufacturer’s title. Toyota clinched the title a race before the conclusion of the 2021 season early on the strength of 14 in the first 21 events on the Truck Series schedule.

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 4:46 PM, 10.30.2021

Toyota Racing NCWT Post-Race Recap -- Bristol 9.17.20

AUSTIN HILL, No. 16 United Rentals Toyota Tundra, Hattori Racing Enterprises--Finishing Position: 2nd--How would you describe your day?--“Eventful for sure. I felt like we really had to work on it all day. Our United Rentals Toyota Tundra was really fighting us at the start of the race. I lost some track position early. Just kept coming in and working on it and got it better. Did some really big adjustments. Scott (Zipadelli, crew chief) was being really aggressive with adjustments, which was really good. I felt like him and me worked really well together today on what I needed to make our Toyota Tundra better. We got it better there at the end. I didn’t think we had a shot at it in the end of the race and then all hell broke loose at the end and we were able to sneak by for a P2, which is what I needed here to build some confidence at this racetrack because in years past we haven’t been good here. First top-five for me here at Martinsville. I wanted it to stay green. I think me and the 21 (Zane Smith) could have raced down into three and four and who knows what could have happened if we had a shot at it. All-in-all, really solid effort. I really wanted to get a win for everybody at United Rentals since they were the title sponsor today, but just came up one short. We will build on it and when I come back here next year in the Xfinity Series, hopefully that gives me some confidence.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 4:42 PM, 10.30.2021

CHEVY NCS AT KANSAS: Post-Race Notes and Quotes

TEAM CHEVY POST-RACE NOTES AND QUOTES:--KYLE LARSON, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Race Winner--YOU HAVE GONE TO VICTORY LANE NINE TIMES NOW THIS YEAR, INCLUDING THREE IN A ROW. WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WINNING THIS ONE, 17 YEARS TO THE DAY AFTER A TRAGEDY IN THE NASCAR COMMUNITY FOR HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS?
“Yes, I want to dedicate this win to Rick and Linda (Hendrick). I didn’t ever get to meet Ricky (Hendrick) or the other men and women who lost their lives that day, but I felt the importance of this race, no doubt. It’s crazy how it kind of all worked out there for me to win. I know they were all looking down and helping me out there with all the restarts and stuff after getting into the wall. Again, thank you to Rick Hendrick. I know this means a lot to you and I’m glad I could get it done. It’s cool to get another win and I don’t really know how that happened but, our HendrickCars.com Chevy was really fast. I thought we were like a third-place car, really. William (Byron) was really good. I hate to see that unfortunate luck there again for that team. They’ve been really, really strong. I’m glad we could capitalize and get another win. I hope we can go to Martinsville and get a clock.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 8:05 PM, 10.24.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Kansas 2 Cup Race (Harvick Leads the Way for Ford with 3rd Place Finish)

KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Subway Ford Mustang (Finished 4th)--“We were just getting tight at the end of the runs and the 5, 9 and 1 cars could really hold it wide open. I needed to get past the 5 so I was trying to hold it wide open and had a lot of wheel in to it and got a little tight as we went to the last half of that run. I am really proud of everyone on the Subway Ford Mustang. We closed a huge gap at 1.5 mile race tracks and everyone is doing a great job.”

 

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 8:00 PM, 10.24.2021

Toyota Racing NCS Post-Race Recap -- Kansas 10.24.21

DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing--Finishing Position: 5th--How was the race today for you overall?--“Just tried to optimize our day, that’s really all we could do. The second half we were much, much better, but by then it’s just so hard to pass. Decent day overall. The FedEx Camry was okay, we optimized. We didn’t make a whole lot of mistakes and we really swung a whole lot of things at it to try to make it better, but fourth or fifth is about where we were at.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 7:54 PM, 10.24.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: NXS Kansas 2 (Cindric and Sieg Lead the Way for Ford at Kansas)

AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 22 Odyssey Batteries Ford Mustang -- Finished 2nd--“It was a great points day in our Odyssey Battery Ford Mustang. I really would have loved to lock our way in and race for a win at Martinsville, that would be huge for us. Congrats to the 54, Ty (Gibbs). That whole team has been on it no matter who is in the car. They have earned it. It sucks to lose one that late in the race. Not the first time, but I didn’t spontaneously crash in the playoff Kansas race this time, so it is okay I guess. I hate losing but we will move on. In the bigger picture, it was a good day.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 7:28 PM, 10.23.2021

Toyota Racing NXS Post-Race Recap -- Kansas 10.23.21

TY GIBBS, No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing--Finishing Position: 1st--How were you able to overcome some of the things you did in today’s race?--“First of all, I just want to say thank you to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and everybody that’s helped me – Monster Energy, Toyota, everybody at TRD and everybody at Interstate Batteries. Mitch (Covington, Monster Energy) and everyone. I’m just at a loss for words right now, this is awesome. To have four wins in my Xfinity rookie season is just unbelievable. I’m very thankful and blessed. This is just awesome.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 7:24 PM, 10.23.2021

CHEVY NCS AT TEXAS: Kyle Larson and Chevy Notes and Quotes

KYLE LARSON, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM CAMARO ZL1 ILE – Race Winner--YOU SURVIVED SEVEN STAGE 3 RE-STARTS AND GOT IT TO VICTORY LANE. WELCOME TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP 4. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME EVER FOR YOU, KYLE
“Yeah, this is unreal. I knew we had a good shot to win today, and our car was amazing. That’s probably the best 550 package, intermediate car, we’ve had all year. So, thanks to everybody on this No. 5 team, HendrickCars.com, Rick Hendrick, this is so cool; we had a lot of people from HendrickCars here. We get to go race for a championship in a few weeks. This is crazy.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 9:02 PM, 10.17.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Texas 2 (Keselowski, Harvick and Blaney Post Top-10 Finishes at Texas)

RYAN BLANEY, No. 12 DEX Imaging Ford Mustang (Finished 6th)--A SIXTH-PLACE FINISH TODAY MEANS YOU ARE NOW SECOND IN THE POINTS AS YOU HEAD TO KANSAS. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR PERFORMANCE TODAY OVERALL? “It was a pretty decent day. I didn’t think we had winning speed today. I thought the 5 was pretty incredible and the 24 was fast too. The 2 and me, I thought we were pretty good. Probably the third or fourth place cars. All the late race restarts at the end get so wild and crazy and you have no idea what is going to happen and who is going to get checked up and stuff like that. Not a bad day. We got good stage points and finished good and we will move on to Kansas.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 8:59 PM, 10.17.2021

Toyota Racing Post-Race Report - 10-17-21

CHRISTOPHER BELL, No. 20 Rheem/Watts/Opteon Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing--Finishing Position: 3rd--How were you able to come back from two laps down to claim a top-three finish?--“Adam (Stevens, crew chief) did a great job making the right calls – putting tires on at the end really helped us. We kept gaining on this Rheem Camry every pit stop. I felt like we were pretty strong at the beginning of the race and then we kind of lost the handle in the middle stages and fell back and lost some track position, so fortunate to come home third for sure. I’m really happy for this 20 group. I think we have some strong races coming up.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 8:59 PM, 10.17.2021

Toyota Racing - NXS Texas Post-Race Report - 10.16.21

JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK, No. 54 Romco Equipment Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing--Finishing Position: 1st--How did you stay calm when you had to go to the back?--“Stevie Reeves (spotter) and Chris Gayle (crew chief) kept me calm. I think this year I’ve grown a lot as a driver and got put in position in the Truck Series as well. I can’t say enough about this whole team. The 54 has been fast every single week. My goal coming in was to win. I had to win to prove to myself that I can do this. It’s just like taking that step back to the Truck Series. I wanted to get back to Victory Lane. Huge shoutout to Romco Equipment Company. Thank you to all the fans that are here. It’s an amazing accomplishment to get this done – beating a teammate as well. We’re racing for an owners championship. I’m back in the 54 in Phoenix, so double championships for us when we go.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 7:45 PM, 10.16.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Texas 2 (Cindric Finishes 5th to Pace Ford at Texas)

AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 22 Snap On Ford Mustang--“It was a solid day. Obviously, the strategy there in Stage 1 that made for an eventful Stage 2 trying to get back through the field with our Snap On Ford Mustang. I wish that would have been able to be more straight-up because we could have had good stage points. Otherwise, we just struggled tight and struggled to keep up with the track. I felt like we made a really good adjustment on the last run but just didn’t have enough laps. It was an interesting day. No major dramas. I feel like we brought a good package, it was just really hard to predict what the track was going to do with the resin they added. It was fun trying to learn that throughout the day. Obviously, we wanted to win to lock in, but we have a good amount of points to work with for the next two weeks.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 7:39 PM, 10.16.2021

CHEVY NCS AT ROVAL: Post-Race Notes and Quotes

TYLER REDDICK, NO. 8 LENOVO CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 2nd
I KNOW YOU ARE EXCITED ABOUT YOUR FINISH TODAY, BUT YOU PROBABLY WISH YOU WERE IN THE PLAYOFFS?
“I am fired up because we had a really good car today. We had to start 29th because of crashing at Talladega last week and didn’t have a great pit stall because of that as well. So, it really forced our hand to be off sequence and we were in a situation there pretty early in Stage 1 where we were on new tires and I thought I had established myself in the outside and got in the wall and knocked both sides in and that hurt me a little bit. As the race progressed and we were in that situation where we were trying to chase Kyle (Larson) down and I just knew we couldn’t change anything about what happened. It does leave a ‘what if’ in your mind. It’s like if I hadn’t crashed this car early in the race, and almost ended our day, it should have been a little bit faster.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 8:13 PM, 10.10.2021

CHEVY NCS AT ROVAL: Kyle Larson Quick Win Quote Inbox

KYLE LARSON, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM CAMARO ZL1 ILE – Race Winner--THIS WAS A BATTLE-TESTED WIN FOR THIS RACE TEAM TODAY. IF I HAD TOLD YOU IN THE MIDDLE OF STAGE 2 WHEN THEY WERE CHANGING ALTERNATOR BELT, THAT YOU WOULD WIN THIS THING, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE SAID?

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 7:33 PM, 10.10.2021

Toyota Racing NCS Post-Race Recap -- Charlotte 10.10.21

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing--Finishing Position: 4th--What does it mean to have a day that isn’t a horrible day at the Roval?--0“We’ve run fair before here. Put the 9 (Chase Elliott) back in there and we’re fifth. Overall good day for the M&M’s Camry. We came here with a plan and we tried to execute it as best we could. We’re just okay, I wouldn’t call us stellar. We did lead that stage and get a point there so that was good. It was hard to pass and really hard to make up ground. Once everybody got spread out, everyone runs really equal. Not a lot of gain throughout the run it seemed.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 7:33 PM, 10.10.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Team Penske Drivers Blaney, Keselowski and Logano Advance to Round of 8

CHRIS BUESCHER, No. 17 Fastenal Ford Mustang -- “That was a fun time.  I’m really appreciative of everybody on this Fastenal Ford Mustang group.  We worked hard.  We were able to stay on pace all day and had a gameplan and followed through and ultimately got us into the top five.  I had a top three there, but it got a little rough there at the end and I made a mistake with probably five to go and unfortunately we didn’t have a shot to win because of that, but we were definitely in the hunt.  That was a lot of fun.  I enjoyed the day.  I’m pretty thankful for everybody.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 7:32 PM, 10.10.2021

CMS - Allmendinger Captures A ROVAL™ Hat Trick

A.J. ALLMENDINGER, No. 16 Hyperice Chevrolet (Race Winner): “It’s special, for sure, to win this race three years in a row and for it to be Drive for the Cure 250. The celebration, seeing the women in victory lane who’ve survived breast cancer makes it all the more special. For me, what means the most is to be able to represent them and it reminds me that we’re just out here racing cars. What they represent is bigger than racing. Today, I was nervous. We had a good points gap, but Talladega showed that anything can happen. We were deciding whether to go for points or go for the win. Once we decided that, our Hyperice Chevy was so good out front. I’m just pumped up to be able to get another win.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 10:32 PM, 10.09.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Cindric Finishes Second on Charlotte Roval to Lead Ford

AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 22 Menards/Richmond Ford Mustang -- WHERE WERE THE KAULIG CARS BETTER TODAY?  “From turn one to turn 17 apparently.  They’re fast.  They’ve been fast all year.  I feel like this has honestly been one of my weakest road courses for probably exactly what you saw -- the rear tires fall off way too much.  I felt like I was driving a skid pad car after about 10 laps.  I feel a little bit lucky and a bit fortunate, honestly.  I didn’t get moved or put in the wall, so either way we had a fast car.  I think we set a fast lap time and got a good finish, so that sets us up well for Texas.  I just wish we could have taken advantage of getting a playoff point.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 8:20 PM, 10.09.2021

Toyota Racing NXS Post-Race Recap -- 10.9.21

DANIEL HEMRIC, No. 18 Poppy Bank Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing---Finishing Position: 3rd What was the final lap like that got you to the third-place finish?--“That was all I had, you know I just lost a little too much rear grip that last run. Then honestly we  were lucky to get as far forward as we did and then second, third, fourth, they were all right there in front of me, but I used my rear tires up. At that point we were locked in to the next round. We came here to win and knew we couldn’t with what we had; so Dave Rogers (Crew Chief) made a great call to come down and put four tires on Poppy Bank Toyota Supra. I don’t know, the 54 (Ty Gibbs) got hooked there on the next-to-last lap and I lost too much lap time to get to where I needed to, but proud of the effort, great call but just came up a little short.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 8:15 PM, 10.09.2021

Storylines for Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 Weekend

CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 4, 2021) – The drama of the NASCAR Playoffs shifts into high gear this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 and the Drive for the Cure 250 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina give NASCAR’s championship contenders one final shot to advance to the Round of 8.

 

 

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 10:23 PM, 10.05.2021

Toyota Racing NCS Post-Race Recap -- Talladega 10.3.21

BUBBA WALLACE, No. 23 McDonald’s Toyota Camry, 23XI Racing--Finishing Position: 1st--What emotions were going through your mind waiting for a decision from NASCAR?--“Part of me is just sitting there waiting – it’s not over with. Just sit there and bide our time and if we go back racing, let’s put ourselves in position. So many cool fans behind us at the pit box just cheering for it to rain so that kind of amped up the intensity a little bit. Just so proud of everyone at 23XI Racing. New team and coming in here getting a win late in the season reminds me of 2013. Waited so long to get that first truck win. I know a lot of history was made today, which is really cool, but it’s about my guys and it’s about our team and about what we’ve done. Appreciate Michael Jordan, appreciate Denny (Hamlin) for giving me an opportunity and believing in me. Like we talked, it’s pretty fitting that it comes here at Talladega.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 7:20 PM, 10.04.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Five Fords Finish Top 10 in Rain-Shortened Talladega Cup Race

BRAD KESELOWSKI, No. 2 Discount Tire Ford Mustang -- “It was a good day for us, not the win.  Gosh, if I would have known it was gonna rain right then I had a move I could have made and I was like, “No, we’ve got five laps in the stage left, I don’t want to burn that move yet,’ and then it rains, so I feel like I kind of let one slip away here.  All in all, it’s still a great day.  We scored a lot of stage points, which is really positive and put ourselves in a good position next week to go to the Roval.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 7:15 PM, 10.04.2021