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CHEVY NCS AT HOMESTEAD: Post-Race Notes and Quotes

TEAM CHEVY POST-RACE NOTES AND QUOTES:  WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 AXALTA CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Race Winner
FROM 31ST TO FIRST, YOU LED 102 LAPS. WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE OF THIS RACE TEAM AND YOUR CREW CHIEF, RUDY FUGLE, WHO WINS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ONLY THREE RACES? “Yeah, that guy has been huge for my career. He’s the reason I’m here and I’m glad we could get him. He’s just awesome. This whole team did a phenomenal job. Everybody. The pit crew, over the wall, we’re extremely blessed. Thanks, God, for all the things that it takes to get to this level. Great boss in Mr. Hendrick and Jeff Gordon, and Axalta. This car looks really cool. I’m can’t even believe it, honestly. It was just a really smooth day. And we worked hard in the Winter on this track. I can’t believe it.”

YOU SAID THIS RACE WAS GOING TO BE WON UNDER THE LIGHTS ON THE BOTTOM OF THE RACE TRACK. HOW MUCH EMPHASIS DID YOU PUT ON STAYING OFF THE WALL FOR THIS RACE?
“You had to go with the wall at certain times; (Turns) 3 and 4 were really fast up there. I definitely didn’t do it as good as the Xfinity cars do it, but I used it when I had to, and this car was just awesome. It’s really a lot of hard work. I think we went to the simulator four or five times this off-season and it just pays off, man. It’s awesome.”

TYLER REDDICK, NO. 8 CHEDDAR’S SCRATCH KITCHEN CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 2nd
"Well, finishing second is a good night considering how the first two weekends of the season have gone, but I hate that I didn't get this Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen Chevy into Victory Lane because if I would have then I would have gotten a lot of people in America free chicken tenders on Monday night. Once I really saw how fast we were in clean air at the end of the race, and I saw how fast we were catching everybody it became beyond frustrating because I know just two or three different decisions on a restart would have put me miles ahead. I knew that we were going to have to have a well-executed restart. We didn't do that, and it takes time to get around all of those cars who pass you on a restart because they are all really good drivers. That's the difference. I thought we would be better in the day and everyone would catch up at night, but it was the opposite of that. We tried to work on our Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen Chevy throughout the night. We learned a lot. You have to win these races by being very consistent and making the right calls as a driver and as a team. I'm proud of how fast we were at the end of the race."

KYLE LARSON, NO. 5 NATIONSGUARD CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 4th
“It got pretty intense there at the end. I was just trying to take care of my tires and was just struggling on the long runs. We were loose for a majority of the race and in that last run, we actually got kind of tight. But I felt like being tight was better for my long runs than loose, just because I could be a little more confident. I would have liked to finish second, but those guys were better than me in the end and I just couldn’t hold them off. I hate that I gave up those spots. But it was a good day for the NationsGuard Chevy team. Congrats to William Byron. It’s really cool for William to get a win this early in the year. Hats off to their team and hopefully we can get it done soon.”

KURT BUSCH, NO. 1 MONSTER ENERGY CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 8th
“I’m not going to second guess having to pit. We had a vibration and a loose wheel and we had to pit. We unlapped ourselves and drove all the way back to eighth. It just took our chance of winning away or being up front for a final restart. But what a really good long-run speed car, the Monster Energy Chevy was really fast with the sun out and on long runs, so that’s the good. We just need to find our short run speed and when the track picks up pace at night.”

ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 48 ALLY CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 9th
“Good, solid top-10 finish for our Ally Camaro. Bummed a little bit; we got some damage that hurt us there at the end. But really solid day, especially from starting in the back. Really proud of everybody at Hendrick Motorsports, especially William Byron for picking up another win. That’s really cool for him. We’ll move onto one of our best race tracks next week. I know we’ll be really good in Vegas.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 10:08 PM, 02.28.2021

CHEVY NCS AT HOMESTEAD: William Byron Wins at Homestead-Miami Speedway

HOMESTEAD, FL. – (February 28, 2021) – William Byron became the youngest winner in Homestead-Miami Speedway history when he powered his No. 24 Axalta Camaro ZL1 1LE to victory lane, giving Chevrolet its first victory of the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) 2021 season. The win is Byron’s second-career victory in 112 starts in NASCAR’s Premier Series. Taking the Stage Two win and leading 102 of 267 laps at the Florida 1.5-mile venue, the feat secures Byron’s spot in the NCS Playoffs for his chance to compete for the championship title.

The 23-year-old Charlotte, North Carolina, native’s trip to victory lane gave Team Chevy its sixth win at Homestead-Miami Speedway and 796th all-time victory in the NASCAR Cup Series. The win is the 264th triumph for Car Owner, Rick Hendrick, and Hendrick Motorsports, making the organization only four NCS wins away from tying Petty Enterprises as the winningest team in NASCAR history.

Byron led a strong Team Chevy showing, with the Bowtie Brand capturing five of the top-10 positions in the final running order. The win was celebrated by Byron’s Hendrick Motorsports teammates, Kyle Larson, No. 5 NationsGuard Camaro ZL1 1LE, and Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Camaro ZL1 1LE, who crossed the line in the fourth and ninth positions, respectively. Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick wheeled his No. 8 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Camaro ZL1 1LE to a runner-up finish giving Team Chevy three of the top-five finishers of the race. Kurt Busch, No. 1 Monster Energy Camaro ZL1 1LE, came home in the eighth position.

Martin Truex Jr. (Toyota) finished third and Kevin Harvick (Ford) rounded out the top-five finishes in the 267 lap, 400-mile race.

The NASCAR Cup Series season continues next weekend as the Series heads west to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube on Sunday, March 7, at 3:30 p.m. ET. Live coverage will air on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 10:08 PM, 02.28.2021

Toyota Racing NCS Post-Race Recap -- Homestead 2.28.21

MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing-Finishing Position: 3rd -- How much did the track change for you once the sun set?  “The track changed a lot. Our Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry was really fast at times. At times a little bit off. On that last run, for whatever reason, I was just babying it. The 24 (William Byron) got the lead from me on that restart and then the 5 (Kyle Larson) got by us and I’m just biding my time waiting for them to start coming back to me and they just never did. They obviously were really fast at the end and we weren’t quite as good that last run. These things are so hard to win. These cars are so touchy and just needed one more adjustment to have a chance.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 9:26 PM, 02.28.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Homestead Post-Race Quotes

KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Busch Light Ford Mustang -- HOW DID YOU GUT IT OUT AND GET YOUR MUSTANG GOOD AT THE END OF THE RACE?  “We actually had a good car the second half of the race.  We were just way too loose in the first third of the race.  The Busch Light Ford team did a great job of getting the car better and a great job on pit road keeping our track position and the things we had early in the race, so I’m just really proud of the way that everybody is battling right now.  I would consider these three tracks that we’ve gone to so far kind of hit or miss for me as far as my like-ability as far as driving and the things we have going on.  To have the finishes that we’ve had in the first three races says a lot about our team.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 9:20 PM, 02.28.2021

Toyota Racing NXS Post-Race Recap -- Homestead 2.27.21

BRANDON JONES, No. 19 Toyota Racing Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing - Finishing Position: 3rd -- You battled all night and ended up with a third-place finish. How was your run? - “Compared to last year, I think this is already a way better start to our year. I know we’ve had some ups and downs, but our performance is really close. For everyone at Toyota, they did a lot for us today to get our Supra up front. Menards, WileyX, they do a lot for us. I’m looking forward to the next couple of races that we have coming up because this was a pretty big adjustment I felt like today of what we could put together. Just fought a couple of things there at the end and not getting where we thought we were going to be on the restart. All-in-all, pretty solid day. Third is good. We will take the points and try to push for a win.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 8:40 PM, 02.27.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Three Mustangs Finish Top-12 at Homestead

AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 22 PPG Ford Mustang (Finished 6th)

“I feel like we probably deserved to be a top-five car and maybe if we made some different decisions there on the choose, who knows, we maybe would have given ourselves a better shot to win the race in our PPG Ford Mustang. At the same time, I think we did a pretty good job on strategy. All in all, it was an okay day. We definitely learned a lot and we tried to make a short-run car into a long-run car and we probably just hurt ourselves for when the sun went down. Lesson learned there and definitely some good info there moving forward in the season.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 8:36 PM, 02.27.2021

Toyota Racing NCS Post-Race Recap -- Daytona Road Course 2.21.21

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 21, 2021) – Christopher Bell claimed his first career NASCAR Cup Series win at Daytona International Speedway road course on this evening. Bell led only five laps of the 70-lap event, but that included the final lap en route to the checkered flag after chasing down race-leader Joey Logano in the final five laps. Bell completed the weekend sweep for Toyota after Ben Rhodes drove his Tundra to victory in Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, Ty Gibbs claimed the win driving his Supra in his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series start and Bell finished the sweep off with his Camry in the Cup Series race. 

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 8:03 PM, 02.21.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Daytona Road Course Post Race Quotes

KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang--“There was lots of chaos.  We had a pretty solid day and were a lot better.  We missed all the chaos and finished the race.  Our goal was to score stage points and we did that a couple of times. We also wanted to finish in the top 10 and we did that, so we’re gonna leave and go home.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 8:03 PM, 02.21.2021

CHEVY NCS AT DAYTONA ROAD COURSE: Post-Race Notes and Quotes

TEAM CHEVY POST-RACE NOTES AND QUOTES:KURT BUSCH, NO. 1 MONSTER ENERGY CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 4th
KURT BUSCH HAD, WHAT I WOULD CALL AN EVENTFUL DAY. KURT, YOU GET TO THE LEAD, YOU GO THROUGH THE INFIELD. I THOUGHT YOUR RACE WAS DONE AND THE NEXT THING I KNOW, YOU’RE BACK UP FRONT.“Man, I just crossed over that fine-line of grip and the car – it’s there, but I was just over-driving. The tires at this track, with the worn-out asphalt in that infield section, is really easy to step over the line. I actually took a deep breath and just said ‘stay cool, stay cool’, and then I pounded that curb and it shot me straight out.”
“Matt McCall (crew chief), all my guys - they had an awesome day on pit road, strategy-wise and with their stops to get us that track position and to get us back up front. If I’m going to make a mistake, it’s on me to then dig us out of that hole and stay out there on old tires. Really good points day; top-five I think in all the stages. So, that’s a good checkmark to bounce back after the Daytona 500. Thanks to Monster Energy, Chevy, GearWrench – we’re rolling now.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 8:02 PM, 02.21.2021

Toyota Racing - NXS Daytona RC Post-Race Report - 02.20.21

TY GIBBS, No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing - Finishing Position: 1st -- How do you describe your first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory? -- “You know, I can’t thank everybody right now. This is like a dream come true to me. This is awesome, I can’t do burnouts, that’s one thing I cannot do at all. I just can’t thank everybody, this is just a dream come true to me. I really didn’t think I had it there. Kind of fought back and we won. Thank you to Monster Energy and everybody, I don’t even know what’s going on.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 9:10 PM, 02.20.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Cindric's NXS Runner-Up Finish Leads Ford on Daytona Road Course

AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 22 PPG Ford Mustang -- POST-RACE INTERVIEW -- “Obviously, I don’t want to be racing to a stage probably that aggressive.  I’d love to see a replay.  Just hopefully we can avoid something like that because AJ and I were gonna be fighting for a win later today, so I hate to be able to do that much damage to our PPG Ford Mustang that early.  It just seemed like he was trying to block, whether if he didn’t know I was there or not.  It sucks.  It’s over with, but we salvaged a great day out of it.  Congratulations to Ty.  That’s obviously really cool.  Congrats to him and his family.  P2, I’ll take it.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 9:05 PM, 02.20.2021

Toyota NXS Daytona Road Course Quotes -- Harrison Burton 2.18.21

HARRISON BURTON, No. 20 DEX Imaging Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing--How was your race in Daytona?  “It was awesome. I’ve been waiting to get back to the racetrack for a while with my new team members, and the old team members that are still on my team from last year. We’ve got a great group of guys. It’s been really great so far. Obviously, we are just one race in, but it was a good result. We had a chance to win and that’s all you can ask for at a place like Daytona – is give yourself a shot. We came up short and gave myself some film to watch to try to get better next time. Overall, it was a good day – tough day to lose because you lead a lot of laps at Daytona, you start getting excited. It just didn’t work out for us, so I’ve got some things I can do to try to be better and we will move on from there.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 9:19 PM, 02.18.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Daytona Road Course Advance

FORD PERFORMANCE NASCAR: DAYTONA ROAD COURSE ADVANC -- After running on the oval last weekend, NASCAR returns to Daytona International Speedway for a tripleheader on the road course as all three top touring series are scheduled to be in action.  Defending NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Austin Cindric will be looking for his second straight win to start the 2021 season while Daytona 500 champion Michael McDowell tries to go back-to-back in the NASCAR Cup Series.

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 8:13 PM, 02.17.2021

CHEVY NCS AT DAYTONA ROAD COURSE: Ryan Preece Teleconference Transcript

RYAN PREECE, NO. 37 KROGER/COCA-COLA CAMARO ZL1 1LE, Press Conference Transcript:   DO YOU FEEL THAT MAYBE YOUR LUCK HAS NOW CHANGED AFTER ONE WEEK

“Well, I knew 2021 was going to be different when Kyle Busch won the Clash. So, 2020 is officially over and the bad luck is officially over. It was a good week for us. We qualified in on time and had no pressure going into the Duels, but we executed regardless, to make sure that we got as many points as we felt like we could get. And, we had a flawless car. The Cottonelle Chevrolet at Daytona was probably by far the best car I’ve ever driven. And I’m really proud of the hard work that went into it during the off-season. There was a lot of pressure on everybody going into that. But everyone executed the way they needed to, and we had a great day.”

 

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 8:13 PM, 02.17.2021

Toyota Racing - NCWTS Daytona Quotes - John Hunter Nemechek - 02.17.21

JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK, No. 4 Mobil1 Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports -- What is it like to be one of the veteran drivers at Kyle Busch Motorsports?  “It’s kind of crazy being called the experienced guy at only 23 years old. But I feel like the path through the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has definitely broadened the spectrum of younger drivers coming up through. Being able to run, I think it’s nine or 10 races now a year when you’re 16 years old. It kind of makes that a stepping stone as you’ve seen Chandler Smith do that with Kyle Busch Motorsports over the last year or so and now running full time for Kyle Busch Motorsports alongside myself. It’s been fun. There’s definitely been a lot of questions that have been asked, but at the same time I feel like Kyle (Busch) has kind of mentioned it a few times about trying to bring in a Matt Crafton type of guy, so it’s nice to be kind of labeled as that in a sense. Hopefully, we can go out and win more races and more championships than Matt has. But still to this day still being able to ask Kyle questions and kind of lean on him. He has a lot of experience and that’s something that we all have to kind of look into and try and pick his brain about and it’s only something that can help myself and the younger drivers as well.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 8:12 PM, 02.17.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Media Availability (Doug Yates and Mark Rushbrook)

DOUG YATES, Roush Yates Engines -- AS NASCAR CHANGES AND EVOLVES, OBVIOUSLY HYBRID ENGINES ARE STARTING TO ENTER THE CONVERSATION. HOW WILL THAT CHANGE WHAT YOU DO AND HOW YOU DO IT AND HOW YOU ADAPT TO THAT CHANGING LANDSCAPE? -- “That is a great question and a lot of unknowns. I know that is really important for Ford Motor Company and all of the OEMs involved to continue to use NASCAR as a platform to accelerate the advancements and the technology and to use those on the racetrack.  So, Ford Motor Company, led by Jim Farley, is making a lot of great moves right now.  They have a lot of new vehicles out, some EVs, and I know Hybrid is part of their platform and we want to make sure we get that to NASCAR.  We work closely with Ford weekly with Mark Rushbrook and his team, but mostly with our teams, so I think at that point we’ll be more of an integration, making sure that the engine setup properly in conjunction with the eclectic motor, how we use that, how we employ that strategy, but I think it’s still really early days, but it is on the horizon.  I talked to Jim France this weekend about it at the race and he’s very excited about it as well, so stay tuned and I hope to have more answers for you in the near future.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 11:50 PM, 02.16.2021

Michael McDowell And Mustang Win First Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, FL, February 14, 2021 – The Ford Mustang recorded another milestone moment in its illustrious history today when Michael McDowell captured the 63rd running of the Daytona 500, giving the famous muscle car its first win in The Great American Race.McDowell registered his first NASCAR Cup Series victory in his 358th career start in dramatic fashion as he survived a last-lap accident that took out Team Penske drivers Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski.  The ensuing multi-car accident resulted in NASCAR throwing the caution flag and after a video review deemed McDowell the winner.

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 7:14 PM, 02.15.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Almirola and Ragan Accident Quotes

ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang -- WHAT HAPPENED?  “We were just getting pushed too hard too early.  It’s a long, long race.  Man, we were in a fine position, just sitting there riding around in the top two, three and the 20 just came with a big run and hit me really hard in a bad spot and it turned me to the right and tore up our race car and ended our Daytona 500 way too early.”  ARE YOU OK?  “I’m fine.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 1:40 AM, 02.15.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Cindric Wins XFINITY Season Opener at Daytona (FULL PACKAGE)

AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 22 Verizon 5G Ford Mustang -- WALK US THROUGH THE FINAL LAPS AND HOW YOU FEEL?  “What a way to kickoff the season.  I’m really proud of the speed our boys brought with me in the Verizon 5G Ford Mustang.  I was actually kind of bummed that we missed qualifying because our single-lap speed in practice was so much better than what we’ve been here in the past.  I really feel like over the no practice races we made our superspeedway cars better, so to be able to showcase that tonight makes me really proud, proud of the effort of the guys in the shop and obviously our road crew.  To start off our season like this is incredible. I feel like I did those last couple laps I could take with me to tomorrow’s race, but definitely some great momentum.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 10:35 PM, 02.13.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Riley Herbst Post-Race Quotes

RILEY HERBST, No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang -- “It was good.  It was cool to lead the race and almost come away with the stage, but then it’s just frustrating.  It is what it is.  Hopefully, we can come back here next week and have a good showing on the road course.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 9:47 PM, 02.13.2021

Toyota Racing - NXS Post-Race Report - 02.13.21

HARRISON BURTON, No. 20 DEX Imaging Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing Finishing Position: 3rd - What were you trying to do on the last lap to try to get to the win? “I was trying to break my high school classmate’s ankles (Austin Cindric). I was trying to fake low and go high. It didn’t work out for me. I thought the 02 (Brett Moffitt) – I don’t know if he wasn’t clear or not – but I thought if I drug down, he would come with me. I’ve got a lot to learn and I learned a lot really quickly. That was fun. That was probably my best plate race that I’ve driven in a while and that’s exciting. I’m excited to work with this DEX Imaging Toyota team. My spotter, Tyler Green, did an amazing job. What a great first race for us. We battled some adversity and I think our team is coming together nice, so we should be able to win some races.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 9:24 PM, 02.13.2021

Toyota Racing NCWTS Post-Race Recap -- Daytona 2.12.21

BEN RHODES, No. 99 Bombardier LearJet 75 Toyota Tundra, ThorSport Racing

How did you end up here with the checkered flag?

“I don’t even know. I’ve got to give such a big thank you to my team. This is so special. Biggest win of my career. I can’t even believe this. As a driver, you are always asked about what your biggest accomplishment is. This is it. This is hands down it. This is the place to be. I can’t even believe it. We’ve got Bombardier on the truck. We came back to Toyota and we won in our first race with them back with ThorSport. I can’t thank Duke and Rhonda Thorson (team owners) enough for this opportunity. This is special.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 11:28 PM, 02.12.2021

Toyota Racing NCS Post-Qualifying Recap -- Daytona 2.10.21

BUBBA WALLACE, No. 23 DoorDash Toyota Camry, 23XI Racing -Qualifying Position: 4th

Did you get everything you could on that lap?

“I felt like I did. My first to second shift mark – I’m still getting used to everything. I think I jumped the gun on it, but all-in-all, solid effort for our DoorDash team. It feels good to be back in the Toyota camp. It’s going to be a really good speedweeks, we just have to be careful, be mindful and do whatever it takes. We laid down a decent lap, and I knew it was going to be tough when I see us coming across the line and only run a .47, I thought, nah, that’s not going to hold, so good job their Willy B (William Bryon).”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 11:31 PM, 02.10.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Daytona 500 Qualifying Quotes

AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 33 Verizon 5G Ford Mustang -- “I’m excited for the opportunity.  It’s pretty cool to be out here racing against your heroes and there’s a lot I don’t know right now.  I didn’t get a single lap behind traffic in practice today given where we had to roll through tech having no points.  It won’t be easy, but should be just as much fun as you can imagine.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 11:30 PM, 02.10.2021

CHEVY NCS AT DAYTONA: Alex Bowman Captures the Daytona 500 Pole

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 10, 2021) – For the ninth consecutive season, a Chevrolet has topped the leaderboard and will lead the field to the green in one of motorsports most prestigious events: the Daytona 500. In his debut in the iconic No. 48 Ally Camaro ZL1 1LE, Alex Bowman claimed the pole position with a lap of 47.056 seconds, at a speed of 191.261 mph. The feat puts Bowman’s name in the NASCAR history books as the first driver to sit on the Daytona 500 front row in four consecutive seasons (2018-2021).


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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 11:30 PM, 02.10.2021

Toyota Racing NCS Post-Race Recap -- Daytona Clash 2.9.21

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing - Finishing Position: 1st   What did you think when you saw what happened on the last corner there? “I knew to keep my head down and keep focus ahead and see if I could keep hitting my marks to get close enough to have a shot like that – if something like that were to materialize. Fortunately it did for us. I can’t say enough about Ben Beshore (crew chief) and this whole M&M’s team – this new M&M’s team. I appreciate what they do for me, everybody at Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota, TRD. It’s awesome to start off the year with a win a non-points win, but I would love nothing more than to be right here this Sunday.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 9:57 PM, 02.09.2021

CHEVY NCS AT DAYTONA: Busch Clash Post-Race Notes and Quotes

CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 LLUMAR CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 2nd - YOU LED FOUR LAPS TONIGHT AND CAME FROM THE BACK. IT WAS A FUN SHOW. WE KNOW YOU AND RYAN BLANEY ARE GOOD BUDDIES, BUT HE’S GOT THE WRECKED RACE CAR. HOW DO YOU BALANCE THAT TOGETHER?
“Yeah, and neither one of us won. That’s the big one. I was close enough to drive it in there and I feel like I’d be mad at myself for not at least trying. Obviously, I don’t mean to wreck anybody, especially him

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 9:57 PM, 02.09.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Busch Clash Post-Race Quotes

JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Mustang -- HOW DO YOU SUM UP TONIGHT?  “Perseverance, just keep fighting.  it’s a small field so you can always come back.  All of the cars run off the road in the bus stop and got my grille packed full of mud.  It’s not even grass back there, it’s just mud so I felt like I was dirt racing again.  And then we got that cleaned out and was getting close to being in position to win it, I don’t understand the call NASCAR made there.  I’ve got to talk to them.  That’s a move that’s been made for the 10 years, 11 years I’ve been doing this.  I don’t know why it’s not ok now.  I just want consistent officiating.  That’s all I’m looking for, so just trying to understand that a little bit better.  It might be on me, I’ve got to look at it.  And then we fought.  We got close.  I just ran out of tires there at the end and tires ended up passing us.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 9:55 PM, 02.09.2021

CHEVY NCS AT DAYTONA 500 MEDIA DAY: William Byron Teleconference Transcript

WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 AXALTA CAMARO ZL1 1LE, Daytona 500 Media Availability Transcript:--YOU WON YOUR FIRST RACE THERE AT DAYTONA LAST YEAR. WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM YOUR EXPERIENCES AS YOU HEAD INTO THIS WEEK?
“Just some of the trends in the racetrack and the way the drafting develops over the course of the race; the intensity how it ramps up later in the race. Honestly, I think it’s just experience and as soon as you get on the racetrack and really start racing, some of those things come back to your mind and you remember what it took in the previous races to make those moves or pull off the moves you need to make in the draft. So, nothing really in terms of the setup or things like that; it’s really understanding the moves you need to make at the right times.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 9:37 PM, 02.08.2021

CHEVY NCS AT DAYTONA 500 MEDIA DAY: Chase Elliott Teleconference Transcript

CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1 1LE, Daytona 500 Media Availability Transcript:--THOUGHTS ON GOING INTO DAYTONA.
“I’m looking forward to getting the season started. It’s the start of a very long road in our season. This is always very exciting week. I feel like every time I get to Daytona, I’m excited and ready to get started. It’s a great week for our sport and a big event, but also the first days of a very long season. I think anyone that travels this deal knows that. So, it’s a long road ahead.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 9:36 PM, 02.08.2021

CHEVY NCS AT DAYTONA 500 MEDIA DAY: Rick Hendrick Teleconference Transcript

RICK HENDRICK, OWNER OF HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS, Daytona 500 Media Availability Teleconference Transcript: - WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE ON RACE MORNING THIS YEAR WITH EVERYTHING BEING DIFFERENT?
“I think I went to two races last year. Daytona and Phoenix, and I was like every other fan and was watching it on TV and it was so strange. But NASCAR did a heck of a job to get it in. So, I am going to be in Daytona, and I am going to be nervous as I can be. A, because it’s the first time I have been back and B, it’s the Daytona 500 and you know you hope you can come through it okay. I guess I always get nervous at it for two times. The time when they crank the engines and if we are leading and its about to end. Those are the times when I get nervous.

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 9:36 PM, 02.08.2021

CHEVY NCS AT DAYTONA 500 MEDIA DAY: Kyle Larson Teleconference Transcript

KYLE LARSON, NO. 5 NATIONSGUARD CAMARO ZL1 1LE, Daytona 500 Media Availability Transcript  YOU’RE WITH A NEW TEAM AND A NEW CREW CHIEF IN 2021. TELL US ABOUT THE ADJUSTMENT TO HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS.
“I don’t know - I guess there hasn’t been much of an adjustment, just because I’ve been out of a NASCAR Cup car for so long. I guess the biggest adjustment is getting the cockpit right. Even though we have the measurements and stuff from when I was in the No. 42 car, now things don’t maybe feel the same because I’ve been out of a car so long and my body has kind of gotten accustomed to sitting upright in a sprint car or midget. So, getting in the cockpit and trying to remember – OK the shifter feels normal there; my pedal distance feels right or it doesn’t; the throttle and brake geometry and stuff like that I think has probably been the toughest part to remember if that’s comfortable or not.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 9:36 PM, 02.08.2021

CHEVY NCS AT DAYTONA 500 MEDIA DAY: Alex Bowman Teleconference Transcript

ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 48 HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS CAMARO ZL1 1LE Teleconference Transcript:  THIS YEAR YOU HAVE A NEW CAR NUMBER AND A NEW PRIMARY SPONSOR. TELL US ABOUT THE CHANGES THAT ARE IN STORE FOR YOU AND YOUR TEAM IN 2021.
“It’s really exciting for all of us. I think all the guys are really excited to be working on the No. 48 car. The No. 48 car means a lot to Greg (Ives) as a crew chief. For me, I’m just having a lot of fun with it. Working with Ally so far has been a lot of fun. I think the paint scheme looks great. Obviously, it’s been an interesting off-season just with how the pandemic has affected everything. I haven’t been in the shop as much as I normally would be. It’s kind of been an odd feeling in that sense. But I’m just excited to get to work and excited to go to the race track. Obviously, driving the No. 48 is a really big deal. Hopefully we get it back into Victory Lane and get Ally their first win.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 9:35 PM, 02.08.2021

CHEVY NCS AT DAYTONA 500 MEDIA DAY: Austin Dillon Teleconference Transcript

AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING CAMARO ZL1 1LE, Daytona 500 Media Availability Transcript:

YOU’VE HAD SUCCESS AT DAYTONA. HOW DO YOU NEGOTIATE STAYING OUT THE WRECKS TO BE THERE AT THE END?
“It’s tough. It’s a game of putting yourself in a really position. I call it high-speed chess because you know at some point in time you’re going to be vulnerable. You hope that someone doesn’t take advantage of that too much and cause a big wreck. It’s one of those things where you are constantly moving and trying to guess the flow of the pack. I think the best place to be is in the front most of the time, but it’s impossible now with the way we race to keep yourself up there for the entire race. You see guys do it for long periods of time. Denny Hamlin has been pretty amazing at putting himself in the right position as of late. I’m going to do my best this time around to put ourselves in position for another shot at the Daytona 500.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 8:27 PM, 02.03.2021

CHEVY NCS AT DAYTONA 500 MEDIA DAY: Tyler Reddick Teleconference Transcript

TYLER REDDICK, NO. 8 RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING CAMARO ZL1 1LE, Daytona 500 Media Availability Transcript:

THE NEXT WEEK IS MEANINGFUL IN A LOT OF WAYS; EMOTIONAL IN A LOT OF WAYS FOR THE COMPANY. YOU WERE PROBABLY TOO YOUNG, BACK IN 2001, TO REALLY HAVE ANY MEMORY OF WHAT HAPPENED, BUT WHAT HAS THIS BEEN LIKE IN THE LEAD UP TO THE DAYTONA 500 FOR YOU. WHEN YOU LOOK BACK AT DALE EARNHARDT’S IMPACT ON THE SPORT, WHAT MEMORIES OR THOUGHTS DO YOU HAVE?
“Dale (Earnhardt) left a void in the sport that hasn’t been replaced. He was one of a kind. I, personally, never got the chance to know him in-person, but through my time at RCR and through my time in the sport of racing and NASCAR, I’ve gotten to know a lot of people that worked with him, knew him, called him a father or a friend. To hear the different stories about Dale from these different people is really eye-opening. It will be 20 years and it was a huge loss for our entire sport. One of my earliest memories of NASCAR racing was, unfortunately, watching this race on TV at home when I was very, very young. It was an awful first memory to have. But, in honor of his passing, we’re going to do everything we can as an organization to get the No. 8 or No. 3 back in victory lane.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 8:27 PM, 02.03.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Daytona Media Day 3 (Almirola)

ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang – WHAT IS YOUR ASSESSMENT OF HOW HARD IT IS TO GET THROUGH THE DAYTONA 500 WITHOUT BEING IN A WRECK?  “That’s always the case restrictor plate racing or what now is superspeedway racing.  The risk versus reward throughout the entire race.  Obviously, the risk versus reward is very apparent when it’s two laps to go, but you have to constantly weigh that out in the middle of stage one, when you’re coming down to the end of stage one.  How bad do you want those stage points?  All those things.  You’re constantly weighing that inside the race car.  You’re constantly trying to not only put yourself in position to control the race and lead, but you’re constantly weighing is it worth me putting my car in a bad position right here to get to the lead or to try and get these two sports, or whatever that case is you always have to be mindful of that because there is that opportunity.  The easiest way to lose the Daytona 500 is get caught up in a wreck and it happens often.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 8:17 PM, 02.03.2021

Toyota NCS Daytona Quotes -- Bubba Wallace 2.2.21

BUBBA WALLACE, No. 23 DoorDash Toyota Camry, 23XI Racing  - Can you talk about the importance of minority owners getting involved in NASCAR and how your team at 23XI Racing is helping to change the look of the sport?

“I think it's really cool. I actually texted with Justin Marks the other day about the partners that they were bringing in. It's really cool to kind of see some fun brands coming in, but really cool for PitBull to also be joining NASCAR and talked to (Daniel) Suarez about that and said, he's a big fan.

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Volume 2021, Issue 2, Posted 8:16 PM, 02.03.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Daytona Media Day 2 (Newman, Buescher, McLeod)

RYAN NEWMAN, No. 6 Kohler Generators Ford Mustang – WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF YOUR SPECIFIC SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS TO NASCAR?  “I haven’t really considered myself a consultant.  I don’t really feel I’m any different than any other driver out there when it comes to talking about safety or the benefits of the safety that we’ve created over the last 30-40 years.  Yes, I have had conversations with them and talking about barriers, talking about the cars, talking about foams and things like that.  But the reality is it’s no different now than it was in the last 20 years of my career, in my opinion.  When I say that no different I mean no different as far as the communication, the level of communication that I have in my consulting.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 1, Posted 9:17 PM, 02.02.2021