Cup / Xfinity / Truck Press Releases

Toyota Cup Notes and Quotes - Homestead

 

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

How sweet is this moment for you?

“We have a great race team, a great owner and the best sponsors in sports. I just can’t say enough and thank everyone enough for this opportunity. I may be the one that’s able to hoist the trophy, or to have a championship, but it wouldn’t be possible without Adam Stevens (crew chief) and Joe Gibbs, J.D. Gibbs, Coy Gibbs and the whole family.

YLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

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Volume 2019, Issue 11, Posted 9:16 PM, 11.17.2019

Ford Performance Notes and Quotes from Homestead

KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Busch Light Ford Mustang – YOU GUYS STAYED OUT TOWARD THE END AND TRIED SOMETHING DIFFERENT, WAS THAT BASICALLY YOUR ONLY SHOT WITH THE WAY THE 19 AND 18 WERE RUNNING? "Yeah, we just needed to do something different. They were so much better than us on the long run, that was our best chance, to have a caution there at the end and we never got one. We did something different, hoping for a caution. We had to do the opposite and it just didn't work out."

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Volume 2019, Issue 11, Posted 9:09 PM, 11.17.2019

Team Chevy Notes and Quotes from Homestead

AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 SYMBICORT CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 8th

THOUGHTS ON HIS RUN.
“It’s really special to end the year with a top-10 finish. It’s been a hard year. We’ve changed our bodies and everything, just trying to get closer to the competition and working really hard. It was the first car we’ve had all year that’s been really competitive at these 1.5-mile tracks. We’ve had some good qualifying efforts, but we were racy tonight and that was good to see.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 11, Posted 9:04 PM, 11.17.2019

Manufacturer Notes and Quotes from Texas 2

KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Bush Beer Ford Mustang - MAN, THREE TIMES YOU WERE STUCK BACK IN TRAFFIC.  WERE YOU WORRIED IN THOSE MOMENTS YOU WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO GET BACK TO THE FRONT? “Well, we had a bad restart one time when we got buried back there, but I think as we came in, we put another set of tires on, we were really able to make up some time.  Our car was just so fast through 3 and 4, as long as I could keep my momentum up, I could get up beside him.  So it was definitely fast, and speed made up for our Ducks Unlimited Busch Beer Ford Mustang tonight what we lacked a little bit in handling.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 10:48 PM, 11.03.2019

Toyota Martinsville Post-Race Quotes

 

MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 19 Auto Owners Insurance Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 1st

The first to be locked into the Championship 4, how big is that advantage?

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2019

Ford Perfomance Martinsville Post-Race Quotes

ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang – “We just got together.  I got inside of him getting down in turn three and he chopped me, and I got in his left-rear and moved him up a little bit and got inside of him, and then we hooked and got tangled up off of turn four.  It’s disappointing.  I had a really good Smithfield Ford Mustang and felt like we were maybe one adjustment away from being maybe a second or third-place car, so I’m proud of my guys, proud of the effort and we’ve got three more weeks.” 

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 5:29 PM, 10.28.2019

Roush Fenway Press Conference at Charlotte

Roush Fenway Racing announced earlier this week that Chris Buescher would be rejoining the organization to drive the team’s No. 17 Ford Mustang in 2020.  Owner Jack Roush, president Steve Newmark and Buescher held a press conference today at Charlotte Motor Speedway to talk about the situation.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 12:46 AM, 09.28.2019

Toyota ROVAL Qualifying Quotes

TOYOTA QUOTES

ERIK JONES, No. 20 Craftsman Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Starting Position: 15th

What’s your outlook for Sunday’s race?

“I don’t know, I thought we had a little bit better car than that, but I didn’t expect us to qualify much better than eighth probably. You know 15th is not where we wanted to be, we haven’t qualified well all year. It hurts pit stall more than anything and then you get some guys up in front that you’ve got to through in the first stage, get them shuffled out. We just lacked a little bit of speed obviously across the board - us the 18 (Kyle Busch), the 19 (Martin Truex Jr.) were able to squeeze in (to the next round). You know definitely needed a little bit more speed to be with those guys in the top five, I mean they’re a second faster than us almost. That’s a lot, but you never know how the race will play out.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 12:41 AM, 09.28.2019

Ford Quotes from ROVAL Qualifyiung

RICKY STENHOUSE JR., No. 17 Sunny D Ford Mustang – CAN YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT CAME DOWN THIS WEEK?  “A lot came down.  It was unfortunate, for sure.  Definitely tough timing for myself and my group to try to find another option, but, all in all, I’ve got to look back on the 11 years that I had with Jack and winning races and championships and getting my first Cup win and being competitive – not as consistent as what we wanted, but the end of it all I’m very thankful that Jack took a chance on a dirt racer from Mississippi to come drive his car.  It was fun, a little emotional with the relationship Jack and I have.  It’s the only team I’ve ever been at, so I’m looking forward to see what’s next.  Like I said, there’s a lot of work to do on that, but, all in all, I’m definitely looking forward to these last eight with the great partners that we have, everybody on the 17 team.  I’ve worked with a lot of them since my Nationwide days, so it will be tough, but it will be a fun eight races with them.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 12:29 AM, 09.28.2019

Team Chevy ROVAL Qalifying Quotes

POLE WINNER WILLIAM BYRON

Yeah, we’re going to have to fix a quarter-panel. I kind of missed that one, but I was trying to get all I could. I knew I was a little bit weak under the brakes the first couple of runs in Q-trim today, so I tried to fix it and maybe fixed it a little bit too good. But, the guys did a great job with this car and it really takes every corner around this race track to get a pole. I knew we could qualify Top 5, but I really wanted the pole and really kind of went out there and got it. So, I’m really proud of this UniFirst team, it’s going to be great to start up front.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 12:23 AM, 09.28.2019

Manufacturer Quotes from Indianapolis

FORD

KEVIN HARVICK WINS BRICKYARD 400 FOR FORD

  • Kevin Harvick won his third race of the season and his second career win at the Brickyard of Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

  • The win marks the second straight Brickyard 400 win for Ford.

  • The win is Harvick’s 48th of his NASCAR Cup Series career.

  • This marks the 18th win for Stewart-Haas Racing since joining Ford.

  • The win is Mustang’s eighth of the season.

  • Today’s win is Ford’s 684th all-time in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 11:33 PM, 09.08.2019

Manufacturer Notes and Quotes from Indianapolis Xfinity Race

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KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Combos Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 1st 

How were you able to overcome both tight and loose conditions in the car to win?

“We just didn’t have the grip in traffic. Our car was really, really fast in a straight line and could  pass some of those guys down the straightaways. Even if I botched the corner, it seemed like I  could pass them back. Different situations with some of those guys. The 7 (Justin Allgaier)  was really good. He was really smart and played a great race. We were just faster and fast enough there at the end in order to make sure that we stayed in front of those guys. Real proud of the effort and certainly want to thank Big Machine Vodka, Big Machine Label Group for being on my stuff there and  partnering with the track here this weekend. Also want to thank the fans,  apprecaite their support. Of course this Combo’s Supra – these guys and everybody on this team did a great job. It’s pretty cool  to win here in Indy any time. We’ll  take it.”

OYOTA

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 8:12 PM, 09.07.2019

By the Numbers: Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL™

-- For Immediate Release -- Sunday’s second running of the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway marks the cutoff race in the first round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs
CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 26, 2019) – With race fans from all 50 states and 20 foreign countries converging on Charlotte Motor Speedway for the second running of the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400, excitement is building for the cutoff race in Round 1 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 6:17 PM, 09.26.2019

DiBenedetto Previews New ROVAL™ Chicane

DiBenedetto Shakes Down Upgraded ROVAL™ Backstretch Chicane
NASCAR driver Matt DiBenedetto tested out Charlotte Motor Speedway's new ROVAL™ backstretch chicane aboard a Toyota Camry XSE pace car on Tuesday; The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will tackle the 19-turn, 2.28-mile ROVAL™ in the second running of the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 on Sept. 29

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 6:47 PM, 09.03.2019

Quotes and Notes Following Xfinity Race at Darlinton

FORD

COLE CUSTER, No. 00 Production Alliance Group Ford Mustang – HOW DID YOU FIND OUT YOU WON THE RACE AND HOW DOES IT FEEL UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES?  “it’s a really strange feeling, obviously.  You don’t want to win them that way, but it is what it is.  We all play by the same rules.  Was that the deciding factor?  No, with everything he won the race but it is what it is.  We get the points.  We get the money and we get everything, including the trophy so we’ll take it.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 1:18 AM, 09.01.2019

Toyota Racing MENCS Darlington - Post Qualifying Report

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Qualifying Position: 15th

We were just discussing the perfect lap. You were maybe close to it in Turns 1 and 2?

“The big thing is getting up to speed and getting through (Turns) 1 and 2 is how you get up to speed and I felt like that was okay but you know as far as 3 and 4, I felt like we left a little bit out there. I probably over-slowed entry and didn’t get back to the throttle like we needed. I don’t think qualifying was what was going to be our strong suit. I wasn’t overly excited about it. I know our race car is really good for tomorrow, but I was not sure where we were going to end up. We’ll kind of take it and move on. Qualifying has not been the place where we’ve necessarily succeeded this year, but the racing has always been really good for us, so we’ll find our way to the front. Good thing we’ve got 500 miles to get up where we want to be.”

RIK JONES, No. 20 Sport Clips Throwback Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 12:50 AM, 09.01.2019

Ford Performance NASCAR: Keselowski To Start on Front Row for Southern 500

PAUL MENARD, No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Mustang – “The time that we qualified I’m not sure being early or late is a big difference.  The sun is gonna get a little bit lower in the sky, but the air temp is actually supposed to go up a little bit, so I don’t think that’s an issue.  I felt there was more grip than I anticipated.  Yesterday the track was hot and slippery with all the cars running and now you’re out here by yourself and the track doesn’t have as much heat in it, and it’s got a lot of grip.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 12:46 AM, 09.01.2019

TEAM CHEVY AT DARLINGTON: Post-Qualifying Notes & Quotes

KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 CLOVER CAMARO ZL1 – Qualified 3rd
“I felt good about my lap, the balance was fine. I could have maybe come to the green a little bit better, but I don’t think I would have had a shot at the pole. We had a lot of speed in happy hour, so I’m pretty confident going into the race tomorrow. You never know until the race starts, but I felt really good about it.”TEAM CHEVY NOTES AND QUOTES:

 

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 12:32 AM, 09.01.2019

ROVAL Chicane Enhancements at Charlotte

Charlotte Motor Speedway Enhances ROVAL™ with Expanded Backstretch Chicane
-- For Immediate Release --The backstretch chicane on the revolutionary Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL™ has been widened and expanded in advance of the Sept. 27-29 Bank of America ROVAL™ 400, creating additional passing opportunities and generating more side-by-side action during races
Speedway officials announced that the NASCAR Xfinity Series race will be extended by 50 kilometers, becoming the Drive for the Cure 250 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

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Volume 2019, Issue 6, Posted 11:09 PM, 06.27.2019

Bubba Wallace Returns to Bojangles Summer Shootout

-- For Immediate Release --
• NASCAR star Bubba Wallace will compete in this summer’s Bojangles’ Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway beginning on Tuesday; Wallace, who drives for Richard Petty Motorsports in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, will race for the Boston Reid Real Estate Pro division title
• The speedway’s first “Bark Your Engines” night devoted to fans bringing their dogs to the track takes place Monday with all fans named “Jack” or “Russell” getting in FREE; Tuesday’s slate features a thrilling school bus slobberknocker putting area principals in a two-ton bus racing battle for the ultimate championship belt at America’s Home for Racing
• Tickets to the family-friendly Bojangles’ Summer Shootout cost just $8 for adults and children under 13 get in FREE. Fans can purchase Bojangles’ Summer Shootout tickets by visiting charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267)

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Volume 2019, Issue 6, Posted 1:25 PM, 06.10.2019

TicketGuardian Rebrands as Protecht

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (May 20, 2019) - TicketGuardian, the award-winning technology platform, has announced a branding consolidation and pivot to the name of its parent company, Protecht. The pivot to Protecht is designed to streamline and simplify the Protecht offerings to partners, prospects and customers.   

Protechts industry-leading live event technology and consumer-facing protection products help provide ticketing platforms and organizers with control over inventory, additional lines of revenue, fraud prevention tools and fan engagement through enhancements like an improved checkout flow, bot detection (beta) and upgraded security.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 9:36 PM, 05.30.2019

NASCAR Holdings, Inc Announces. Merger Agreement With International Speedway Corporation

NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation have announced that they have agreed on a merger of the sanctioning body with the track owning company. ISC owns 13 race tracks including Daytona, Talladega, Michigan, Richmond, Auto Club Speedway, Kansas Speedway, ISM Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Watkins Glen International and Route 66 Raceway, along with Racing Electronics, Motor Racing Network and other related operations. Here is the formal announcement:

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 9:00 PM, 05.22.2019

Chevy Notes: Kyle Larson and Chad Johnston Interviews

CONCORD, NC (May 18, 2019) - Kyle Larson scored a $1 million prize by winning the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in his No. 42 Advent Health Camaro ZL1, his first win in the MENSC non-points event and first of the 2019 season.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 11:17 AM, 05.19.2019

All Star Pit Note 4: Bowyer Snags the Pole for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race

CONCORD, N.C. – Clint Bowyer will have the best view when Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race goes green at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Bowyer’s No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford edged Kyle Busch’s Toyota by completing three laps and a pit stop in one minute, 58.794 seconds, averaging 136.371 miles per hour in securing his first All-Star Race pole on Friday. Bowyer, making his 10th attempt at claiming the $1 million winner’s prize on Saturday, said the pole was a credit to his team.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 10:04 PM, 05.17.2019

Charlotte Motor Speedway Unveils Historical Marker, 1960 Promotional Car, Austin Dillon Coca-Cola 600 Colors

-- For Immediate Release-- Charlotte Motor Speedway revealed a historical marker for the speedway’s 60th season in a special event on Thursday at the speedway’s avenue of flags; Speedway officials also unveiled a 1960 Buick Invicta with decals like the one speedway founder O. Bruton Smith used to promote the inaugural Coca-Cola 600 in 1960

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 10:42 PM, 05.16.2019

Notes and Quotes from Dover's Gander RV 400

TOYOTA

MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 19 SiriusXM Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 1st

How good does it feel to be back in Victory Lane at this place?

“It feels incredible. So thankful for this team. What a race car we had today. This SiriusXM Camry was just incredible. Thank you to everyone back at the shop at JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing), Bass Pro, Auto Owners, everybody who supports us and makes this happen. We have one hell of a team and we came here with a new setup this time. We had an older setup that won in 2016 and had been good but not good enough. Hats off to Cole (Pearn, crew chief), James (Small, engineer) and everyone with TRD (Toyota Racing Development, U.S.A.) back in California,

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 5:02 PM, 05.06.2019

Manufacturer Notes and Quotes from Talladega 1

CHEVROLET

Chase Elliott scored an extremely popular victory with the No. 9 Mountain Dew/Little Caesar’s Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 on Sunday in winning the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.   Elliott led a sweep of the top-three for Team Chevy as the Camaro ZL1 won for the first time this season.

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 9:13 PM, 04.28.2019

Talladega Qualifying Quotes FOR THE GEICO 500

Team Chevy:

AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 DOW CAMARO ZL1 POST QUALIFYING TRANSCRIPT:   WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO GET THE FIRST POLE FOR THE 3 CAR AT TALLADEGA IN 25 YEARS?

“I’m a numbers kind of guy and you correlate all those numbers together – it’s the 50th anniversary for RCR, 50th for Talladega. Talladega is where RCR kind of started in 1969. I’m pumped to be here in the No. 3 car. Danny Stockman (crew chief) and the boys did a great job building a fast car and you want to go out there and make some noise and they did that. I give all the credit to those guys. Tomorrow it’s up to us to keep that car up front and hopefully make a real iconic win for RCR and everyone here at Talladega.”  

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 11:01 PM, 04.27.2019

Manufacturer Quotes from Money Lion 300 at Talladega

FORD

CHASE BRISCOE, NO. 98 Nutri Chomps Ford Mustang

Finished: 4th

“We were making a ton of moves. I don't usually have any fun on these superspeedways but that right there was a blast. There are so many things I wish I would have done different there at the end. Overall, we were up front the whole day and it felt like I was one of the only guys that could make moves and was trying. I haven’t been the greatest superspeedway racer but I feel like I made up a lot of ground today. I am looking forward to going to Daytona now and more importantly trying to win $100,000 next week.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 10:28 PM, 04.27.2019

Manufacturer Quotes from Bristol Food City 500

ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 10 SHAZAM/Smithfield Ford Mustang – “The 24 just got loose under me.  He struggled to get going on the initial start.  He spun his tires and then was just loose and out of control that whole first lap.  When we went down in turn one he lost it under me and wiped us out.  I’m pretty frustrated.  You work all weekend, all week getting ready for the event and to make it one lap is kind of uncalled for, so I’m disappointed, frustrated, but life goes on.  We’ll go to Richmond.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 12:26 AM, 04.08.2019

Toyota, Chevy, and Ford Notes and Quotes After Texas 1

TOYOTA QUOTES

DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 1st

How were you able to get the win today at Texas?

“Just a fast car. Gave me a fast car, a car that could really pass anyone in the field. That means a lot. Definitely was a different type of race here, trying to draft, trying to get out of everyone's wake. Proud of this whole FedEx Office team here, Toyota, Coca‑Cola, the Jordan Brand, Little Big Burger, everyone who helps put this race car on the race track. Joe Gibbs, J.D. Gibbs, still thinking about him and his legacy. Have to say hi to Jordan and the kids at home.  Hopefully we have some fun tonight.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 8:37 PM, 03.31.2019

Driver Quotes from Martinsville's STP 500

CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 2nd:

“I don’t know. It was really tough. Our NAPA Camaro was good. I felt like we were about as even with him as we could be. When I did get the lead, I felt like there was a little advantage to being out front and being able to work traffic your way and play off it and whatnot.

 

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 10:08 PM, 03.24.2019

Manufacturer and Driver Notes and Quotes from the Auto Club 400

Toyota

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 1st

You finally did it.  It's complete.  How does 200 feel?

“Feels just like number one.  Feels just like yesterday. Man, that was such an awesome racecar.  I mean, dang.  This Interstate Batteries Camry was awesome today.  I'm glad we put on a heck of a show for all these fans out here in California at Auto Club Speedway.

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 11:36 PM, 03.17.2019

Ford and Toyota Notes and Quotes After Fontana Xfinity Race

COLE CUSTER, No. 00 Thompson Pipe/Haas CNC Ford Mustang (Finished 1st)

VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW --  THIS IS YOUR THIRD CAREER XFINITY WIN, BUT THIS ONE RIGHT DOWN THE ROAD FROM WHERE YOU GREW UP: “This means to ton. To win here, at home in Southern California - I grew up racing in San Bernardino and Irwindale. It means a ton. To come back here. I can’t thank the Thompson Pipe group enough. I wouldn’t be racing without what their family did for me. Haas Automation is a local company also. It was such a huge race for us. Everybody, it is a home town race for our whole team. I am pretty pumped up.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 8:35 PM, 03.16.2019

Manufacturer Quotes from Phoenix Cup Race

How do you conserve fuel and outrun Ryan Blaney at the same time?

“You don’t. You just give it everything you’ve got and push hard and do everything right to get the lead first. You worry about fuel afterwards. When they said the 12 (Ryan Blaney) was backing off, I started backing off and trying to save a little bit of fuel. You’re not going to save, but maybe a shot glass in 12 laps. Overall though, we had plenty. We did a burn out and everything was good. Great day for us here to be in victory lane.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 11:22 PM, 03.10.2019

Ford-Chevy-Toyota Quotes from Xfinity Race at Phoenix

TOYOTA


DID YOU GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR MUSTANG TODAY?  “Yeah, I think we did.  I think we made the most with a short run car.  It would have been great to have a late-race restart there because I think later on as we tried to nurse our long-run speed we just kind of learned that our short-run speed we might as well make that the most, so I’m proud of what we did today.  I think we learned a lot and hopefully enough to bring us back in the fall and have a good run again.”

 

HOW WERE THE RESTARTS?  “Restarts are crazy here.  I think those were the top six or seven at some point coming from the tail after we had to pit at the end of stage two, so it was a lot of fun.  I’m surprised it all went well, but it was definitely a fun day.”

 

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 11:41 PM, 03.09.2019