RICKY STENHOUSE JR. – No. 17 Sunny D Ford Fusion – “I really haven’t seen the replay, I was just running up the bottom there and the 38 ended up right in front of us. It was a bummer. We were working on getting our track position back. We felt good in the first run and got hung out there at the end of the second stage and were just working on our track position. I felt like we had a really fast Sunny D Ford to contend for a win and put on a show for all these fans that came out. Bummer we don’t get to do it but we will go on to Kansas next week and have some fun.” HOW DO YOU APPROACH KANSAS NEXT WEEKEND? “We’re going to go out and have some fun. We got points in the first stage (today) like we wanted. We were in position at the end of the second stage to get points as well and it just didn’t work out. Then I felt like we were in a position we could work our way to the front right there and pass a few cars and be in contention for a win. It just wasn’t our day.”. HOW DID THAT UNFOLD? “We were running up the bottom and all of a sudden the 38 came down. I saw some stuff going on at the top and kind of right in front of me, but the 38 ended up parked right in front of us. I felt like we had a really good run coming up the bottom with the 48, trying to get some of our track position back that we had lost at the end of the second stage. Our Sunny D Ford was fast again. It felt like we had a car that was capable of getting up there and contending for the win, led some laps and it was a bummer we didn’t get into Victory Lane, but we’ll go onto Kansas next week and have some fun. Hopefully, one of the Fords left can get into Victory Lane for Doug and everybody at Roush Yates Engines after Robert passed this past week. Hopefully, one of them will get it done for us and we’ll go on to Kansas and have some fun
Cup / Xfinity / Truck Press Releases
PAUL WOLFE: FORD SWEPT THE RESTRICTOR PLATE RACES THIS YEAR. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS? “Well, to your point there, Ford sweeping the speedway races, hats off to Doug and all the guys at Roush Yates. They continue to work hard and bring us great power, and these Fords aerodynamically are great on these speedway races. Individually all the different teams are able to get a lot of speed out of these things. Hats off to our guys back at Team Penske for continuing to push on the speedway program and getting more because as we've been so good, you need to continue to find more as you move forward, and qualifying I think showed that we've been able to keep up with the progress that other teams have made with having our cars up towards the front in qualifying. The 22 was obviously very strong qualifying, and we were sixth. Just a lot of effort on these speedway programs, and we're trying to capitalize when we can.”
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 6th
Are you kicking yourself a little bit here at the end?
“I maybe should’ve pushed the 31 (Ryan Newman) a little bit longer. I tried to pass him in a different spot, yeah just a flick shy of clearing him there and I knew if I could clear him then the runs were going to be very small because there were very few cars out there. I did what I wanted to do. I pushed him out there to the lead, stay attached and then make a move, but I just didn’t do a very good job there those last two laps.”
Newman started 27th and was one of a very few drivers to stay out of trouble. The race featured 11 caution periods for 47 laps and three red-flag periods. That enabled Newman to post his 12th top-10 finish at Talladega and 12th of the season.
In his final race as a full-time MENCS competitor at Talladega Superspeedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr., finished seventh in the No. 88 Mountain Dew Chevrolet SS. The race pole-winner led twice for seven laps.
Charlotte Motor Speedway has updated its ROVAL course layout with synthetic turf installed at a new chicane added to the exit of oval Turn 4; For the 2018 Bank of America 500 race weekend, another chicane will be added to the oval backstretch, making the ROVAL a challenging 18-turn, 2.4-mile course with a 35-foot elevation change. Next year the ROVAL will host the first road course races in the history of NASCAR's Playoffs; Goodyear will host select NASCAR teams for a tire test on the ROVAL Oct. 17-18
Charlotte Motor Speedway, Panasonic Test Enhanced Wi-Fi Access for Select Seating Sections During Bank of America 500 Weekend
-- For Immediate Release -- Panasonic and Charlotte Motor Speedway will test Everest™ Network Ultra-high density Wi-Fi access for race fans in select front stretch seating areas during this weekend’s Bank of America 500; Fans who are notified of their opportunity for enhanced Wi-Fi can download the speedway app and the NASCAR app to optimize their race-day experience through faster speeds, streaming video and driver telemetry
EDSEL B. FORD II STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF ROBERT YATES
-- For Immediate Release -- Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson joined hundreds of breast cancer survivors and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina employees to paint Charlotte Motor Speedway’s pit road wall pink on Wednesday to promote breast cancer awareness.
Drivers Bubba Wallace, Cole Custer, Daniel Hemric, Justin Allgaier, Spencer Gallagher, Blake Koch, Michael Annett, Jeremy Clements and Ray Black Jr. also took part and previewed the Oct. 7 Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
-- For Immediate Release -- Seven-time NASCAR premier series champion Richard Petty joins fellow racing legends including Bobby Allison and Ned Jarrett at “Dinner with the Legends,” a special event presented by the University of Racing Legends on Thursday, Oct. 5 in The Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Admission costs $125 and includes a three-course dinner, a Q&A and autograph session with drivers and a University of Racing diecast car; Tickets are available by calling The Speedway Club at 704-455-3216
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M’s Caramel Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 1st
Was the word ‘finally’ the overwhelming thought when you crossed the finish line?
“For today, that was the word. It’s been a frustrating year and this certainly relieves a little bit of that – I wouldn’t say all of it. Adam (Stevens, crew chief) and these guys did an awesome job today. I can’t say enough about this M&M’s Caramel Camry – Toyota, this is their 100th Monster Energy Cup Series win. I can’t say enough about all of our partners and everyone on this team. All these guys, the pit crew – they do a great job each and every week. We had to rely on them on that final stop so we didn’t lose too much time to those guys because we had so much distance that we were letting them have it on us with those fresher tires that they had. It’s been a frustrating year, but an awesome day today.”
MATT CRAFTON, No. 88 Ideal Door / Menards Toyota Tundra, Thorsport Racing
Finishing Position: 1st
A lot of emotion for this victory, where does this win stack up for you?
“Our first dirt win. A lot of fun. In the second part of the race we downright just stunk. It was my fault. We overtightened it. On the first we were pretty good and I thought we were a little bit too free. We tightened it up and then we just went back to exactly where we started the race and Rico (Abreu) and them guys drove by me up top and I’m like ‘Crafton, you got to put this thing on the fence down there’. I knew I was getting beat down there and then I found something in the middle over here in 1 and 2. Finally at the end I’m like ‘well, we ought to tear the right side off this thing or take it to victory lane’.”
Postrace Quotes from Toyota, Chevrolet, and Ford after the Quaker State 400 MENC race at Kentucky Speedway on July 8, 2017
When everyone else pitted, what were you thinking?
“I thought we were dead. I thought we were done. It’s just – this is completely unbelievable. I’m so excited to win here. It felt like we had a shot last year and it got away from us on fuel mileage and just wanted to win here so so bad after that. This is sweet redemption. I got to say hi to Sherry (Pollex) back home. She didn’t make it this weekend, so I love you babe. And all these awesome fans, thank you guys so much for coming out. What an awesome crowd. I hope they enjoyed it and that was a whole lot of fun. “
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - Dale Earnhardt won the pole and fellow Hendrick Motorsports driver Chase Elliott will start seonnd in Saturday night's NASCAR Monster Energy Cup race at Daytona International Speedway. It was Earnhart's first pole since 2013. He will lead the field to the green flag in what could be his final Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
Bubba Wallace to Drive Iconic No. 43 Ford While Almirola Recovers from Injury
Wallace to Make First Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Start
[NASCAR Press Release] Five Icons Selected As 2018 NASCAR Hall Of Fame Class
Byron, Evernham, Hornaday, Squier, Yates Comprise Hall’s Ninth Class
RYAN BLANEY – No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion – “I have no idea. We all kind of checked up and I just got turned and destroyed. It figures. I haven’t gotten torn up too much here in the past, and I guess I was due one, but it wasn’t the week we needed. It’s been a few rough weeks in a row, but all you can do is get over it and move on.” WERE YOU SURPRISED AT HOW CALM IT WAS THE FIRST PART OF THE DAY? “It wasn’t calm. We were racing hard, we just luckily didn’t wreck a few times, but the first wreck of the day was maybe a little bit late for what people think, but I thought it was good racing until then.” WALK US THROUGH WHAT HAPPENED? “I’m not really sure. I haven’t seen what happened, but all I know is we kind of got stacked up and I got turned from behind. That kind of stinks. I thought we had a pretty decent car. I was trying to work our way back up there and actually made a bad move that put us back in that spot, but we were trying to make gains and just got run into, which is unfortunate. The last few weeks have been rough. Hopefully, we can turn it around next week.”
JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 MCDONALD’S $1 ANY SIZE SOFT DRINK CHEVROLET SS – Finished 2nd DESCRIBE WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO MAKE THOSE MOVES AND HOW IT PLAYED OUT FOR YOU:
“I mean it’s really circumstantial as to what the guys do in front of you and what is happening behind you. I just got a run at the right time I thought the No. 17 (Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.) was going to get a little bit further out, but when we were coming to the line it just seemed like his car wasn’t going at that point, so it was a good finish. It was a great race. I’m glad everybody is okay, that was a really scary wreck on the backstretch, but really good day for our McDonald’s Chevrolet. We had good pit stops and the guys did a great job.”
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Skittles Red White & Blue Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 3rd
What happened on the final restart?
“When they have too big of a run and you can’t do anything about it. (Ricky) Stenhouse got a really good run and a good push and got by us there and then it was just about retaliation to get back on him and I just never had enough help from behind and just never got together. I just can’t say enough about this Skittles American Mix Camry – it was really fast.
JOEY LOGANO (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford Fusion) -- Finished 1st
THE PIT STRATEGY THAT TODD CALLED, HOW BIG WAS THAT IN THE WIN? “I didn’t really discuss it much with Todd. My thought process was, ‘Oh no!’ right after we stayed out. But we were able to maintain the lead. I don’t think we would have been able to win the race and hold off Kyle (Busch) if it had stayed green. The caution came out. The boys had a great stop which gave us good track position to pass the cars that stayed out. We were able to have a good start, work our way past those cars and tried to take off the best I could. I knew the 2 was so much faster than everybody and I had to get out there as quick and as far as I could. He was on his way to catch me. I think he was catching me a couple tenths a lap. That was all I had inside the car and I burned them up early trying to go. I am proud of the effort of the team. We executed under pressure today and brought a car home that was a 5th-10th place car home to victory lane.”
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 3rd
How was the race today?
“We were competitive and our car drove really good. We were just missing some of the speed from the 2 (Brad Keselowski) and the 22 (Joey Logano) – they run a little more sideways than what we run and just they have more grip. I think we optimized our day for the most part and that’s about as good as we could do.”
How did you feel the overall race track progressed during the
RICHMOND, Va. (April 30, 2017) – Chip Ganassi Racing’s strong season continued this afternoon at Richmond International Raceway (RIR) as Jamie McMurray and the No. 1 GearWrench Chevrolet SS team led the way for Team Chevy in the ninth round of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season with a sixth-place finish. The run marks the fifth top 10 finish for McMurray thus far this season, and he currently ranks seventh in the point standings.
“Yeah, it was kind of interesting because when the No. 42 (Kyle Larson) was there, it just created an environment to run the top and I wasn’t as good on the top. The No. 42, not being up there and that first couple of cars; the bottom was really where it was at for the short run. This Lowe’s Chevrolet was flying!
MATT KENSETH, No 20 DeWalt Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 4th
Are you pleased with your finish today?
“Well we haven’t had a top-five in a long, long time. We got better there at the end and got a little bit of track position finally. It was an uphill battle all day without qualifying and then I sped on pit road and got us to the back. At the end we had a car that was good – most of the day it wasn’t very good, but the last two runs we were fairly competitive.”
DANICA PATRICK – No. 10 Mobil 1 Annual Protection Ford Fusion – “I haven’t seen what happened yet. I started off the race and wasn’t really that great and then we had a stop and it was on fire for a little while. I mean, I was doing the old Bristol bump-and-run all the way up to the lucky dog spot, and then I got a little bit tight and some cars caught me, so we started running the high line. Like we all know, it comes in and it was all right, and then all of a sudden it just snapped loose in one and two and hit the wall and got a lot of right-rear damage and lost a lot of sideforce. It was just super-loose after that. It was kind of miserable for the next part until it ended there about 300 in or something like that. What happened with that, I’m not sure. I know that all of a sudden I heard, ‘three-wide’ and I don’t know. There was a wreck and I was the lucky winner.”
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS – RACE WINNER
THEY SAY EVERYTHING IS BIGGER IN TEXAS. HOW BIG WAS THIS WIN?
“I guess I remembered how to drive; and I guess this team remembered how to do it! I’m just real proud of this team. What a tough track and tough conditions. We were really in our wheelhouse and we were just able to execute all day. Thanks to everybody at Lowe’s and Chevy and the fans and a ton of sponsors.
RYAN BLANEY (No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion) - Finished 12th
“That last pit stop was pretty discouraging. We got back in that third debris caution. I don’t know what it was there at the end of segment two and that made everybody have split strategies and we got in the back and couldn’t pass anybody. It was terrible to try to pass people. We made our way up to seventh or eight and then pitted and I got into our box too long and we were wedged in between two cars. I was over the line by a few inches. That sucked. I put us in that hole. We probably should have stayed out looking back on it but that is easy to do. I think it says a lot about this Motorcraft Quick Lane team about how good a car we had today. If you had asked me yesterday I wouldn’t have said we would win two stages and have one of the fastest cars. They made really good changes this morning and that definitely says a lot. I am excited to get to Bristol in a couple weeks and see what we can do.”
“It was an up and down race – track position was everything. We had a good car at times and we struggled at times. The track was really, really difficult and the tires were definitely a challenge. It seemed like every time we put a set on, the car was a little different. We weren’t good on restarts and short runs and we’d lose all our track position that took us so long to get. Overall, it was a decent day, but needed to be better on short runs for sure.”
DARRELL WALLACE JR. (No 6 Leidos Ford Mustang) - Finished 6th
“We were on the free side pretty much every race and I haven’t had enough to lean on to run with those fast guys up there for most of the year. We had some good calls and good strategy today. The 42 got into us there in entry. Just a racing deal. I was a little pissed off at first but you have to remember there are rookies out here and I am still learning myself. What a blast out here today. Texas is tough now. Giving up that bottom groove is like pulling teeth. I really fought hard there and did look with about nine laps to go where I was and got it mixed up between us and the 9 and we were sixth. Unreal. Shout out to my guys. My pit crew was on it all day and all year. They put us in the game there on the green-flag stop. I saw we came out a couple spots ahead of the guys we were behind and I knew it would be a good day. Thanks to Leidos and Ford and Jack Roush, we are making gains.”
ERIK JONES, No. 20 Game Stop/GAEMS Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 1st
How were you able to have such a dominant race car today?
“I think we just had to look at what the track was doing over the race and kind of how the track changed what our car did. We really didn’t make many adjustments. (Chris) Gabehart (crew chief) did a great job last night trying to get the car freed up for today. The track was definitely a lot tighter. Just cool to get the Game Stop Camry to victory lane. Just an awesome day and couldn’t do it without GameStop, Reser’s, Hisense, Interstate Batteries, Toyota, JGR Engines and NASCAR and the fans. Just an awesome day to get back to victory lane.”
FT. WORTH, Texas (April 7, 2017) – It was a challenging day on a new, slick, and unfamiliar track surface at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) for many Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) drivers in preparation for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, Round 7 on the 2017 schedule.
But it was a solid day for Jamie McMurray, who was the top Team Chevy driver to successfully qualify for the 500-mile event with a sixth place effort in his No. 1 Sherwin-Williams Emerald Chevrolet SS. Also, earning a top-10 starting spot was Ryan Newman, who will start his No. 31 Caterpillar Chevy SS from ninth place in the field of 40 competitors.
KEVIN HARVICK (No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Fusion) - Qualified 1st
“I just didn't feel like I got through turns 1 and 2 like I needed to. The front took off and I didn't want to do what everyone was doing in practice and get out of the groove and drive it into the wall. I'm just really proud of everyone on our Jimmy Johns/Busch Ford. I have to thank everyone at Mobil 1, Outback, Hunt Brothers, Morton Off Road for sticking behind us with this Ford. It's been a stressful day. Coming in and breaking in a new race track and going out there running as fast as we had to run for qualifying. I have to say thank you to the Xfinity guys for letting me run that car this weekend because I really think the reps allowed us learn some things that I was able to apply here."
MARTIN TRUEX, JR, No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Toyota Camry, Furniture Row Racing
Starting Position: 7th
How was qualifying on the new surface?
“It’s tricky. It was good. You know, I couldn’t get (Turns) 1 and 2 right the whole dang time, so it probably should have been better than seventh. I think the car was better than the driver today, so we’ll work hard on it tomorrow and go get them on Sunday.”
BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion) - VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW -- “This is awesome. We’ve ran so good here with the Miller Lite Ford, but something always happens and we haven’t been able to bring it home. Martinsville is just one of those champion’s tracks. The guys that run well everywhere run well here, and it’s really just an honor to win here and get to compete here This track is 70 years old and a lot of legends have won here. It feels great to be able to join them and bring home a clock. A lot of people don’t know this, but those clocks are built in my hometown in Rochester Hills, Michigan, so it’s cool to get one of them from back home. I have one as a truck owner, but not as a driver, so I’m glad to bring one back as a driver. But probably more than anything else I’m really proud, you hear it all the time about the boys back at the shop, but Team Penske has put so much effort in these Martinsville cars the last three or four years because we knew it was one of our weakest tracks, and finally we got the result they deserve. Thank you guys, so much. And thank you to the fans. There’s a lot more people these last few weeks wearing 2 gear and it’s really cool to see. I’d like to say thank you to them that are watching at home and in the stands. It’s an amazing day.”
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 2nd
What more did you need when battling with Brad Keselowski at the end of the race?
“Just needed a normal set of tires. We put on a set of tires there at the end that weren’t the same as the ones that we took off and it just slowed the car down a minimum three tenths that whole entire last run. We just had no speed in the center of the corner and couldn’t maintain the drive off that we needed to on the long runs either We just were hurting it really really bad there. The M&M’s guys did a great job. (Crew chief) Adam (Stevens) and everybody on this team did a great job giving me a car capable of winning. It’s just frustrating when you come down pit road and you don’t make any changes and you bolt a set of tires on it and it goes to junk. I hate that that happened. We still haven’t finished where we should have this year. We haven’t gotten any finishes that are indicative of where this team’s been running or where we’re capable of running or finishing and that’s just frustrating, so we’ll continue on.”
YOU SAID THIS PLACE IS A BIT OF A PUZZLE, BUT HOW IMPORTANT WAS RUNNING IN THE TRUCK RACE YESTERDAY?
“I think it helped a little bit. We’ve got a little work to do, but it was much improved, I hope it was in just a one-day event. And we got lucky. I hope that wasn’t the case. We hopefully have a good direction and we can build on this for the fall. This was an important race and we’d love to have a good run then.”
Charlotte Shakedown: NASCAR XFINITY Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Machines Roar into Charlotte Motor Speedway for NASCAR Test Fest
CONCORD, N.C. (April 27, 2017) – An all-star cast of drivers will take to Charlotte Motor Speedway for NASCAR Test Fest on May 2 in a fan-friendly shakedown of NASCAR XFINITY and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series machines before the 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder May 19-28.
AVONDALE, ARIZ. (March 19, 2017) – When Ryan Newman and the No. 31 Grainger Chevrolet SS team made a gutsy call to stay out on old tires while the leaders pitted during the final caution in the Camping World 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENSC) race at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR), it netted winning results.
RICKY STENHOUSE JR. (No. 17 Fastenal Ford Fusion) - Finished 4th“That was a great run. I think we made a lot of changes overnight that really helped us turn. It was really nice for us. Everything stayed together. This is a big test for Doug (Yates) and Roush Yates Engines. They did their job and did their research from our test here when we had some issues. I am really proud of the whole team.”
What was going through your mind in the closing laps?
“It was a gift. We’ve been on the other side of that plenty of times. This is the first one where we’ve kind of had it go our way. I can’t say enough about everyone on this team. They made a lot of changes last night and we said go for it, and they did. I’m really proud – this is the first victory for the 2018 Camry and to be out here on the west coast – this is a big one for us! Tons of people to thank at our team, with Barney (Visser), Joe (Garone), Furniture Row, Denver Mattress – my buddy Johnny Morris here for believing in us and coming on this car with Bass Pro and Tracker Boats. Proud of Toyota and TRD – these engines have been unbelievable this season so far. We have Auto Owners coming back this year and all our sponsors. West Coast for everybody, but it’s home for these guys – it feels really good.”
KEVIN HARVICK – No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Fusion – ANY IDEA WHAT LED TO THE TIRE GOING? “It started vibrating about four or five laps there before it blew out, and I was just trying to ride it to the end of the stage there. Obviously, it didn’t make it. The worst part was the medical response. It took them forever to get to the car. I thought we made that better, but obviously we haven’t. All in all, our Mobil 1 Annual Protection Ford was running good. We were just too loose right there. It’s not like we were even tight, so it either just cut the tire, or came apart or melted the bead.” ARE YOU OK? “Yeah, I’m fine.”