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CHEVY NCS AT BRISTOL: Post-Race Notes and Quotes

KYLE LARSON, NO. 5 VALVOLINE CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Race Winner
KYLE MAKES IT HAPPEN WITH A PASS ON KEVIN HARVICK. A BRISTOL WIN IS IMPORTANT TO YOU, BUT HOW DID YOU GET THAT DONE?
“Yeah, that was an awesome race. It was so cool to be able to race there for the win. Obviously Harvick and Chase got together. Chase was upset. Kind of held him up. It got Harvick having to move around and use his tires up off the bottom.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 10:37 AM, 09.19.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Bristol Night Race Post-Race Driver Quotes

KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Subway Delivery Ford Mustang -- WHAT WAS YOUR CONVERSATION WITH CHASE AFTER THE RACE?  “I told him it was kind of a chicken @#@# move that he did there at the end.  We’re racing for the frickin win at Bristol.  We’re three-wide in the middle and he throws a temper tantrum, like I was just trying to get the lead and race him hard.  Then he pulls up in front of me and just sits there until I lose the whole lead, so I just hate it for our Subway Ford Mustang team to be able to lose a race like that.  I watched him let the 24 go by and then anytime you run into him it’s a problem.  They can boo all they want.  I don’t care.”

 

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 10:37 AM, 09.19.2021

Toyota Racing NCS Post-Race Recap -- Bristol 9.18.21

MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing--Finishing Position: 7th--How would you sum up your race tonight?--“Just a battle. We battled with our Bass Pro Shops Toyota all night long and had a decent night for Bristol. No problems, no wrecks, no drama. We got some stage points that first stage and then struggled a little bit with the car, but got a bit better in the end, but came home seventh. Not a great night, but for us at Bristol it was uneventful and not a terrible night by any means.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 10:36 AM, 09.19.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Cindric Finishes Second in Dramatic Final Lap at Bristol

AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 22 Menards/Richmond Ford Mustang -- YOU WILL MAKE HIGHLIGHTS AT BRISTOL FOR YEARS TO COME WITH THAT FINISH.  “Yeah.  Absolutely.  I’m sure everybody in the grandstands tonight will remember this one.  I certainly will.  That’s two years in a row in this race that I feel like we should have won.  That’s a lot of races in this neon yellow car that I feel like we should have won this year, so really disappointed for Menards, Richmond, Team Penske -- all the hard work these guys put in.  We put ourselves in position.  That’s all you can ask for and I guess that’s short track racing.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 11:21 PM, 09.17.2021

Toyota Racing NXS Post-Race Recap -- Bristol 9.17.21

BRANDON JONES, No. 19 YeeYee Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing--Finishing Position: 5th--How do you feel about the race and your momentum heading into the Playoffs?--“This is exactly what we need to do truthfully is just have a good, solid run. We had decent stages – I think we finished eighth in both stages. There at the end, you never know what’s going to happen. I’ve been part of a lot of these races where these late-race restarts cause a lot of chaos and you can come and sneak in. I didn’t know what to expect, but that was my best shot at trying to come in here and win this race. Awesome day for YeeYee, I know they had a big deal setup in the fan zone so that was super cool for them so it was great to get them a top-five although I think we should be grateful for a top-five, we’re still hunting for that win. It’s awesome to go into the Playoffs with some momentum and we’ve got some good tracks coming up. Vegas is really good for us and looking forward to getting there.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 11:11 PM, 09.17.2021

Toyota Racing NCWTS Post-Race Recap -- Bristol 9.16.21

CHANDLER SMITH, No. 18 Safelite Auto Glass Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports--Finishing Position: 1st--How do you feel getting your first career Truck Series victory?--“God is good, God is so damn good. I’ve really been tested here in the last year or two. Tested my faith and I’ve kept it. This is unbelievable. I can’t thank everyone behind me. Safelite, Toyota, KBM, Kyle Busch (team owner) – everybody, Jack Irving (TRD). This is incredible, I’m speechless right now.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 1:13 AM, 09.17.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Logano, Harvick and Blaney Finish Top 10 in Richmond

JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Mustang -- “That’s about where we were -- a fifth-place car.  Maybe sometimes a little better, sometimes a little worse depending on the kind of run.  I’d say we averaged out as the fifth car and that’s where we finished.  We got some good points.  I think we were third in the first stage and fifth in the second and a fifth finish, so that’s some good points.  I don’t know where that’s gonna stack the Shell/Pennzoil Mustang up in the playoff standings, but it should put us in a decent spot going into Bristol next week.  That’s what it’s all about right now.  It’s about being solid and getting every point, so we’re getting them.  We’re doing what we’ve got to do.  We’re grinding them out, but had nothing for the Gibbs cars tonight.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 11:54 PM, 09.11.2021

Toyota Racing - NXS Richmond Post-Race Report - 09.11.21

JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK, No. 26 Safeway Toyota Supra, Sam Hunt Racing--Finishing Position: 3rd--Can you describe the racing out there today?--“It was overall a really solid day for our Safeway Toyota Supra for Sam Hunt. Just thankful for the opportunity from Sam, Toyota, all of our great partners that help us get to the racetrack. It was an off weekend for me in the Truck side, so good for me to put myself back in the seat. I felt like I learned a lot today for myself. In these Playoffs, it’s more about staying mentally tough. We were able to do so today. Racing was crazy. We were able to take a couple gambles I felt like and I’m glad the two cautions at the end there came out or we probably wouldn’t have finished where we did. Thankful for the opportunity. Looking forward to whatever is next. I don’t have any more with Sam this year, but who knows what the future holds.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 9:25 PM, 09.11.2021

Toyota Racing NCS Post-Race Recap -- Darlington 9.5.21

DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 Offerpad Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing--Finishing Position: 1st--How big is this victory for you and this team?--“Southern 500, it's a big win. I love this race track. It's by far my favorite race track. It's just great -- can't thank the Offerpad guys enough for everything they do and FedEx and Shady Ray's, the Jordan Brand, just everyone -- Coca-Cola, Toyota, everyone at JGR that builds these fast cars.” 

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 11:58 PM, 09.05.2021

CHEVY NCS AT DARLINGTON: Post-Race Notes and Quotes

The NASCAR Cup Series season continues next weekend at Richmond Raceway for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders on Saturday, September 11, at 7:30 p.m. ET. Live coverage can be found on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

TEAM CHEVY POST-RACE NOTES AND QUOTES:
KYLE LARSON, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 2nd
YOU USED THE VIDEO GAME MOVE DOWN IN 3 AND 4; IT ALMOST WORKED.
“Yeah. Yeah. I kind of -- we got to the white, and I was like, well, I haven't been able to gain on him now, I'm going to try something. Honestly got to his bumper too quick. I was hoping he was going to run that diamond to kind of be safe and I could skirt to his outside, but gave everything I had. “I didn't want to wreck him, I just wanted to try to get to his outside there, but he did a great job not really making any mistakes during the last run, and I was having to push really hard in second to try and just stay with him.

“Was hoping we'd catch some sort of traffic, but we never really did. Our HendrickCars.com Chevy was really good out front, just in traffic I would get stuck. Like in traffic I just got stuck really bad, and then there at the end losing control of the race really hurt us, but all-in-all a great day, good points day. Pit crew did great. Cliff (Daniels) made some good changes in the car, so try again next week.”

WE KNOW IT'S BEEN A GREAT YEAR FOR YOU, BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO START OFF THE PLAYOFFS THIS WAY? YOU'VE LED THE MOST LAPS, YOU'RE RIGHT IN CONTENTION AT THE END. WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR THIS TEAM GOING THROUGH THESE PLAYOFFS TO MAKE A CHAMPIONSHIP RUN TO HAVE A GREAT START?
“Yeah it's good to get a good start. I think everybody's, you know, nervous getting ready for the final 10 and just the anticipation of how it's going to go. So good to get a good first week in and build some momentum and some confidence within the team, so hopefully go to Richmond, be a little bit better than we were earlier in the year."

ROSS CHASTAIN, NO. 42 MCDONALD’S CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 3rd
THROUGHOUT THE SOUTHERN 500 HERE TONIGHT THERE WAS ALL THE PLAYOFF CARS AND THEN THERE WAS ROSS CHASTAIN IN CONTENTION FOR THE WIN. WHAT A GREAT NIGHT FOR YOU GUYS. WHAT MORE DID YOU NEED TO MAYBE CHALLENGE THAT NO. 11 AND NO. 5?
“A better driver. I can go fast. I just can't quite race with them, and it starts with my restarts. I've got some work to do there, so I gave up the outside to take the bottom to be safe and then Kyle rolls around me.
Was able to make one last charge there at him at the end, but yeah, I just need to clean up a few things. This McDonald's car, I think it was the fastest car here tonight, so it's humbling to come with this CGR group these final 10 races here, a place where my career kind of took a totally different trajectory three years ago, and to have people like Clover and the Moose (Fraternity) and Advent Health on board supporting me and still letting me race three years later, it means the world. I've just got to clean up some more, though.”

WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS PLACE FOR YOU? I REMEMBER BACK IN 2018 WHEN YOU HAD THAT AMAZING RUN FOR GANASSI HERE AT DARLINGTON. YOU'VE BEEN SO CLOSE TO WINNING HERE TWICE IN THE XFINITY SERIES. TALK ABOUT THIS PLACE, HOW GOOD IT IS FOR YOU AND ALSO THE COMPETITION LEVEL OF NOW DOING THIS ON THE CUP SIDE.
“Yeah, it's hard to say. I feel like I've put in work, but I always feel behind, so I never feel fully prepared. So I'm not going to say that. I'm going to say it's probably a lot of hot Saturday nights in south Florida racing at 417 Speedway. We don't run up against the fence there, but it's as sideways as we are here at Darlington, and I didn't run up against the fence at all tonight. A lot of Florida Saturday night short tracks and a lot of older, wiser guys and other racers down there that taught me a lot. To come back here now three years later for the people that supported me then and put me in that car, we're still here and we're still fighting, and it means the world.”

KURT BUSCH, NO. 1 MONSTER ENERGY CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 6th
“That’s what was most impressive was the speed. It was fun to lead laps and be up front. It just seemed like we were juggling a ball of yarn and it was somewhat unraveling the whole race; whether it was the lane choice or a pit stop. And then handling, we were a little bit loose there and a little bit tight there. That last run, everything was back where we needed it; but I threw away all the track position with a couple of fender rubs.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 11:50 PM, 09.05.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Three Ford Playoff Drivers Post Top 10 Finishes in Opener

KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Busch Light Fan Design Ford Mustang --  A CHAOTIC RACE FOR MANY.  HOW WAS YOURS?  “It was the same.  We finished on a flat tire.  We had to pit for a loose wheel or a tire coming apart or something and got a lap down, and then got the lucky dog and just a lot going on.  That’s pretty typical of this race though.  I just want to thank everybody on our Busch Light Ford Mustang.  Our guys have done a great job.  We led a bunch of laps early and had a fast race car and were able to capitalize on a good day.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 11:43 PM, 09.05.2021

CHEVY NCS AT DARLINGTON: William Byron Accident Quote

WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 AXALTA CAMARO ZL1 1LE, Sidelined by damage sustained in an accident on lap 200.FIRST OF ALL, ARE YOU OKAY? DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT HAPPENED?--‘Yeah, I’m fine. That was a big hit. It looked like on that pit stop, it looked like we dropped the jack and the left front was still finishing up. I took off and everything felt okay. I went to pass the No. 00 (Quin Houff) or somebody down the front stretch; and was just about to turn into (Turn) 1 and the left front went down. There was nothing we could do. The guys did an awesome job to fix it. We were running like Top-12, I think, even with all the (earlier) right rear damage and it’s just terrible. I don’t know, man. That sucks.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 10:06 PM, 09.05.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Michael McDowell Darlington Accident Quotes

MICHAEL MCDOWELL, No. 34 Love’s Travel Stops Ford Mustang -- WHAT HAPPENED? “I’m not really sure.  The 43 kind of got everybody jammed up.  I think he started on the front there without tires, which is a tough spot to be in and I just went three-wide underneath him and just got into the patch with my left sides just a little bit low.  I got loose enough into the wall and that was about it.  I’ll have to see the replay, but just heartbreaking for everybody on this Front Row team.  We had high hopes coming into the playoffs and this is not how we wanted to start it.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 8:13 PM, 09.05.2021

Toyota Racing NCWTS Post-Race Recap -- Darlington 9.5.21

JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK, No. 4 Mobil 1 Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports--Finishing Position: 2nd--What more did you need to catch Sheldon Creed in the closing laps?--“Clean air. Just super hard to pass. Same thing as last fall, same thing we fight in the Truck Series every week. I don’t know, we have to do a little bit better – think we could have controlled the race. They weren’t going to get by us. We made a last ditch effort. Proud of all the KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports) guys – Mobil 1, Toyota, TRD and everyone who helps. Just have to say thank you. This one hurts. We had the dominant truck here in the spring and came back and ran second here today. On to Bristol. We should be starting first or second. Hopefully we can go get a win there. The only thing that matters is that we locked ourselves into the next round today. That’s all it is. The eyes are set on the prize. We want to win every single week, but there is a big trophy at the end of the year that means the most.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 4:58 PM, 09.05.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Cindric Finishes Third To Lead Ford at Darlington

AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 22 Snap-On Ford Mustang -- WHAT HAPPENED ON THE LAST RESTART?  “I feel like the bottom was definitely the place to be for just the launch, especially for the front row.  I feel like Noah went two or three car lengths too early.  I’d have to watch the replay to be 100 percent certain, but perhaps I could have seen that coming and then the other side of me is like, ‘I don’t want to get a penalty because that’s spots in points.’  I knew the outside was the safe play.  From there, I thought we had a really good long run car.  We struggled to gain track position all day.  We did a solid job all day trying to execute but we weren’t perfect.  I’m proud of what we gained today with the Snap-On Ford Mustang.  It’s definitely the best race I feel like I”ve had at Darlington, just having the strength and not having too many weaknesses.  As a team, that takes a lot of conversations throughout the week to try to get that right, so we righted a lot of wrongs for me at this racetrack today.  I feel good about that.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 9:23 PM, 09.04.2021

Toyota Racing NXS Post-Race Recap -- Darlington 9.4.21

HARRISON BURTON, No. 20 DEX Imaging Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing--Finishing Position: 2nd==Can you describe how the race unfolded for you?--“I’m just upset. I really wanted to win here. This place means a lot to me. It’s fun to run well here, but it sucks to not win here. We’ll keep digging at it. This is a really resiliant race team. We were without our crew chief, Jason Ratcliff who was at home today. Everyone stepped up on the race team and prepared the car well. Obviously, we were really fast today. Good job everybody at the shop and we’ll keep plugging away at it. These next few races are really good for us. This was one that I thought would be good for us as well. Our DEX Imaging Supra was good and just needed a better launch there at the end to stay close. Just frustrated.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 9:18 PM, 09.04.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Harvick, Logano Keselowski and McDowell Playoff Media Day Plus Others Transcripts

KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Busch Light Ford Mustang -- DO YOU FEEL THE WAY YOU AND YOUR TEAM HAVE GRINDED THROUGH THE REGULAR SEASON THAT IT’S MADE YOU STRONGER FOR THE PLAYOFFS?  “I feel good about our team.  I think our team has done a great job with the circumstances we’ve been presented with and I think the last four or five weeks our cars have run a lot better.  We’ve still got some work to do with some things on the balance side of the car to start these races, but, in the end, our team has done a great job and those numbers could have been a lot better if it weren’t for three or four ill-timed accidents at the end of a few of the races.  You obviously want to win, but some years just don’t go exactly how you want them to go and I think those are the years that you’ve got to dig down and do the things that our guys have done this year, so gotta be in it to win it and we’ve given ourselves a chance and see where it all falls in the end.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 8, Posted 11:21 PM, 09.02.2021

CHEVY NCS AT PLAYOFF MEDIA DAY DRIVER QUOTES

KURT BUSCH, NO. 1 CHIP GANASSI RACING CAMARO ZL1 1LE, Teleconference Transcript:--WHAT WAS THE TURNING POINT FOR YOUR TEAM THIS YEAR THAT REALLY GOT YOU GOING AND INTO THE PLAYOFFS?--“For us, on the No. 1 Monster Energy Chevrolet race team, we had a really weird beginning of the season where points were a struggle and finishing races with oddball things happening. It was weird. We weren’t slow, it was just weird. At the (Coke-Cola) 600, we had an engine failure.  And it was like, ‘this hast to be about it’, for strange things happening. Since June 1st, we have really put in a good run of consistency and the finishes really started to help our starting position build back up.  The win at Atlanta, that really just spring boarded us right back to where we needed to be as a Playoff contender.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 8, Posted 11:18 PM, 09.02.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Blaney Makes it Two Straight with Dramatic Daytona OT Win

RYAN BLANEY, No. 12 BodyArmor Ford Mustang -- VICTORY LANE INTERVEW--DESCRIBE THE LAST FEW LAPS?  “it was wild.  We missed that big one barely.  I don’t know how we missed it and then we got a restart on the front row and it was kind of a drag race.  I’m really thankful to LaJoie, who gave me a really good push and we were able to get clear on the restart, so I appreciate the push from him.  I was having to hold off the 4 and the 17 and the 7 and I didn’t really know which lane to go with down the back, so I kind of picked the middle and I kind of committed to the bottom and I guess some people got turned, but what a couple of cool weeks that’s for sure.  It was a very eventful race.  It’s so cool to be here in victory lane in Daytona.  Maybe we’re on a roll right now and we’ve got everything going our way.  Hopefully, we keep it up.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 8, Posted 1:21 AM, 08.29.2021

Toyota Racing - NCS Daytona Post-Race Recap - 08.28.21

BUBBA WALLACE, No. 23 Columbia PPG Toyota Camry, 23XI Racing--Finishing Position: 3rd--Can you take us through that last lap?00“Stay in it, that’s all you can do. I needed to win. I was comfortable taking a hit if we were caught up in it. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do and I came out third. I was happy with that, but we needed to win to get in. Up and down regular season for us. Thankful for opportunity. It’s a brand new team. Everybody is still figuring each other out. I’ve always said our superspeedway stuff is good. It’s good to give us a finish we deserved. I don’t think we were a winning car, so I can’t hang my head too much, but knowing that we needed a win and we came up just short stings a little bit. Thanks to Columbia for coming aboard our Toyota Camry this weekend. It looked awesome. It looked great. It’s the cleanest I’ve ever kept a superspeedway car, so maybe I will get to take this one home. Long night with a lot of perseverance.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 8, Posted 1:21 AM, 08.29.2021

CHEVY NCS AT DAYTONA: Post-Race Notes and Quotes

TEAM CHEVY POST-RACE NOTES AND QUOTES:
TYLER REDDICK, NO. 8 CHEDDAR’S SCRATCH KITCHEN CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 6th
WERE YOU NERVOUS AT ANY POINT IN THE RACE GIVEN WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU?
“There was definitely so much happening there during the race and I didn’t get nervous till Stage 3 there on a restart that I thought was coming, but he did a really good job of matching the move with Chase Elliott going three-wide on the bottom and we lost all the track position that we gained there in Stage 2.  From that point on we had the cycles and the cautions that came when we got collected in that accident with 15 to go. Yeah, that is when the nerves kind of shot up because the car is crashed, we were out of the draft, and not really sure what was going to happen. We caught a caution and fortunately got through that last crash. Even more fortunate than that was that Ryan Blaney was able to win and if you look at the guys from third to myself, if any of those guys win but Blaney, we are having a different conversation.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 8, Posted 1:11 AM, 08.29.2021

Toyota Racing - NXS Daytona Post-Race Recap - 08.28.21

DANIEL HEMRIC, No. 18 Poppy Bank Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing--Finishing Position: 5th--How were you able to come back and earn a top-five finish?--“Just a huge testament to everyone on this Poppy Bank Toyota Supra team. They did an incredible job. I hit the wall pretty hard there coming to the end of stage 1 and coming into stage 2 we really thought our day was over. The steering wheel was completely – the tow was knocked out of the car and a ton of tire rub on the right side. We pitted every single opportunity to patch it up. Eventually, by the fifth or sixth time we got it to where it was driveable and draftable and thought we had really good speed considering everything. Those guys deserve this top-five. I was hoping to give them a little bit more. You’re gridlocked there when you’re coming down to the end. That’s a huge testmant to a team effort so we’ll take it.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 8, Posted 3:42 PM, 08.28.2021

Ford Performance: NASCAR Darlington Xfinity Quotes

AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 22 Car Shop Ford Mustang -- (Involved in accident on lap 27)--“I got spun through the tri-oval.  Obviously, everyone is trying to push lanes there, but it’s just really unfortunate.  That’s two weeks in a row for our Ford Mustangs to get torn up -- two cars that I thought were race-winning cars, so a lot of points lost today and a lot of work to do for the next three weeks.  A lot of work that a lot of the year you can look at it both ways -- half full or half empty -- that s gonna be put in jeopardy, so very frustrating.  We’ll move on.  That’s racing and sometimes it takes one and that’s it.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 8, Posted 3:35 PM, 08.28.2021

CHEVY NCS AT MICHIGAN: Post-Race Notes and Quotes

WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 AXALTA CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 2nd--WILLIAM, YOU PUT UP A MAJOR FIGHT THERE WITH LATE-RACE RESTARTS TRYING TO GET BY RYAN BLANEY. WHAT MORE DID YOU NEED TO MAKE THE PASS?\--“Just the 11 (Denny Hamlin) to stay with us. He tried to shuck us into one. I had to stay with him to not sacrifice my right rear. Once you get put three-wide middle, it's game over. I gave up the lead trying to protect the top. Just didn't have the loyalty there to kind of push me to the lead.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 8, Posted 8:13 PM, 08.22.2021

Toyota Racing NCS Post-Race Report -- Michigan 8.22.21

DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing--Finishing Position: 5th--Were some of the wrinkles in your Camry the difference in performance today?--0“I’m not really sure. We were really fast there right before that last green flag stop. We had run down the leaders from way back, I guess we restarted 18th. It was fast. We just didn’t need that caution – the second-to-last one. We got a good restart on the second-to-last one and then I tried to make a move on the 24 (William Byron) and he was so concerned with me that he lost the lead as well. Just crazy racing. Everyone is just sliding on each other, but it was a decent amount of fun.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 8, Posted 8:11 PM, 08.22.2021

CHEVY NCS AT WATKINS GLEN: Post-Race Notes and Quotes

KYLE LARSON, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Race Winner
KYLE, WHAT A GREAT VICTORY, BUT THERE IN THOSE CLOSING LAPS, I HAVE TO ASK – AS YOU CAUGHT ALL THOSE LAP CARS, WERE YOU WORRIED ABOUT LOSING THE TIME THERE?
“Yeah, I was. Chase was already catching me pretty quick, even with me being in open track, so when I caught those, I think, four cars and got into the 38 right here, I thought I would look at my mirror and the 9 would be right on me, but thankfully had a comfortable enough gap to where I could make a mistake like that.”

“I want to say a big apology to Christopher Bell. I was inside but I wasn't inside enough, and I didn't -- I needed to have the nose a few feet further ahead, and the angles just caught there in the middle and I ended up turning him. I hate that. I race with him a lot. He's probably the one guy that I race with the most in all my racing, so hate to turn him like that. We've had incredible races together.”

“Anyways, hats off to Hendrickcars.com. Thanks for everything you guys do for me, everybody at Hendrick Motorsports, Rick Hendrick, Jeff Gordon, Cliff Daniels, this whole 5 bunch. Another amazing car. I could tell from about lap 3 after I stopped making a bunch of mistakes that we were going to have a car that could win today.”

THIS IS YOUR FIFTH WIN ON THE SEASON, ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL SEASON OF ALL TIME. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO COME TO HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS AND HAVE THIS SUCCESSFUL OF A SEASON?
“Yeah, it's awesome. I mean, it really just shows how good the organization is, all the people that they've assembled at their race shop, all the men and women. All four of us could not be getting these wins like we have been without them. Thanks to them, and thanks to everybody else I get to race for. Get to go to Iowa this week and chase another big win, so looking forward to that, and hopefully can just keep racking these wins up.”

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SAY TO ANOTHER MASSIVE CROWD HERE AT WATKINS GLEN?
“Yeah, thanks all you guys for coming out. It's been a while since we've been here, so hopefully we put on a good show for you. It was definitely a good show from my seat when the three of us were going at it for the lead in the first stage, then there in the second and third stage. Just a lot of fun today, and hope you guys enjoyed it.”

CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 2nd
EXHAUSTING DAY, BUT WHAT A HEROIC EFFORT IT WAS TO GET BACK THERE TO SECOND AT THE END. HOW DO YOU SUM UP THIS DAY? YOU PASSED MORE CARS THAN I THINK ANYBODY OUT THERE BUT STILL COME UP ONE SPOT SHORT.
“Yeah, I made too many mistakes to get the win, unfortunately, and made it too late in the race. Super proud of our team. Been kind of an uphill battle all day, but everybody was just super prepared coming into the day, and our NAPA team just did a really good job of fighting it.”

“If I hadn't have let them down there, I think we would have had a shot at it, but congrats to Kyle (Larson, race winner), Cliff (Daniels, Crew Chief), all the guys on the 5. Happy for everybody at HMS. Hendrick Motorsports has been working extremely hard, and not only do the people deserve to win, but Mr. Hendrick deserves to win. Really happy for him, and I'll try to clean some things up and make less mistakes next time. Maybe it'll work out.”

WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 AXALTA CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 6th
“We had a solid run and ended up sixth in the No. 24 Axalta Camaro ZL1 1LE. Lost the fifth spot on the last lap, unfortunately. We had a good car and it was a good run for us. We started mid-pack and worked our way forward, so I’m happy with that. Definitely a solid road course finish for us and we’ll keep moving forward.”

TYLER REDDICK, NO. 8 CHEVROLET ACCESSORIES CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 10th
“We had some good speed in our No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE today but just needed the balance to be a little better overall. I was really tight throughout most of the day, especially on landing through the turns. It didn’t seem to matter which way I was turning, I just couldn’t get the front to rotate like I needed it to once I got through the first third of a turn. The adjustments we made during the day seemed to help during the last stage of the race and I was able to grab the tenth spot on the final lap. It’s good that we were able to leave the track with another top-10 to help us with the Playoff cutline. I wish we were able to finish a little higher up, but we will have a good shot next week to show what we can do at another road course. There’s no other group I’d rather be fighting with to make the Playoffs, and I know they’ll all continue to fight through the coming weeks.”

ROSS CHASTAIN, NO. 42 MYMCDONALD’S REWARDS CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 12th
“Tough day at Watkins Glen (International) for the No. 42 MyMcDonald’s Rewards Camaro ZL1 1LE. I think Kurt (Busch) and I both struggled for turn. There was quite a bit front chatter and it was just hard to get through a lot of the rights. That’s hard on a primarily right-hand turn track. Our left and rights balance was off just a little bit.”

“The pit stops helped, but we just started too far off. We definitely played the right strategy to keep cycling up. I went for one spot there at the end, I think for eighth, and gave up four to finish 12th when I ran it out of gas. A lesson learned there. I needed to save a straightaway more and I didn’t; I went for it. Live and learn.”

AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 COWBOY CHANNEL CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 15th
“What a day at Watkins Glen International. We started the race 16th in the No. 3 Cowboy Channel Chevrolet and finished ninth in Stage 1 to grab a couple of stage points. We struggled a little bit through the esses but overall handling was pretty good today. I think we could have finished well inside the top-10 if things would have gone just a little differently. I made a mistake that cost us maybe five spots when a car ahead of us slammed on the brakes and I just didn’t anticipate it. Good job to everyone on this RCR team all day. Everyone fought hard, just as they have all season. Thank you to The Cowboy Channel for their support. We’ll go to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course next week ready to battle.”

ERIK JONES, NO. 43 CLEAN HARBORS CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 27th
“The day started off okay. The No. 43 Clean Harbors Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE was good, and we made our way forward. Then we lost track position and got too far back, spun-out and never caught a caution to get caught back up. Not a solid end, but we proved to have an okay car. We just lost the balance a bit through the middle of the race, and got too free and didn’t really have it where we needed it. We will head to another road course next week. I think we learned some good stuff and got a few things better that will carry over.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 8, Posted 6:37 PM, 08.08.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Harvick and Briscoe Post Top-10 Runs on Watkins Glen Road Course

KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Busch Light Apple Ford Mustang -- Finished 8th

“Our Busch Light Apple Ford was decent today.  We just had to go into fuel mileage savings as soon as we came in the pits that last run, and just kind of ran our pace and finished where we finished because we couldn’t afford to run out of gas.  So, they did a good job and had a good strategy.  We scored a few stage points and had a solid finish, so we’ll go to the next one.”


CHASE BRISCOE, No. 14 HighPoint.com Ford Mustang -- Finished 9th

“We’ve only got three top 10s now, so you’ll take any of them you can get.  I felt like we ran up front a lot of the day, but still weren’t quite good enough.  I felt like earlier in the race I was a little bit better and as the race went on I don’t know if the other guys got better or we just got worse.  Obviously, we’re in a position where we’ve got to go win, so ninth doesn’t necessarily cut it for us, but, overall, it was a good day.  We got stage points and finished in the top 10, so we’ll go on to Indy.  We know we’ve got to get it better if we’re gonna win one of these and just from a balance standpoint I’ve still got to get better, too.  We’ll go on to Indy and back home next week.  Obviously, that one is super special, so we’ll try to capitalize there.”


MATT DIBENEDETTO, No. 21 Menards/Moen Ford Mustang -- Finished 11th

“I think we were an eighth to 10th-place car.  We probably finished a couple spots further back than what we could have got.  We caught that whole group of cars at the end and just ran out of time.  It was solid.  We were lacking a little bit of speed, but it was a day I thought we maximized.  We made good adjustments.  Hassler made the perfect adjustment there at the end and it was as good as our car was gonna be without practice.  There were things I wanted to change, but you can’t when you don’t have practice.”


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Volume 2021, Issue 8, Posted 6:32 PM, 08.08.2021

Toyota Racing NCS Post-Race Recap -- Watkins Glen 8.8.21

MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 19 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing--Finishing Position: 3rd--How much of a battle was it for this third-place finish?--“It was quite a battle. James (Small, crew chief) did a great job with our Reser’s Fine Foods Camry to get track position to put us where we needed to be. We didn’t quite have the speed on the longer runs to take advantage of that track position. We tried hard and thanks to everybody for working hard. We’re a little behind those two (Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott) right now on road courses, they’re really, really fast. I just had to burn my tires off to try to stay with them and then in 20 laps they’re gone. Heck of a fight, but we’ll take a third or a podium as they say in road course racing and go to work and try to get better.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 8, Posted 6:26 PM, 08.08.2021

Toyota Racing NCWTS Post-Race Recap -- Watkins Glen 8.7.21

AUSTIN HILL, No. 16 United Rentals Toyota Tundra, Hattori Racing Enterprises--Finishing Position: 1st--What was it like watching and waiting for the lightning delay?--“It was nervewracking, that’s for sure. I didn’t know if we were going to go back green or not, but it feels so good to win on a road course. I’ve been wanting to win on a road course for a really long time – even back in the K&N days, I felt like I would get around the road course fairly decent and finally we had a race that does everything we needed to do. I was really biting my nails there and then when that rain came and I didn’t know what was going to happen with the lightning and all that. Everybody at United Rentals and HRE (Hattori Racing Enterprises), they gave me a really good piece today and we were able to go out there and get it done. Really cool, really special to get a win at Watkins Glen. First time back in 20 years or so, it’s really special.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 8, Posted 12:01 AM, 08.08.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Cindric Run Third in Watkins Glen NXS Race

AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 22 Car Shop Ford Mustang --”We just weren’t quite good enough to fire off.  I felt like Ty was probably better than me and AJ most of the race, but I gave it my all and took the lead on the restart and probably wasn’t good enough to hold it.  We’ll take it and move on.  It was a solid day for points with our Carshop Ford Mustang.  Like I said, I just wish we would have been able to hold the lead after that restart, but probably not good enough.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 8, Posted 11:56 PM, 08.07.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Aric Almirola Wins at New Hampshire

ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang -- VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW -- DID YOU SEE THAT PERFORMANCE COMING THIS MORNING?  “Honestly, I did.  This is by far one of my favorite racetracks.  I love coming up to the New England area and racing.  I love this racetrack.  I had this race won a couple years ago and I gave it away.  I lost it, and I am so glad to win a race here with this race team.  God is so good.  We’ve been through so much and I’ve just stood the test and kept the faith.  The team, everybody, they’ve just been working so hard.  Smithfield, Ford, Go Bowling, Pit Boss Grills, everybody, Honeystinger, Shady Rays Sunglasses.  There have been so many people that have just continued to support us through the crappiest year ever, and, man, this feels so good for them.  My pit crew, they did a phenomenal job on pit road.  All the guys that work on this car, they just keep fighting.  They just keep digging, bringing the best race car they can bring every week and it is no doubt, we have struggled, but, guess what?  We’re going playoff racing.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 7, Posted 10:06 PM, 07.18.2021

CHEVY NCS AT NEW HAMPSHIRE: Post-Race Notes and Quotes

KYLE LARSON, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 7th--SOLID DAY ALL AROUND. WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU NEEDED THERE AT THE END OR THROUGHOUT THE DAY TO MAKE GAINS?---“I think we just needed grip. I was just a little bit too free. Once we finally got some grip in it, my long run kind of faded a little bit. My team made some improvements, so that was good. I feel like with the improvements, we probably finished a spot or two better than we maybe would have before. It’s good to get the No. 5 HendrickCars.com Camaro ZL1 1LE back into the top-10.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 7, Posted 9:53 PM, 07.18.2021

Toyota Racing NXS Post-Race Recap -- New Hampshire 7.17.21

CHRISTOPHER BELL, No. 54 DEWALT Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing--Finishing Position: 1st--What is it that you have figured out about New Hampshire?--“What I’ve got figured out is that I’ve got really, really fast race cars to drive. I just love being here with Joe Gibbs Racing. All these Supras that I’ve had the last three times I’ve been here have been amazing. Hopefully my Camry is just as good tomorrow, but if feels good to win, finally got DEWALT in victory lane. I know it’s been a long time coming.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 7, Posted 7:29 PM, 07.17.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Cindric and Herbst Finish Top 10

AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 22 Car Shop Ford Mustang -- “We started a little bit off the eight-ball.  We didn’t have enough short run speed, and got to where we could recover from that and just trying to figure out which one was our strength and which one was our weakness.  Trying to be good on the short run and hold on for the drive on the long run, so we probably made the wrong call there with the final adjustment, but I think it was gonna be the right thing to be able to battle with the 54.  I could have been a bit more of a jerk to pass the 7, but it wasn’t worth it, so it was a good fight between the 18, the 7 and myself.  It was fun racing, so we’ll move on.  Obviously, it was a solid points day for the Car Shop Ford Mustang.  We have a good little off week for the guys to re-juice and get ready for Watkins.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 7, Posted 7:23 PM, 07.17.2021

Toyota Racing - NCS Atlanta Post-Race Report - 07.11.21

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Skittles Gummies Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racin--Finishing Position: 2nd--What did you need to hold the lead and take the win over Kurt Busch today?--“It’s just the same as always. We just don’t have enough front end with laps on tires. I had everything I had early in the run and then just smoked it behind the 42 (Ross Chastain), obviously. It shows you what kind of driver he is. Just tried to fight hard after that when I got passed and had one valiant effort off of (turn) two, but didn't have enough momentum to drag him down and make him go high in (turns) three and four, and after that the tires were smoked. Great effort. Guys gave me a great piece. We were fast. The No. 1 (Kurt Busch) was definitely better than us today. I just thought I had him. And we did. But racing just didn't play out that way for us. The Skittles Gummies Camry was fast, and thanks to Toyota, TRD, Rowdy Energy Drink, Interstate Batteries, all the guys. Good piece, just not quite good enough, just needed a tick more.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 7, Posted 8:23 PM, 07.11.2021

CHEVY NCS AT ATLANTA 2: Post-Race Notes and Quotes

KURT BUSCH, NO. 1 GEARWRENCH CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Race Winner--HOW ABOUT THAT, KURT? MORE SIGNIFICANT, OBVIOUSLY IT'S THE BIG PLAYOFF WIN AND PUTS YOU GUYS IN THE PLAYOFFS, BUT THAT YOU WERE ABLE TO BEAT YOUR BROTHER HEADS UP ON A GREEN FLAG RUN FOR THAT LONG.--“Hell yeah, we beat Kyle! I taught that kid everything he knows; he should be grateful. What a battle. What a genuine, awesome, old-school racetrack, and I just asked the track today, last time here on your old asphalt, can I have an old guy win, and she answered. Thank you, Atlanta Motor Speedway!--This has been one of those years where I knew we were going to have our back up against the wall with trying to get above the cutoff line and race hard and race smart, and to have GEARWRENCH in Victory Lane, this is their last race of the year, they're with us all year, and with Monster Energy, I couldn't have two great primary sponsors. What a Chevrolet today, hell yeah!

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Volume 2021, Issue 7, Posted 8:19 PM, 07.11.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Blaney's Fifth-Place Finish Leads Ford at Atlanta

RYAN BLANEY, No. 12 Advance Auto Parts Ford Mustang -- “It was definitely a long, hard-working day.  We weren’t that good, to be honest with you.  The front was pretty numb.  The rear was stepping out and just kind of all over the place and we worked on it all day and just got a little bit better and a little bit better.  That long run there at the end kind of played in our favor.  We kind of got going there pretty good at the end, but, overall not a bad day for our Advance Auto Parts Ford Mustang and back to running top five, which is good for us.  We’ve been struggling a little bit lately, but proud of everybody on the 12 group today.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 7, Posted 8:09 PM, 07.11.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Cindric Nabs Top 10 Finish in Atlanta NXS Race

AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 22 Car Shop Ford Mustang --NOT A BAD BOUNCE BACK FROM HOW YOU STARTED. “Between being the last one on old tires and everything we went through for today -- not even close on our Car Shop Ford Mustang.   Unfortunately, that was the position we were in last time we were here and came with a new setup and tried to make things work today and we found ourselves in about the same position or maybe worse.  I know there’s a lot we’ll learn from today and definitely do a lot of self-reflecting to make sure I can create a better environment affect like this, but just really unfortunate.  Like I said, I think we minimized damage there at the end.  Probably the highlight of my day was the middle of five on the restart by my doing and gaining spots from it, so we’ll move on.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 7, Posted 7:39 PM, 07.10.2021