Cup / Xfinity / Truck Press Releases

Manufacturer Notes and Driver Quotes from Las Vegas 2 2018

BRAD KESELOWSKI, No. 2 Autotrader Ford Fusion VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW

HOW MANY TIMES DID YOU HAVE TO HOLD OFF THE COMPETITION TODAY?  “I didn’t think it was ever gonna end.  I was worried about running out of gas there at the end.  I know the fans can hear on this microphone and I want to say thank you to everyone who braved 100 degree heat all day.  You guys are the real heroes.  I get paid to do this.  You guys pay to watch and thank you for doing that.  Thank you for coming out today and tolerating the heat.  We’re so glad to be able to win and get in Victory Lane again with the Autotrader Ford.  What a special day for 500 wins for Penske, three in a row here, first win in the Playoffs.  There are too many storylines for me to get it all right, but we’re very thankful and very proud for all of them.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 9, Posted 10:53 PM, 09.16.2018

Ford Performance NASCAR: Playoff Media Day

RYAN BLANEY, No. 12 Ford Fusion -- QUESTION INAUDIBLE: “It is really important to get started on the right foot here. I don't really care about the underdog thing. That has been my whole life. That is what everyone labels this team as, which is fine with us. We will do our own thing. I don't think it gives us any extra motivation. The motivation is there. We don't really want to be the life of the party, we just want to do our jobs and do the best we can. Whatever happens, happens.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 9, Posted 11:22 PM, 09.14.2018

Chevrolet Playoff Media Day

CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1 – Qualified 7th

ON HIS QUALIFYING SESSION: 
“Just got to that second round and was just behind and had to make two runs in the second round.  That is never good.  So, just my fault, I wasn’t up to speed in that first round, barely made it through and then got to that middle one and wasn’t going to make it, had to run again.  Luckily, kind of figured it out and I think it was just a little too late.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 9, Posted 11:14 PM, 09.14.2018

Pre-Playoff Media Day at Las Vegas - Toyota

Toyota Racing – Martin Truex Jr. 

MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota Camry, Furniture Row Racing

Do alliances work and is there a timeframe on how long they can be successful?

“I don’t think in either situation, whether it was their (Stewart Haas Racing and Hendrick Motorsports) or ours, I don’t think that had anything really to do with how both of them changed – you get what I’m saying? The Stewart Haas thing, they had a huge deal offered by Ford and they said they’d be stupid not to do this and do it all on our own and grow our team.

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Volume 2018, Issue 9, Posted 11:09 PM, 09.14.2018

Manufacturer Quotes from the 2018 Brickyard 400

FORD

THIS IS VICTORY NUMBER 499 FOR TEAM PENSKE AND THE FIRST AT THE BRICKYARD. WE THOUGHT YOUR WIN LAST WEEK AT DARLINGTON WAS BIG, HOW BIG IS THIS? “It is incredible. Last year I lost this race almost the exact same way. To bring it home this way feels really good to make up for my mess up last year. To give Roger Penske his first Cup car win here at the Brickyard is just an incredible feeling. I am so happy for everyone at Team Penske. We were hoping it would be win 500 and the Brickyard but we don't care what number it is. It is the Brickyard! It is the first win for Discount Tire in the Cup Series which is great. They have been so good to us. This whole team, the call made today was just phenomenal. We weren’t the fastest car by far but this team never gave up on it, made the most of the strategy and executed a perfect race. That is something I am so proud of.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 8, Posted 9:41 PM, 09.10.2018

Manufacturer Quotes from Darlington MENC Race

FORD:

CLINT BOWYER, No. 14 Carolina Ford Dealers Ford Fusion – “I hit the 31 really hard.  I don’t know.  I guess he was pitting or something and it’s a product of this place, I guess.  There are lapped cars that are 50 laps down all over the damn place.  That’s pretty frustrating.  I’m about tired of that.  This track is too narrow for cars to be that far off the pace.  You’re in and out of those guys, diving all over the place, trying to navigate around them, trying to figure out where the hell they’re going, and then you come up on somebody trying to actually compete in the race and you’re not on the game -- he’s pitting or something and I run over him.  I didn’t see him wave, but, like I said, when you come off of two and you pass 37 lapped cars and you get your bearings and everything else – maybe he waved, maybe he didn’t – I didn’t see it.  He just stopped right in front of me and I hit him hard.  I’m obviously pissed off and frustrated, but it seems to be that way for me every time I come here.  We run decent.  We had a frustrating night, just mistake after mistake and obviously we ended up wrecked.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 8, Posted 12:46 AM, 09.03.2018

Manufacturer Quotes from Bristol 2

FORD:

KURT BUSCH, No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford Fusion – VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW – “It’s awesome to do it at Bristol.  I love this place.  We now have won six times here and I have great teams that have always helped me win.  This group of guys, Billy Scott, my crew chief, this is his first win and to be able to do it with Ford and Monster and Haas Automation is just what it’s all about is executing as a team and we had good restarts when we had to, and then you’ve got to get clever and start throwing everything at it.” 

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Volume 2018, Issue 8, Posted 11:16 PM, 08.19.2018

Manufacturer Quotes from Michigan 2

FORD QUOTES

FORD QUOTES

KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Busch Light/Mobil 1 Ford Fusion - Finished 1st - VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW

“Keelan is saving me some work. Usually when I get home the next day we have to mock up a victory lane celebration. For him to be here and able to do that and be a part of NASCAR and bring your son to work and do all the things that we get to do with our kids, I have had him with me by myself the last three weeks and we have had a ball. I couldn’t be happier to be a dad and be a part of NASCAR where they let your family come to the race track and be a part of it. Gotta thank everyone from Busch Light, Mobil 1, Ford, Jimmy John’s, everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing and all these fans for coming out today and supporting everything we do here in Michigan.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 8, Posted 9:46 PM, 08.12.2018

Manufacturer Quotes from Watkins Glen

Chevrolet Quotes:

POST RACE PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT:

CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 SUNENERGY1 CAMARO ZL1, NASCAR HALL OF FAMER, DAD, & SPOTTER, BILL ELLIOTT, AND ALAN GUSTAFSON, CREW CHIEF

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Volume 2018, Issue 8, Posted 9:52 PM, 08.05.2018

Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, and Johnny Sauter Were Winners at Bristol

BRISTOL, TN - RIS - The weekend triple header in NASCAR’S three national series all came down to a dramatic finish. Johnny Sauter won the Camping World Truck Series on Thursday night, Kyle Larson won the Xfinity race on Friday night, and Kurt Busch won the Monster Energy Cup race on Saturday night. The Cup race was unusual in that the Big Three all had problems. 

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Volume 2018, Issue 8, Posted 12:20 AM, 08.19.2018

CHEVY MENCS AT POCONO 2: Team Chevy Race Notes & Quotes

TEAM CHEVY NOTES AND QUOTES:

ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 88 AXALTA ALL PRO TEACHERS CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 3rd 
*Career Best Cup Series Finish*

HOW GOOD WAS THE RACE CAR? 
“We really struggled all week.  But then the boss man showed up (Mr. Hendrick) and magically we got better today.  Really glad for Axalta and to have the Eagles on the car in Pocono close to Philly (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is pretty special.  Wish we wouldn’t have got such a bad last restart.  Kyle (Busch) said to wait for a hand out the window and the hand never came, so he kind of snookered me there, but it’s all good.  I’m just glad we are kind of headed in the right direction.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 1:09 AM, 07.30.2018

Toyota, Ford, and Chevrolet Driver Quotes from the Coke Zero Sugar 400

TOYOTA QUOTES:

Erik, how do you feel buddy?

“Oh, boy. How about that race, boys and girls? That was something else. I thought that we were out of it and we were right back in it. Took the lead and ran away. Wow, what an awesome race. To have buyatoyota.com on here and my first win at Daytona. My first superspeedway win. What an awesome day. I am out of breath. Too much smoke in the car from that burnout. I can barely breathe. What an awesome finish.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 12:40 AM, 07.08.2018

Manufacturer Quotes from Qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

CHEVROLET QUOTES:

CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 HOOTERS CAMARO ZL1 – Pole Winner

YOU KNEW THE CAR WAS FAST GOING INTO QUALIFYING, BUT DID YOU KNOW IT WAS TWO AND A HALF TENTHS FASTER THAN THE REST OF THE FIELD? 
“No, I didn’t know it was that fast.  Our Hooters Chevy has been nice all weekend.  We made a couple of changes actually at the end of that last practice before the rain and made it go a little faster.

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 1:15 AM, 07.07.2018

Toyota Chicago Kyle Busch Victory Lane Quotes - 7.1.18

Finishing Position: 1st

How did that shake down there?

“I don’t know. I got really boxed in and got really slow. I tried to get all of it on those last couple of laps. (Kyle) Larson tried to pull a slider but didn’t quite complete it. He slide up into me and used me, and then I kind of used him a little bit in Turn 3 to come back for the victory. Great win for the Skittles Camry and all of these guys. We were horrible today. Absolutely horrendous. We just never gave up. It’s always good to make the most of the days and get to where we needed at the end. I was able to lead all of those laps. And get through the rest of the traffic. If you don’t like that kind of racing, don’t even watch.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 11:09 PM, 07.01.2018

Team Chevy - Larson Leads Team Chevy at Chicago

KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 CREDIT ONE BANK CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 2nd

Q.  Could you tell when you did the slide job if you were going to probably make it in front of him or was it just that tight?

            KYLE LARSON:  No, I mean, I wasn't really trying to make it in front of him.  I figured if I ran in there to try and clear him, I would have had to slow down so much to not hit the wall that he would have just turned underneath me and it wouldn't even have been a battle to the win. 

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 11:08 PM, 07.01.2018

Ford Performance NASCAR: Chicagoland (Harvick, Bowyer, Logano and Keselowski all Top-10 at Chicago

KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Jimmy John’s Kicki’ Ranch Ford Fusion - Finished 3rd

“Our car was just off all weekend. We had a tough time making the front end turn and then we would wind up way too tight, all the way through the corner or way too loose all the way through the corner. The guys did a good job and kept us in the game all day. We had a chance, we just wound up at the wrong side of it at the end.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 11:06 PM, 07.01.2018

Ford Chicagoland Qualifying Notes - Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS)

PAUL MENARD, No. 21 Menards/Sylvania Ford Fusion -- Qualified 1st

“My guys did a hell of a job today. We weren’t very good in practice. We did a mock run that was so loose that we had to abort it and never really got a true mock run. We had speed and all through those rounds we got a little too loose in round two and we adjusted for it. Round three drove like rails. It was good.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 9:31 PM, 06.30.2018

CHEVY MENCS AT CHICAGOLAND: Team Chevy Qualifying Notes & Quotes

TEAM CHEVY NOTES & QUOTES:

CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1 – Qualified 3rd

NOTE:  Elliott finished 10th in the Overtons 300 NASCAR Xfinity race and subsequently received fluids at the Infield Care Center due to the oppressive heat conditions.  Prior to the Overtons 400 NASCAR MENCS qualifying session, Elliott talked about the incident:

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 9:30 PM, 06.30.2018

Ford Notes and Quotes - Xfinity from Chicagoland

FORD FINISHING RESULTS

KEVIN HARVICK, No. 98 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang

“The handling was great on the last stop, probably better than it was the stop before. We were just a 1-25 and not a 25-50.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 8:55 PM, 06.30.2018

Toyota: Winners Circle Interview with Martin Truex, Jr.

MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 78 5-Hour Energy / Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry, Furniture Row Racing
Finishing Position: 1st
Did you know all along you guys were going to snooker the competition?
“No, that’s all Cole (Pearn, crew chief). That’s all him. That was amazing. I’m cool with whatever he wants to do. I tell him all the time, like you know win, lose or draw, we do it together and I just got a lot of trust in him. I don’t even say anything when he says pit or don’t pit. I just did what he wants to do, so awesome job by him today.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 8:48 PM, 06.24.2018

Ford Performance - Sonoma (Harvick and Bowyer Lead Ford and SHR at Sonoma)

KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Fusion - Finished 2nd

RODNEY SAID ON THE PIT BOX THAT THE 78 TEAM SNOOKERED EVERYONE WITH THEIR STRATEGY. WHAT WAS YOUR THOUGHT WHEN YOU HEARD THAT? “I don’t really know what is going on up on the pit box and who is doing what. I just do what I am told. Those guys do a great job.

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 8:47 PM, 06.24.2018

CHEVY MENCS AT SONOMA: Post Race Notes and Quotes


CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 4th

“It was a lot more fun, this trip out here, than it was the last two times. I made a lot of gains, personally, I think, for me at this track. It’s been one of my worst. To come here and have pace on Friday and qualify good on Saturday, and to have pace today, it was just a lot more fun.

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 8:45 PM, 06.24.2018

Toyota MENCS Pocono Post-Race Report - 6.3.18

MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota Camry, Furniture Row Racing

Finishing Position: 1st

Were you concerned on the restart with seven to go?

“Yes, you’re always concerned on restarts at Pocono. So much can happen on those. We were luckily able to get a good one. I just can’t say enough about everyone on this team. Cole (Pearn, crew chief) and all of the guys. We did a good job last night. It’s been a really good weekend overall.

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 8:02 PM, 06.03.2018

CHEVY MENCS AT POCONO 1: Team Chevy Race Notes & Quotes

KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 DC SOLAR CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 2nd

THAT RESTART, WITH LESS THAN 10 TO GO.  GREAT MOVES BY THE 78 OF TRUEX BUT A GREAT COUNTER BY YOU

“Yeah, I actually liked that the 78 tried to pull down and block me a little bit because it messed his angle up to the corner.  I knew he would have to slow down a little more on entry and I was hoping I could get close enough to him to get him loose.  Which I did, but I also got kind of loose behind him. 

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 8:01 PM, 06.03.2018

Toyota NXS Pocono Post-Race Xfinity Report - 6.2.18

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Comcast Salute to Service Juniper Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 1st

How does it feel to accomplish winning at Pocono in the Xfinity Series?

“It feels good for as good as our car was. I tried to screw it up again early this week. My guys are amazing. Joe Gibbs Racing and everybody back in the Xfinity Series. They do a great job in the body shop and chassis shop.

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 6:22 PM, 06.02.2018

Ford Performance NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) Pocono Green 250 (Pocono Raceway; Long Pond, PA) June 2, 2018

COLE CUSTER, No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang -- Finished 5th

“We had a really fast Haas Automation Mustang, we just didn’t have really good long run speed. That was our biggest problem. We just got too tight at the end of a run. It was interesting to run the package and try to learn it throughout the day. I just think we needed a little more there. We were close, we just needed a little more long run speed.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 6:17 PM, 06.02.2018

Ford Performance Kansas Quotes

RYAN BLANEY, No. 12 REV Group Ford Fusion

Finishing Position: Involved in accident on lap 247

“I don’t know.  It was hard racing.  I definitely take the blame on that one.  I was just trying to side draft hard and the car was kind of light down the frontstretch there and it was just hard racing at the end.  I got about spun out in one and two on the restart, getting sucked around.  We were making some spots back up and just trying to get back up to the front and tried too hard.  That stinks.  We had a really fast race car and I hate it for REV.  The two races they’ve been on our car this year and we’ve led a bunch of laps in both of them and ended up wrecked.  I wish we could get over that hump, but I thought we made a good gain tonightand where our cars need to be.  Hopefully, we can carry that forward into the next upcoming weeks, but it was definitely my fault just trying too hard.  I made contact and it cut my right-front down.  I hate I got the 42, but it was just hard racing.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:28 AM, 05.13.2018

Team Chevy Kansas Notes and Quotes

KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 CLOVER/FIRST DATA CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 4th 
YOU LED 100 LAPS TONIGHT. ONE OF THE BEST DRIVES. HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO FIGHT BACK AFTER THAT CONTACT WITH RYAN BLANEY? WHAT HAPPENED ON PIT ROAD?

“Yeah, we just had a really good car tonight. Our Clover Chevy was fast. I always run pretty good here at Kansas, so it was nice to lead some laps. I thought we were going to have a really good shot to win there, and Kevin (Harvick) was able to get to my outside. And then, I was tight in traffic there.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:26 AM, 05.13.2018

Ford Performance NASCAR: Harvick Wins Dover

KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Fusion -- RACE WINNER (VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW)

HOW DID YOU GET IT DONE TO WIN BY SEVEN SECONDS?  “The first thing I’ve got to do is just thank everybody on my team -- everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing, Roush Yates Engines, everybody from Ford for just continuing to put the effort that they put into these cars.  Three cars in the top five says a lot about where we are as a company, but everybody from Jimmy John’s and Busch and Ford, Fields, Haas, Mobil 1, Morton Buildings, Textron Off-Road, Liftmaster and the fans, especially.  It was great to see those fans stick around for the finish, but it’s fun racing your teammate.  That says a lot about our company and one of your good friends as well.  I just want to say hi to DeLana, Keelan, and Piper at home.  I’ll be home in a little bit.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:26 AM, 05.07.2018

CHEVY MENCS AT DOVER 1: Post Race Notes and Quotes

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S FOR PROS CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 9th

All in all, it’s been a really good day for our Lowe’s for Pros Chevy. We had a couple of restarts being in the wrong lane. We pitted and we expected a lot more (cars) to come but they didn’t, so we had to start in the teens and start all over again. It’s a good driving car. I’m was really happy with it. It’s amazing how much faster I was when I was up in third and fourth; just had a half a second of speed on our side just due to the cleaner air."

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:05 AM, 05.07.2018

CHEVY MENCS AT DOVER 1: Post Qualifying Notes and Quotes

KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 DC SOLAR CAMARO ZL1 – Pole Winner

DID YOU GET EVERYTHING YOU HAD HOPED FOR THERE? DID YOU LEAVE ANYTHING OUT THERE?

“I felt like I nailed that lap pretty good. Everything from coming to the green to (Turns) 1 and 2 were really good. (Turns) 3 and 4 I maybe left a little bit out there.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 12:11 AM, 05.05.2018

Ford Performance NASCAR: Harvick Takes Front Row Qualifying Spot at Dover

KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Fusion -- Qualified 2nd

TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING RUN: “We’re feeling good about qualifying well. That’s not been something that we’ve done 100% great here. We’ve qualified okay. It definitely goes a long way in helping get your day started. This is definitely a race track that can take a while to work your way up the field so you don’t want to dig yourself a hole early on. They made the car better all three rounds. We ran our fastest lap at the end. I lost a lot of time in 1 and 2. I got myself hung a little higher and longer than I needed to finish the corner. Still a good lap for us and I’m looking forward to race runs.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 12:00 AM, 05.05.2018

CMS Pit Note: Byron Carries on Gordon's Legacy in Sam Bass-designed Axalta No. 24 Car

CMS Pit Note: Byron Carries on Gordon's Legacy in Sam Bass-designed Axalta No. 24 Car
(CONCORD, NC - Friday, May 18, 2018)
Jeff Gordon claimed his first NASCAR premier series victory in the 1994 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway aboard a rainbow-colored No. 24 car designed by Sam Bass - NASCAR's first officially licensed artist. The iconic paint scheme returns to action in September with Cup Series rookie William Byron behind the wheel.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 9:29 AM, 05.19.2018

Toyota MENCS Talladega Post-Race Report 4.29.18

TOYOTA QUOTES

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

Finishing Position: 13th

How difficult was the car to drive today?

“Once we got in that wreck, it was over, but we had a decent car up until then. We got the car handling better all day long and every adjustment we made to it was an improvement and gave us more on the race track, but we just lack speedway speed.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 8:21 PM, 04.29.2018