BRAD KESELOWSKI -- No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion -- “We overcame a lot of obstacles and jumped a lot of hurdles today. I am glad I don’t have to relive this day, that is for sure. I am just looking forward to going to Homestead. This feels a little bit like Christmas. Sometimes you need a little luck on your side. Today we had that. It wasn’t by any means where we wanted to run. We wanted to run up front and have a shot for the win. That wasn’t in the cards. We tried to run the smartest race we could and survive and it ended up paying off in the end.”
Cup / Xfinity / Truck Press Releases
MATT KENSETH, No. 20 Circle K Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 1st
What are the emotions you’re feeling after winning this race?
“I don’t know what to say except thank the Lord. It’s been an amazing journey and I know I’m a big baby right now. Just have one race left and everybody dreams about going out a winner. We won today and nobody can take that away from us. That was a heck of a battle with Chase (Elliott) there. I have to thank Circle K, Toyota, DeWalt and all our partners. Thanks to JGR, it’s been a great five years. It’s been quite the journey in this 20.”
CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 24 HOOTERS CHEVROLET SS – Finished 2nd
THIS SECOND PLACE FINISH HAS GOT TO HURT A LITTLE BIT MORE
‘Yeah, for sure. We were so close to having another shot next week. But man, I can’t say enough for our team and our Hooter’s Chevrolet this weekend. We fought really hard today and gave ourselves a chance. Our car was really fast on those short runs after a caution and after pit cycles on tires. It fired off really good and we did pretty good on the short run all day and got really tight as the run went long. And once the rubber laid back down I was just hanging on and hop I could get to traffic before I started going away. It’s just such a bummer. I was telling my guys we’ll get it right someday, or I’ll get it right someday. We’ve had so many good opportunities and at some point, we’ve just got to close.”
CHRISTOPHER BELL, No. 4 Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports
Finishing Position: 8th
Can you take us through the side-by-side racing with Noah Gragson?
“It was really intense and we were both doing everything we could to go for the win. It’s a big advantage to be on the outside because you have all the side force and whenever you crowd him like that you take all the air off the side of his truck. I knew that I was playing with fire there and that there was a good possibility that I was going to get us both in trouble. He (Noah Gragson) was doing a really good job down there of hanging onto it and keeping it up – we were just racing really hard and it didn’t work out.”
RICKY STENHOUSE JR. – No. 17 Robert Yates Tribute Ford Fusion – HOW WAS IT WITH THE SUN? “It was typical. It was difficult. Right there I locked up the left-front pretty hard the first time out and it flat-spotted it, so we went back in the pits and kind of went back out there just to try and get a little bit better lap to get a better pit stall, knowing that we’re gonna have to change our tires anyway and have to start at the back. It was a bummer. I wanted our Yates Tribute car to start closer to the front, but we’re gonna have to pass a lot of cars during the race. This was a good race for us in the spring and I feel like from practice today I had an OK car. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow and hope to pass a lot of cars come Sunday.”
Toyota Racing Post-Qualifying Quotes Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Phoenix Raceway – November 10, 2017
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 2nd
How was your lap?
“It was just short of great. It was close – second week in a row second, but we're knocking on the door. We're fast. We're doing everything we need to do to put pressure on the other guys and try to get a win. Our car is obviously fast enough, just got to tune it in tomorrow and get this thing going for 500K or something like that.”
RYAN BLANEY, No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion – HOW AGGRESSIVE DO YOU NEED TO BE NEXT WEEK AT PHOENIX? “Obviously, we need to be really aggressive. We need to go try and win the race. That’s really the only thing we can do, so I’m proud of the effort by the team today. We didn’t start off very good and we got really good towards the middle and had one run where I was super-loose towards the end. I gave up like five spots. I got real loose and that was unfortunate, but we got our car a little bit better at the end. We kind of restarted eighth and ran sixth. Thanks to the effort by the Wood Brothers group and hopefully we’ll have a good Phoenix.” YOU GOT SOME STAGE POINTS TODAY. “I was happy with not being great the first stage and running eighth there and then getting better and finishing third in the second one. We had our car better and that effort was pretty good.” ONE SPOT AVAILABLE AT PHOENIX. “You pretty much have to go and win the race. That’s all we can do. It’s gonna be hard to point your way in because everyone is running pretty good. We’ll just try to win Phoenix and do the best we can.”
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 2nd
You laid down a lap of 200.617 miles per hour. Incredible lap out there. Did you think that was good enough to get the pole when you laid that down, or did you think that may not hold?
"I thought it would definitely have a chance. We improved with our time each round, and we were top five each round, as well. So I definitely thought once I ran it, it was going to be very close. Some of the guys that were up front, we dodged those bullets early in the third round, but the 41 (Kurt Busch) was the last one that I knew could give us trouble, and they got us right there off of Turn 4."
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES - FORD ECOBOOST 400 - HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY - TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT - NOVEMBER 17, 2017
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 AXALTA CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at Homestead-Miami Speedway and discussed competing in his final race as a full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver, his emotions going into his final race, the group of people he will have around him and many other topics. Full transcript courtesy Chevrolet:
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (Nov. 8, 2017) – Stewart-Haas Racing has signed Aric Almirola to join its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series lineup in 2018. The 33-year-old from Tampa, Florida, will drive the team's No. 10 Smithfield Ford Fusion. Almirola has won races in each of NASCAR's top-three national touring series and is currently in his sixth full season in the premier NASCAR Cup Series. Almirola has one NASCAR Cup Series victory, three NASCAR Xfinity Series wins and two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series triumphs.
FORD: RYAN BLANEY – No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion – “I felt the first half of our day was pretty good. We lost a lot of handle the second half after the second stage and really were struggling. On short runs I thought we were OK for 20 laps or so, but the last handful of restarts were just pandemonium. It was pretty ridiculous with everyone wrecking each other and running into each other. I thought we were gonna make it through the last one, but we just kind of got caught up off of four in all that stuff. At least we salvaged a decent day. Honestly, a lot of cars got torn up, but we’ll go on to Texas and see what we have.” WHAT DID YOU SEE ON THE LAST RESTART? “I have no idea. I just knew I was in a wreck too. We just kind of got caught up in three and four. That’s the thing, we would have finished third or fourth and got sandwiched there, but it was chaos. I haven’t seen that in a long time.”
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS – Spun during practice. Team has determined they will go to the rear of the field in order to change the gear and axles.
Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion, and owners Len and Eddie Wood, paid a visit to the Martinsville Speedway infield media center before today’s first practice session to talk about advancing to the Round of 8 and competing at their home track.
AUSTIN CINDRIC – No. 19 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Ford F-150 – “It’s solid. We move up one spot in the championship standings. We need one more and we’re gonna go to Homestead, so I think it’s that simple. We have to keep having races like this. I think we got the most out of it today. I don’t think we had the best speed in the race. I was glad we were able to qualify well. We had a really good recovery thanks to great pit stops by the boys and a good call on the box by Doug to make a few tire-pressure adjustments to get us up there. I’m happy with it. It’s the first time we’ve gone to Martinsville and not gotten dumped and been frustrated and sad. We have a pretty clean truck all things considered and we’ll move on and live to fight at Texas.”
MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Toyota Camry, Furniture Row Racing
Finishing Position: 1st
How were you able to win this race?
“Just couldn’t believe some of the things that were happening and thought there was no way that we were going to win that race at some point. That first restart violation really caught me by surprise and that hurt, but that wasn’t the last blow we had to take. There was the loose wheel we had to pit for under green and getting a lap down and being able to stay out through that last stage and get that lap back was crucial, without that, we didn’t have a shot. Then we got back mid-pack and had a couple really good restarts to get some track position and then really fought the car through that part of the race and had to make some big adjustments and I felt like at the end we got dialed in pretty good. I’m pretty happy with that.”
KEVIN HARVICK – No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Fusion – BIG PICTURE, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED TO MOVE ON THE NEXT ROUND: “Yeah. That’s definitely a good thing. As you look at the result of the day you want to have a chance to win. We had a car capable of winning. Just got stuck in a box and the box kept on getting smaller and smaller. The caution came out with the 47 and that put us and the 18 in a bad spot. That was it.”
POST RACE NOTES AND QUOTES:
CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 24 NAPA CHEVROLET SS – Finished 4th
DESCRIBE THE AFTERNOON RACING HERE AT KANSAS:
“It was a wild day for sure. We fought our balance all weekend. I know the result wasn’t terrible, but definitely feel like we could have been a lot better this weekend and just the way things worked out for us. But, our car got better as the day went along, we just didn’t have the balance on a very long run to go up and pass guys like you need to have. So, we will go to work and get this side of things ready for Texas.”
KEVIN HARVICK (No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Fusion) -- Qualified 2nd
A GOOD ROUND 3 FOR YOU: “For the most part is was three sketchy laps. The first time out it was really loose and tight on one end. It was really windy on one end. It was hard to keep up with the car but I did a good job adapting to the first run. I got through 1 and 2 okay and as I got into 3 the front end washed out and then the back stepped out and got up a lane. Still a good run considering what was on the line for pit stall selection.”
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
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, 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
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
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.