Cup / Xfinity / Truck Press Releases

Bubba Wallace Jumps Into the No. 43

Bubba Wallace to Drive Iconic No. 43 Ford While Almirola Recovers from Injury
Wallace to Make First Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Start

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Volume 2017, Issue 6, Posted 10:56 PM, 06.05.2017

Ford Performance NASCAR: Stenhouse Wins First Cup Race

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.”

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 12:11 AM, 05.08.2017


“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.” 

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 12:10 AM, 05.08.2017

Fwd: Toyota MENCS Talladega Post-Race Quotes - 5.7.17

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.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 12:08 AM, 05.08.2017

Ford Performance NASCAR: Logano Wins Richmond as Ford Peppers Top-5 Inbox x

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.”

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 11:19 PM, 04.30.2017

Toyota MENCS Richmond Post-Race Quotes - 4.30.17

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 


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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 11:07 PM, 04.30.2017


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. 

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 11:01 PM, 04.30.2017

CHEVY MENCS AT BRISTOL ONE: Post Race Notes and Quotes

“Yeah, it was kind of interesting because when the No. 42 (Kyle Larson) was there, it just created an environment to run the top and I wasn’t as good on the top. The No. 42, not being up there and that first couple of cars; the bottom was really where it was at for the short run. This Lowe’s Chevrolet was flying!

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 1:02 AM, 04.25.2017

Toyota MENCS Bristol Race Recap -- 4.24.17

MATT KENSETH, No 20 DeWalt Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 4th

Are you pleased with your finish today?

“Well we haven’t had a top-five in a long, long time. We got better there at the end and got a little bit of track position finally. It was an uphill battle all day without qualifying and then I sped on pit road and got us to the back. At the end we had a car that was good – most of the day it wasn’t very good, but the last two runs we were fairly competitive.”

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 1:00 AM, 04.25.2017

Ford Performance NASCAR: Bowyer Leads Ford With Runner-Up Bristol Finish

DANICA PATRICK – No. 10 Mobil 1 Annual Protection Ford Fusion – “I haven’t seen what happened yet. I started off the race and wasn’t really that great and then we had a stop and it was on fire for a little while.  I mean, I was doing the old Bristol bump-and-run all the way up to the lucky dog spot, and then I got a little bit tight and some cars caught me, so we started running the high line.  Like we all know, it comes in and it was all right, and then all of a sudden it just snapped loose in one and two and hit the wall and got a lot of right-rear damage and lost a lot of sideforce.  It was just super-loose after that.  It was kind of miserable for the next part until it ended there about 300 in or something like that.  What happened with that, I’m not sure.  I know that all of a sudden I heard, ‘three-wide’ and I don’t know. There was a wreck and I was the lucky winner.”

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 12:59 AM, 04.25.2017

CHEVY MENCS AT TEXAS ONE: Post Race Notes and Quotes



“I guess I remembered how to drive; and I guess this team remembered how to do it!  I’m just real proud of this team. What a tough track and tough conditions. We were really in our wheelhouse and we were just able to execute all day. Thanks to everybody at Lowe’s and Chevy and the fans and a ton of sponsors. 

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 10:48 PM, 04.09.2017

Ford Performance NASCAR Texas1

RYAN BLANEY (No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion) - Finished 12th

“That last pit stop was pretty discouraging. We got back in that third debris caution. I don’t know what it was there at the end of segment two and that made everybody have split strategies and we got in the back and couldn’t pass anybody. It was terrible to try to pass people. We made our way up to seventh or eight and then pitted and I got into our box too long and we were wedged in between two cars. I was over the line by a few inches. That sucked. I put us in that hole. We probably should have stayed out looking back on it but that is easy to do. I think it says a lot about this Motorcraft Quick Lane team about how good a car we had today. If you had asked me yesterday I wouldn’t have said we would win two stages and have one of the fastest cars. They made really good changes this morning and that definitely says a lot. I am excited to get to Bristol in a couple weeks and see what we can do.”

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 10:47 PM, 04.09.2017

Toyota MENCS Texas Post-Race Notes & Quotes - 4.9.17

“It was an up and down race – track position was everything. We had a good car at times and we struggled at times. The track was really, really difficult and the tires were definitely a challenge. It seemed like every time we put a set on, the car was a little different. We weren’t good on restarts and short runs and we’d lose all our track position that took us so long to get. Overall, it was a decent day, but needed to be better on short runs for sure.”

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 10:37 PM, 04.09.2017

Ford Performance NASCAR: Texas 1 Xfinity Post Race

DARRELL WALLACE JR. (No 6 Leidos Ford Mustang) - Finished 6th

“We were on the free side pretty much every race and I haven’t had enough to lean on to run with those fast guys up there for most of the year. We had some good calls and good strategy today. The 42 got into us there in entry. Just a racing deal. I was a little pissed off at first but you have to remember there are rookies out here and I am still learning myself. What a blast out here today. Texas is tough now. Giving up that bottom groove is like pulling teeth. I really fought hard there and did look with about nine laps to go where I was and got it mixed up between us and the 9 and we were sixth. Unreal. Shout out to my guys. My pit crew was on it all day and all year. They put us in the game there on the green-flag stop. I saw we came out a couple spots ahead of the guys we were behind and I knew it would be a good day. Thanks to Leidos and Ford and Jack Roush, we are making gains.”

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 9:43 PM, 04.08.2017

Toyota NXS Texas Post-Race -- Erik Jones Initial Quotes

ERIK JONES, No. 20 Game Stop/GAEMS Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 1st

How were you able to have such a dominant race car today?

“I think we just had to look at what the track was doing over the race and kind of how the track changed what our car did. We really didn’t make many adjustments. (Chris) Gabehart (crew chief) did a great job last night trying to get the car freed up for today. The track was definitely a lot tighter. Just cool to get the Game Stop Camry to victory lane. Just an awesome day and couldn’t do it without GameStop, Reser’s, Hisense, Interstate Batteries, Toyota, JGR Engines and NASCAR and the fans. Just an awesome day to get back to victory lane.”

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 9:38 PM, 04.08.2017

CHEVY MENCS AT TEXAS 1 Post Qalifying Notes and Quotes

FT. WORTH, Texas (April 7, 2017) – It was a challenging day on a new, slick, and unfamiliar track surface at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) for many Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) drivers in preparation for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, Round 7 on the 2017 schedule.

But it was a solid day for Jamie McMurray, who was the top Team Chevy driver to successfully qualify for the 500-mile event with a sixth place effort in his No. 1 Sherwin-Williams Emerald Chevrolet SS.  Also, earning a top-10 starting spot was Ryan Newman, who will start his No. 31 Caterpillar Chevy SS from ninth place in the field of 40 competitors.

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 9:30 PM, 04.08.2017

Ford Performance NASCAR: Texas 1 (Ford Sweeps Top-5 of Texas Qualifying)

KEVIN HARVICK (No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Fusion) - Qualified 1st

“I just didn't feel like I got through turns 1 and 2 like I needed to. The front took off and I didn't want to do what everyone was doing in practice and get out of the groove and drive it into the wall. I'm just really proud of everyone on our Jimmy Johns/Busch Ford. I have to thank everyone at Mobil 1, Outback, Hunt Brothers, Morton Off Road for sticking behind us with this Ford. It's been a stressful day. Coming in and breaking in a new race track and going out there running as fast as we had to run for qualifying. I have to say thank you to the Xfinity guys for letting me run that car this weekend because I really think the reps allowed us learn some things that I was able to apply here."

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 9:24 PM, 04.08.2017

Toyota MENCS Texas Post-Qualifying Quotes - 4.7.17


MARTIN TRUEX, JR, No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Toyota Camry, Furniture Row Racing

Starting Position: 7th

How was qualifying on the new surface?

“It’s tricky. It was good. You know, I couldn’t get (Turns) 1 and 2 right the whole dang time, so it probably should have been better than seventh. I think the car was better than the driver today, so we’ll work hard on it tomorrow and go get them on Sunday.”

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 9:15 PM, 04.08.2017

Ford Performance NASCAR: Keselowski Wins Martinsville

BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion) - VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW -- “This is awesome.  We’ve ran so good here with the Miller Lite Ford, but something always happens and we haven’t been able to bring it home.  Martinsville is just one of those champion’s tracks. The guys that run well everywhere run well here, and it’s really just an honor to win here and get to compete here  This track is 70 years old and a lot of legends have won here.  It feels great to be able to join them and bring home a clock.  A lot of people don’t know this, but those clocks are built in my hometown in Rochester Hills, Michigan, so it’s cool to get one of them from back home.  I have one as a truck owner, but not as a driver, so I’m glad to bring one back as a driver.  But probably more than anything else I’m really proud, you hear it all the time about the boys back at the shop, but Team Penske has put so much effort in these Martinsville cars the last three or four years because we knew it was one of our weakest tracks, and finally we got the result they deserve.  Thank you guys, so much.  And thank you to the fans.  There’s a lot more people these last few weeks wearing 2 gear and it’s really cool to see.  I’d like to say thank you to them that are watching at home and in the stands.  It’s an amazing day.”

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 10:42 PM, 04.03.2017

Toyota MENCS Martinsville Post-Race Recap 4.2.17

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

Finishing Position: 2nd

What more did you need when battling with Brad Keselowski at the end of the race?

“Just needed a normal set of tires. We put on a set of tires there at the end that weren’t the same as the ones that we took off and it just slowed the car down a minimum three tenths that whole entire last run. We just had no speed in the center of the corner and couldn’t maintain the drive off that we needed to on the long runs either We just were hurting it really really bad there. The M&M’s guys did a great job. (Crew chief) Adam (Stevens) and everybody on this team did a great job giving me a car capable of winning. It’s just frustrating when you come down pit road and you don’t make any changes and you bolt a set of tires on it and it goes to junk. I hate that that happened. We still haven’t finished where we should have this year. We haven’t gotten any finishes that are indicative of where this team’s been running or where we’re capable of running or finishing and that’s just frustrating, so we’ll continue on.”


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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 10:38 PM, 04.03.2017



“I think it helped a little bit. We’ve got a little work to do, but it was much improved, I hope it was in just a one-day event. And we got lucky. I hope that wasn’t the case. We hopefully have a good direction and we can build on this for the fall. This was an important race and we’d love to have a good run then.”

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 10:35 PM, 04.03.2017

CHEVY MENCS AT PHOENIX ONE: Ryan Newman Earns Victory for Chevrolet at Phoenix

AVONDALE, ARIZ. (March 19, 2017) – When Ryan Newman and the No. 31 Grainger Chevrolet SS team made a gutsy call to stay out on old tires while the leaders pitted during the final caution in the Camping World 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENSC) race at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR), it netted winning results. 

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 12:08 AM, 03.20.2017

Ford Performance NASCAR: Phoenix 1 NMECS Post Race

RICKY STENHOUSE JR. (No. 17 Fastenal Ford Fusion) - Finished 4th“That was a great run. I think we made a lot of changes overnight that really helped us turn. It was really nice for us. Everything stayed together. This is a big test for Doug (Yates) and Roush Yates Engines. They did their job and did their research from our test here when we had some issues. I am really proud of the whole team.”  

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 12:04 AM, 03.20.2017

Toyota Racing MENCS Las Vegas Post-Race Quotes 3.12.17

What was going through your mind in the closing laps?

“It was a gift. We’ve been on the other side of that plenty of times. This is the first one where we’ve kind of had it go our way. I can’t say enough about everyone on this team. They made a lot of changes last night and we said go for it, and they did. I’m really proud – this is the first victory for the 2018 Camry and to be out here on the west coast – this is a big one for us! Tons of people to thank at our team, with Barney (Visser), Joe (Garone), Furniture Row, Denver Mattress – my buddy Johnny Morris here for believing in us and coming on this car with Bass Pro and Tracker Boats. Proud of Toyota and TRD – these engines have been unbelievable this season so far. We have Auto Owners coming back this year and all our sponsors. West Coast for everybody, but it’s home for these guys – it feels really good.”

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 10:01 PM, 03.12.2017

Ford Performance NASCAR: Four Fords In Top 10 in Vegas Cup Race Inbox x

KEVIN HARVICK – No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Fusion – ANY IDEA WHAT LED TO THE TIRE GOING? “It started vibrating about four or five laps there before it blew out, and I was just trying to ride it to the end of the stage there.  Obviously, it didn’t make it.  The worst part was the medical response.  It took them forever to get to the car.  I thought we made that better, but obviously we haven’t.  All in all, our Mobil 1 Annual Protection Ford was running good.  We were just too loose right there.  It’s not like we were even tight, so it either just cut the tire, or came apart or melted the bead.”  ARE YOU OK?  “Yeah, I’m fine.”

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 9:57 PM, 03.12.2017

Ford Performance NASCAR: Logano Puts Mustang In Las Vegas Victory Lane

JOEY LOGANO – No. 12 REV Ford Mustang – VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW – “It was hard to figure out what to do and what lane to pick, but the one thing we did know was we had a very fast REV Ford Mustang.  Brian Wilson and all the guys that bring this 12 car out, that’s three wins in a row for this 12 car, so that’s something I’m proud to be a part of and work with these guys.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 8:41 PM, 03.11.2017

Toyota NXS Las Vegas Post-Race Recap 3.11.17

“It’s always fun with all these guys. The fun part is a lot of these guys are racing just for the win, just like myself, and they are very aggressive. If a mistake happens, it happens. Overall I want to thank everyone on this team – they are family – Interstate Batteries, Toyota, PEAK who will be with a few races with us, Juniper Networks as XFINITY. I’m really excited to race in this series.”

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 8:34 PM, 03.11.2017

Ford Performance NASCAR: Atlanta (Wolfe/Penske/Keselowski Press Conferences) Inbox x

PAUL WOLFE, ROGER PENSKE (RACE WINNER PRESS CONFERENCE) -- PAUL WOLFE (crew chief, No. 2 Ford Fusion) - PAUL, TALK ABOUT THE FINAL RESTART AND WHAT PROPELLED THE TEAM TO VICTORY: “It was definitely a long day, and we had our fair share of issues and adversity we had to overcome with the tire trouble there mid‑part of the race with the right front coming apart, and then we had to come back down at one point for some lug nuts on the left rear.  But Brad just drove a smart race. It's all about managing your tires and taking care of your car.  It's such a long race here, and it's easy to get down when we have issues like we did, but he stayed focused all day and was able to get us back in position there at the end, and the 4 was definitely strong, but we felt like we weren't far behind, and when he had his issue there at the end, we were able to capitalize on it. It's just a perfect example of never give up, and we didn't do that today, and this team deserves the victory.”

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 11:53 PM, 03.05.2017

Ford Performance NASCAR: Keselowski Makes it Two Straight for Ford

BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 2 Autotrader Ford Fusion - RACE WINNER) WITH EVERYTHING THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME TODAY, DID YOU THINK THAT  YOU HAD A CHANCE TO CATCH KEVIN (HARVICK)? “You never know. That’s how these races are. We had a lot of adversity today there’s not doubt about that. These races aren’t easy. They’re 500 miles and a lot can happen and when you think you’ve got it they slip away. I know how it goes. This one kind of fell in our lap at the end and my team put it all together when it counted. They gave me a great Autotrader Ford Fusion and we were able to get by Kyle (Larson) there at the end. I knew that he wasn’t going to be easy to pass. His car was great and I was able to make the move."

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 11:46 PM, 03.05.2017

Toyota MENCS Atlanta Post-Race Quotes - 3.5.17

MATT KENSETH, No. 20 DEWALT FLEXVOLT Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 3rd

How was your Camry today?

“Yeah, our DEWALT Camry was really fast. We just sped on pit road there some – all our lights were right, so I don’t know. We must have – something happened there and that got us behind.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 11:42 PM, 03.05.2017




“I raced around Brad (Keselowski, race winner) a lot throughout the day. Any time I was in front of him on short runs, he’s drive around me up top. And so, I knew I was going to have to take his line away on that start there for a couple of laps and try it. I just didn’t have enough grip or not as much as I’d hoped. 

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 11:38 PM, 03.05.2017

CHEVY MENCS AT DAYTONA 500: Post Race AJ Allmendinger Quotes

DAYTONA, Fla., Feb 26, 2017 – AJ Allmendinger finished in third place to lead Team Chevy in the 59th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday. Allmendinger started in row 19 and overcame an early issue with the left front of his No. 47 Kroger ClickList Chevrolet SS en route to equaling his best-ever finish The Great American Race.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 9:46 PM, 02.26.2017

CHEVY MENCS AT DAYTONA 500: Post Race Notes and Quotes


“I was kind of looking at the fuel pressure gauge, the window, the mirror; and the last 10 laps, knowing that we were pretty close, I was just trying to run in that pack and run quarter throttle and trying to hold my spot the best I could. I knew everybody was close and it might come down to who did run out of fuel.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 9:38 PM, 02.26.2017

Toyota MENCS Daytona 500 Post-Race Recap 2.26.17 Inbox x

What does it mean to you to get a top-10 in your final Daytona 500?

“Yeah, it’s going to be a great memory you know to have a top 10. I had so many times I was in the middle of a crash and just missed it. So, you do a good job and you get lucky both. At the end I just lost the draft and that is unfortunate because I was able to weave my way past people. I had a really, really good handling car. I’m thankful that I survived and I’m thankful for being able to run upfront and I’m happy about the finish. I’m ready for it to be my last one so it’s going to be a good one to remember it by.”

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 9:34 PM, 02.26.2017

Toyota NXS Daytona Post-Race Recap 2.25.17

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

Are you ok and what happened from your vantage point?

“I don’t know it’s tough to say, I haven’t really seen it (replay) back yet entirely. Somehow the No. 7 (Justin Allgaier) got up the track and I tried to go for the middle and unfortunately I got tagged in the side and got sent into the wall.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 8:47 PM, 02.25.2017