Cup / Xfinity / Truck Press Releases

CHEVY NCS AT DARLINGTON: Post-Race Notes and Quotes

KYLE LARSON, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM THROWBACK CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 2nd--YOUR PIT CREW GOT IT DONE AND IT SEEMED LIKE YOU HAD EVERYTHING. YOU CLOSED ON MARTIN TRUEX, JR. (WINNER). WHAT DID YOU NEED IN THOSE CLOSING LAPS?--“I was surprised that I was able to get to him. I caught him really; like, I closed on pit road and then I caught him pretty quickly once we were on track. I closed right in, and actually had an opportunity to get by him in the middle of (Turns) 1 and 2, but I thought I’d stay patient and maybe get him to use his stuff up. He was just a little bit better than I was in the long runs. So, just wish maybe I could have taken advantage of that opportunity, but thought it was going to play out a little differently.”

“But it was a great day for our HendrickCars.com Chevy. It was fun to come here to Darlington with low downforce. During the day we were sliding around. I felt like we were not very good all day, but I passed a lot of cars and found myself towards the front. I was like well, I feel like I’m struggling but I fast. So, it was fun. Hats off to Martin Truex (Jr.) and his team. But yeah, it was a great day for our guys after a few bad weeks in a row. So, I’m happy about that and now we’ll look forward to Dover and hopefully we’ll be really good there.”

WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 VALVOLINE THROWBACK CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 4th
“I thought we were pretty solid all day. We fell back to eighth or ninth early in the race and we were just too loose. We didn’t really have the car fully connected yet, but we just got it better and better. The long runs were still kind of our weakness. We weren’t super strong on long runs; we were just kind of a fourth-place car. But to finish fourth is good for us. Tenth top-10 in a row is awesome. I think our team is just super consistent this year. That’s a credit to Rudy (Fugle, Crew Chief) and the guys preparing awesome cars and executing well. We just have to find that little bit to kind of get with the 5 (Kyle Larson) and the 19 (Martin Truex Jr.). We’re there at times, but we can’t really kind of break that seal, which is hard. We just have to continue to build the notebook. It’s Rudy and I’s first time going to these tracks, so I feel like there’s a lot of room to go still. But we’re doing great.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 5, Posted 8:46 PM, 05.09.2021

Toyota Racing NXS Post-Race Recap -- Darlington 5.9.21

BRANDON JONES, No. 19 ’06 NCWTS Championship Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing--Finishing Position: 3rd--How does a third-place finish feel for you?--“Our Supra was pretty dang good throughout the race. We honestly had lap times to win the race. We didn’t have it the entire time, but man, I don’t know. We couldn’t keep track position very good. I don’t know what the beef with the 16 (A.J. Allmendinger) is. The respect level between the two of us is just not there for whatever reason. To be able to run this Toyota, Todd Bodine throwback – I know this means a lot to them with Toyota. We came up short, but this is where we need to be after getting wrecked a few weeks ago.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 5, Posted 4:50 PM, 05.08.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR Xfinity Series - Darlington (Sieg's 9th Place Paces Mustangs at Darlington)

RILEY HERBST, No. 98 Henry Repeating Arms Ford Mustang -- Finished 28th----“Just frustrating. We missed the setup a little bit. At the end, I don't know, everyone expects me to lift and I didn’t lift and we got wrecked off of two. It is dumb when people have new tires and people have 60 lap tires. Things like that are going to happen.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 5, Posted 4:49 PM, 05.08.2021

Toyota Racing NCWTS Post-Race Recap -- Darlington 5.7.21

BEN RHODES, No. 99 Bombardier Toyota Tundra, ThorSport Racing -- Finishing Position: 2nd--Can you talk us through the final restart?“--I was kind of expecting that. It’s one of those notorious things that’s done and we saw it on the chat that they were going to try to run us low and that’s what happened. I saw it going into the corner that they were going to push low so I tried to work our way back up to give us some more line so we could be side-by-side coming off two, but got really loose and luckily we saved it, but it was an up and down night. I had a lot of fun. I love this place, but we had two flat right-rear tires and an issue with the left-rear. We pitted a bunch of times and had to go to the tail-end of the field multiple times. We set ourself up for the end there with our Bombardier Tundra to go for a long run with low pressures. Then low and behold, red flags and caution after caution after caution. What do you do? He (Sheldon Creed) had seven lap newer tires and some help on the restart. I guess conditions were perfect for him, but I’m not going to pout about it. I’m driving a race car, I’m happy, I’m at Darlington – one of the most awesome race tracks on our schedule. It stinks that we couldn’t get the bonus, but I really appreciate Camping World for all their support in the series and of course my awesome team, ThorSport Racing has given me an awesome truck. We’ve been making really big gains on our mile-and-a-half program and it showed tonight. I think we ran some of the fastest laps tonight when we had clean air and we weren’t going flat with right-rear tires. Oh well, we’ll go on to CoTA (Circuit of the Americas) and we’re going to win that one.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 5, Posted 11:45 PM, 05.07.2021

Toyota Racing NCS Post-Race Recap -- Kansas 5.2.21

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M’s Mix Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing --- Finishing Position: 1st--What does it mean to get back to victory lane with the ups and downs you’ve faced both personally and professionally in recent months? -- “You talk about ups and downs of racing – there’s been a lot of downs of life for us. I have a great opportunity and a great job, no doubt. But struggling with the infertility and stuff like that with Samantha (Busch, wife). Hey to Samantha and Brexton (son) back home. Hopefully he won, I don’t know what the results are from Brexton’s race today. Just a great day to be able to put this M&M’s Mix Camry up front. Want to thank Hy-Vee, our retail partner. They did a huge promotion for us this year with M&M’s and Rowdy Energy. It’s cool to get everybody back to victory lane again this early in the season. To be able to get some of those points going our way now and hopefully – heck, I just remembered, the Buschy McBusch race. The Busch won it, what do you know, right on.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 5, Posted 9:19 PM, 05.02.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Harvick Leads Ford With Runner-Up Kansas Cup Finish

KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Busch Light For the Farmers Ford Mustang (Finished 2nd)

HOW DID YOU REBOUND TO GET THIS RUNNER-UP FINISH?  “We had the right pit strategy once the cautions came out there.  We had the pit road penalty and came in for tires and Rodney made a great call of coming back in to put tires on and that kind of put us on the offense.  We were able to be really aggressive on the two restarts we had at the end and were able to make up some ground.  Everybody on our Busch Light Ford Mustang did a great job today of just hanging in there.  We made a few mistakes, but we made our car better throughout the whole day and were more competitive than we had been in the last couple mile-and-a-half races.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 5, Posted 9:10 PM, 05.02.2021

CHEVY NCS AT KANSAS: Post-Race Notes and Quotes

CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 UNIFIRST CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 5th -- “We were solid. We weren’t anything stellar, but definitely a step in the right direction from where we’ve been over the last three or four weeks. Proud of that. Alan (Gustafson, Crew Chief) and our UniFirst team made a good call there to come get tires. I felt like that was the right move. I know it didn’t win the race, but I felt like that was the thing to do. Those restarts just get so wild and it’s really hard to predict what lane is going to do what. You just try to make the best choice that you have available at the time and hope it goes your way. Proud of the effort and hopefully we can just keep this momentum going forward. Hopefully, we’ll be where we need to be soon.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 5, Posted 8:52 PM, 05.02.2021

Toyota Racing NCWTS Post-Race Recap -- Kansas 5.1.21

KYLE BUSCH, No. 51 Cessna Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports-Finishing Position: 1st - How difficult was the final restart with the issues you were feeling in the truck? -“No restarts actually went our way tonight. I was shocked. We definitely missed something, just being able to come up through the gears and get going. It would not go. It’s just slow. Those guys would just swarm us. I think we saw it on one of the restarts with the 4 (John Hunter Nemechek) truck too, he got run over. All in all though great job by KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports), everybody at Toyota and TRD (Toyota Racing Development), this Cessna Beechcraft Tundra was awesome tonight. It’s so cool to win here in front of Cessna’s hometown. I’m sure there’s some Cessna folks up in the grandstands tonight cheering us on. We’re appreciative of them and Rowdy Energy and everybody that helps us get here. Incredible Bank, I know they’re here on the backstretch tonight. Brexton races tomorrow, so he better bring home a win like I brought home a win. Hopefully he can do it, hopefully we can do it. I just want to say hi to my family back home.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 5, Posted 10:29 PM, 05.01.2021

Ford Next Gen Release

DEARBORN, Mich., May 5, 2021 – A completely new era in stock car racing is ushered in today as Ford unveils its all-new 2022 NASCAR Next Gen Mustang to the public in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Next Gen Mustang will compete in the NASCAR Cup Series starting next season.

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Volume 2021, Issue 5, Posted 10:34 PM, 05.05.2021

Toyota Next Gen Release

TOYOTA REVEALS TRD CAMRY FOR 2022 NASCAR CUP SERIES
As NASCAR Introduces Next Gen, Toyota Adds TRD Camry to Nameplate

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Volume 2021, Issue 5, Posted 10:34 PM, 05.05.2021

NASCAR Next Gen Unveil Transcript

The Next Gen car has given manufacturers greater latitude to incorporate features into the race car body that better replicate the look and feel of the street car.

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Volume 2021, Issue 5, Posted 10:34 PM, 05.05.2021

Camaro Next Gen Release

Track and Street Come Closer Together in the All-New Chevrolet NASCAR Next Gen Camaro ZL1 Race Car
OEMs and NASCAR collaborate to bring production elements to race cars

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Volume 2021, Issue 5, Posted 10:34 PM, 05.05.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Mustang Takes Keselowski to Sixth Talladega Win

BRAD KESELOWSKI, No. 2 MoneyLion Ford Mustang -- VICTORY LANE INTERVIEWS -- YOU ONLY LED ONE LAP, BUT WHAT WERE YOU THINKING WHEN THE BOTTOM LANE OPENED UP?  “Merry Christmas.  What an awesome day today to bring the MoneyLion Ford Mustang into Victory Lane.  The whole race I had a couple opportunities to take the lead, but I just kept thinking, ‘Man, keep your car in one piece.’  We’ve been so close here and it just didn’t seem to want to come together here the last few years and I’ve been on kind of a four-year drought here, but it’s nice to get number six.  I would have never dreamed I’d tie Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. here.  That’s something.  Those guys are really legends.  I’m just really proud of my team.  We had an accident there early and they recovered and got it fixed up to where I could keep running.  My crew chief, Jeremy Bullins, had a lot of confidence.  I told him, ‘I want to come in and put four tires on this thing,’ and he said, ‘Yep, go ahead.’  And that really helped a bunch at the end.  Other than that, I’m just so excited.  My daughters and my wife are here.  They’re in the motorhome lot.  I don’t know if they’ll get to come to Victory Lane, but if not, they got to see daddy win, so that’s pretty cool.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 4, Posted 8:03 PM, 04.25.2021

CHEVY NCS AT TALLADEGA: Post-Race Notes and Quotes

WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 LIBERTY UNIVERSITY CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 2nd -“Finished second here at Talladega (Superspeedway) in the No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet. It was a good race for us. I felt like we had a shot there at the end, just not quite enough racecar to lead the race I felt like. But it was a really good day. We had some damage, but the guys did a great job fixing it. We’ll go to Kansas (Speedway) and hopefully have a really fast car there.”

KAZ GRALA, NO. 16 HYPERICE CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 6th
KAZ, YOU DON’T GET TO RUN A LOT OF THESE RACES, BUT WHEN YOU DO, YOU MAKE THE MOST OF IT.
“I try to Regan (Smith) and I feel like we did today. We had a really good Hyerice Chevrolet. Kaulig Racing did a great job. They won the NASCAR Xfinity Race yesterday, so big weekend for them all around. But I was just happy to get to pilot this thing. It is few and far between when I do, but I try to make an impression on my few starts and I feel like today was a good step in the right direction. Didn’t have the best luck in Daytona, but we rebounded here. I think that’s a great boost in momentum for us and hopefully it’ll be just another piece of the puzzle for me to get a full-time ride sometime down the road.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 4, Posted 7:58 PM, 04.25.2021

Toyota Racing NCS Post-Race Recap -- Talladega 4.25.21

HARRISON BURTON, No. 96 DEX Imaging Toyota Camry, Gaunt Brothers Racin - Finishing Position: 20th -- Top-20 in you first career Cup Series race. How was the run overall?“It was a lot of learning. It was pretty fun, just a different level of competition when you’re against these guys. It makes you better when you go back to Xfinity, hopefully, and it makes me a better driver. Just happy I had the chance to come out here and do it. I very rarely get emotional or that excited before races, because I’m so focused but this weekend was pretty neat. I’m thankful for the opportunity to do it. It was pretty awesome and can’t wait to do it again someday.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 4, Posted 7:55 PM, 04.25.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Three Fords Finish Top Five in Talladega XFINITY Race

AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 22 Snap-On Ford Mustang -- HOW WAS YOUR DAY?  “We obviously led a lot of laps and were just able to get hooked up with our Ford teammates there.  That was the most fun I’ve had in a while and really proud of Riley and Ryan.  We’ve done a lot of work over the last couple weeks after Daytona to try and get better together and that’s hard when you’re not working on the same race team, so props to those guys, props to Ford Performance for giving us a platform for that.  Our Snap-On Tools Ford Mustang was really fast, but the rain came at the wrong time -- maybe a lap too soon, I don’t know.  Jeb has done a good job here in the past, so congrats to him.  It’s always cool to get your first.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 4, Posted 8:25 PM, 04.24.2021

CHEVY NCS AT RICHMOND: Post-Race Notes and Quotes

TEAM CHEVY POST-RACE NOTES AND QUOTES: - ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 48 ALLY CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Race Winner Quote
LAST WEEK, ALEX BOWMAN WAS ONE OF THE FASTEST CARS AND IT ENDED IN HEARTBREAK FOR YOU GUYS. YOU COME BACK AND YOU SEAL THE DEAL TODAY, AFTER OVERCOMING A PIT ROAD PENALTY. HOW DID YOU GUYS OVERCOME THAT? -“We just had a great race car; it’s as simple as that. Greg Ives (Crew Chief) and all the guys, they have to deal with me at short tracks and I drive these places really wrong. We kind of instead of trying to make me figure it out, we went to work on getting the race car where I needed it to be. Greg has done such an amazing job at making that happen.”
“First and foremost, got to thank Ally and Chevrolet; everyone at Hendrick Motorsports. This one is for Rowdy and his family. Miss him and Blakley every day. Just means the world to be able to win for Ally. It’s definitely emotional, obviously, with how hard the off-season was on us. Appreciative for the opportunity and we have more races to win this year.”

HE’S TALKING ABOUT HIS PIT CREW MEMBER THAT LOST HIS LIFE IN THE OFF-SEASON. LET’S GO BACK TO THE END OF THIS RACE. YOU’RE BATTLING TWO GUYS THAT, COMBINED, HAVE WON IT FIVE TIMES. WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND AT THAT MOMENT?
“To be honest with you, we were terrible on short runs. We restarted third and I’m like man, if we get out of here with a solid top-five, we’ll be good. We’ve overcome a lot today. I don’t know if Greg pumped the pressures way up or what he did, but that’s more grip than I’ve ever had in a race car at Richmond and it worked out really well. Getting to race a guy like Denny (Hamlin) at a place that this is really cool. I feel like we raced each other really clean, so I’m appreciative of that. It means a lot.”

WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 LIBERTY UNIVERSITY CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 7th
“It was a good day for us. We ran in the top-10 all day; sometimes top-five. Definitely were searching for more there at the end, but to come home seventh at a track that I’ve struggled at is good for us. We definitely know what we need to work on to get better. This is not a race that we had circled to do well, so it’s good to finish top-10 again and keep that streak alive.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 4, Posted 8:08 PM, 04.18.2021

CHEVY NCS AT RICHMOND: Alex Bowman Race Winner Quote

LAST WEEK, ALEX BOWMAN WAS ONE OF THE FASTEST CARS AND IT ENDED IN HEARTBREAK FOR YOU GUYS. YOU COME BACK AND YOU SEAL THE DEAL TODAY, AFTER OVERCOMING A PIT ROAD PENALTY. HOW DID YOU GUYS OVERCOME THAT?

 

“We just had a great race car; it’s as simple as that. Greg Ives (Crew Chief) and all the guys, they have to deal with me at short tracks and I drive these places really wrong. We kind of instead of trying to make me figure it out, we went to work on getting the race car where I needed it to be. Greg has done such an amazing job at making that happen.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 4, Posted 7:58 PM, 04.18.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Richmond Cup Post-Race Quotes

JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Mustang -- WHAT DID YOU NEED ON THAT FINAL RUN?  “We just needed more turn. We didn’t turn good enough to take off.  The 48 sure did.  They put the qualifying pressures in or something.  That thing took off like a rocket.  Denny and I caught him the last few laps, which was probably because they showed the adjustments they made to their car to make it fire off.  They started to pay a penalty at the end, but they were too far out.  Congratulations to them.  They beat us.  They beat us fair and square.  It stinks when you’re that close.  We were leading with a few to go.  Denny and I had a hell of a race.  It was pretty fun there for a minute, but here we are third.  It stings.  We were up there all day.  It’s a decent finish, don’t get me wrong, but wanted more for our Shell/Pennzoil Mustang.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 4, Posted 7:57 PM, 04.18.2021

Toyota Racing NCS Post-Race Recap -- Richmond 4.18.21

DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing -  -Finishing Position: 2nd -What did you need a little bit more of at the end there? - “We just didn’t take off quite as good there at the end. I tried to warm it up and do everything that I could – just the 48 (Alex Bowman) had a little more on those last few laps and I couldn’t hold the bottom. Once he got the position, we were just shut down there. Great job by this FedEx Ground team. First and foremost, we want to think of all of the families in Indy right now. Awful tragedy to happen there. Our thoughts and prayers are with these names. We will get them. We will keep digging. We are dominating – just have to finish it.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 4, Posted 7:57 PM, 04.18.2021

Toyota Racing NCS Post-Race Recap -- Martinsville 4.11.21

MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing - Finishing Position: 1st - You were strong all day, but at the end of the race that car came to life. How did you score the win?“-  "It was pretty incredible there at the end. The Bass Pro Toyota – James (Small, crew chief) and the guys really hung with me all day. We never could get quite where we wanted it. It started getting dark and she came to life. Thankful to Reser’s Fine Foods, Bass Pro Shops, all of these great fans. Thank y’all for coming out. I hope y’all enjoyed it. We love seeing you. Just thanks to all of the partners – Auto Owners, Toyota, TRD, Sherwin Williams, Textron Aviation, Noble Airspace. We got so many people that help us out. I can’t believe we won here again after not having the dominate car here today for sure. That was a lot of fun there racing at the end with Denny (Hamlin). We raced clean and we were able to come out on top.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 4, Posted 10:09 PM, 04.11.2021

Team Chevy Post-Race Notes and Quotes - Martinsville 1

TEAM CHEVY POST-RACE NOTES AND QUOTES: - CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 2nd
YOU WERE COMING ON STRONG THERE AT THE END, CHASE. DID THE CAR GET BETTER OR WAS THAT JUST CIRCUMSTANCE?
“I really felt like we were not perfect, for sure, all day. But we did make it better I think as the day went on. The run was kind of that right distance for me there at the end to maximize it. I felt like if it was any longer than that, I was probably going to fade again kind of like I had been all day.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 4, Posted 10:08 PM, 04.11.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Martinsville Post-Race Cup Quotes

JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Mustang -- “We weren’t very good.  It was kind of a confusing race for us.  I thought we were decent yesterday the first run and then fired off on this first run and was like, ‘Uh oh.’  I had no rear grip and started fighting loose in and off.  We almost went down a lap, but a good strategy play got us up toward the front and a couple good changes got us closer to where I needed to be as well, and then it was just kind of a slugfest, a grinding race from there.  There were points I thought we were decent and then the next run we were no good, then we were pretty good, and then no good.  We just kept jumping the fence back and forth, and trying to understand where to be was pretty tough.  We almost got a top five out of something that was a pretty challenging day.  We got something out of it.  I was expecting a lot more out of today, but we still got a sixth-place finish with our Shell/Pennzoil Mustang which is just OK.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 4, Posted 10:07 PM, 04.11.2021

Toyota Racing NCWTS Post-Race Recap -- Richmond 4.17.21

JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK, No. 4 Safeway Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports - Finishing Position: 1st - You were frustrated last time we talked and then you became a dad two days later. Today, you dominated today’s race. How do put that in perspective?

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Volume 2021, Issue 4, Posted 7:36 PM, 04.17.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Logano and Mustang Win Inaugural Bristol Cup Dirt Race

JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Mustang -- VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW - HOW DO YOU SUM THIS UP?  “Man, it’s incredible.  How about Bristol on dirt?  This is incredible, unbelievable racetrack -- great job by everyone that prepped the track.  Obviously, a lot of work over here the last few days.  We did a lot of work in the dirt department here the last few weeks.  My buddy Ryan Flores and my car chief Jerry Kelley doing a good job with the modified and just making laps and learning where I was going.  A lot of that helped.  Kevin Buskirk helped a lot, too.  He has a lot of knowledge and obviously Paul Wolfe, this team, great car obviously to be able to execute the race that we did and get a win.  I was getting nervous.  There were so many first-time winners and different winners than there has typically been I said, ‘We’ve got to get a win to make sure we get in the playoffs,’ so it’s amazing to get this Shell/Pennzoil Mustang into Victory Lane at Bristol. There’s nothing like winning at Bristol, but putting dirt on it and being the first to do it is really special.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 3, Posted 9:05 PM, 03.29.2021

Toyota Race Recap - Truck Race at Bristol

MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 51 Auto Owners Insurance Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports - Finishing Position: 1st - How exciting was that Martin? - “It’s unbelievable really. I guess they had to put dirt on Bristol to get me back into victory lane here. It’s been a long time. That was a blast. I’m still really surprised. I wanted to run this race so I could get more experience for the Cup car, and then we got out there in practice and it felt really good and I was having a lot of fun, so I just kept trying to work with the guys and tell them what I needed, and just thanks to Auto Owners, Noble Aerospace, Toyota, TRD, everybody at KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports) for letting me drive this thing and putting this deal together. That was a blast. I kept thinking, ‘what’s going to happen next, am I going to get a flat tire or something stupid?’ This 51 is pretty much used to finishing in victory lane, so a lot of pressure there, so I’m glad we could get it done.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 3, Posted 3:32 PM, 03.29.2021

Ford Performance Blaney Leads Final Practice at Bristol

RYAN BLANEY, No. 12 Advance My Track Challenge Ford Mustang -- WHAT IS IT LIKE OUT THERE?  “It’s rough, slick, really rough actually.  The track is kind of coming up and just crazy big divots.  It’s definitely not smooth.  It’s rough, but you just run through things that you think will work and there wasn’t really much lane changing going on.  Larson and Reddick could kind of run the top for a little while and then it kind of went away after a handful of minutes, but just seeing how straight and smooth you can be and trying to keep tires on it.  We’re seeing a lot of tires getting corded pretty quickly, especially right-rears, even right-fronts started to go pretty quick, so that’s something that’s gonna come into play is saving your tires when the track is probably gonna be like this come race time.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 3, Posted 11:55 PM, 03.26.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Roger Penske Media Transcript

ROGER PENSKE, Owner, Team Penske -- HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE GARAGE AT ANY RACES?  “I have not been in the garage.  I went to the Daytona 500.  I went to Las Vegas and in both cases I either had to make the decision to be down in the garage on the box or be up in the suite, where we had some of our sponsors, so I elected to do that.  So I have not, other than talking to the drivers by phone when I’m at the track.  Maybe I’ve been in the wrong bubble, but that’s been my status so far for the first six races.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 3, Posted 9:36 PM, 03.25.2021

CHEVY NCS AT ATLANTA: Post-Race Notes and Quotes

KYLE LARSON, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 2nd
YOU WON TWO STAGES, LED 268 LAPS – WHAT A PERFORMANCE TODAY. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE WHERE YOUR CAR WENT THAT LAST RUN WHEN (RYAN) BLANEY WAS CLOSING? ---“I don’t know – I think he just got a lot better there that last Stage and it kind of changed up my flow of the race a little bit. I could get out to such a big lead and then I could take care of my stuff; and run the bottom, where it was maybe slower, but I could take care of my tires. He was fast there and I just wanted to maintain that gap that I had, so I had to run in the faster part of the racetrack and just use my stuff up. And then, he was just a lot better than me there late in the run.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 3, Posted 9:55 PM, 03.21.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Blaney Drive Ford to Fifth Straight Atlanta Cup Win

RYAN BLANEY, No. 12 BodyArmor Ford Mustang -- VICTORY LANE QUOTES -- YOUR CAR CAME TO LIFE AT THE END.  “Gosh, we had a great long run car all day.  It took us a little bit to get going.  I was pretty free all day, so we made a really good change to tighten me up where I needed it and it looked like Kyle was getting loose and I’m happy it worked in our favor that there was a couple long runs at the end that kind of let us get there.  He got slowed up behind some lap traffic, but I’m really proud of this whole BodyArmor, Menards No. 12 group.  We’ve been good this year and had some bad breaks and it’s nice to close out a race like that.  That was awesome.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 3, Posted 9:49 PM, 03.21.2021

Toyota Racing NCS Post-Race Recap -- Atlanta 3.21.21

DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing - Finishing Position: 4th - What more did you need to break into the top-three for the finish today? - “Just not fast enough. It’s kind of the story so far. We’re getting our balance decently close, but just not enough speed, not enough balance, handling – not enough grip. Just need more speed. We’ll go to work on it. Just trying to gather a notebook. I just hate that we’re having these clean races and everything, but there’s always just one or two cars that are a little bit faster.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 3, Posted 8:24 PM, 03.21.2021

Ford Performance - Driver Quotes from Atlanta Xfinity Race

RILEY HERBST, No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang -- DID YOUR MUSTANG GIVE IT EVERYTHING YOU WANTED IT TO TODAY?  “Man, I think so.  I was just struggling a little bit on the short runs there.  I feel like if we could have maintained on those restarts and not had to get shuffled back and work our way up through the field on the long run, we could have been in victory lane because I thought our Monster Energy Ford Mustang was really really fast.  I’m looking forward to coming back here in July.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 3, Posted 8:54 PM, 03.20.2021

Toyota Racing NXS Post-Race Recap -- Atlanta 3.20.21

MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 54 STANLEY Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing - Finishing Position: 2nd - Good return to the Xfinity Series, but did the penalty cost you? = “I’m not sure to be honest with you. We got back up there, but was kind of out of tires at that point. We got close, but the last 10 laps the right rear was really smoked off. I just had to use too much to get there, but I just want to thank everybody at STANLEY and JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) for lettingme do this. It was fun until I screwed it up. I hate it for these guys, but just came up a little short at the end there.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 3, Posted 8:50 PM, 03.20.2021

Toyota Racing NCWTS Post-Race Recap -- Atlanta 3.20.2

KYLE BUSCH, No. 51 Cessna Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports - Finishing Position: 1stWhat does winning, especially the way you did today, do for you mentally? - “It’s just a great opportunity to race in great stuff with KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports), Cessna Beechcraft. This Toyota Tundra was awesome. I can’t say enough about my guys, everybody at Kyle Busch Motorsports. They do such a great job with a lot of hard work. Without their preparation and dedication, we wouldn’t be as successful as we’ve been as an organization. It’s great to get back to Victory Lane. It’s cool to get back to Victory Lane in Billy Ballew’s (former NCWTS team owner) backyard here in Atlanta. We carried the Billy Ballew Motorsports decal today. If you need a deal on a sweet used car, go see him in Dawsonville. All of the Chase Elliott fans want to go there, but tell them that I sent ya.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 3, Posted 6:01 PM, 03.20.2021

CHEVY NCS AT PHOENIX: Post-Race Notes and Quotes

CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 UNIFIRST CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 5th - “We struggled really bad all the way up to that very last run, to be honest. We got better and had a good pit stop there at the end. Proud of the effort that the Unifirst team put in to pull out a top-five.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 3, Posted 9:17 PM, 03.14.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Phoenix Post-Race Cup Quotes

JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford Mustang - WHAT MORE DID YOU NEED TO KEEP PACE WITH THE 19?  “All of the above, just a little bit everywhere is where it seemed they beat us.  Once they got 19 car tuned in he was the fastest car on the racetrack.  We did a good job maximizing our day with our Shell/Pennzoil Mustang.  We were a second-place car and finished second, won a stage and second in the other stage, so a lot of points.  I hate finishing second, though.  It really stinks, but, overall, this has been a good racetrack for us.  The last few times we’ve been here is first, third and second, so we’re all over it, just needed that last run not to have a caution.  I think we were in a pretty good spot to maybe run that thing out, but, overall, that was where we had it.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 3, Posted 8:16 PM, 03.14.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Austin Cindric Wins Phoenix Xfinity Race

AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 22 Car Shop Ford Mustang -- WHAT WERE YOU THINKING WHEN ALLGAIER GOT TO YOUR OUTSIDE? “I think it was role-reversal from the last time here. He got a really great restart and stuck it on top of three there and we were fighting for track position. We came away with a win in the Car Shop Ford Mustang. It is awesome to have them on board for this season and get the pink and white colors in victory lane.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 3, Posted 9:25 PM, 03.13.2021

Toyota Racing - NXS Phoenix Post-Race Report - 03.13.21

TY GIBBS, No. 54 Pristine Auction.com Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing - Finishing Position: 2nd --TY GIBBS, No. 54 Pristine Auction.com Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing - Finishing Position: 2nd - Describe your race, another great finish at Phoenix. - “It was really hard with the PJ1 and how it was sprayed, a little bit higher than last year, so it was more of a one lane track. (I learned) lane position, kind of letting people go and move some people out of the way. (I) definitely figured it out and helped me at the end of the race. I was too far to kind of bump the 22 (Austin Cindric), but it was a fun time. It was a learning experience more than anything. I’m just learning how these things race on the ovals, but I’m very thankful to be here. I can’t thank Pristine Auction enough. Just one spot short.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 3, Posted 9:20 PM, 03.13.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Austin Cindric and Ryan Blaney Phoenix Media Availability

AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 22 CarShop Ford Mustang -- IT’S BEEN A YEAR SINCE THINGS SHUT DOWN.  CAN YOU TAKE ME THROUGH WHAT WAS GOING ON FOR YOU?  “I actually thought about that a little bit this week just knowing that this week was the week last year that everything changed for everyone.  Obviously, every week that we had off was a week that we needed to be on the racetrack.  In a lot of ways, and obviously Roger touched on that after winning the championship.  I think we all kind of knew in the back of our minds that there were some challenges for us to continue the year if we didn’t get races early on, so I give a ton of credit to NASCAR.  We say a lot that NASCAR was the first professional sports league to get back on track, but that was a huge catalyst for me to be able to continue the year last year and my team to be able to show what we were capable of, so I’m pretty grateful for those efforts.  I know it probably helped a lot of other people out too, but definitely a big deal for us.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 3, Posted 9:37 PM, 03.10.2021

Ford Performance NASCAR: Kevin Harvick Phoenix Media Availability

KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang -- OVER THE LAST YEAR WHAT STANDS OUT THE MOST TO YOU?  “I think the biggest thing that stands out to me is just the fact that, in general, I think as a sport we’ve done a really good job of navigating and adapting to our environment and doing the things that we need to do to put on a race and a show and obviously you’re seeing fans back in the stands.  I think our sport has been a leader on a lot of those types of things.  I think from a team standpoint and a sport we’ve definitely been able to try a lot of things we probably wouldn’t have tried if it wasn’t for COVID.  I think when you step back from it COVID will have forever changed our sport in many different areas.  I think we’ve realized a lot of inefficiencies we’ve had as a sport from how many people we take to the track to how we function, how many days we need to be at the track.  There’s just so many little things that will make us more efficient, whether it’s how we bring guests to the racetrack, how we sign in, the sheer number of people, the days we’re at the racetrack.  I think there are just a lot of things that happened that probably wouldn’t have happened as rapidly if we weren’t in this environment, so in a really, really bad scenario, I think we’re gonna come out of this with a lot of ideas and tried a lot of things we might have not necessarily tried if it was a normal year.”

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Volume 2021, Issue 3, Posted 9:36 PM, 03.10.2021