BRAD KESELOWSKI, No. 6 Kohler Generators Ford Mustang – “Something happened where Blaney got turned and I saw it and checked up and got wiped out from behind. I hate it for everybody at RFK. We unloaded and weren’t very good and we finally got the car good the run before this. We were driving forward and making passes and were almost into the top 10 and then get wrecked. We just can’t seem to catch a break.”
Cup / Xfinity / Truck Press Releases
KURT BUSCH, No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota Camry TRD, 23XI Racing--What happened in the accident that ended your race?---“We had a winning top-five Monster Energy Toyota Camry TRD, we did. Just was hoping we would have enough tires to get to the end and the sequences that everyone was on. Billy Scott’s (crew chief) a great leader. We’ve wrecked a lot of cars this year and we were just wrong place, wrong time this year. Bubba (Wallace) was in front of me and tried not to hit him. I think I hit about 15 different things. And I tried to crank it up and was like, ‘Nah, she’s done.’ This is a rough situational event. Fast car and I’m really proud of my guys. I’ll be at the shop on Tuesday helping them tear it down.”
AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 2 Menards/Cardell Ford Mustang – “We cut a left-rear tire down right on corner entry.
AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 2 Menards/Cardell Ford Mustang – “I definitely want more. We were pretty loose in qualifying. I’m not sure I can do 400 laps, 600 miles hanging on like that, but a solid day for our Menards Ford Mustang. I think we need a little bit of speed to run up inside the top five, but this race is gonna be about execution. This is gonna be my first Coke 600 in person and from the driver’s seat, so I want to do all 600 miles and being in the top 10 is a good start.”
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry TRD, Joe Gibbs Racing--Did that turn three and four feel as good as it looked?---“Yes. Just the reps I’ve run down there in practice and then in my first run and the first round, I had reps down there, so I knew what I needed in my car. Just forward thinking that this track was going to get a little better and wanted to get the most distance we could off if the track continued to grip up.”
Group A Qualifying - Round One: Alex Bowman led Chevrolet as the third-fastest lap in round one of qualifying, advancing his No. 48 Ally Patriotic Camaro ZL1 team to the final round of qualifying.
TY GIBBS, No. 54 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota GR Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing---Finishing Position: 2nd--How close were you to having a perfect day after having to start in the back of the field?--“We were just a little slower than those guys and I was too tight center. Our guys worked really hard overnight to get this thing ready so I’m very thankful to my guys. Just need to be able to rotate the center of the corner, that’s where we were lacking the most and that’s where we got beat. But we held onto a second-place finish. We’ll take that – solid day.”
JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK, No. 4 Pye-Barker Fire & Safety Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, Kyle Busch Motorsports --Finishing Position: 3rd
Can you take us through those last couple of laps and what else did you need?---“We weren’t very good all night. I’m just thankful for all of my guys on this No. 4 Pye-Barker, Fire Alarm Services Toyota Tundra TRD Pro. We never stopped working on it. We put ourselves in the ballpark and we were able to have a shot there at the end. We struggled all day, from the time that we unloaded. We have a little bit of work to do. I feel like we struggled the last couple of weeks, but proud of all of my guys. Proud of the effort they put in and excited to see where it goes. Just racking up top-fives.”
FORT WORTH (May 22, 2022) – Denny Hamlin finished second in Sunday night’s NASCAR Cup Series All-Star race at Texas Motor Speedway. Hamlin pitted for two tires in his final pit stop giving him a run at the leaders. When the final caution flag flew with one lap remaining, eventual race-winner Ryan Blaney had taken his window net down and was unable to secure it before the final restart. While Hamlin had a run on the outside of Blaney in the final lap, he was not able to make the pass and was forced to settle for a second-place result.
DANIEL SUAREZ, NO. 99 FREEWAY INSURANCE CAMARO ZL1, All-Star Open Race Winner; Advances to the All-Star Race.--YOU HAD A GOOD CHANCE GETTING IN BY THE FAN VOTE, BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO RACE YOUR WAY IN?--“I wish I knew the result because I felt like I’ve received a lot of support on social media in the last couple of weeks from the fans. I felt like they were going to have my back if something happened, but I really wanted to get in on speed.
FORT WORTH (May 20, 2022) – Stewart Friesen claimed his first victory behind the wheel of a Toyota Tundra TRD PRO in Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Friesen passed fellow Tundra driver, Christian Eckes on the final restart to claim his first win since 2019.
AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 2 Menards/Monster Ford Mustang – “It was pretty decent and fun to kind of follow the track around and see where grip goes. It’s kind of what makes this place unique, especially this part of the weekend. Tomorrow, we’ll definitely be wrapping the fence for sure. If we were doing it in qualifying, we’ll be doing it in the race. Obviously, I’m glad to have some speed in our Menards/Monster Ford Mustang. I want the pole, but it’s a good starting spot.”
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M’s Crunchy Cookie Toyota Camry TRD, Joe Gibbs Racing--You welcomed your daughter this week. Can you talk about what life has been like adjusting to two children?--“It’s been great. I’m just really thankful for all the blessings that we’ve had over the years – struggles and trying to get where we are today. It’s really meaningful to be able to welcome home our baby girl. Lennix is doing well. Mom (Samantha Busch) is adjusting and doing well, so working on that man-to-man coverage with children. I’m sure that’s going to change as she gets older but enjoying every moment of it thus far.”
DARLINGTON, S.C. (May 8, 2022) – Christopher Bell (sixth) scored a top-10 finish to lead Toyota in the NASCAR Cup Series race at South Carolina’s Darlington Raceway on Sunday afternoon. In addition to Bell, Denny Hamlin (21st), Martin Truex Jr. (24th) and Kyle Busch (33rd) took turns leading laps in the 293-lap event but would all fall victim to various on-track incidents that ended their races early.
TYLER REDDICK, NO. 8 3CHI CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 2nd--TALK ABOUT THOSE CLOSING LAPS ON THAT FINAL RESTART.---“William (Byron) did a really good job on the restart to get by Joey (Logano). There was a little bit of contact there, so I don’t know if that’s why Joey got back to William. It also kind of looked like Joey was going under and William kind of faded down. I was hoping they were going to blow their momentum a little bit more than they did, but it didn’t turn out that way.
JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Mustang – VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW – DESCRIBE THE LAST FEW LAPS OF THAT RACE? “Just an incredible race there at the end with William. I don’t know if he meant to get into me and fence me, but he did and at that point I felt like it was game on and was able to get back to him there the last few laps, pushing really hard, and just knew that was my shot to win the thing and I had to take it. Man, I’m so proud of this team. It’s so cool to win in this car. This is my first quarter midget. This is the beginning and to see it in Victory Lane, I’m just so proud. My family is here. My mom, my dad. Happy Mother’s Day. My sister is here. Everybody is here. My wife is not here, unfortunately, and my kids, but this is a very special day to be able to get this one in Victory Lane and celebrate with a few of us here.”
Race Rundown: Austin Cindric started 19th and finished 18th in Sunday’s Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway. In his first NASCAR Cup Series start at the South Carolina track, the Mooresville N.C. native battled a tight Menards/Libman Ford Mustang but fought forward to a 12th-place Stage 1 finish. During Stage 2, Cindric earned his Darlington stripe and fell to 28th two laps down to the leaders. However, Cindric and crew chief Jeremy Bullins were able to make successful changes all afternoon gaining both laps back in the process. With 87 laps remaining, Cindric radioed to his crew that his Ford Mustang was down on power. He continued to press forward as the checkered flag flew.
Chase Elliott piloted his No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Camaro ZL1 to Victory Lane in the DuraMAX Drydene 400 presented by RelaDyne at Dover Motor Speedway.
· The win is Elliott’s first NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) win of the 2022 season; and his 14th-career victory in 232 starts in NASCAR’s premier series.
CHRISTOPHER BELL, No. 20 DeWalt Toyota Camry TRD, Joe Gibbs Racing--Finishing Position: 4th--How was your race?
Chris Buescher, No. 17 Fastenal Ford Mustang -- Finished 8th -- “It was an interesting two days. It was a good run for the Fastenal Mustang. Everyone on the team worked really hard and did a nice job. It is a momentum builder. It isn’t all that we wanted but the pole was awesome, that was really cool. I know we had speed in it in clean air. We just fought dirty air. Unfortunately, that is a really big deal here. We could move around for a little bit and the tires would fall off, which is great, but once we got to the point where we had to kind of stay in line we were just sucking up dirty air which made it hard. We want more. I am not content there but it is a strong run for us and I am excited to head into Darlington.”
Officials have announced that all reserved, premium and standing-room-only seats for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 have sold out. CONCORD, N.C. (May 28, 2022) – One of the most anticipated events on the NASCAR schedule – the 63rd running of the Coca-Cola 600 – will be on display in front of a packed house on Sunday, as Charlotte Motor Speedway officials have announced that all reserved, premium and standing-room-only seating has sold out.
N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper Joins Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, Concord Mayor Bill Dusch And NASCAR on FOX Broadcaster Michael Waltrip Preview Circle K Speed Street
CONCORD, N.C. (May 26, 2022) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper toured the all-new Circle K Speed Street at Charlotte Motor Speedway ahead of this weekend’s historic 63rd running of the Coca-Cola 600. Gov. Cooper was joined by Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, Concord Mayor Bill Dusch, NASCAR on FOXbroadcaster Michael Waltrip, Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith and Charlotte Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Greg Walter in visiting several of the interactive displays that thousands of fans will enjoy throughout the weekend.
Defending Coca-Cola 600 Winner Kyle Larson and NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon Lay Wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
ARLINGTON, VA (May 4, 2022) – Wednesday, as a prelude to its Memorial Day Weekend salute to the U.S. Armed Forces, Charlotte Motor Speedway hosted defending Coca-Cola 600 winner Kyle Larson and NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon for a poignant visit to Arlington National Cemetery where the Hendrick Motorsports representatives laid a wreath at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for approximately 400,000 individuals, including servicemen and women from every major United States conflict since the American Revolution.
TY GIBBS, No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota GR Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing--Finishing Position: 3rd--Can you describe the racing out there today and your run to a podium finish?---“I feel like we had a very good Monster Energy Toyota GR Supra. It was just a little bit tight there. I feel like we improved a lot from last year. Third place is good. We will take a podium finish and we will take a good points day. Not a lot of chaos out there, which is making my life a little easier this week. I just want to thank all of the fans watching. I want to thank Toyota, Monster Energy. I want to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Hopefully, we can go on to Darlington and run good with our Interstate Batteries throwback car.”
Riley Herbst, No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang (Finished 9th)--“I think we were more of a top-five car for sure. Just lost track position there in the first stage and then got it back by passing some good cars in the second stage. Then we made a strategy call to try to win the race and it just didn’t pan out for us. It was a smart call. It was the right call. It just didn’t break our way and we had to fight our way back to ninth from there.”
CHRIS BUSCHER - No. 17 RFK FORD--TAKE US THROUGH YOUR QUALIFYING SESSION: “That was obviously an awesome start for our Fastenal group and pretty cool for RFK to get our first pole, my first Cup Series pole. It might be my first NASCAR pole, I don't think I ever got one in the Xfinity Series either. Man, even the media center is narrow here. This is just like being on the backstretch. It is a pretty cool start for us. Practice was very interesting and we had a lot of torn-up equipment. I was watching that with a lot of attention trying not to be one of those. I was fortunate enough that Brad (Keselowski) came over and he was seeing some things and helped me with some of the inputs from inside the car and what we were trying to achieve. He went out there and had a really good practice and good qualifying effort as well so we were able to apply some of what he was seeing and it turned out really good for us and our qualifying effort. Pretty cool to get it done on the first lap. I think the second lap had more potential. I guess it didn’t need it but I didn’t let them make the adjustments they really wanted to before we went into the second round. I thought it was going to be a little too conservative but it ended up being enough to hold onto it. A great start. We are slowly and steadily building up momentum through the season which is nice after a really tough Talladega finish for both teams, us especially. We have a lot of laps left to go, but a heck of a start and no better place to see the green flag fall.”
MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry TRD, Joe Gibbs Racing--With your previous success, can you take anything from that to this new car?--“I don’t know yet. I think probably not a whole lot. I think it’s going to come down to who can make their car work the best around here. I think it’s going to be a big challenge. Having experience around this track brings confidence to know what you might want is important, but we only have 20 minutes to figure that out – figure out how to get that in the car and not a lot of ability to change big things. I think most of our speed was found between Monday and yesterday.”
ROSS CHASTAIN, NO. 1 MOOSE FRATERNITY CAMARO ZL1 - Finished 1st--Ross Chastain with his patented watermelon celebration. You were a lap down at one point in this race. Talk me through the crazy last lap. You stayed on the bottom. Things just opened up for you.
"Holy cow. I'm always the one going to the top too early, making the mistake. There at the end it was like eight to go, I was like, I'm not going up there again. I did that a couple times today. I was like, I'll just ride on the bottom. If it works, I'm not going to lose the race for us, I'll just let them.
This Moose fraternity, almost a million Moose members across the world, in the country, I know there's some out here at Talladega, to win with the Moose onboard, they've been with me for a few years now, supported me everywhere I went.
I have no idea. They kept going up, kept moving out of the way."
You come to Trackhouse Racing this season. Could you ever imagine this amount of success this early on in your tenure here?
"No. Are you kidding me? You know me. I've wrecked myself so many times and gotten into it with guys. I've probably got a watermelon seed. This is a true seedless.
Yeah, I mean, Justin Marks and what he laid out for us was ambitious. I had no idea, you know, what to expect other than I knew I had my group from last year, I had AdventHealth, the Moose, now with Worldwide Express and Jockey coming onboard, we've got partners. They're believing in us.
We started the year with a lot of races open. We're almost full now. It's because of the vision of Justin Marks. Pitbull, Armando, we won, yeah!"
AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 BASS PRO SHOPS / TRACKER OFF ROAD CAMARO ZL1 - Finished 2nd
"We came from eighth there on that last lap, just kind of rode the bottom and got people baited off the top. We had a good push there at the end. I think I was actually the one to push the one to the win. I gave him a good shove off of four and he kind of just drove away."
KYLE LARSON, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM CAMARO ZL1 - Finished 4th
When you got out of the car, you said, I made a mistake. What would you have done differently?
"I feel like I did a pretty near perfect job for me at a superspeedway until the last lap there.
Yeah, I should have, like, I think just kind of faked going high, then went back low. I had that run. Ross helped me with that run. It kind of baited me into going to the outside. Just a little inexperience probably there.
But really proud of my team. We did a great job executing all race long. The car was great. I felt like we could push people great. I felt like we could receive pushes well. Yeah, like I said, really proud of them.
Honestly, the first time I've had a legit shot at winning a plate race in the Cup Series. Happy about that. When you're close, I was in the exact position I wanted to be in, I didn't want to be leading. I felt like I did a good job with patience and stuff. Made one small mistake there and it cost me the win."
ERIK JONES, NO. 43 U.S. AIR FORCE CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 6th
On the other side of that celebration is Erik Jones. Such a strong run today. Where did it go wrong?
"I mean, just the last lap, right? It's typical here. Been close here so many times, in this race and the fall race. U.S. Air Force Chevy had good speed, felt good to be up front.
Coming there that last lap, we were single file. I felt pretty good about it. They kind of doubled up behind us. That top lane was getting some momentum. Looking back, I wish I would have stayed at the bottom and let the 1 push me. I didn't realize they were coming with that much speed.
But try to defend on the 5, you're too far ahead already right here. Obviously a defense on the 5 kind of gives the door to the 1.
It is what it is. You're trying to just win the race. You can only see how much is going on from the seat. You're trying to make the best decision you can the last 1500 feet.
Happy to run up front, lead laps. Would really love to get the 43 in Victory Lane. I thought today might be the day. All day long we were fast and had speed. Especially being up front there at the end, the last 10, I knew we had a shot, but just couldn't quite close it out."
Ford Performance NASCAR: Talladega (McDowell Leads Ford with Eighth Place Finish at Talladega) Inbox
Michael McDowell, No. 34 Love’s Travel Stops Ford Mustang -- Finished 8th---“Unfortunately it wasn’t a great day for us but we salvaged a good finish out of it. We really struggled with just handling today which you wouldn’t think at Talladega. But at the same time, we got ourselves in position there at the end when it counted. I thought with three to go that something was going to happen so I repositioned myself and built a run and was able to weave through there on the last lap. It is just so hard to pass today. It was hard to make moves from sixth or seventh to the lead. In the front row, everybody was just kind of jammed up. It is just a different style of racing even more so here than it was at Daytona with this NextGen car. I have a lot to study and go back and learn and figure out how to make the moves. I am proud of everyone. Coming out of here with a top-10 is a great day. I wish we could have had a shot at it but we just weren’t there at the end.”
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry TRD, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 3rd
What more did you need?
“It was just hard to pass all day. Really there at the end if two lanes were formed and they were pushing, there wasn’t really enough for a third lane to form to get any speed going.
OP-10 TEAM CHEVY UNOFFICIAL QUALIFYING RESULTS:
3rd DANIEL HEMRIC, NO. 16 MAJESTIC STEEL CAMARO ZL1
4th DANIEL SUAREZ, NO. 99 TOOTSIES ORCHID LOUNGE CAMARO ZL1
5th KYLE LARSON, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM CAMARO ZL1
8th WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 LIBERTY UNIVERSITY CAMARO ZL1
10th TYLER REDDICK, NO. 8 BETMGM CAMARO ZL1
11th JUSTIN HALEY, NO. 31 LEAFFILTER GUTTER PROTECTION CAMARO ZL1
14th AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 BASS PRO SHOPS/TRACKER OFF ROAD CAMARO ZL1
16th ERIK JONES, NO. 43 U.S. AIR FORCE CAMARO ZL1
19th ROSS CHASTAIN, NO. 1 MOOSE FRATERNITY CAMARO ZL1
WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 LIBERTY UNIVERSITY CAMARO ZL1, met with the media in advance of this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Press Conference Transcript--WHEN WE WERE IN ATLANTA WE HEARD A LOT ABOUT DRAFTING THERE AND IT WAS LIKE A SUPERSPEEDWAY. IS THERE ANYTHING YOU LEARNED THERE THAT YOU CAN APPLY HERE? DOES ANYTHING CARRY OVER?
“I think, I mean Atlanta was just more intense than here I would say just in the fact that it was really narrow, and you had a lot of things going on fast. The corner exits would come up fast. Guys would merge off the bottom and it was harder to hold the bottom. It was harder to predict where guys were going to end up on corner exit. I think my general thoughts about here is I think you’re going to see some tandem for half a lap or three quarters: maybe a full lap. I think that’s going to be the difference here is handling is not as big of a deal and you might see that play out more.”
Ford Performance NASCAR: NXS Post Race (Sieg's Fifth Place Effort Leads Trio of Top-10 Mustangs at Talladega)
Riley Herbst, No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang -- Finished 7th---“It was a frustrating day. We were fast but I just feel like we were lacking a little power. We would get up to the front and then get shuffled. Then I would work my way back up to the front. We didn’t earn any stage points. We had a shot to win there at the end but I don't know. We just gotta take what we can get. It was important that we did finish this race and get points to move on to Dover which hasn’t been my best track. We will go to Dover and try to capitalize there.”
CHRISTOPHER BELL, No. 20 DeWalt Toyota Camry TRD, Joe Gibbs Racing--What can you say about your qualifying lap?---“There is not much to say about the lap, just a lot to say about Toyota, TRD, the engine package they brought here, and the cars assembled at JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing). This number 20 group did a really good job. They gave me the best car in the field today, so hopefully we can keep it going and keep it up front tomorrow.”
CHANDLER SMITH, No. 26 Charge Me Toyota GR Supra, Sam Hunt Racing Finishing Position: 38th
Riley Herbst, No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang -- Finished 7th
“It was a frustrating day. We were fast but I just feel like we were lacking a little power. We would get up to the front and then get shuffled. Then I would work my way back up to the front. We didn’t earn any stage points. We had a shot to win there at the end but I don't know. We just gotta take what we can get. It was important that we did finish this race and get points to move on to Dover which hasn’t been my best track. We will go to Dover and try to capitalize there.”
Ryan Sieg, No. 38 A-GAME Ford Mustang -- Finished 5th
“We had great Roush Yates power. I gotta thank Doug. He put power under the hood this weekend and that is the big thing. Our A-GAME Ford was fast all day. We just didn’t really have anyone to work with. It is tough to try to stay up front when you try to go to the front to get the lead and nobody wants to work with you. I just had to do what I did at the end and we ended up fifth.”
WHAT ABOUT THAT SAVE ON THE LAST LAP? “Yeah, I had to do it. I saw them coming and I was trying to watch the outside and slipped up and he got underneath me. I went to block it and it was a pretty wild save right there. I thought I was wrecked. I just dove the hell out of it and it was just a great Ford Performance Mustang we had today and great for us to come out of here with a fifth. I gotta thank A-GAME and Doug Yates and Stewart-Haas. It was a great day to come home fifth.”
CHASE BRISCOE, No. 14 HighPoint.com Ford Mustang – TAKE US THROUGH THE LAST LAP. “I was running Tyler down and I just tried throwing a slider. I didn’t expect him to drive in there on me and I was spinning out, I think, either way and I hit him. I feel terrible. I was wanting to race him clean. I wasn’t gonna wreck him for the win. That’s why I tried to slide him and I was trying to leave him enough if I didn’t get there and that was my fault 100 percent. I hate it for Tyler. He’s a good friend of mine and I wanted to see a dirt guy win if it wasn’t me. I’m gonna go down here and apologize and deserve what I get, I guess. That was just racing. I was trying to go for the win and I feel terrible for him.”
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M’s Crunchy Cookie Toyota Camry TRD, Joe Gibbs Racing--Finishing Position: 1st---Did you ever think you would win one like you did tonight?--“Yeah, we backed into that one didn’t we. Sure feels good just to get a win. It’s been a little bit of a long time here, but overall, just a great day. Really appreciate – just proud of the guys. They work hard. We all work hard. We all work way too hard. There’s not a lot of rewards in the sport except winning. You could come home with a second-place day and not get everything that you wanted from the day and from what you put into it. It’s always good when you win. I appreciate M&M’s and this Crunchy Cookie Camry TRD. It was awesome to keep pace with those two. I don’t know why our car would not refire after the rain both times. I was leading on the first big rain delay coming back and I fell to eighth and I was able to drive back through on the long run and get back into position. Then on that one again, same thing and I fell off and couldn’t hang. It got me about 20 laps to get going, but overall, just great to get back in victory lane. Thank you to Rowdy Energy, Toyota, Interstate Batteries, Sport Clips, DeWalt, Breathe Right Nasal Strips, everybody that gets us here.”
COLE CUSTER, No. 41 Jacob Construction/Haas Tooling Ford Mustang – TELL US ABOUT QUALIFYING TODAY. “The guys just did a great job guessing right on the track. Obviously, it’s a totally different track than what we had yesterday, so we did a good job with that and was able to get to the top and make some good moves to try and pass some cars. Overall, just have to guess right on the track tomorrow, but it should start our race off a lot better.”
Ford drivers Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola and Ryan Blaney came into the Bristol Motor Speedway infield media center following their final NASCAR Cup Series practice session last night. Here is some of their Q&A sessions with members of the media.
KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Busch Latte Ford Mustang – DO YOU FEEL BETTER AT THIS POINT THIS YEAR THAN A YEAR AGO IN TERMS OF THIS EVENT? “Yeah. At this point I wasn’t worried about coming here just because you kind of know everything that you’re gonna go through. The cars are my cars. I sit in them every week and it’s the same throttle, the same stuff and learned last year that it’s not a dirt late model or something along those lines. It’s our own style of dirt racing – much slower pace.”
TYLER REDDICK, NO. 8 3CHI CAMARO ZL1, met with the media after the NASCAR Cup Series first practice as the fastest driver in today’s first practice session. Press Conference Transcript:
YOU WERE THIRD IN THE 10-LAP AVERAGE. DOES THAT MEAN ANYTHING OR IS THE TRACK GOING TO BE SO DIFFERENT ON SUNDAY THAT WHATEVER WE LOOK AT TODAY, WE SHOULDN’T READ TOO MUCH INTO IT?
“It’s going to be different, like the way it was different last year for this race. From practice to the race was a huge difference. But we’re going to be running this race at night on Sunday. This track holds moisture better. There are just a lot of factors that will play into that.