CLINT BOWYER, No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Ford Mustang -- “Hey, it is the Daytona 500, I had to go for it. I was a little bit frustrated with the lineup. I know I was ahead of the 22 when the caution came out but I guess it went back to the last scoring loop or something. It seemed like the lineup had trouble all night long. This just sucks, man. We had such a good Rush Truck Centers, Mobil 1 Ford Mustang. This is my best foot forward I have ever had here. We had a shot at it and I took it. I had a big run on the 34 and knew that I had to make quick work of him because in the mirror they were going three-wide and losing their minds so you knew that was going to come down on ya. So I decided to lose my mind too.”
Cup / Xfinity / Truck Press Releases
DAYTONA, Fla. – (Feb. 17, 2019) - Ty Dillon, whose older brother Austin won The Great American Race a year ago, finished in sixth place to lead all Team Chevy drivers in the 61st running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday.
ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 10 Ford Fusion -- HOW DO YOU APPROACH THE DUEL RACE AND NOT WANTING TO WRECK YOUR PIECE FOR THE 500? “I think for me, my mindset is to go race. You have an opportunity to go and learn how your car is going to drive and be in the draft and make sure that your competitors and everybody knows you have a fast car and your car is driving good and all those things. If it is not, then you need to know that. For us, I don't think it is a viable option to just ride around. At the end of the day, if something bad happens, so be it. Last year, we finished dead-last in the Duel and got tangled up when Jimmie Johnson blew a tire and got caught up in that. We finished last and started last in the Daytona 500 and we were leading on the last lap and almost won the Daytona 500. It really is not about where you start, it is where you finish. I think the Duel plays a big part in that and giving you a really good idea of how your car is handling and driving. At night time conditions, which typically the Daytona 500 ends at night, so it gives you a glimpse of what to expect.”
KURT BUSCH, NO. 1 MONSTER ENERGY CAMARO ZL1, met with members of the media and discussed his return to Chevrolet, winning the Daytona 500, his brother’s upcoming milestone and many other topics. Full Transcript:
JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Mustang -- DANIEL HEMRIC IS GETTING HIS CUP START AT 27 YEARS OLD. CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE FOR YOU TO START AT THAT AGE? “It’ll be a little easier than what it was for me when I was 18 (laughing). It’s just different. I think, in a way, that’s probably good for him because a lot of times, I know just from my experience, if you start too early and you make a name for yourself the wrong way or you don’t make it and you get put back down to XFINITY or Trucks, that’s usually it. It’s over and that’s the end of your Cup career, most likely. But for him he’s more prepared, he’s more ready, he’s more mature. He’s been through some stuff in his racing career where he’s more ready to make the big step, which I think is probably a smart move on his part.”
PARKER KLIGERMAN, No. 96 Toyota Camry, Gaunt Brothers Racing
Can you describe how this all came together to try and qualify for the Daytona 500?
“Marty Gaunt has been a huge supporter of mine the last year and a half. I feel like I get along with him because we have very similar ideas about how to create a team. I’ve worked with him before back when I was at Swan Racing and with his engine company, so I think it was sort of a natural position to end up where we are now where he’s trying to grow this Gaunt Brothers Racing team.
AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 DOW CAMARO ZL1, met with members of the media at Daytona 500 Media Day to discuss returning as the defending winner of the 500, the opportunity to repeat as winner and many other topics. Full Transcript:
RICK HENDRICK, OWNER OF HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS
YOU JUST KEPT SAYING, ‘I CAN’T BELIEVE IT, I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’.
“You know, you work all these years coming down here and you want all the cars to run well.
PAUL MENARD, No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Mustang – YOU LED THE MOST LAPS EVER IN THE CLASH. WHAT HAPPENED? “I didn’t know that. That’s something for the history books, I guess. Unfortunately, we just got turned there. I didn’t really know what happened until I saw a replay. I felt like it was aggressive side-drafting. I got turned to the inside and hooked to the right and all hell broke loose.”
BRAD KESELOWSKI, No. 2 Discount Tire Ford Mustang – WHAT ARE YOU LEARNING ABOUT THE MUSTANG OUT THERE? “We thought all along it was gonna be really competitive and I think it hasn’t missed a beat from testing to now. We’re pretty excited about it. I think it’s a pretty good upgrade.” WHAT IS THE STRATEGY FOR THURSDAY? “To win the race. Nothing else matters.” HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR CAR TO FEEL IN THE 500? “I think with this rules package, especially with the temperatures we’re seeing, you’re gonna probably trim for speed rather than handling. I think just fast.” DO YOU LIKE IT TO BE LOOSE OR TIGHT OR WHAT? “Generally in the 500 you want to be a little bit tighter than most of the race weekend here. It seems like the track always changes on the 500 day a little bit.”
RYAN NEWMAN, No. 6 Oscar Mayer Ford Mustang – “Today is really only about the front row. If you’re not there, then you really need to focus on making your car faster and making it drive good in race conditions. We’ll work on our Oscar Mayer Ford to do that on Thursday. We didn’t spend any effort at all with the way timing worked out in practice yesterday, so we’ll see how it drives on Thursday and then make sure we get it all tuned up for next Sunday. That’s what really matters.”
ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang – “I think we’re pretty happy with that lap. I thought it was a good lap for us. We weren’t really sure what to expect because we didn’t know what we really had based on practice, but we felt good about it. If you’re not gonna sit on the front row, you’ve really got to make sure your car drives good and you’ve got a good race car and I think we’ll have that. I’m looking forward to it. The Smithfield Mustang has been pretty comfortable to drive and it feels racy, so that’s what’ll pay off next Sunday.”
RYAN BLANEY, No. 12 Menards/Peak Ford Mustang – “We haven’t drafted with our 500 car yet, but I stress out the least about qualifying here because you have a chance in the duels to get better. I think we qualified around there last year and we went out and won our duel and were really good in the 500. I mainly look for how my car drives, if it’s gonna drive well and make aggressive moves. Sometimes it seems the cars that qualify the best don’t handle great in the 500, so I think that was our strongpoint last year. We could make really aggressive moves and our car did have decent speed, so we have chances to get up there, but we’ll see.”
CLINT BOWYER, No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Ford Mustang – “Obviously, it’s all about the front row, but I’m happy with our Mustang so far and the performance in it. There are a lot of unknowns when you bring a new race car to the forefront you don’t know, and the guys worked hard. You knew they put in the effort, the time and the hours spend on these race cars is just unreal. The effort is there and now I’m happy with the results. That being said, that’s qualifying day. Let’s go out here and see what it does here in the race. I’m looking forward to this Clash. Our Clash car felt really good. It pulled up really good in the draft and did a lot of good things you need it to do in these kind of conditions, so we’ll get that race under our belt and get ready for the 500.”
Ford Notes and Quotes
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS)
Daytona 500 Qualifying (Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL)
Sunday, February 10, 2019
RICKY STENHOUSE JR., No. 17 Fastenal Ford Mustang – “It wasn’t too bad. I’m a little disappointed we weren’t any faster than that. We come down here and want to be in the final round and have a good shot at a pole, but the Hendrick cars are really fast so nobody has really got a shot other than them. Our Fastenal Mustang felt really good yesterday the little bit that we did draft, so I’m looking forward to the duels.”
PAUL MENARD, No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Mustang – “We picked up a little bit from our mock runs yesterday, so I was happy with that. The Hendrick cars are really fast, so we didn’t really figure we had a shot at the front row, so we put a little bit of driveability in the race car with it being an impound for the duels, knowing that we were gonna give up a little bit in qualifying because of that. I was happy with having the speed in the car, plus the driveability we have.” HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR CAR TO HANDLE? “Here you definitely need big suck ups. You don’t chase balance quite as much here with the new package and everything and last year with the ride height rule. The cars are really stiff, they’re real rough so you just have to kind of deal with that.”
JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Mustang – HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THE BIG ONE? “There’s not much you can do about it beside being ahead of it, but you can feel it ramping up as the pressure keeps building. The moves are more aggressive. The blocks become later and the bumping is more aggressive and eventually we crash. You know it’s coming, you just hope that you’re ahead of it or in a place where you can miss it, but you can’t back out of it. You might get yourself a solid top 10 if you do something like that, maybe, but that’s not the way I race and I don’t think that’s what the fans are here to see.” HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR CAR TO FEEL IN THE 500? “I want it to feel fast, really fast. You want a car that has speed so you can make a move to the bottom or make a move somewhere and can finish it and complete the passes, but you also have to have a car that’s driveable to where you can take a bump to the back or you can put yourself in really tight spots and not crash. You’ve got to have that too, so it’s just a balance between those two.”
MICHAEL MCDOWELL, No. 34 Love’s Travel Stops Ford Mustang – “You always want more speed, but we’re happy with where we’re at. We built those cars in-house and feel really good about everything that we’re doing. Somewhere inside that top 20 is good. You’d love to have a shot at the front row, but we knew going into qualifying that the four cars that are up there sort of had it locked in, so we really set our car up to drive good Thursday night and I believe it will do that and we’ll go racing. I’m really proud of everybody at Front Row Motorsports.”
DAVID RAGAN, No. 38 Select Blinds Ford Mustang – “We would have like to have gotten one more run yesterday in final practice and we could have adjusted a little bit more, but we were able top pick up some anyway. That’s something we can go race with on Thursday. For us, it’s all about fine-tuning on this car and getting it to drive good. I think anytime you’re within a few tenths of those top 10 cars, you’re gonna be able to race well. Our car drove good yesterday in the draft and this is an impound race, so it’s important for us to race good on Thursday to set us up good for the weekend.”
Alan Gustafson, crew chief, No. 9 Camaro ZL1, Greg Ives, crew chief, No. 88 Camaro ZL1, Chad Knaus, crew chief, No. 24 Camaro ZL1 and Kevin Meendering, crew chief, No. 48 Camaro ZL1, met with members of the media today at the Hendrick Motorsports campus. Selected quotes:
JOEY LOGANO: Yeah, I think it has sunk in. It's just ‑‑ man, it's incredible what goes through your mind and how it feels to be able to cross the start‑finish line. You're able to take the lead and you know there's quite a few laps left, and as you get closer, five laps, four laps, you're counting them down, like ugh, you just want to take the white flag to where you know the caution comes out, we got it.
JOEY LOGANO WINS 2018 NASCAR CUP SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP FOR FORD
Joey Logano won his third race of the 2018 season to win the 2018 MENCS championship.
The win today is the 21st of his Cup Series career.
Ford finishes the season with a manufacturer-best 19 victories and claims the 2018 Manufacturers’ Championship
- The win is Fusion’s 108th Cup Series triumph since becoming Ford’s flagship vehicle in 2006.
- Today’s win is Ford’s 677th all-time in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition.
- Of Team Penske’s 65 MENCS wins with Ford, 38 have come since rejoining Ford in 2013.
TOP TEAM CHEVY UNOFFICIAL RACE RESULTS:
CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 7th
NOT THE RUN YOU WANTED, BUT STILL A SOLID DAY TO END THE SEASON:
“Yeah, it was… we really suck down here. Man, if we make this Final 4 one day, we’ve got a lot of work to do.”
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR SEASON THIS YEAR?
“Yeah, better than the first two for sure, but not what we want.”
BRETT MOFFITT, No. 16 AISIN Group Toyota Tundra, Hattori Racing Enterprises
> Finishing Position: 1st
> Talk about your battle with Noah Gragson for the lead and what made the difference at the end.
> “(Crew chief Scott) “Zippy” (Zipadelli) and everybody at HRE (Hattori Racing Enterprises) gave me a really fast Tundra and I think we made the bottom work a hell of a lot better than anybody, so that gave me the opportunity to get down there, but doing that it’s really harsh on the tires. I knew we were faster than him.
Tony Gibson, acting crew chief for MENCS championship contender Kevin Harvick, participated in a NASCAR teleconference Wednesday morning to discuss the upcoming Ford Championship weekend from the perspective of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford team.
JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Fusion – “The left-rear tire went flat. I don’t really know why. It just kind of came out of nowhere. We may have run something over, I don’t know. I went down on the flat a couple laps earlier to make a pass and I don’t know if it hit a little bit hard, maybe it knocked the fender into it, who knows what happened there, but she just went out. I tried to save it. I thought I had it saved, but by the time I got it straightened back out the rest of the tires were flat because I had them flat-spotted. That’s what it is. We’ll move on. We’re locked into Miami, so it doesn’t really matter, so we’ll keep our heads high.”
KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Busch Light Ford Fusion – “It’s been a good day for us. All we concentrated on was qualifying and obviously we had some good adjustments to the car right there at the end and I was actually able to drive the car without screwing it up. It was definitely a good lap for us and came at a good time.”
FORD FINISHING RESULTS
KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Fusion - FINISHED 1st -- VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW
“That last restart I knew I needed to pick the top. I wanted to be on the bottom to be safe because the top got such a good sidedraft getting into one and the outside groove got rubbered up. I thought if I could keep him from finishing the corner I could drive back by him. It all worked out. Everything went well today on our Mobil 1 Ford and we were able to get to victory lane.”
TOP TEAM CHEVY UNOFFICIAL RACE RESULTS:
TEAM CHEVY NOTES & QUOTES:
KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 DC SOLAR CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 5th
HOW DIFFICULT WAS YOUR DAY GETTING THROUGH TRAFFIC?
“We made some good ground that first run and then we had that issue there under the pit stop and then it was just hard to get track position after that. Our car was really loose on the short runs and it would build really tight, but we got that better.
COLE CUSTER, No. 00 Autodesk Ford Mustang -- Finished 1st
“I can’t believe it. The 1 is the best pusher in the series and I hated that I didn’t have him behind me. We did all we could. I drove it in deeper than I have all weekend and it worked out. I am pumped for Autodesk, their first time on the car. Gene Haas, I wouldn’t be here without him and Haas Automation. I am pumped. We are going to Homestead and I think we have a great shot of winning.”
JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford Fusion - Finished 1st - VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW
“That was just a hard great race. NASCAR racing at its finest. It was a lot of bumper banging towards the end and a hard race. You know, we didn’t wreck each other. We bumped into each other a lot and that is what this sport was built on. I know a lot of fans out there aren’t too happy about it but it is racing and that is what NASCAR is about and what stock car racing is. I am just glad we finally won here. It has been so long and we have had so many chances and it feels like sweet redemption after everything that has happened here.”
CHEVY MENCS AT MARTINSVILLE 2: Jimmie Johnson, Rick Hendrick and Jeffrey Brown Press Conf. Transcript (No.48 Camaro ZL1 sponsorship announcement comments)
IT WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT ALLY FINANCIAL WILL JOIN HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS AS THE WHOLE-SEASON PRIMARY SPONSOR OF JIMMIE JOHNSON’S NO. 48 CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 TEAM IN 2019 AND 2020. JOHNSON WAS JOINED BY HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS TEAM OWNER, RICK HENDRICK, AND ALLY FINANCIAL CEO, JEFFREY BROWN FOR A Q&A SESSION WITH MEDIA AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY. TRANSCRIPT:
RYAN BLANEY, No. 12 Menards/Wrangler Riggs Workwear Ford Fusion - YOU HIT THE WALL EARLY, HOW MUCH DID THAT IMPACT YOUR DAY? “Obviously it was a mistake I made trying to work hard to catch those guys and I pushed too hard and got in the fence. It is all my fault. Whether it would have worked out for us or not, I don't know. I don't think we had the speed the 9 or 4 had. The 9 was super fast. I don't know. I messed up and cost us a shot. I want to thank Wrangler and Menards and Ford for doing what they do. The whole 12 team deserves better than that. That was unfortunate on my part.”
ARIC ALMIROLA: I knew when we qualified, all four of us starting up there in the front. We kind of talked about it in our competition meeting, that we needed to be committed to each other, we needed to score as many stage points as we can, we needed to score more stage points than the 12, than the 42 and the 88. We knew all that.
ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 10 Smithfield Bacon For Life Ford Fusion – VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW – “I felt like I kept giving it away and I was so disappointed for all these guys behind me because they’re awesome. They’re the best. I’m with the best team in the garage and I felt like I kept letting them down not winning a race. Today, the Good Lord was shining on us and we went to Victory Lane. We did it, finally.”
AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 47 KROGER CLICKLIST CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 6th
“I thought prior to the final restart I got myself in a good position on the outside there. It just seemed like every time the line went to move somebody made a move and it checked the lineup. I was just getting pinned out there.
KURT BUSCH, No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford Fusion – POLE-WINNING PRESS CONFERENCE – HOW DO YOU BEAT TEAM PENSKE TOMORROW? “That was the first question I asked when I got out of the car to make sure that all of us were 1-2-3-4
CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1 – Race Winner
YOU ARE SHAKING YOUR HEAD ALMOST IN DISBELIEF. YOU TOLD YOUR GUYS, THANKS FOR NOT GIVING UP ALL DAY LONG. HOW MUCH OF THIS WIN IS ABOUT PERSEVERANCE?
“Oh, a lot! We had a (speeding) penalty there, early, and fell behind. Luckily, I had a good enough car and a good strategy to get back. Man, what a day. Just thanks to those guys, man. And that man right there in that white shirt (Rick Hendrick). He has done so much for me. I wish my mom and dad were here, but man; it’s been a hell of a day.”
BRAD KESELOWSKI, No. 2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford Fusion – A RESTART ON OLD TIRES. WHAT HAPPENED? “I don’t know. I was just asking Ricky. I don’t know. The whole field went down into turn one it looked like and we all went straight. I don’t know. Maybe we all overdrove it. Maybe the track had something on it. I don’t know. I got in the corner. I didn’t feel like I got in it, I got in hard, but not like ridiculously hard and it just locked up. I couldn’t get the tire to unlock, so I felt really, really dumb when I hit the wall and then I got back in the care center and saw the replay and saw everybody kind of did the same thing. I don’t know. It’s frustrating, but I really have to give a lot of credit to Paul Wolfe and the team on this Truck Alliance Parts Ford. This car was a rocket. I wrecked the car in practice and we unloaded this car just for the race and it was screaming fast. I thought we were gonna win today. It just didn’t come together.”
Studying Up: Drivers Shake Down 2019 NASCAR Rules Package in Goodyear Tire Test
-- For Immediate Release -- Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Erik Jones, William Byron, Daniel Hemric and Aric Almirola tested Charlotte Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval in a Goodyear tire test on Tuesday
Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Fusion - Finished 2nd
“We were starting to track him (Kyle Busch) down there at the end. I needed about 25 more laps. I gotta thank everybody on our Jimmy John’s Ford. They did a great job on a weekend when we needed to do a great job with all the unknowns going into next week. It will be a fun weekend but it will be kind of trial and error as we go through the weekend. It was a good night for us here at Richmond and we did a good job on pit road, just came up a little bit short.”
CHRISTOPHER BELL, No. 20 Rheem Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 1st
How does it feel to advance in the Xfinity Series playoffs?
“I’ll tell you what buddy, that’s pretty cool. It’s not very often that you get to win with a car that’s not a winning car so we’ll take it. Just thank you to my pit crew for the awesome pit stops tonight. Jason Ratcliff (crew chief) did a great job making this thing better each and every time we hit the pit road. Man, I'm just pumped. To be able to sweep Richmond and to get five wins on top of that just couldn’t be happier.”
BRAD KESELOWSKI, No. 2 Autotrader Ford Fusion VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW
HOW MANY TIMES DID YOU HAVE TO HOLD OFF THE COMPETITION TODAY? “I didn’t think it was ever gonna end. I was worried about running out of gas there at the end. I know the fans can hear on this microphone and I want to say thank you to everyone who braved 100 degree heat all day. You guys are the real heroes. I get paid to do this. You guys pay to watch and thank you for doing that. Thank you for coming out today and tolerating the heat. We’re so glad to be able to win and get in Victory Lane again with the Autotrader Ford. What a special day for 500 wins for Penske, three in a row here, first win in the Playoffs. There are too many storylines for me to get it all right, but we’re very thankful and very proud for all of them.”
RYAN BLANEY, No. 12 Ford Fusion -- QUESTION INAUDIBLE: “It is really important to get started on the right foot here. I don't really care about the underdog thing. That has been my whole life. That is what everyone labels this team as, which is fine with us. We will do our own thing. I don't think it gives us any extra motivation. The motivation is there. We don't really want to be the life of the party, we just want to do our jobs and do the best we can. Whatever happens, happens.”
CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1 – Qualified 7th
ON HIS QUALIFYING SESSION:
“Just got to that second round and was just behind and had to make two runs in the second round. That is never good. So, just my fault, I wasn’t up to speed in that first round, barely made it through and then got to that middle one and wasn’t going to make it, had to run again. Luckily, kind of figured it out and I think it was just a little too late.”
Toyota Racing – Martin Truex Jr.
MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota Camry, Furniture Row Racing
Do alliances work and is there a timeframe on how long they can be successful?
“I don’t think in either situation, whether it was their (Stewart Haas Racing and Hendrick Motorsports) or ours, I don’t think that had anything really to do with how both of them changed – you get what I’m saying? The Stewart Haas thing, they had a huge deal offered by Ford and they said they’d be stupid not to do this and do it all on our own and grow our team.
THIS IS VICTORY NUMBER 499 FOR TEAM PENSKE AND THE FIRST AT THE BRICKYARD. WE THOUGHT YOUR WIN LAST WEEK AT DARLINGTON WAS BIG, HOW BIG IS THIS? “It is incredible. Last year I lost this race almost the exact same way. To bring it home this way feels really good to make up for my mess up last year. To give Roger Penske his first Cup car win here at the Brickyard is just an incredible feeling. I am so happy for everyone at Team Penske. We were hoping it would be win 500 and the Brickyard but we don't care what number it is. It is the Brickyard! It is the first win for Discount Tire in the Cup Series which is great. They have been so good to us. This whole team, the call made today was just phenomenal. We weren’t the fastest car by far but this team never gave up on it, made the most of the strategy and executed a perfect race. That is something I am so proud of.”
Q. Joey, I know obviously first off, for Penske, just to get back to Victory Lane at Darlington after 33 years is a big deal. It's not your car in Victory Lane, but is it sweet to be part of this one‑two finish tonight?