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Manufacturer Quotes from Indianapolis



  • Kevin Harvick won his third race of the season and his second career win at the Brickyard of Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

  • The win marks the second straight Brickyard 400 win for Ford.

  • The win is Harvick’s 48th of his NASCAR Cup Series career.

  • This marks the 18th win for Stewart-Haas Racing since joining Ford.

  • The win is Mustang’s eighth of the season.

  • Today’s win is Ford’s 684th all-time in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 11:33 PM, 09.08.2019

Manufacturer Notes and Quotes from Indianapolis Xfinity Race


KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Combos Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 1st 

How were you able to overcome both tight and loose conditions in the car to win?

“We just didn’t have the grip in traffic. Our car was really, really fast in a straight line and could  pass some of those guys down the straightaways. Even if I botched the corner, it seemed like I  could pass them back. Different situations with some of those guys. The 7 (Justin Allgaier)  was really good. He was really smart and played a great race. We were just faster and fast enough there at the end in order to make sure that we stayed in front of those guys. Real proud of the effort and certainly want to thank Big Machine Vodka, Big Machine Label Group for being on my stuff there and  partnering with the track here this weekend. Also want to thank the fans,  apprecaite their support. Of course this Combo’s Supra – these guys and everybody on this team did a great job. It’s pretty cool  to win here in Indy any time. We’ll  take it.”


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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 8:12 PM, 09.07.2019

DiBenedetto Previews New ROVAL™ Chicane

DiBenedetto Shakes Down Upgraded ROVAL™ Backstretch Chicane
NASCAR driver Matt DiBenedetto tested out Charlotte Motor Speedway's new ROVAL™ backstretch chicane aboard a Toyota Camry XSE pace car on Tuesday; The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will tackle the 19-turn, 2.28-mile ROVAL™ in the second running of the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 on Sept. 29

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 6:47 PM, 09.03.2019

Quotes and Notes Following Xfinity Race at Darlinton


COLE CUSTER, No. 00 Production Alliance Group Ford Mustang – HOW DID YOU FIND OUT YOU WON THE RACE AND HOW DOES IT FEEL UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES?  “it’s a really strange feeling, obviously.  You don’t want to win them that way, but it is what it is.  We all play by the same rules.  Was that the deciding factor?  No, with everything he won the race but it is what it is.  We get the points.  We get the money and we get everything, including the trophy so we’ll take it.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 1:18 AM, 09.01.2019

Toyota Racing MENCS Darlington - Post Qualifying Report


Qualifying Position: 15th

We were just discussing the perfect lap. You were maybe close to it in Turns 1 and 2?

“The big thing is getting up to speed and getting through (Turns) 1 and 2 is how you get up to speed and I felt like that was okay but you know as far as 3 and 4, I felt like we left a little bit out there. I probably over-slowed entry and didn’t get back to the throttle like we needed. I don’t think qualifying was what was going to be our strong suit. I wasn’t overly excited about it. I know our race car is really good for tomorrow, but I was not sure where we were going to end up. We’ll kind of take it and move on. Qualifying has not been the place where we’ve necessarily succeeded this year, but the racing has always been really good for us, so we’ll find our way to the front. Good thing we’ve got 500 miles to get up where we want to be.”

RIK JONES, No. 20 Sport Clips Throwback Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 12:50 AM, 09.01.2019

Ford Performance NASCAR: Keselowski To Start on Front Row for Southern 500

PAUL MENARD, No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Mustang – “The time that we qualified I’m not sure being early or late is a big difference.  The sun is gonna get a little bit lower in the sky, but the air temp is actually supposed to go up a little bit, so I don’t think that’s an issue.  I felt there was more grip than I anticipated.  Yesterday the track was hot and slippery with all the cars running and now you’re out here by yourself and the track doesn’t have as much heat in it, and it’s got a lot of grip.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 12:46 AM, 09.01.2019

TEAM CHEVY AT DARLINGTON: Post-Qualifying Notes & Quotes

“I felt good about my lap, the balance was fine. I could have maybe come to the green a little bit better, but I don’t think I would have had a shot at the pole. We had a lot of speed in happy hour, so I’m pretty confident going into the race tomorrow. You never know until the race starts, but I felt really good about it.”TEAM CHEVY NOTES AND QUOTES:


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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 12:32 AM, 09.01.2019

ROVAL Chicane Enhancements at Charlotte

Charlotte Motor Speedway Enhances ROVAL™ with Expanded Backstretch Chicane
-- For Immediate Release --The backstretch chicane on the revolutionary Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL™ has been widened and expanded in advance of the Sept. 27-29 Bank of America ROVAL™ 400, creating additional passing opportunities and generating more side-by-side action during races
Speedway officials announced that the NASCAR Xfinity Series race will be extended by 50 kilometers, becoming the Drive for the Cure 250 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

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Volume 2019, Issue 6, Posted 11:09 PM, 06.27.2019

Bubba Wallace Returns to Bojangles Summer Shootout

-- For Immediate Release --
• NASCAR star Bubba Wallace will compete in this summer’s Bojangles’ Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway beginning on Tuesday; Wallace, who drives for Richard Petty Motorsports in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, will race for the Boston Reid Real Estate Pro division title
• The speedway’s first “Bark Your Engines” night devoted to fans bringing their dogs to the track takes place Monday with all fans named “Jack” or “Russell” getting in FREE; Tuesday’s slate features a thrilling school bus slobberknocker putting area principals in a two-ton bus racing battle for the ultimate championship belt at America’s Home for Racing
• Tickets to the family-friendly Bojangles’ Summer Shootout cost just $8 for adults and children under 13 get in FREE. Fans can purchase Bojangles’ Summer Shootout tickets by visiting or by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267)

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Volume 2019, Issue 6, Posted 1:25 PM, 06.10.2019

TicketGuardian Rebrands as Protecht

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (May 20, 2019) - TicketGuardian, the award-winning technology platform, has announced a branding consolidation and pivot to the name of its parent company, Protecht. The pivot to Protecht is designed to streamline and simplify the Protecht offerings to partners, prospects and customers.   

Protechts industry-leading live event technology and consumer-facing protection products help provide ticketing platforms and organizers with control over inventory, additional lines of revenue, fraud prevention tools and fan engagement through enhancements like an improved checkout flow, bot detection (beta) and upgraded security.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 9:36 PM, 05.30.2019

NASCAR Holdings, Inc Announces. Merger Agreement With International Speedway Corporation

NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation have announced that they have agreed on a merger of the sanctioning body with the track owning company. ISC owns 13 race tracks including Daytona, Talladega, Michigan, Richmond, Auto Club Speedway, Kansas Speedway, ISM Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Watkins Glen International and Route 66 Raceway, along with Racing Electronics, Motor Racing Network and other related operations. Here is the formal announcement:

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 9:00 PM, 05.22.2019

Chevy Notes: Kyle Larson and Chad Johnston Interviews

CONCORD, NC (May 18, 2019) - Kyle Larson scored a $1 million prize by winning the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in his No. 42 Advent Health Camaro ZL1, his first win in the MENSC non-points event and first of the 2019 season.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 11:17 AM, 05.19.2019

All Star Pit Note 4: Bowyer Snags the Pole for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race

CONCORD, N.C. – Clint Bowyer will have the best view when Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race goes green at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Bowyer’s No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford edged Kyle Busch’s Toyota by completing three laps and a pit stop in one minute, 58.794 seconds, averaging 136.371 miles per hour in securing his first All-Star Race pole on Friday. Bowyer, making his 10th attempt at claiming the $1 million winner’s prize on Saturday, said the pole was a credit to his team.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 10:04 PM, 05.17.2019

Charlotte Motor Speedway Unveils Historical Marker, 1960 Promotional Car, Austin Dillon Coca-Cola 600 Colors

-- For Immediate Release-- Charlotte Motor Speedway revealed a historical marker for the speedway’s 60th season in a special event on Thursday at the speedway’s avenue of flags; Speedway officials also unveiled a 1960 Buick Invicta with decals like the one speedway founder O. Bruton Smith used to promote the inaugural Coca-Cola 600 in 1960

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 10:42 PM, 05.16.2019

Notes and Quotes from Dover's Gander RV 400


MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 19 SiriusXM Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 1st

How good does it feel to be back in Victory Lane at this place?

“It feels incredible. So thankful for this team. What a race car we had today. This SiriusXM Camry was just incredible. Thank you to everyone back at the shop at JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing), Bass Pro, Auto Owners, everybody who supports us and makes this happen. We have one hell of a team and we came here with a new setup this time. We had an older setup that won in 2016 and had been good but not good enough. Hats off to Cole (Pearn, crew chief), James (Small, engineer) and everyone with TRD (Toyota Racing Development, U.S.A.) back in California,

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 5:02 PM, 05.06.2019

Manufacturer Notes and Quotes from Talladega 1


Chase Elliott scored an extremely popular victory with the No. 9 Mountain Dew/Little Caesar’s Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 on Sunday in winning the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.   Elliott led a sweep of the top-three for Team Chevy as the Camaro ZL1 won for the first time this season.

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 9:13 PM, 04.28.2019

Talladega Qualifying Quotes FOR THE GEICO 500

Team Chevy:


“I’m a numbers kind of guy and you correlate all those numbers together – it’s the 50th anniversary for RCR, 50th for Talladega. Talladega is where RCR kind of started in 1969. I’m pumped to be here in the No. 3 car. Danny Stockman (crew chief) and the boys did a great job building a fast car and you want to go out there and make some noise and they did that. I give all the credit to those guys. Tomorrow it’s up to us to keep that car up front and hopefully make a real iconic win for RCR and everyone here at Talladega.”  

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 11:01 PM, 04.27.2019

Manufacturer Quotes from Money Lion 300 at Talladega


CHASE BRISCOE, NO. 98 Nutri Chomps Ford Mustang

Finished: 4th

“We were making a ton of moves. I don't usually have any fun on these superspeedways but that right there was a blast. There are so many things I wish I would have done different there at the end. Overall, we were up front the whole day and it felt like I was one of the only guys that could make moves and was trying. I haven’t been the greatest superspeedway racer but I feel like I made up a lot of ground today. I am looking forward to going to Daytona now and more importantly trying to win $100,000 next week.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 10:28 PM, 04.27.2019

Manufacturer Quotes from Bristol Food City 500

ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 10 SHAZAM/Smithfield Ford Mustang – “The 24 just got loose under me.  He struggled to get going on the initial start.  He spun his tires and then was just loose and out of control that whole first lap.  When we went down in turn one he lost it under me and wiped us out.  I’m pretty frustrated.  You work all weekend, all week getting ready for the event and to make it one lap is kind of uncalled for, so I’m disappointed, frustrated, but life goes on.  We’ll go to Richmond.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 12:26 AM, 04.08.2019

Toyota, Chevy, and Ford Notes and Quotes After Texas 1


DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 1st

How were you able to get the win today at Texas?

“Just a fast car. Gave me a fast car, a car that could really pass anyone in the field. That means a lot. Definitely was a different type of race here, trying to draft, trying to get out of everyone's wake. Proud of this whole FedEx Office team here, Toyota, Coca‑Cola, the Jordan Brand, Little Big Burger, everyone who helps put this race car on the race track. Joe Gibbs, J.D. Gibbs, still thinking about him and his legacy. Have to say hi to Jordan and the kids at home.  Hopefully we have some fun tonight.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 8:37 PM, 03.31.2019

Driver Quotes from Martinsville's STP 500


“I don’t know. It was really tough. Our NAPA Camaro was good. I felt like we were about as even with him as we could be. When I did get the lead, I felt like there was a little advantage to being out front and being able to work traffic your way and play off it and whatnot.


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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 10:08 PM, 03.24.2019

Manufacturer and Driver Notes and Quotes from the Auto Club 400


KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 1st

You finally did it.  It's complete.  How does 200 feel?

“Feels just like number one.  Feels just like yesterday. Man, that was such an awesome racecar.  I mean, dang.  This Interstate Batteries Camry was awesome today.  I'm glad we put on a heck of a show for all these fans out here in California at Auto Club Speedway.

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 11:36 PM, 03.17.2019

Ford and Toyota Notes and Quotes After Fontana Xfinity Race

COLE CUSTER, No. 00 Thompson Pipe/Haas CNC Ford Mustang (Finished 1st)

VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW --  THIS IS YOUR THIRD CAREER XFINITY WIN, BUT THIS ONE RIGHT DOWN THE ROAD FROM WHERE YOU GREW UP: “This means to ton. To win here, at home in Southern California - I grew up racing in San Bernardino and Irwindale. It means a ton. To come back here. I can’t thank the Thompson Pipe group enough. I wouldn’t be racing without what their family did for me. Haas Automation is a local company also. It was such a huge race for us. Everybody, it is a home town race for our whole team. I am pretty pumped up.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 8:35 PM, 03.16.2019

Manufacturer Quotes from Phoenix Cup Race

How do you conserve fuel and outrun Ryan Blaney at the same time?

“You don’t. You just give it everything you’ve got and push hard and do everything right to get the lead first. You worry about fuel afterwards. When they said the 12 (Ryan Blaney) was backing off, I started backing off and trying to save a little bit of fuel. You’re not going to save, but maybe a shot glass in 12 laps. Overall though, we had plenty. We did a burn out and everything was good. Great day for us here to be in victory lane.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 11:22 PM, 03.10.2019

Ford-Chevy-Toyota Quotes from Xfinity Race at Phoenix


DID YOU GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR MUSTANG TODAY?  “Yeah, I think we did.  I think we made the most with a short run car.  It would have been great to have a late-race restart there because I think later on as we tried to nurse our long-run speed we just kind of learned that our short-run speed we might as well make that the most, so I’m proud of what we did today.  I think we learned a lot and hopefully enough to bring us back in the fall and have a good run again.”


HOW WERE THE RESTARTS?  “Restarts are crazy here.  I think those were the top six or seven at some point coming from the tail after we had to pit at the end of stage two, so it was a lot of fun.  I’m surprised it all went well, but it was definitely a fun day.”


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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 11:41 PM, 03.09.2019

Manufacturer Notes and Quotes from LVMS's Pennzoil 400


Brad Keselowski: “That was a pretty good race.  I passed Joey with the lapped traffic, caught a break there, and then lapped traffic cost me the lead and he pulled a good slide job. I tried to pull it back but I was a touch too nice to him.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 11:42 PM, 03.03.2019

Toyota Cup Notes and Quotes - Atlanta 02-24-19

MARTIN TRUEX JR, No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Qualifying Position: 2nd Are you frustrated you couldn’t get to the lead at the end? “Yeah, I’m a lot frustrated, you know – lapped cars. They just have no respect for the leaders running for the win. It’s completely uncalled for, ridiculous. It’s a shame

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 10:18 PM, 02.24.2019

Ford Performance NASCAR: Atlanta (Mustang Claims First Cup Series Win with Brad Keselowski at Atlanta)

BRAD KESELOWSKI, No. 2 Autotrader Ford Mustang - Finished 1st - Victory Lane Interview
THEY TOLD ME BEFORE THE RACE YOU WERE 70 OR 80 PERCENT, BUT 70 OR 80 PERCENT IN THE CAR WAS ALL GOOD ENOUGH TO WIN.  YOU BACKED IT UP.  HOW DID YOU DO THAT?“Good enough to get the job done.  I think first off, I've got to give a lot to credit to one, my wife, who's standing in the back.  She was sick just like I was, and she took great care of me along with everybody in the care center.  I couldn't be here today without them.  So thank you. And Doug Yates, we ran over a piece of debris with, I don't know, probably 50 laps to go and overheated really bad, and I thought there was no way this engine would make it to the end, but Doug Yates and his team, they do a great job.  I'm pretty sure it's all used up, Doug, but it's in Victory Lane, so that's okay, right? And then my sponsor Autotrader; they let me put for my foundation all the names of some veterans on the car to honor them.  Just a lot of really cool things that came together this weekend, and this is one of them I'm not going to forget for a very long time.”

AND YOU'RE THE WINNINGEST PENSKE DRIVER EVER WITH YOUR 60TH WIN. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU?  “I think any win means a lot, but that's a big number.  Now I get to wear that yellow Mark Donohue helmet.  Yocum has been on me about it.  Now I can, Matt, so here we go, we're going to wear it next week. But what a tremendous honor.  This day is ‑‑ wow, I don't even know how to put it in words.  I'm just excited for this team, first race with the new rules or whatever they're called now, and to be able to win it, that's really special, as well, and I know everybody here is excited about that, and just a great day overall for Team Penske and our Ford Mustang.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 10:17 PM, 02.24.2019

CHEVY MENCS AT ATLANTA: Post Race Notes and Quotes


“It was great watching Larson up front I knew I needed to drive harder to catch him. Our balance was a little bit looser and then the track came to us a little bit better at the end, so it was a good day for us to carry that banner.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 10:11 PM, 02.24.2019

Ford Performance Notes and Quotes from Xfinity Race at Atlanta

COLE CUSTER, No. 00 Jacob Companies Ford Mustang: Finished 2nd

“That was a fun race. I thought the end was pretty good. I thought I might get it for a second. We just didn’t have enough there and Bell kind of took my line there in the last lap. It is a great start to the year in our first race with the Jacob Companies Mustang. We got a new crew chief and it was huge for us to start the year strong. I feel like we will be a threat all year.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 10:43 PM, 02.23.2019

Ford Performance NASCAR: Atlanta (Mustang Sweeps Top-3 Qualifying Spots)

RICKY STENHOUSE JR., No. 17 Little Hug Fruit Barrels Ford Mustang - Qualified 2nd

RICKY STENHOUSE JR., No. 17 Little Hug Fruit Barrels Ford Mustang - Qualified 2nd

“We made some big improvements the first run. We were 18th but our engineers really made a lot of adjustments to get us to where we needed to be so that I could hold the car wide open because the first run I couldn’t. It is a good start for our Little Hug Fruit Barrels Ford for this weekend at Atlanta. It is a bummer. I was trying to think to myself what I could have done to get a little more and I looked up and Aric ran a 55. There wasn’t much I was going to do to catch that. This is my second front row start here at Atlanta. I got my first pole here and I was hoping for another one. Track position for the race will be key trying to figure this thing out.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 10:09 PM, 02.22.2019

CHEVY MENCS AT ATLANTA: Post Qualifying Notes and Quotes

“Yeah, I don’t know. I feel like we tried to learn as much as we could throughout practice of what we needed to do just to get momentum built up. Yeah, I feel like we ran about a similar lap time every round there. I felt like that was all we kind of had in it. Yeah, I felt my balance was better in qualifying than it was practice, so that was good.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 10:02 PM, 02.22.2019

Ford Performance NASCAR: Post-Race Ford Daytona 500 Quotes

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.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 10:32 PM, 02.17.2019

CHEVY MENCS AT DAYTONA 500: Post Race Notes and Quotes

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.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 10:26 PM, 02.17.2019

Ford Performance Daytona 500 Media Day - Aric Almirola and Kevin Harvick

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.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 9:59 PM, 02.13.2019

Team Chevy Daytona 500 Media Day Kurt Busch

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:

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 9:58 PM, 02.13.2019