KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Bush Beer Ford Mustang - MAN, THREE TIMES YOU WERE STUCK BACK IN TRAFFIC. WERE YOU WORRIED IN THOSE MOMENTS YOU WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO GET BACK TO THE FRONT? “Well, we had a bad restart one time when we got buried back there, but I think as we came in, we put another set of tires on, we were really able to make up some time. Our car was just so fast through 3 and 4, as long as I could keep my momentum up, I could get up beside him. So it was definitely fast, and speed made up for our Ducks Unlimited Busch Beer Ford Mustang tonight what we lacked a little bit in handling.”
Cup / Xfinity / Truck Press Releases
MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 19 Auto Owners Insurance Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 1st
The first to be locked into the Championship 4, how big is that advantage?
ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang – “We just got together. I got inside of him getting down in turn three and he chopped me, and I got in his left-rear and moved him up a little bit and got inside of him, and then we hooked and got tangled up off of turn four. It’s disappointing. I had a really good Smithfield Ford Mustang and felt like we were maybe one adjustment away from being maybe a second or third-place car, so I’m proud of my guys, proud of the effort and we’ve got three more weeks.”
Roush Fenway Racing announced earlier this week that Chris Buescher would be rejoining the organization to drive the team’s No. 17 Ford Mustang in 2020. Owner Jack Roush, president Steve Newmark and Buescher held a press conference today at Charlotte Motor Speedway to talk about the situation.
ERIK JONES, No. 20 Craftsman Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 15th
What’s your outlook for Sunday’s race?
“I don’t know, I thought we had a little bit better car than that, but I didn’t expect us to qualify much better than eighth probably. You know 15th is not where we wanted to be, we haven’t qualified well all year. It hurts pit stall more than anything and then you get some guys up in front that you’ve got to through in the first stage, get them shuffled out. We just lacked a little bit of speed obviously across the board - us the 18 (Kyle Busch), the 19 (Martin Truex Jr.) were able to squeeze in (to the next round). You know definitely needed a little bit more speed to be with those guys in the top five, I mean they’re a second faster than us almost. That’s a lot, but you never know how the race will play out.”
RICKY STENHOUSE JR., No. 17 Sunny D Ford Mustang – CAN YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT CAME DOWN THIS WEEK? “A lot came down. It was unfortunate, for sure. Definitely tough timing for myself and my group to try to find another option, but, all in all, I’ve got to look back on the 11 years that I had with Jack and winning races and championships and getting my first Cup win and being competitive – not as consistent as what we wanted, but the end of it all I’m very thankful that Jack took a chance on a dirt racer from Mississippi to come drive his car. It was fun, a little emotional with the relationship Jack and I have. It’s the only team I’ve ever been at, so I’m looking forward to see what’s next. Like I said, there’s a lot of work to do on that, but, all in all, I’m definitely looking forward to these last eight with the great partners that we have, everybody on the 17 team. I’ve worked with a lot of them since my Nationwide days, so it will be tough, but it will be a fun eight races with them.”
POLE WINNER WILLIAM BYRON
Yeah, we’re going to have to fix a quarter-panel. I kind of missed that one, but I was trying to get all I could. I knew I was a little bit weak under the brakes the first couple of runs in Q-trim today, so I tried to fix it and maybe fixed it a little bit too good. But, the guys did a great job with this car and it really takes every corner around this race track to get a pole. I knew we could qualify Top 5, but I really wanted the pole and really kind of went out there and got it. So, I’m really proud of this UniFirst team, it’s going to be great to start up front.”
KEVIN HARVICK WINS BRICKYARD 400 FOR FORD
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.
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.”
-- For Immediate Release -- Sunday’s second running of the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway marks the cutoff race in the first round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs
CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 26, 2019) – With race fans from all 50 states and 20 foreign countries converging on Charlotte Motor Speedway for the second running of the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400, excitement is building for the cutoff race in Round 1 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.
A ROVAL™ Rush - Aric Almirola, PBA Star Jason Belmonte Hot-Lap the ROVAL™
NASCAR driver Aric Almirola joined PBA bowling star Jason Belmonte for a hot-lap session around the 2.28-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway's ROVAL™ on Wednesday. (RIS photos by John Davison)
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
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.”
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
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.”
KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 CLOVER CAMARO ZL1 – Qualified 3rd
“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:
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
-- 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 charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267)
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.
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:
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.
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.
-- May 17, 2019 -- CONCORD, N.C. – Daniel Hemric’s first pole in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car came at the track located just minutes from his hometown.
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
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,
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.
AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 DOW CAMARO ZL1 POST QUALIFYING TRANSCRIPT: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO GET THE FIRST POLE FOR THE 3 CAR AT TALLADEGA IN 25 YEARS?
“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.”
CHASE BRISCOE, NO. 98 Nutri Chomps Ford Mustang
“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.”
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.”
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.”
CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 2nd:
“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.
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.
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.”
TEAM CHEVY NOTES AND QUOTES: AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 DOW COATINGS CAMARO ZL1 = Pole Winner
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.”
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.”
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.
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
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.”