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:
Cup / Xfinity / Truck Press Releases
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.”
TEAM CHEVY NOTES AND QUOTES:
KURT BUSCH, NO. 1 COMSURV CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 3rd
YOU GUYS WERE THE FASTEST CAMARO’S HOW DOES THAT FEEL?
“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.”
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.”
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.”
KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 MCDONALD’S CAMARO ZL1 – Qualified 7th
TOP-12 RUN IN QUALIFYING TALK ABOUT IT FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE:
“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.”
Kurt Busch Finishes Fifth to Pace Team Chevy in Daytona Duel 2
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.”
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.