CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 9th “We were hoping to have a better finish today. I felt like we were making some ground up there late in stage two and at the start of the final stage. Then those guys got ahead of us when we stayed out and they pitted. That got us back in traffic and our drive off wasn’t good enough to drive back through the field like some of those other guys. Definitely not where we want to be, so we’ll keep working and trying to get it better.”
Cup / Xfinity / Truck Press Releases
No. 2 Wester Star/Alliance Parts Ford Mustang – Brad Keselowski
Stage 1: 5th
Stage 2: 1st - Sixth stage win of the 2020 season
Finish: 1st – Third win of the 2020 season
Laps Completed: 301/301
Laps Led: 184
Point Standings (behind first): 2nd (-81)
BRAD KESELOWSKI, No. 2 Western Star/Alliance Parts Ford Mustang -- VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW WHAT KIND OF STATEMENT WAS THAT TODAY? “We’ve had a lot of great races this year with the 2 car, but we just haven’t really went out and kind of dominated a race. Talking to Jeremy Bullins and like, ‘Man, what do we need to get to that next level? We’re right there. We need to go out and just dominate a race,’ and that’s what today was for us with the Western Star/Alliance Parts Ford Mustang. I’m really proud of my team and the effort that they gave today. A great race car and to all of Team Penske, thank you. Its so great to be racing back in front of fans again. It feels like forever, so welcome back, guys.”
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 2nd
Were you battling your car just a little too much to get to Brad Keselowski in the closing laps?
“We just kind of were second there to the 2 (Brad Keselowski). We could really do well on restarts and we were going back-and-forth. Wow, that was some really, really good short track racing there. Hopefully the fans liked what they saw there with me and the 2 for most of the day. Some great side-by-side racing. We treated each other fair and it’s good that we got one-two
CarParts.com Makes Winning Bid in Auction of All-Star Bumper in Support of MRO Company to Make Additional Donation to Victory Junction
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 29, 2020) - CarParts.com, the e-commerce auto parts company, recently made the winning bid of $20,034 to own the one-of-a-kind memento from the first-ever NASCAR All-Star race at the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway with all proceeds benefiting Motor Racing Outreach (MRO). Now, CarParts.com will pay it forward by making an additional donation of $20,043 to Victory Junction in honor of Darrell "Bubba" Wallace, Jr., and Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM).
No. 2 WURTH Ford Mustang – Brad Keselowski
Stage 1: 25th
Stage 2: 14th
Laps Completed: 334/334
Laps Led: 15
Point Standings (behind first): 3rd (-106)
FORT WORTH, TX (July 19, 2020) – Austin Dillon adds his name to the record books by winning the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in his No. 3 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Off Road Camaro ZL1 1LE, his first win of 2020 and third career victory in the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS).
AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 BASS PRO SHOPS / TRACKER OFF ROAD CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Race Winner
IT’S BEEN 88 RACES SINCE AUSTIN DILLON GOT TO DO THIS – CELEBRATE WITH A WIN IN THE CUP SERIES. MAYBE THIS ONE A LITTLER SWEETER. YOU HAD TO DO IT ON THREE DIFFERENT RESTARTS WITH GUYS LIKE KYLE BUSCH, JOEY LOGANO AND KEVIN HARVICK BEHIND YOU. AUSTIN, THERE’S FANS THERE CHEERING YOU ON. HOW ABOUT THAT?
JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Mustang -- WHAT WAS LACKING YOUR ABILITY TO CHASE DOWN THE FRONT TWO? “Air-pressure. Air is what cost us there. Air-pressure in the tires, just on the splitter too much firing off. It took us 15 laps to get rolling. Our long run speed was incredible, but it took too long and the guys up front were smart, they put fuel only and kept their car off the splitter in three and four over the bumps and maintained the clean air and just couldn’t do it. I could make runs, but I’d get to three and four and start chattering up the racetrack and had these big moments. Overall, I’m proud of what the Shell/Pennzoil Ford team did today, scoring a second-place in the second stage and a third in the finish. It’s not a win, especially when you come to Texas and all the fans here. Thank you guys for coming out, but it’s not the win we were hoping for as I look at the fire in Victory Lane is super-cool, but it’s progress. We’ve had a little rough streak on these 550 races, so I’ll take it as a little bit of a momentum-builder.”
AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 22 MoneyLion Ford Mustang
HOW DID YOU FIND OUT AND NOW YOU HAVE A THREE-RACE WINNING STREAK. “Obviously, it’s great to be able to get the MoneyLion Ford Mustang in Victory Lane no matter how it happens. It’s a great points day for that. I just got out of the hauler from getting changed back into my street clothes and saw the 54 and everyone and their brother surrounding the scales, so that’s never a good sign for those guys. I know they race hard and work hard. I want to win it on track. I felt like we had a shot to do that today and maybe didn’t execute as well as we should have and that’s what kept us out, but fast race cars and being in position that’s where it counts.”
KYLE BUSCH, No. 51 Cessna Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports Finishing Position: 1st How was the race tonight overall and were you concerned with the late-race caution?“We had two late cautions today – both races, but this one was a little more for real I think. Overall, just real proud of the effort by Christian Eckes and that Safelite Autoglass Tundra that he’s driving with Rudy Fugle (Eckes crew chief) and those guys. They’re getting their chemistry better and better and they challenged for a win tonight. Real proud of them, but wanted to go out on a high here with our Cessna Beechcraft Tundra. I want to thank Toyota, TRD, Incredible Bank, Rowdy Energy and all of our partners. We lost a member of Rowdy Manufacturing this week essentially, Robert Hamke, who built super late model cars across the country, but in North Carolina for year. He just passed away this week and that’s essentially what Rowdy Manufacturing is now. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 2nd
What were you fighting in the closing laps with the top groove?
“It just wasn’t quite wide enough. If it had been a little bit wider and you could carry a little more speed with it, I might have had a chance. I tried to run up there early in the last stage to make it go a little earlier than I probably should have. I went back down because I knew I wasn’t going to catch him (Chase Elliott) or pass him there and I had to do something different. I just tried and I think we inched up a little closer on him, but that was about it. The M&M’s Camry, we’re trying hard and we’re running okay. It seemed like we were mired in 10th most of tonight and then the last couple adjustments really helped us. Adam (Stevens, crew chief) did a great job helping the car and making it better.
CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 UNIFIRST CAMARO ZL1 1LE – RACE WINNER QUOTES IN THE FAMILY DNA. MILLION DOLLARS, WHAT’S IT MEAN TO WIN THIS EVENT, THIS NIGHT, AT THIS TRACK?
“I can’t believe it. What a better night to have fans back than tonight - y’all are awesome. There’s nothing like Bristol. There’s nothing like the lights here. There’s nothing like racing here. I’ve never won here – what a race to do it. Just really proud of our team tonight and rebounding. We’ve had a really tough couple of weeks and just felt like we had kind of gotten off base and I felt like I was struggling. Just tried to hit the reset button this week, and came out and put on a great performance – great car. Just can’t thank all our partners enough, everybody that makes this happen. All those No. 9 hats and t-shirts up in the stands – love to see it.”
KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Busch Light Apple Ford Mustang -- YOU WENT FROM 10TH TO THIRD IN THE FINAL 15 LAPS. ANYTHING DIFFERENT YOU COULD HAVE DONE? “There were a couple laps there that I had to spend a little more time in traffic than I needed to to get back to the front, but our Busch Light Apple Ford Mustang guys did a good job. I think that was the right call. That was our only chance. We weren’t gonna beat the 9 where we were sitting on the same tires, so it all came down to getting past those cars for the first couple laps, but, in the end, it was definitely one lane. Much different than I thought it was gonna be.”
FORD PERFORMANCE NASCAR: ALL-STAR RACE NOTES Cole Custer’s win on Sunday added one more Ford driver to the All-Star Race lineup on Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. The annual event will be at a track other than Charlotte Motor Speedway for only the second time in NASCAR history with the Open scheduled to start at 7 p.m., followed by the main event at 8:30.
No. 2 Snap-on Ford Mustang – Brad Keselowski
- Brad Keselowski grabbed his fourth stage win of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season on the way to a ninth-place finish in the Quaker State 400 Sunday afternoon at Kentucky Speedway. The driver of the Snap-on Ford Mustang grabbed his 12th top-10 in 17 races this season and collected his seventh top-10 in 10 starts at Kentucky Speedway. Keselowski moved up to second in the NASCAR Cup Series driver standings, 88 points behind leader Kevin Harvick.
MATT DIBENEDETTO, No. 21 Menards/Quaker State Ford Mustang -- HOW WILD WAS IT AT THE FINISH? “Man, it was crazy. We had a really good car. I mean, we could have contended for the win. It was really fast, but lost track position when things shuffled around and we had to do the wave around. Me and my spotter, I’ve got to give him a lot of credit, Doug Campbell, I told him we should win some sort of restart award. We were 18th because of track position how it cycled out with like seven to go. We had two monstrous restarts and then pushed Cole to the win there, which kind of felt cool. Good for him. Congrats, but this is a big race for us having the Menards/Quaker State Ford Mustang in the Quaker State 400, so I wish we could have won it, but circumstances didn’t work out. We’ll take a strong finish and a really fast car.”
COLE CUSTER, No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang -- VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW -- “We were so good all day. Our car was so good. I mean, obviously, it wasn’t the easiest track to pass on, so we were kind of stuck back there, but that was the best car I’ve ever driven in my life. Everybody at SHR brought an unbelievable car. Mike and Davin on the box, that was unbelievable. Gene, I can’t stress enough how thankful I am for him taking a shot on me. It definitely was not the start to the year that we wanted. We were definitely way off at some places, but this was by far an unbeilevable car. We put it all together and I just can’t thank everybody enough.”
TEAM CHEVY NOTES AND QUOTES:KURT BUSCH, NO. 1 MONSTER ENERGY CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 5th “We ran strong, we raced tough. We weren’t quite able to rekindle last year’s success, but a top-five is solid. Thanks to Monster, Chevrolet and the everyone on this No. 1 team. Looking forward to seeing everyone Wednesday night in Bristol go the All- Star Race!”
MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 19 Auto Owners Insurance Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finishing Position: 2ndYou came from the back to a second-place finish and nearly the win, can you talk about the closing laps?
“It was fun. I can’t say enough about the guys on this Auto Owners Camry. Everybody back at JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) really went to work this week to try to get back to what we used to do here. Just hats off to the guys – James (Small, crew chief) and everybody. Just an unbelievable race car. In the end there, just a bit unlucky losing the lead to (Ryan) Blaney on that first restart by a couple thousandths and then again to the 4 (Kevin Harvick) when the caution came out. We were side-by-side. That’s kind of the way these things go sometimes. I’m really proud of the effort. Super-fast race car and feel like we’re back in the game now.”
What happened on the final restart?
AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 22 Snap-On Ford Mustang -- VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW -- MOST LAPS LED EVER IN ONE RACE AND YOU GOT TO DO A BURNOUT. HOW MUCH FUN WAS THAT? “I hope I laid enough rubber down to make up for Watkins Glen last year. That was pathetic. I’m just so excited. This is all a credit to my team. What we did tonight was really impressive because we ran one setup last night and won the race and came with another setup and won the race again, and that happens at the shop, that happens with the guys on the box. All credit to them. I’m the lucky one that gets to drive this Snap-On Ford Mustang. Thank you to MoneyLion, Menards, Discount Tire, everyone who puts this together -- Odyssey Battery. Thank you to everyone -- Ford Performance. A one-two between me and Chase. I got a text from Mark Rushbrook, the head guy from Ford telling me we need to have a one-two between me and Chase, so there you go, Mark. We’ll do it again. That was a lot of fun.”
RILEY HERBST, No. 18 Monster Energy Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing Finishing Position: 10th Finishing Position: 10th Another solid night for you and the 18 team; talk about your run at Kentucky Speedway.
AUSTIN CINDRIC, No. 22 Snap-On Ford Mustang -- VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW -- YOU WON ON AN OVAL! “I don’t care what shape the track is -- if it’s dirt, oval, I don’t care I’m just so happy this Snap-On Ford Mustang is in Victory Lane. We’ve come so close all year. These guys have given me so many awesome race-winning cars. With Snap-On celebrating their 100th anniversary it’s awesome to have them on the car. These cars don’t get built without Snap-On tools, so I’m pumped. This is awesome. I’d love to be able to come back into another performance like that tomorrow night, but all the credit to my guys for getting me here.”
RILEY HERBST, No. 18 Monster Energy Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 2nd
How were you able to get the second-place finish there on the last lap?
“Everybody on this Monster Energy Supra – we did a good job all day. We ran probably fourth all day. We over-adjusted the car there at the end and got too tight. All in all, we’ve had speed all year, we just haven’t been able to capitalize, mostly on my part, in these final stages of the races. Once we start capitalizing, we’ll start getting good finishes like this. This was a good one.”
KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Busch Light Patriotic Ford Mustang -- VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW -- IF DENNY DIDN’T HAVE HIS ISSUE DID YOU THINK YOU COULD HAVE CAUGHT HIM? “We knew he was gonna be really close on tires and Rodney told me on the radio he said, ‘Just make sure you keep the pressure on him,’ and that was all the pressure I could give. Those guys do a really good job. I’ve just got to thank everybody on my Busch Light Ford Mustang. Everybody from Mobil 1, Haas Automation, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Jimmy John’s, everybody who is a part of this program and just keeps bringing good race cars to the race track.”
JUSTIN ALLGAIER, NO. 48 ALLY CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Sidelined in multi-car accident at the entrance to pit road on Lap 17 – Finished 37th
WHAT WAS YOUR VANTAGE POINT AS YOU WERE COMING DOWN PIT ROAD? “Kind of like it always has been in the past here. Starting in the back trying to go forward, the No. 15 (Brennan Poole) actually got in the back of me. I didn’t know if I got (hit) the gentleman on the No. 12 (Ryan Blaney's crew member) or not. Once the wreck started happening in front of us and we all got bottled-up there, one car after another were getting run into. It’s just a shame. I hate it for these guys on this Ally No. 48. They’ve done such a great job. They’ve prepared so well for the circumstances. Obviously, our hearts and thoughts are for Jimmie (Johnson) and his family right now. That’s the most important piece of all this is getting him back to the race track soon. And, I wanted to do well for them today and it’s disappointing to be standing here talking to you (TV interviewer) unfortunately. But we’ll go on. I don’t know what next week looks like yet. We’ll go run the Xfinity Series race and go have a good shot at it. It’s a disappointing way to end the Brickyard 400.”
RACE WINNER POST RACE PRESS CONFERENCE: GREG ZIPPADELLI, CREW CHIEF, No. 98 Ford Mustang -- DID YOU CLIMB THE FENCE? “No, I would have but I am too old to run down there with those kids anymore. I walked down and they were coming back down when I got there. I did it before. It is a really cool win, a great place. I am glad I could be a small part of him experiencing that. I know he was pretty pumped up to come here being from Indiana and a lot of his heroes race here and grew up around here.”
AUSTIN HILL WINS AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY
Series points leader Hill dominates on his way to his first victory of the season
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 1st
What can you say about Chris Gabehart’s strategy for today’s race and victory?
“He’s (Chris Gabehart, crew chief) just unbelievable. He’s done a great job with this race team. This is work that happens in the shop, this is way beyond what happens on race day. Can’t say enough for FedEx, Toyota, Coca-Cola, the Jordan Brand. I mean six (career wins at Pocono), I can’t even put it into words, how much it means to me.”
CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 4th
“It was good to have a solid run for our NAPA team after yesterday being so poor. Obviously, we would’ve liked to of been a little better, but after starting in the back, I was pleased how I was able to move forward and gain a lot of that track position back. It was a good rebound. Looking forward to getting back on track at Indy.”
KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Busch Head for the Mountans Ford Mustang -- “I think for us our Head for the Mountains Busch Beer Ford was actually better than yesterday. We had a really good car. He just did the opposite of what we did. We didn’t want to get caught with a caution and then wind up losing a little bit too much time in lap traffic with all the cars that hadn’t pitted and he was out there running clean laps and waited until right to the very end and wound up in front of us. I’m proud of everybody on our team. Yesterday that won us the race and today finished second.”
CHASE BRISCOE, No. 98 HighPoint.com Ford Mustang -- HOW DID YOU KEEP THE CAR OFF THE WALL WHEN THE TIRE WENT DOWN? “It was really surprising. I didn’t have any warning of it or anything like that. I was going down the short chute after turn one and all of a sudden it started pulling me to the infield and I heard stuff hitting the crush panels and everything else. I was really worried. I was trying to get out of the way of the leaders. I was worried that I was gonna spin out and come right up into them. I was lucky that it finally blew out on the exit of the tunnel turn, instead of right in the middle of it. I was really fortunate, too, that I was able to whoa it up. I think I ended up probably one or two feet off the inside wall, so that would have definitely ended our day.
CHASE BRISCOE, No. 98 HighPoint.com Ford Mustang -- VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW -- “We were really not that good at the beginning. We kind of struggled and didn’t have the speed I really anticipated us to have here, and then Zippy and the guys just kept working on it and kept getting it better and better. We had the lead there after I sped on pit road and I was a little worried, but, fortunately, a lot of the good cars got tore up, so that made it a little bit easier to get back through the field. And then me and Ross, it was pretty fun. He’s always one of the hardest guys to race against and pass, and just really cool to get HighPoint.com here in Victory Lane. This is their home track. I was at the Mendiburu’s family house last night, so it’s pretty cool for them to win at their home track, so I know it means a lot. It’s cool to get all of our partners in Victory Lane -- Ford Performance Racing School, Fields, Dell Production Alliance Group, Go Bowling, Huffy Bicycles. We’ve got a lot of really cool partners and we’re halfway to eight, so hopefully we can keep going.”
RILEY HERBST, No. 18 Monster Energy Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 9th
What happened that led to the contact from Justin Haley?
“I don’t think there was anything built up ahead of time that caused that. We had a really fast Monster Energy Supra and I kept making up positions early on. Then I would over-drive and give up some positions here and there, but the car was good enough to do that and keep passing people. I think I drove it too deep into the tunnel turn one time and that pack of four cars got by me and then in that same lap I was going to pass Justin (Haley) and I freed him up. Then he just hooked me down the frontstretch. All in all, it was a rough day, but we salvaged a top-10 finish.”
WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 AXALTA CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 14th
“We struggled today. We had a hard time making speed and tried to salvage what we could there at the end. We started gaining more speed as the car tightened up by the end of the race. We’ll make some changes for tomorrow and see what we can do then.”
KURT BUSCH, NO. 1 MONSTER ENERGY CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 18th
“I’m not really sure what went wrong with the handling on our Monster Energy Camaro? The track changed dramatically for us. We were pretty good the first half of the race, before the car started handling really tight on the exit of the corners. The second half was not so good for us with the handling and track position. We’ll turn it around and work for a better result tomorrow”.
KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Busch Head for the Mountains Ford Mustang -- Finished 1st “I just gotta thank everyone on this Busch Beer Ford Mustang. We weren’t where we needed to be to start the race and lost a bunch of track position but we came back and made some great strategy calls to get in clean air and get out front and make some good laps. It is great to finally check Pocono off the list. Everybody at Stewart-Haas racing has done such a great job with all our cars over the last several years. I guess it takes special paint schemes to get to victory lane. I want to say hi to my family. I know Keelan raced all day and Delana and Piper and everybody at home. I am really proud of everybody and I am just glad it didn’t rain all day.”
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 2nd
What more did you need in the closing laps to catch Kevin Harvick?
“Obviously a fast FedEx Camry. I don’t know if more time would have helped, but I had a bad vibration there the last 15 (laps) and that kind of hampered our efforts coming to the front there. Not sure what it was, but it was really, really bad and we just did all we could to run him (Kevin Harvick) down and that’s all we had.
- Brad Keselowski scored a 19th-place finish Monday evening in the 500-mile NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. The driver of the Dent Wizard Ford Mustang lined up third for the NASCAR Overtime finish on lap 189 but got shuffled back into the pack shortly after the race went green. Keselowski is fifth in the NASCAR Cup Series driver standings, 49 points behind leader Kevin Harvick.
RICKY STENHOUSE JR., NO. 47 NOS ENERGY DRINK CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 2nd
THERE WERE CERTAIN POINTS IN THIS RACE TODAY WHERE YOU LOOKED LIKE YOU HAD THE FASTEST CAR AND MAYBE YOU WERE THE GUY TO BEAT. SO, SECOND MAY BE A LITTLE TOUGHT TO SWALLOW, BUT HOW DO YOU BALANCE THAT?
“Yeah, we were so close there at the end. It was hard all day trying to break up the Penske cars and then there at the end, all the blue ovals were together. But, our No. 47 NOS Energy Drink Camaro ZL1 1LE was really fast all day. The boys brought a good one. I thought we had a shot there at the end, it just didn’t work out. But, all-in-all, a solid day. Really cool to see all the support of the fans that are here for Bubba (Wallace). That was a really special moment at the beginning of the race. We came up one spot short – we’ll go get them next week!”
RYAN BLANEY, No. 12 Menards/Sylvania Ford Mustang -- VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW -- “I just kind of blocked, just trying to block the best we good. Ride the top, ride the bottom. The 20 got to my outside and I tried to go up there to slow him down and I’m not sure, I don’t know three-wide, I hate that I hit him, but just kind of trying to beat and bang to the line and things like that. We just edged it out, but I’m really proud of this whole Menards/Sylvania Ford Mustang team. It’s been a cool year so far and I’m really excited to get our first win of the year at a cool place. Thank you everybody for coming. I appreciate it you sticking around. That was a lot of fun.”
WHAT WAS IT LIKE SAVING FUEL BUT WANTING TO GO? “We were riding there. We came back in and topped off and we were just riding around until maybe 12 to go. I was waiting for Kevin to kind of go, but he had to save more than I did, so we just kind of had to get going. You’re just biding your time and hoping you saved enough. There’s enough information in there nowadays where you do save enough, but it was a lot of fun. Thank you everybody for coming out. I appreciate it.”
BACK-TO-BACK AT TALLADEGA. TAKE US THROUGH THE LAST TWO LAPS? “I wanted to take the bottom. I thought the 47 was a really good pusher all day and I thought the bottom lane could just kind of get out there and was gonna be good, but I don’t know if he spun his tires or what, but I didn’t get the help at all, but was able to kind of pick and choose lanes there and wanted to wait for a while until later on that last lap, but you don’t want to wait too long because the caution might come out. I was surprised the caution didn’t come out in three and four and I was lucky we were ahead, and then they got a big run again. I was kind of out too far down the frontstretch and I couldn’t really see who was outside. I knew there were some people and I just tried to go up and slow down and we kind of hit and beat and banged, and just another exciting one here.”
WHAT WAS THE DIFFERENCE THAT ALLOWED YOU TO STAY IN FRONT OF STENHOUSE? “I don’t know. I don’t know where he came from. He came with a big run there. I know me and the 20 kind of got beating and banging. I was trying to slow him down and he almost got us I guess. He came out of nowhere.”
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO WIN UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES? YOU DON’T HAVE A BETTER FRIEND IN THIS SPORT THAN BUBBA WALLACE. “It’s great. It’s a tough couple days for him. I’ve known him for 15 years and he’s one of my best friends. I support him 100 percent of the way and I can’t wait to go see him.”
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO HEAR THE FANS AGAIN? “It’s nice to just have fans here again. They’re awesome. They stuck around throughout the rain and it’s cool. Hopefully, we keep getting fans at the racetrack.”
ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang -- WHAT DID YOU FEEL IN THE CAR AND WHAT DID YOU SEE ON THAT LAST LAP? “I thought we had a shot to get our Smithfield Ford Mustang in Victory Lane. We had a really good car and our strategy was to stay out of trouble all day and be there at the end, and we were there at the end. It was close, but we just couldn’t get it done. I’m proud of all my guys on this team. We had a great week last week at Miami with a top five and leave here at Talladega with another top five, so we’ll keep building on that and it looks like the ball is going in the right direction for us.”
CHRIS BUESCHER, No. 17 Fastenal Ford Mustang -- “Not a bad run for our Fastenal Ford Mustang and our team. There was a lot of excitement throughout the race in different areas and obviously we’d want to replay the end and do a little bit better, but at the end of the day it was a good run for us and now we’ll go on to Pocono and go get a doubleheader in.”