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FORD QUOTES

KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Busch Light/Mobil 1 Ford Fusion - Finished 1st - VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW

“Keelan is saving me some work. Usually when I get home the next day we have to mock up a victory lane celebration. For him to be here and able to do that and be a part of NASCAR and bring your son to work and do all the things that we get to do with our kids, I have had him with me by myself the last three weeks and we have had a ball. I couldn’t be happier to be a dad and be a part of NASCAR where they let your family come to the race track and be a part of it. Gotta thank everyone from Busch Light, Mobil 1, Ford, Jimmy John’s, everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing and all these fans for coming out today and supporting everything we do here in Michigan.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 8, Posted 9:46 PM, 08.12.2018

Manufacturer Quotes from Watkins Glen

Chevrolet Quotes:

POST RACE PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT:

CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 SUNENERGY1 CAMARO ZL1, NASCAR HALL OF FAMER, DAD, & SPOTTER, BILL ELLIOTT, AND ALAN GUSTAFSON, CREW CHIEF

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Volume 2018, Issue 8, Posted 9:52 PM, 08.05.2018

CHEVY MENCS AT POCONO 2: Team Chevy Race Notes & Quotes

TEAM CHEVY NOTES AND QUOTES:

ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 88 AXALTA ALL PRO TEACHERS CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 3rd 
*Career Best Cup Series Finish*

HOW GOOD WAS THE RACE CAR? 
“We really struggled all week.  But then the boss man showed up (Mr. Hendrick) and magically we got better today.  Really glad for Axalta and to have the Eagles on the car in Pocono close to Philly (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is pretty special.  Wish we wouldn’t have got such a bad last restart.  Kyle (Busch) said to wait for a hand out the window and the hand never came, so he kind of snookered me there, but it’s all good.  I’m just glad we are kind of headed in the right direction.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 1:09 AM, 07.30.2018

Toyota, Ford, and Chevrolet Driver Quotes from the Coke Zero Sugar 400

TOYOTA QUOTES:

Erik, how do you feel buddy?

“Oh, boy. How about that race, boys and girls? That was something else. I thought that we were out of it and we were right back in it. Took the lead and ran away. Wow, what an awesome race. To have buyatoyota.com on here and my first win at Daytona. My first superspeedway win. What an awesome day. I am out of breath. Too much smoke in the car from that burnout. I can barely breathe. What an awesome finish.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 12:40 AM, 07.08.2018

Manufacturer Quotes from Qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

CHEVROLET QUOTES:

CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 HOOTERS CAMARO ZL1 – Pole Winner

YOU KNEW THE CAR WAS FAST GOING INTO QUALIFYING, BUT DID YOU KNOW IT WAS TWO AND A HALF TENTHS FASTER THAN THE REST OF THE FIELD? 
“No, I didn’t know it was that fast.  Our Hooters Chevy has been nice all weekend.  We made a couple of changes actually at the end of that last practice before the rain and made it go a little faster.

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 1:15 AM, 07.07.2018

Toyota Chicago Kyle Busch Victory Lane Quotes - 7.1.18

Finishing Position: 1st

How did that shake down there?

“I don’t know. I got really boxed in and got really slow. I tried to get all of it on those last couple of laps. (Kyle) Larson tried to pull a slider but didn’t quite complete it. He slide up into me and used me, and then I kind of used him a little bit in Turn 3 to come back for the victory. Great win for the Skittles Camry and all of these guys. We were horrible today. Absolutely horrendous. We just never gave up. It’s always good to make the most of the days and get to where we needed at the end. I was able to lead all of those laps. And get through the rest of the traffic. If you don’t like that kind of racing, don’t even watch.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 11:09 PM, 07.01.2018

Team Chevy - Larson Leads Team Chevy at Chicago

KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 CREDIT ONE BANK CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 2nd

Q.  Could you tell when you did the slide job if you were going to probably make it in front of him or was it just that tight?

            KYLE LARSON:  No, I mean, I wasn't really trying to make it in front of him.  I figured if I ran in there to try and clear him, I would have had to slow down so much to not hit the wall that he would have just turned underneath me and it wouldn't even have been a battle to the win. 

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 11:08 PM, 07.01.2018

Ford Performance NASCAR: Chicagoland (Harvick, Bowyer, Logano and Keselowski all Top-10 at Chicago

KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Jimmy John’s Kicki’ Ranch Ford Fusion - Finished 3rd

“Our car was just off all weekend. We had a tough time making the front end turn and then we would wind up way too tight, all the way through the corner or way too loose all the way through the corner. The guys did a good job and kept us in the game all day. We had a chance, we just wound up at the wrong side of it at the end.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 11:06 PM, 07.01.2018

Ford Chicagoland Qualifying Notes - Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS)

PAUL MENARD, No. 21 Menards/Sylvania Ford Fusion -- Qualified 1st

“My guys did a hell of a job today. We weren’t very good in practice. We did a mock run that was so loose that we had to abort it and never really got a true mock run. We had speed and all through those rounds we got a little too loose in round two and we adjusted for it. Round three drove like rails. It was good.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 9:31 PM, 06.30.2018

CHEVY MENCS AT CHICAGOLAND: Team Chevy Qualifying Notes & Quotes

TEAM CHEVY NOTES & QUOTES:

CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1 – Qualified 3rd

NOTE:  Elliott finished 10th in the Overtons 300 NASCAR Xfinity race and subsequently received fluids at the Infield Care Center due to the oppressive heat conditions.  Prior to the Overtons 400 NASCAR MENCS qualifying session, Elliott talked about the incident:

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 9:30 PM, 06.30.2018

Ford Notes and Quotes - Xfinity from Chicagoland

FORD FINISHING RESULTS

KEVIN HARVICK, No. 98 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang

“The handling was great on the last stop, probably better than it was the stop before. We were just a 1-25 and not a 25-50.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 8:55 PM, 06.30.2018

Toyota: Winners Circle Interview with Martin Truex, Jr.

MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 78 5-Hour Energy / Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry, Furniture Row Racing
Finishing Position: 1st
Did you know all along you guys were going to snooker the competition?
“No, that’s all Cole (Pearn, crew chief). That’s all him. That was amazing. I’m cool with whatever he wants to do. I tell him all the time, like you know win, lose or draw, we do it together and I just got a lot of trust in him. I don’t even say anything when he says pit or don’t pit. I just did what he wants to do, so awesome job by him today.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 8:48 PM, 06.24.2018

Ford Performance - Sonoma (Harvick and Bowyer Lead Ford and SHR at Sonoma)

KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Fusion - Finished 2nd

RODNEY SAID ON THE PIT BOX THAT THE 78 TEAM SNOOKERED EVERYONE WITH THEIR STRATEGY. WHAT WAS YOUR THOUGHT WHEN YOU HEARD THAT? “I don’t really know what is going on up on the pit box and who is doing what. I just do what I am told. Those guys do a great job.

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 8:47 PM, 06.24.2018

CHEVY MENCS AT SONOMA: Post Race Notes and Quotes


CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 4th

“It was a lot more fun, this trip out here, than it was the last two times. I made a lot of gains, personally, I think, for me at this track. It’s been one of my worst. To come here and have pace on Friday and qualify good on Saturday, and to have pace today, it was just a lot more fun.

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 8:45 PM, 06.24.2018

Toyota MENCS Pocono Post-Race Report - 6.3.18

MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota Camry, Furniture Row Racing

Finishing Position: 1st

Were you concerned on the restart with seven to go?

“Yes, you’re always concerned on restarts at Pocono. So much can happen on those. We were luckily able to get a good one. I just can’t say enough about everyone on this team. Cole (Pearn, crew chief) and all of the guys. We did a good job last night. It’s been a really good weekend overall.

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 8:02 PM, 06.03.2018

CHEVY MENCS AT POCONO 1: Team Chevy Race Notes & Quotes

KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 DC SOLAR CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 2nd

THAT RESTART, WITH LESS THAN 10 TO GO.  GREAT MOVES BY THE 78 OF TRUEX BUT A GREAT COUNTER BY YOU

“Yeah, I actually liked that the 78 tried to pull down and block me a little bit because it messed his angle up to the corner.  I knew he would have to slow down a little more on entry and I was hoping I could get close enough to him to get him loose.  Which I did, but I also got kind of loose behind him. 

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 8:01 PM, 06.03.2018

Toyota NXS Pocono Post-Race Xfinity Report - 6.2.18

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Comcast Salute to Service Juniper Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 1st

How does it feel to accomplish winning at Pocono in the Xfinity Series?

“It feels good for as good as our car was. I tried to screw it up again early this week. My guys are amazing. Joe Gibbs Racing and everybody back in the Xfinity Series. They do a great job in the body shop and chassis shop.

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 6:22 PM, 06.02.2018

Ford Performance NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) Pocono Green 250 (Pocono Raceway; Long Pond, PA) June 2, 2018

COLE CUSTER, No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang -- Finished 5th

“We had a really fast Haas Automation Mustang, we just didn’t have really good long run speed. That was our biggest problem. We just got too tight at the end of a run. It was interesting to run the package and try to learn it throughout the day. I just think we needed a little more there. We were close, we just needed a little more long run speed.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 6:17 PM, 06.02.2018

Ford Performance Kansas Quotes

RYAN BLANEY, No. 12 REV Group Ford Fusion

Finishing Position: Involved in accident on lap 247

“I don’t know.  It was hard racing.  I definitely take the blame on that one.  I was just trying to side draft hard and the car was kind of light down the frontstretch there and it was just hard racing at the end.  I got about spun out in one and two on the restart, getting sucked around.  We were making some spots back up and just trying to get back up to the front and tried too hard.  That stinks.  We had a really fast race car and I hate it for REV.  The two races they’ve been on our car this year and we’ve led a bunch of laps in both of them and ended up wrecked.  I wish we could get over that hump, but I thought we made a good gain tonightand where our cars need to be.  Hopefully, we can carry that forward into the next upcoming weeks, but it was definitely my fault just trying too hard.  I made contact and it cut my right-front down.  I hate I got the 42, but it was just hard racing.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:28 AM, 05.13.2018

Team Chevy Kansas Notes and Quotes

KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 CLOVER/FIRST DATA CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 4th 
YOU LED 100 LAPS TONIGHT. ONE OF THE BEST DRIVES. HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO FIGHT BACK AFTER THAT CONTACT WITH RYAN BLANEY? WHAT HAPPENED ON PIT ROAD?

“Yeah, we just had a really good car tonight. Our Clover Chevy was fast. I always run pretty good here at Kansas, so it was nice to lead some laps. I thought we were going to have a really good shot to win there, and Kevin (Harvick) was able to get to my outside. And then, I was tight in traffic there.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:26 AM, 05.13.2018

Ford Performance NASCAR: Harvick Wins Dover

KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Fusion -- RACE WINNER (VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW)

HOW DID YOU GET IT DONE TO WIN BY SEVEN SECONDS?  “The first thing I’ve got to do is just thank everybody on my team -- everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing, Roush Yates Engines, everybody from Ford for just continuing to put the effort that they put into these cars.  Three cars in the top five says a lot about where we are as a company, but everybody from Jimmy John’s and Busch and Ford, Fields, Haas, Mobil 1, Morton Buildings, Textron Off-Road, Liftmaster and the fans, especially.  It was great to see those fans stick around for the finish, but it’s fun racing your teammate.  That says a lot about our company and one of your good friends as well.  I just want to say hi to DeLana, Keelan, and Piper at home.  I’ll be home in a little bit.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:26 AM, 05.07.2018

CHEVY MENCS AT DOVER 1: Post Race Notes and Quotes

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S FOR PROS CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 9th

All in all, it’s been a really good day for our Lowe’s for Pros Chevy. We had a couple of restarts being in the wrong lane. We pitted and we expected a lot more (cars) to come but they didn’t, so we had to start in the teens and start all over again. It’s a good driving car. I’m was really happy with it. It’s amazing how much faster I was when I was up in third and fourth; just had a half a second of speed on our side just due to the cleaner air."

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:05 AM, 05.07.2018

CHEVY MENCS AT DOVER 1: Post Qualifying Notes and Quotes

KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 DC SOLAR CAMARO ZL1 – Pole Winner

DID YOU GET EVERYTHING YOU HAD HOPED FOR THERE? DID YOU LEAVE ANYTHING OUT THERE?

“I felt like I nailed that lap pretty good. Everything from coming to the green to (Turns) 1 and 2 were really good. (Turns) 3 and 4 I maybe left a little bit out there.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 12:11 AM, 05.05.2018

Ford Performance NASCAR: Harvick Takes Front Row Qualifying Spot at Dover

KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Fusion -- Qualified 2nd

TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING RUN: “We’re feeling good about qualifying well. That’s not been something that we’ve done 100% great here. We’ve qualified okay. It definitely goes a long way in helping get your day started. This is definitely a race track that can take a while to work your way up the field so you don’t want to dig yourself a hole early on. They made the car better all three rounds. We ran our fastest lap at the end. I lost a lot of time in 1 and 2. I got myself hung a little higher and longer than I needed to finish the corner. Still a good lap for us and I’m looking forward to race runs.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 12:00 AM, 05.05.2018

CMS Pit Note: Byron Carries on Gordon's Legacy in Sam Bass-designed Axalta No. 24 Car

CMS Pit Note: Byron Carries on Gordon's Legacy in Sam Bass-designed Axalta No. 24 Car
(CONCORD, NC - Friday, May 18, 2018)
Jeff Gordon claimed his first NASCAR premier series victory in the 1994 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway aboard a rainbow-colored No. 24 car designed by Sam Bass - NASCAR's first officially licensed artist. The iconic paint scheme returns to action in September with Cup Series rookie William Byron behind the wheel.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 9:29 AM, 05.19.2018

Toyota MENCS Talladega Post-Race Report 4.29.18

TOYOTA QUOTES

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M’s Flavor Vote Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 13th

How difficult was the car to drive today?

“Once we got in that wreck, it was over, but we had a decent car up until then. We got the car handling better all day long and every adjustment we made to it was an improvement and gave us more on the race track, but we just lack speedway speed.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 8:21 PM, 04.29.2018

CHEVY MENCS AT TALLADEGA 1: Chase Elliott Gives Team Chevy Third Place Finish at Talladega (includes Ryan Newman post-race quote)

POST RACE PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT:

CHASE ELLIOTT:  It was definitely interesting.  Last few laps was really trying to make a run and do something there at the end.  Those guys were being awfully patient with one another.  I was very surprised.  I mean, it was more than obvious that they were not going to help me move forward.

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 7:59 PM, 04.29.2018

VICTORY LANE QUOTES: Toyota MENCS Texas Kyle Busch Quotes - 4.8.18

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

Finishing Position: 1st

What was going through your mind when you were holding off Kevin Harvick there at the end?

“They were probably just a tick faster overall, but I just had to make sure to do everything I could to hit all my marks and everything to focus on making sure that I did the right things to block his air a little bit.

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 8:49 PM, 04.08.2018

Ford Performance NASCAR: Texas (Post Race Quotes)

KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Busch Light Ford Fusion

Finished: 2nd

YOU OVERCAME AN AWFUL LOT THROUGH THE COURSE OF THE DAY TODAY: “We did overcome a lot. That was unfortunate. We had a pathetic day on pit road, two days on pit road because of pit guns. When you have a pit gun problem like we have multiple times and been able to overcome it and then today we couldn’t overcome it. Time after time you can’t get the lug nuts tight because the pit guns don’t work.”  

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 8:48 PM, 04.08.2018

CHEVY MENCS AT TEXAS 1: Post Race Notes & Quotes

JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 CESSNA CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 3rd

ON HIS DAY: 
“We just had a really good car and were able to miss some of those accidents.  The off-weekend couldn’t have come at a better time for us.  We had such a horrible season going and it’s awesome to run as good as we did today at a 1.5-mile.  We have so many of these and I feel like we have been a little bit behind on the 1.5-miles but had a really good run today.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 8:47 PM, 04.08.2018

Toyota Post-Race Recap NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) Texas Motor Speedway Race 6 of 34 300 miles, 200 laps April 7, 2018

TOYOTA QUOTES

CHRISTOPHER BELL, No. 20 GameStop / Hello Neighbor Toyota Camry, Joes Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 2nd

Talk about you race today and having to come from the back of the field following that pit road penalty on Lap 84.

“First off, thank you to Xfinity. It’s a dream come true to race for $100,000, so that’s really special. Our Hello Neighbor / GameStop Camry was really fast, as you guys saw throughout the course of the race. We were able to move our way to the front, just not quite good enough to run with the No. 22 (Ryan Blaney) yet. Felt like we were pretty equal at times, but overall he was just a little bit better than us. Good, solid day. After practice I didn’t think that we had a second-place car. My crew chief Jason Ratcliff and all of our entire team, they definitely make it better every single weekend once it comes time to race. I’m thankful for the opportunity that I have at Joe Gibbs Racing and thankful for all the partners we have as well.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 6:53 PM, 04.07.2018

Ford Performance at Texas 1 - RYAN BLANEY/BRIAN WILSON POST RACE PRESS CONFERENCE

RYAN BLANEY, No. 22 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Ford Mustang -- CAN YOU EACH WALK US THROUGH THE RACE TODAY? “We started up front and there were a lot of cautions early and in the middle stages of that race. It was kind of hard to get going and really tell what your car was doing. The temperatures were so different today from when we practiced yesterday. We didn’t know where we would be at with balance at the beginning of the race. I think we ran two laps in between like three or four cautions and I didn’t really know what we needed. We were pretty close to begin with but got behind a little when we got loose on that restart and then the stages got broken up. We were able to restart seventh and drive back up to the lead and lead the whole thing after that. It was just a really fast race car. That is three in a row for this team with three different drivers. That says a lot about Brian’s work that he has done and the whole team to bring fast race cars to the tracks lately. Hopefully we can keep this up. It was definitely a fun day.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 6:42 PM, 04.07.2018

Ford Notes and Quotes NASCAR XFINITY SERIES My Bariatric Solutions 300 Post Race (Texas Motor Speedway) Saturday, April 7, 2018

RYAN BLANEY, No. 22 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Ford Mustang

WAS THE ONLY SCARY MOMENT WHEN IT STEPPED OUT ON YOU ON THE RESTART? “Yeah. That was definitely the scary moment of the race. I can’t say enough about these guys. The Fitzgerald Glider Kits Mustang was amazing all weekend. We got behind a little bit on that restart. With the different strategies in the second stage we had to come from behind a little bit. The car was great and pit stops were great all day. I couldn’t ask more of this team. It’s finally nice to win one here in Texas.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 6:42 PM, 04.07.2018

Monster Returns Through 2019 Season

Monster Energy to Remain Entitlement Sponsor of NASCAR Premier Series Through 2019 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 10, 2018)– NASCAR®and Monster Energy have signed an agreement that will extend the entitlement sponsorship of NASCAR’s premier series. The extension keeps NASCAR and Monster Energy partners through 2019. As part of the agreement, the brand also continues as the Official Energy Drink of NASCAR.  

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 6:12 PM, 04.10.2018