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2020 Charlotte (Coca Cola 600): Chevrolet Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, May 24, 2020 - 08:11 AM
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2020 Charlotte (Coca Cola 600): Chevrolet Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Race Preview


In what was originally called the World 600, Joe Lee Johnson won the inaugural 600-mile race on June 19, 1960 in a Chevrolet Impala.

· Since then, Chevrolet leads all other manufacturers with 24 victories in the annual Coca-Cola 600, one of the NASCAR Cup Series crown jewel races.

· Team Chevy drivers have led the field to the green 33 times at the annual Memorial Day event. The most recent pole-winner was William Byron, driver of the No. 24 Liberty University Patriotic Camaro ZL1 1LE, at last year’s race in 2019. The 2019 Coca-Cola 600 pole makes him the youngest Charlotte Motor Speedway pole winner to date (21 years, 4 months, 27 days).

· Chevrolet has won the longest NASCAR Cup Series race on the circuit with multiple models including Monte Carlo, Lumina, Monte Carlo SS, and most recently the Chevy SS.


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2020 Charlotte (Coca Cola 600): Monster Energy NASCAR Cup - Weekend Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, May 22, 2020 - 07:53 PM
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2020 Charlotte (Coca Cola 600): Monster Energy NASCAR Cup - Weekend Preview


Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service

Ford Drivers Seek To End Coca-Cola 600 Jinx On Sunday

Around the turn of the century, Ford drivers—and, specifically, Roush Fenway Racing drivers—owned the Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET Sunday on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Jeff Burton won the marquee NASCAR Cup Series event in 1999. Matt Kenseth followed in 2000. Burton won again in 2001, and NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin added the capper to a four-race winning streak in the 600 in 2002.

Since then, however, no Ford driver has visited Victory Lane in NASCAR’s longest race. It’s not that the Fords have been shut out at Charlotte. Matt Kenseth (2011), Brad Keselowski (2013) and Joey Logano (2015) all won the fall 500-miler before Charlotte Motor Speedway introduced its Roval for the Playoff race in 2018.


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NASCAR Industry to Honor Fallen Service Members with 600 Miles of Remembrance at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, May 22, 2020 - 07:52 PM
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NASCAR Industry to Honor Fallen Service Members with 600 Miles of Remembrance at Charlotte Motor Speedway


Staff Report NASCAR Wire Service

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - When three of Stewart-Haas Racing’s NASCAR Cup Series drivers fire their engines for the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, each of their racecars will bear on their windshields the name of a U.S. Army soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in Afghanistan.

Staff Sergeant Kristofferson Lorenzo, Private First Class William Blevins and Private First Class Andrew Krippner were among the soldiers killed on May 23, 2011, when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in the country’s eastern Kunar province.

Staff Sgt. Lorenzo, who was from Chula Vista, Calif. and on his third deployment when he was killed, will have his name and rank carried by 2014 NASCAR Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Ford Mustang during the race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.


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2020 Charlotte (Coca Cola 600) Q&A: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup - Austin Dillon
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, May 22, 2020 - 07:51 PM
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2020 Charlotte (Coca Cola 600) Q&A: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup - Austin Dillon


AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 COCA-COLA CAMARO ZL1 1LE, met with media and discussed the return of NASCAR to racing at the two Darlington events, the fitness aspect of the upcoming Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, his relationship with the GM BuyPower Card and Pit Stops for Hope, and more. Transcript:

YOU HAVE A COLLABORATION WITH THE GM BUYPOWER CARD. CAN YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT YOU’VE BEEN DOING WITH THEM LATELY DURING THE TIME-OFF WE’VE HAD?
“We created a relationship last year with the GM BuyPower Card from Capital One. We started off with a good year and this year, with everything that’s going on, obviously, with the coronavirus, we wanted to figure out a way to come together and partner and give back to our local community. Ray Wright, who is also on this call, is a good friend of mine. He’s our pit coach here at RCR and started Pit Stops for Hope a while back. I’ve always enjoyed working with him and seeing the work that he has done throughout our community for education and the local Piedmont Triad, and then has also been providing meals for kids. I’m getting ready to have my first kid and seeing what fatherhood is about. It’s kind of my mission to help support other children. Ray has always been really good with our racing community and bringing them together to find ways that we can give back. And so it was really cool that GM BuyPower card, Capital One, to help us out here and it’s made our relationship tie together closer and has really brought that family atmosphere to it.”


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2020 Charlotte (Coca Cola 600) Q&A: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup - William Byron
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, May 22, 2020 - 07:50 PM
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2020 Charlotte (Coca Cola 600) Q&A: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup - William Byron


WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 LIBERTY UNIVERSITY PATRIOTIC CAMARO ZL1 1LE, spoke with media via teleconference to discuss the anticipation leading into this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600, what it means to race at his hometown track, and more. Full Transcript:

YOU’RE PILOTING THE NO. 24 LIBERTY UNIVERSITY PATRIOTIC CHEVROLET THIS WEEKEND. CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT PAINT SCHEME THAT YOU WILL BE FEATURING IN THE COCA-COLA 600 THIS WEEKEND?
“We have the patriotic paint scheme again this year, so we kind of did something a little bit different with the way that it looks. It looks really good – I think they modeled it kind of after Captain America. It looks really cool; hopefully we can get Sgt. Billings a good run and just have a great 600. Obviously, it’s the longest race of the year. It takes a lot of patience, a lot of adjustments, a lot of pit stops, things like that, so you just have to progress your way through the event.”


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2020 Charlotte (Coca Cola 600) Q&A: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup - Chase Elliott
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, May 22, 2020 - 07:49 PM
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2020 Charlotte (Coca Cola 600) Q&A: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup - Chase Elliott


CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1 1LE, spoke with media via teleconference to discuss NASCAR’s return to racing at Darlington Raceway, looking towards returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600, and more. Full Transcript:

WHEN YOU WERE GESTURING TO KYLE BUSCH AND THERE WERE NO FANS, COULD YOU ALMOST HEAR FANS CHEERING FROM HOME?
“No, I couldn’t. It was more just how I was feeling at the time. Really, it didn’t involve anyone else but he and I.”

IT LOOKED LIKE DENNY (HAMLIN) GOT A LITTLE SEPARATION AWAY FROM YOU RIGHT BEFORE YOU GOT HIT BY KYLE (BUSCH). I WAS CURIOUS, DID YOU HAVE TO LIFT AT ALL BEFORE GETTING HIT BY KYLE OR WERE YOU TRYING TO SETUP A MOVE GOING INTO TURN ONE?
“No, I didn’t lift. We were all wide open.”


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2020 Charlotte (Coca Cola 600) Q&A: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup - Joey Logano
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, May 22, 2020 - 07:48 PM
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2020 Charlotte (Coca Cola 600) Q&A: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup - Joey Logano


Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Mustang, has two of Ford’s three victories this season – winning at Las Vegas and Phoenix. He was part of a media availability session this morning, where he spoke to reporters about how NASCAR’s return has gone and what fans can expect this weekend for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Six Pack: Stories to Watch As Competition Heats Up At the 61st Coca-Cola 600
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, May 22, 2020 - 07:47 PM
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Six Pack: Stories to Watch As Competition Heats Up At the 61st Coca-Cola 600


Will Chase Elliott seek revenge after being wrecked out of Wednesday's race by Kyle Busch? Will Jimmie Johnson make history in his final Coca-Cola 600 as a full-time driver? Can Matt Kenseth come out of retirement and take the checkers in the same race where he won 20 years ago? It’s finally race week at America’s Home for Racing, and like the summer temperatures, the story lines are heating up.

Here are six stories to watch as NASCAR Nation turns its attention to the famed Charlotte Motor Speedway:


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A Memorial Day Weekend Tradition
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, May 22, 2020 - 07:45 PM
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A Memorial Day Weekend Tradition


Fresh off a ninth-place finish at Darlington Raceway on Wednesday night, Matt DiBenedetto and the No. 21 Menards/FVP team head to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Cup circuit’s annual Memorial Day weekend tradition – the Coca-Cola 600.

DiBenedetto, who enters the weekend ninth in the Cup standings, said he’s expecting to run well in his first start there in the iconic No. 21 Mustang.

“It’s a fun place to race,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it.”


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2020 Charlotte (Coca Cola 600): Ford Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, May 22, 2020 - 07:44 PM
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2020 Charlotte (Coca Cola 600): Ford Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Race Preview


The NASCAR Cup Series will host its third race in seven days on Sunday when the annual Coca-Cola 600 takes place at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Ford has won three of the first six races this season with Kevin Harvick being the latest victor after taking the checkered flag last weekend at Darlington Raceway. Here’s a look at some Ford Coca-Cola 600 highlights.


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2020 Darlington: Ford NASCAR Xfinity Race Quotes
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, May 22, 2020 - 06:54 AM
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2020 Darlington: Ford NASCAR Xfinity Race Quotes


FORD FINISHING RESULTS:
1st --Chase Briscoe
4th -- Austin Cindric

CHASE BRISCOE, No. 98 -- HighPoint.com/Ford Performance Racing School Ford Mustang -- WINNER’S INTERVIEW -- WE KNOW WHAT YOU’VE BEEN THROUGH, BUT WHAT A WAY TO END THE WEEK WITH A WIN. “Yeah, this is for my wife. This has been the hardest week I’ve ever had to deal with and God is so good. Even when I took the lead with 50 to go I was crying inside the race car and just emotionally I wasn’t there at all. There’s nothing else to say other than God is just so glorious. Obviously, I’m happy to get HighPoint.com and Ford Performance Racing School in victory lane, but this is more than a race win. This is the biggest day of my life after the toughest day in my life, and to be able to beat the best there is is so satisfying.”

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Michael McDowell Salutes Fallen Hero at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 06:39 PM
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Michael McDowell Salutes Fallen Hero at Charlotte Motor Speedway


The No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford Mustang driven by Michael McDowell will carry special meaning this Memorial Day Weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. McDowell will honor a fallen service member as part of the NASCAR Salutes 600 Miles of Remembrance program. The decal across the top of his Front Row Motorsports entry will display the name of Sergeant First Class (SFC) John Jarrell.

SFC John Jarrell was a member of the United States Army 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) based in Fort Campbell, Ky. Jarrell made the ultimate sacrifice for our country on July 15, 2010 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

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DiBenedetto Finishes 9th at Darlington
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 06:38 PM
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DiBenedetto Finishes 9th at Darlington


Despite struggling to find the speed he hoped to have at Darlington Raceway, Matt DiBenedetto came away from two races in four days with two solid finishes, including his second top-10 finish of the season, a ninth-place effort in Wednesday night’s 500-kilometer race at the Lady in Black.

DiBenedetto and his No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang fired off fast in Wednesday’s race, the start of which was delayed by rain throughout the day.

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Newman Battles to 14th-Place Finish in Rain-Shortened Darlington Race
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 06:30 PM
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Newman Battles to 14th-Place Finish in Rain-Shortened Darlington Race


In a day filled with avoiding raindrops, the scheduled 311.4-mile NASCAR Cup Series race was cut short Wednesday with Ryan Newman scoring a 14th-place finish in the Oscar Mayer Ford. At one point Newman led the field just past the halfway point, as varying strategies played out with the race ending after 208 laps.

It was an eventful night for Newman, who rolled off sixth after scoring a 15th-place finish in Sunday’s race at Darlington. He maintained his top-10 standing early as he and the team managed tight conditions. After ending the opening stage 13th, he restarted 11th for stage two. Three laps later, the yellow was displayed again in which he fired off eighth, but lost the coveted track position on the next caution in which he had to pit.

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Buescher Settles for 23rd-place Result at Darlington
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 06:29 PM
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Buescher Settles for 23rd-place Result at Darlington


A bold pit strategy nearly resulted in a 1-2 finish for the Roush Fenway team, as the No. 6 and 17 Mustangs stayed out during the second stage break with inclement weather threatening Darlington Raceway. Rain drops fell on the track with Chris Buescher in the second position and the caution flag displayed, but ultimately cleared and he took the checkered flag 23rd on Wednesday night at the South Carolina track.

Buescher rolled off the grid 32nd in his Fastenal Ford and drove his way up to as high as 25th in the first stage. The driver pitted twice during the second caution of the day to continue to fix a vibration and to loosen up the car, but Buescher ultimately took the green-white-checkered flag for the first stage 28th.

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2020 Darlington II: Chevrolet Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Race Quotes
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 08:11 AM
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2020 Darlington II: Chevrolet Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Race Quotes


The NASCAR Cup Series season continues at Charlotte Motor Speedway with the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 24, at 6:00 p.m. ET. Live coverage can be found on FOX, PRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

TEAM CHEVY NOTES AND QUOTES:
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 ALLY CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 8th
“It was a solid night for the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet. We had to start in the back because of the crash during the first race. Things were looking pretty good early, we were able to march up through there. But the competition caution, and just so many cautions honestly, affected our strategy and affected us being able to take advantage of our strong racecar and move forward. Finally, in the middle of the race, we got some longer runs in and were able to move forward. We were in a nice position and then we were caught a lap down when the caution came out when the 42 car spun from his flat tire. So, we had to start all over again. On that last restart, I think I was 14th and, fortunately, I was in the outside line, which was the place to be, and we worked our way up to 8th before the caution happened and the rain came.”
“It was a good rebound from a few days before; I wish I could have that weekend back. I really felt like we had things going our way there and could have capitalized. But it’s nice to be back. Good finish in the top-10 and looking forward to going to Charlotte.”


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2020 Darlington II: Ford Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Race Quotes
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 08:10 AM
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2020 Darlington II: Ford Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Race Quotes


FORD FINISHING RESULTS:
3rd -- Kevin Harvick
4th -- Brad Keselowski
6th -- Joey Logano
7th -- Aric Almirola
9th -- Matt DiBenedetto
14th -- Ryan Newman
17th -- Michael McDowell
21st -- Ryan Blaney
22nd -- Clint Bowyer
23rd -- Chris Buescher
24th -- Corey LaJoie
31st -- Cole Custer
35th -- John Hunter Nemechek


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NASCAR and IMG ARENA Announce Global Sports Betting Initiatives
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 08:01 AM
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NASCAR and IMG ARENA Announce Global Sports Betting Initiatives


NASCAR® and IMG ARENA, a leading sports betting service and content hub, announced today that IMG ARENA has licensed official assets to create a virtual sports betting game that replicates some of NASCAR’s most iconic tracks, including Daytona International Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway and Watkins Glen International. The virtual product, created by Leap Gaming*, will be offered to sports betting operators around the world. This deal expands IMG ARENA’s growing portfolio of virtual sports betting products, which now includes tennis, football, cycling, horse racing, speedway racing and greyhound racing.

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2020 Darlington II: Chevrolet Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 07:51 AM
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2020 Darlington II: Chevrolet Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Race Preview


2020 NASCAR CUP SERIES CONTINUES WITH RACE #6:
The NASCAR Cup Series will make a return visit to Darlington Raceway for the circuit’s next event, the Toyota 500, on Wednesday evening, May 20th at 6:00 p.m. ET. Following the sport’s successful return to active competition at the track nicknamed “Too Tough to Tame’ just three days ago, NASCAR continues with its revised schedule of five Cup races in a 14-day span.


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Wednesday Night Race at the Lady in Black
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 07:45 AM
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Wednesday Night Race at the Lady in Black


Matt DiBenedetto and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team head back to Darlington Raceway Wednesday night for an encore performance with the Lady In Black.

DiBenedetto finished 14th in this past Sunday’s The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington, which marked NASCAR’s return to racing after a 10-week hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.


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2020 Darlington II: Ford Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 07:44 AM
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2020 Darlington II: Ford Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Race Preview


The NASCAR Cup Series is scheduled to continue tomorrow with its second event at Darlington Raceway in four days after Kevin Harvick won Sunday’s The Real Heroes 400, marking the sport’s return to active competition. Following Wednesday night’s primetime feature, the series shifts to Charlotte Motor Speedway and the annual Coca-Cola 600.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jeff Burton And Steve Letarte Discuss NASCAR Return At Darlington On NASCAR America At Home
Posted by: ASkyler on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 07:08 AM
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Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jeff Burton And Steve Letarte Discuss NASCAR Return At Darlington On NASCAR America At Home


NBC Sports NASCAR analysts Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte discussed the major storylines and takeaways from NASCAR’s return at Darlington Raceway on the latest edition NASCAR America At Home on NBCSports.com and the Motorsports on NBC YouTube page.

Topics from Sunday night’s NASCAR America At Home included:


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DiBenedetto Finishes 14th at Darlington
Posted by: ASkyler on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 07:06 AM
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DiBenedetto Finishes 14th at Darlington


After a 10-week layoff due to the coronavirus, Matt DiBenedetto climbed back into the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang and was back at work in Sunday’s The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway.

In an effort to try to prevent the spread of the virus, Sunday’s race was run without practice or qualifying.

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2020 Darlington Q&A: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup - Ryan Newman
Posted by: ASkyler on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 07:05 AM
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2020 Darlington Q&A: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup - Ryan Newman


MATT KENSETH, NO. 42 CREDIT ONE BANK CAMARO ZL1 1LE, met with media via teleconference to discuss his Top-10 finish in The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway. Full Transcript:

WALK US THROUGH YOUR RACE, YOUR FIRST RACE BACK WITH NO PRACTICE AND NO QUALIFYING. IT SEEMS LIKE YOU DIDN’T MISS A STEP.
“I don’t know about that. It ended up being a great finish. I had a lot of fun in the car and working with those guys. There were certainly some things that I need to be sharper on and brush up on. But yeah, overall, it was a great day. The CGR cars run really well there at Darlington (Raceway), so I was glad we were able to get a good finish and work our way back up toward the front there at the end.”


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2020 Darlington Q&A: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup - John Hunter Nemechek
Posted by: ASkyler on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 07:04 AM
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2020 Darlington Q&A: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup - John Hunter Nemechek


John Hunter Nemechek is coming off a career-best ninth-place finish in yesterday’s The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway. Nemechek answered questions as part of a teleconference on Monday to talk about his run.

JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK, No. 38 Scag Power Equipment Ford Mustang – WHAT DID IT MEAN TO FINISH IN THE TOP 10 AND GET BACK TO THE TRACK? “It definitely means a lot to our team. I feel like we’ve kind of had speed all year and we’ve made our cars better during the off-season transitioning to Front Row Motorsports. Yesterday, we came in with no expectations. We just kind of had the mindset to run every lap and learn the most that we possibly could, and while doing that we made the right adjustments all day. We stayed on top of the race track and we kind of ran our own race and it led to us running top 15 most of the day, which is a really great accomplishment for myself and Front Row Motorsports for my first time being at Darlington in a Cup car and just trying to learn. It’s definitely a hard race track, but, overall, the pit crew did amazing. Seth and myself did great at communicating. The engineers were awesome. It was a full team effort and we stayed on top of it, so it was definitely a great day and something to be proud of for us. I think that’s Front Row’s first top 10 finish on a non-superspeedway in almost four years, so it’s pretty amazing to have that accomplishment and hopefully we can continue to have the momentum roll our way, but it came down to the final restart and we had our car tuned up for the end. I was hoping we were gonna have a couple more laps. I think we could have got Reddick and Erik Jones, but, overall, a solid day. I’m looking forward to going back to Darlington on Wednesday.”

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