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2014 Bristol: Jack Roush NASCAR Sprint Cup Post-Race Press Conference
Posted by: ASkyler on Mar 17, 2014 - 08:25 AM
2014 Bristol: Jack Roush NASCAR Sprint Cup Post-Race Press Conference

JACK ROUSH, Car Owner - "It was a great night for Roush Fenway and for all the guys in the shop. They worked hard all winter and they got the result from it tonight that they deserved. It has been a very long winter for us. We made some changes and built some new cars over the winter and revised our strategies a little bit as far as the way we do our engineering and the way that manifests itself in what the race cars are and we’re still working with our process. This thing is becoming so sophisticated and expanding so much with so many people doing new things that hadn’t been done before it’s a little hard to get all the job descriptions worked out."

JIMMY FENNIG, Crew Chief - "It was a good win. We really need that as hard as everybody has been working this winter. It paid off. Carl did an excellent job driving at the end just watching his tires and managing his tires. Goodyear did a good job with their tires here. Once the track got rubbered in we didn’t have any trouble at all, so I’m pretty happy with the win." WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO STAY OUT WITH 75 TO GO? "Basically we had like 17 laps on our tires and looking at the 50-lap run, on the end of 50 laps we were running the same lap times we started the run with and the wear at that time wasn’t a factor anymore once the track got rubbered in. It was pretty easy that we knew the speed was there and the wear was gonna be good, so we just stayed out."


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JACK ROUSH CONTINUED - CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A STRONG FORD SHOWING TONIGHT? "We’re real happy with the representation Ford was able to have tonight. There were a lot of good cars that got crashed, a lot of good cars that got caught up in things that weren’t their own fault. You’ve got to stand in line and just wait for the Racing Gods to smile on you or to frown on you to see what you’ve got, but tonight we had good fortune. We didn’t have anybody get caught up in a wreck and we didn’t break a part and we didn’t get involved in somebody else’s wreck, so that helped a lot. But Ford has deserved this kind of result for their effort. They’ve committed a lot of engineering resources to us. They give us a lot of support with cars and truck for support vehicles and things and we had not been able to do as much for them as we needed to in the last six months and I was glad that we could get Carl into the Chase tonight and look forward to getting Ricky qualified for these last 10 races and Greg as well."

JACK ROUSH CONTINUED - RICKY SAID HE WOULD HAVE PUT THE BUMPER TO CARL HAD HE CAUGHT HIM. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT? "When it comes time to really charge for the checkered flag there are no team orders, there are no rules. I expect them to race one another as they expect to be raced, not only with one another but with everybody in the garage. I expect Ricky is as fierce a competitor as there is out there and if his car has the speed in it and he can get to the car in front of him, particularly the short track, you’d bump and run and take the prize if you could. I’d be disappointed if he didn’t have that in his mind."

JIMMY FENNIG CONTINUED - "It would be vice versa, too. Carl would put the bumper to him." AFTER RICKY DID IT? "No, it’s good racing. You know short tracks at the end there, especially with the new format we’ve got with the Chase like this it’s about winning nowadays."

HOW DOES THIS CHANGE THE REST OF THE YEAR FOR YOU? "It’s about winning. That’s the way that we build around Roush Racing. We go out to win, so that’s what we’re striving for. We go to California and I think we’re still working on the mile-and-a-half track. We’re still working on that to get the performance better, so when we go out to California we’re gonna go shooting after that win. Nothing is gonna change our philosophy."

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE LAST CAUTION? "I didn’t even know. I guess it was a short in a wire or something. I saw the lights come on and I didn’t see the flagman lights come on, so I knew something was wrong. It just wasn’t right what happened, so from what I understand something just shorted out and a couple of them came on, but at the end the way it came out NASCAR made a great decision - yellow and checkered and that was it."

JACK ROUSH CONTINUED - WERE YOU WORRIED WHEN THAT CAUTION CAME OUT? "Track position is real important here and if you’re up front with a lap or two to go at Bristol and you don’t get involved in a wreck or you don’t spin your tires too hard that it should be OK. I had a picture in my mind’s eye of three or four of those Fords winding up in a hairball and letting one of the Toyotas or Chevrolets behind come through for the win, so I had that bit of horror, but that was just an old man’s anxiety."

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU’VE DONE TO REFORMULATE THINGS AND HOW HAS IT GONE? "Every winter we’ve got to look at the jobs we’ve been doing technically and think about how we can do better and, of course, look around our contemporaries and see how they’re doing their programs as well. We decided we needed to add a couple of people to do some more research and kind of engineering things. We needed to reassign and redefine the job descriptions of some of the people we had on staff. We took an evaluation, took stock of who we had - the talent and the experience - and decided we had people with the right stuff that were motivated and committed, so we stayed the course with the folks that we had even though we didn’t win a championship last year. We stayed the course and added to the staffing level and were able to do some things that I wouldn’t care to talk about that we weren’t able to do last year based on the added resources that we’ve applied. Ford has given us more resources as well. They’ve expanded their engineering involvement one more notch and the thing that it comes down to, as it always has with people in stock car racing, is you can have talented people but if you don’t work on the right things you won’t get the results you’re looking for from their effort. We’ve had to think not only about the people and the programs we had going on, but whether we were missing something by not focusing on some of the other things. Of course, NASCAR with their change in the ride height rules and inspection process opened that up to a lot of additional considerations for things you could do with the car that you couldn’t do last year, where they had to go back to inspection ride heights after the race."

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