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2014 Michigan II: NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Quotes - Burton Garage Quotes
Posted by: ASkyler on Aug 17, 2014 - 04:41 PM
2014 Michigan II: NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Quotes - Burton Garage Quotes


WHAT PUT YOU IN THE GARAGE? "I started smelling something and then just before we pitted I got a lot of smoke in the cockpit. When we pitted they could see all the smoke all over the place. We really don’t know. It’s something electrical for sure. We can’t quite find it out yet. Something is burnt up, just don’t really know what."

"This was a hard week. This was honestly one of the hardest weeks I’ve ever spent, coming here on Friday not knowing what to expect. I thought everybody did a really good job. Put a great effort out there. I did a terrible job on the restarts. Once we got in clean traffic we were maybe a tenth off the leader. We had really good pace the car drove well. I was really encouraged by the one change we made. The car was fast. We were running 16’s or 17’s or something, but we had a much faster car than that. Just my inexperience in traffic hurt us some."


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IT SOUNDED LIKE YOU FELT LIKE YOU GAVE THE NO. 10 ENOUGH ROOM WHEN SHE WAS BESIDE YOU? "Well I couldn’t see it. I was sure I gave them enough room. The next thing I know I was getting hit. I could look in the mirror and I saw she was around backwards. I don’t think I did anything wrong I just didn’t know what happened because I couldn’t see it."

WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART ABOUT THE WEEK? "I think just … these are people that we are talking about. You have a lot of conversations about the ‘what if’s’ and all this, but at the end of the day these are real people, that are human beings and have feelings and I think a lot of times we forget that. We talk about people like they are robots and they are not they are human beings. Just listening to some of the misinformation and people speculating about stuff, I just thought it was a travesty in a lot of ways. Ultimately all that really weighed on me, knowing that we had two families, at least two families just in agonizing pain and really not being able to do anything about it."

"Racing is a community. I don’t know the Ward family at all, but I know that they raced and that means that I share something in common with them. The racing community cares about each other even if they don’t know you they still care about you. I think that is what we saw this week. Of course everybody in this garage knows Tony (Stewart). Tony doesn’t beat his chest and talk about the things he does for people. We know it, we see it, but nobody else does. (Dale) Earnhardt (Sr.) was like that, Earnhardt didn’t want anybody to know they things he did for people. That is how Tony is and that is something a lot of people they only know Tony because he threw a helmet. They only know Tony because he got mad. Well hell I get mad too. I just hate people jump to conclusions."


HOW ARE YOU? "I’m fine. It’s just a shame we were up there in the points battle so we have to work even harder know with our Target Chevy to try and get in the Chase. It sucks we had that deal happen on pit road it really killed our day. Just ended up blowing a right-front (tire) there. I thought we had a car capable of winning the race for sure. Before that competition caution we were really fast. I could pass people no problem and was catching the two in front of us. On pit road me and the No. 88 (Dale Earnhardt, Jr.) got together. It messed the tow up and hurt the body too. Had a lot of work to do, but the Target team worked hard to get it back out there. Those right-front’s blowing do not feel good."

WHAT HAPPENED? "Just obviously really slow because of our damage and stuff and just blew a right-front and went head on into the wall. It’s a shame I thought we had a car capable of winning the race today. We have been working really hard to get back up in points after our couple of DNF’s there a couple of months ago. Now we are back to that. It just stinks, but we will work hard. I think we have a great car every time we get on the track and Bristol is one of my favorite tracks so we will try to go there and get a win and not worry about points anymore."

TALK ABOUT THE INCIDENT ON PIT ROAD: "With the caution early in the race everyone was on pit road. I was coming out and I think the No. 27 (Paul Menard) was coming to my outside. He had a run to my outside because I was just taking off. I was leaving him a lane and then the No. 88 (Dale Earnhardt, Jr.) came out. Kind of just the way it goes I guess on pit road. I probably could have gone to the right a little more who knows, but oh well ruined our day."

IN REGARDS TO THE NEW RULE PUT IN PLACE BY NASCAR THIS WEEK ON DRIVER’S EXITING THEIR CARS IN THE MIDST OF A CRASH ON TRACK: "A little bit of hesitation, but I had smoke in the cockpit and stuff. I let my crew know I was going to get out. I don’t know if NASCAR listens to that stuff, but once I got out I stayed as close as I could to the car. I had to get out with all the smoke in there."

HOW BAD WAS THE FIRE? "Yeah anytime you see flames you want to get out. I have had fires and stuff, but that is the first time I have ever had fumes or smoke and stuff in the cockpit. That is the main reason why I wanted to get out."

YOU GUYS ARE ONE OF THE STRONGER CARS HERE THIS WEEKEND. YOU HAD A GOOD SHOT TO WIN AND GET YOURSELF IN THE CHASE. HOW DO YOU MOVE FORWARD AFTER THIS? "We had a really good car this weekend. That is why it’s the most disappointing, but we will work hard. We are fast every weekend. We were really good at Bristol earlier in the year so we just have to go back there and try and get a win. That is really all we can do now."

IS THE DAMAGE SUSTAINED ON PIT ROAD WHAT LED TO THE INCIDENT YOU THINK? "Yeah I’m sure it didn’t help with our tow being off it probably didn’t help it."

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU FELT AS THIS WAS HAPPENING? "I had no warning the right-front was going to blow. Michigan is a fast track and into turn three is fast too. We are turning some really high speeds here so the hit was definitely a hard one. But my team and NASCAR and everybody develop really safe race cars that is why I’m here right now talking to you guys."

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