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2014 Bristol II: Ford NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Quotes
Posted by: ASkyler on Aug 24, 2014 - 06:25 AM
2014 Bristol II: Ford NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Quotes

ARIC ALMIROLA - No. 43 STP Ford Fusion - "I’m OK, just disappointed. What an amazing race car these guys brought me - two of them - and to go out like that is certainly disappointing, but that’s racing at Bristol - you get caught up in other peoples’ wrecks."

WERE YOU MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO GETTING CAUGHT UP IN A WRECK BY BEING MID-PACK? "Yes and no. It’s still Bristol. We were catching a slower lapped car, I think it was the 7, and we were all starting to find our way to the bottom because the 7 was clogging up the top lane. The 55 started to cheat his way down there since I was already inside of him and the 42 got to his outside, I guess, and the 55 got together with him. It’s frustrating. It’s certainly not the way we wanted to end our day. I certainly didn’t want to wreck another race car. We’ve had a terrible six weeks since we won at Daytona. It seems like we’ve been kind of cursed or something, but we’ll get back on track. We’ve got to keep our heads up and look at the positives. We had some really fast race cars here at Bristol."


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WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT THE RACE PACKAGE AT THIS TRACK? "I thought it was typical Bristol from what we’ve had the last few years, so I didn’t think it was much different. I was surprised at how well we could pass. I know that other cars were having trouble passing, but, like I said, we drove from 42nd up into the top 20, so I thought we had a stellar race car and we were making a lot of passes compared to other people. I was happy with what we had and just disappointed in the finish."

DAVID RAGAN - No. 34 Dockside Logistics Ford Fusion -- "That wasn't a bad day for our No. 34 team. We started a little farther back than we should've, and that makes for a lot of work on a short track like this. But the guys made good adjustments that made our Dockside Logistics Ford pretty good at times and the pit crew did a good job. And when you leave Bristol without having to throw away a bunch of busted-up sheet metal, that's a good thing."

DAVID GILLILAND - No. 38 MDS Transport Ford Fusion - "That was a long 500 laps. Our MDS Ford was never quite what we wanted it to be, but we kept our eye on the big picture and it wound up being a good points day for us. I appreciate how hard the guys worked all weekend. I'm glad we got a little points boost to show for it."

F-150, MUSTANG AND FUSION LEAD FORD TO NASCAR WEEKEND SWEEP AT BRISTOL · Joey Logano’s win is his fourth with Ford Racing and sixth of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career.

· This marks the first time Ford Racing has swept a NASCAR Camping World Truck, NASCAR Nationwide, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend since 2006 when Mark Martin (NCWTS) and Matt Kenseth (NNS/NSCS) did it, ironically, at Bristol Motor Speedway.

· Ford Racing’s nine wins this season is the most for the manufacturer since 2008 (11).

· The win is Ford’s 627th all-time series victory and the 35th by Penske Racing with Ford.

· In addition, tonight’s win is the 35th for Ford Racing at BMS, which is tied for the most at any track currently on the circuit (Michigan).

JOEY LOGANO - No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Fusion - VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW - WHAT KIND OF MESSAGE DOES THIS SEND AS WE APPROACH THE CHASE? "That we can win the thing. What a Shell/Pennzoil Ford there. When I woke up this morning I wasn’t sure if we were a winning car or not, but Todd Gordon is good salesman. He pretty much sold me into thinking we had a winning car and we made some small adjustments on it all night and got our third win of the year. What a year we’re having. I’m having so much fun. The past six or seven races have been unbelievable. We’ve been running up front and it’s just been so much fun. I’ve got to thank Shell, obviously Ford, Sprint and everyone that helps out at Penske - Discount Tire, Hertz, Auto Trader. This is like one of the three biggest races of the year, I feel like - the Bristol Night race - and to have this in the record books with your name on it is really, really cool."

HOW IMPORTANT WAS PATIENCE TONIGHT? "Important and not important. On the restart there when we were sixth with tires I said, ‘I’ve got to capitalize right now.’ So I went as hard as I could, raced the 20 really hard and got everybody I could and then I was trying to keep up. The 20 was really fast and then there at the end I had something going wrong. I don’t know if it was the brakes or a hub failing in the rear, but it started vibrating really bad and getting really loose. I’m like, ‘Oh, come on. A couple more laps, a couple more laps.’ So of course there’s always added drama at the end that you don’t want, but patience didn’t come into play and then when I was racing the 24 there at the end it did come into play. We were able to make there at the end."

RICKY STENHOUSE Jr. - No. 17 Fifth Third/EcoBoost Ford Fusion - "We started off not very good at all. Mike made a lot of changes. Our pit crew did an awesome job on pit road and gave me some fast pit stops, and Mike made a good call to take the wavearound to get back on the lead lap and then the caution came out quick and we were able to make our car a little bit better. We’ve got a lot of work to do, but definitely really pleased with how we finished with how the car drove, so we’ll get it better and we’ll keep working on it."

YOU NEEDED A RESULT LIKE THIS. "Yeah. Bristol is a lot of fun. When you’re able to turn your car all over the place, I was able to run in on the top, turn and drive across the bottom and make up a lot of ground and pass some cars. That felt really good to pass some cars. It was a great night. We needed it. We had a decent week at Michigan, so we’ll just keep trying to build on it."

MICHAEL MCDOWELL - No. 95 Thrivent Ford Fusion - "I feel like this is our first time putting together a full race. We had a really good car here in the spring and were about an 18th or 19th-place car here last time and lost my cool in the race and got into it and knocked the nose off of it and ruined the day. We worked all day today. We didn’t start our super-good, but were about a 25th-26th-place car and kept working on it. The guys did a great job. This is a good momentum builder. We had Thrivent Financial on the car this weekend so that’s cool for them and cool for us. I consider this our best run. We finished seventh at Daytona, but that’s a race where you can have opportunities to do that, but when you come to Bristol and run in the top 20. We were on the lead lap for a long time and the leaders are coming fast. It was hard in traffic to get around, but I’m very proud of my guys. It was a solid effort. With these new cars you hang it out the whole team. It’s definitely the hardest and most physical race I’ve done in a long time and I’m just so proud of everyone on this Leavine Family team. They do a great job."

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