NASCAR, IMSA and AMA Pro announce Fanschoice.TV
posted by Mike Neff
Wednesday March 12, 2014
Free live streaming of events will allow fans to view previously unavailable live events online
AMA Pro, NASCAR and IMSA announced the launch of Fanschoice.tv today. The free service will stream motorcycle races, sports car races and regional touring and local short track events. The first event will be the AMA Pro flat track 200 from the 1/4 mile dirt track at Daytona International Speedway.
Fans will have access to multiple camera angles, live timing and scoring and a feed from the track’s PA system. In addition to the touring events from IMSA, AMA and NASCAR, three NASCAR Home Tracks have already signed on to be part of the release. Langley Speedway in Hampton, VA., Lake County Speedway in Painesville, OH., and Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA. will have all of their races available for viewing on the new service.
NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series, Whelen Modified Tour and Whelen Southern Modified Tour will all be shown on Fanschoice.tv. The awards banquets for both the Whelen All-American Series and the Touring Series will also be streamed.
IMSA coverage will include streaming of its developmental and single-make series, as well as selected practice and qualifying sessions for the two IMSA national sports car series, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge that are part of the recently-announced five-year agreement with Fox Sports.
NASCAR Changes Qualifying Format
posted by Summer Bedgood
Tuesday March 11, 2014
Following safety concerns regarding NASCAR’s new qualifying format, the sanctioning body is introducing some changes in preparation for this weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. According to the Associated Press, NASCAR is banning teams from cool-down laps after their qualifying attempts, but will instead be allowed to hook up cool-down units to the engine through hood flaps.
Late Tuesday afternoon, a release from NASCAR fully detailed the changes. Teams will be allowed a single cool down unit to be connected through the right or left side hood flap, however the hood must remain closed. Additionally, two crew members will be allowed over the wall while cooling down.
“The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. “Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport. Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds.”
The move comes after three weeks of NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying system, where multiple cars are allowed to make qualifying attempts at the same time instead of the traditional one-car-at-a-time procedure. Drivers and teams had complained that the new rules didn’t allow them to cool their engines down on pit road, and the cool-down laps caused a dangerous situation with slower cars staying on the track at the same time that other cars were running by them at much higher speeds.
The rule will begin this weekend in Bristol, a track that has a much narrower racing surface than Daytona, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
Kurt Busch to Attempt The Indianapolis-Charlotte Double
posted by Phil Allaway
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Andretti Autosport announced this morning that Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, will attempt the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for the IndyCar Series team. Once the Indianapolis 500 is completed, Busch will fly from Indianapolis to Charlotte, jump in his No. 41 Chevrolet and compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch considers the opportunity to do the double as an old-school throwback moment.
“This is really to challenge myself within motorsports,” Busch said in Andretti Autosport’s press release. “Perhaps I am a bit of an old-school racer; a throwback, I guess. I enjoyed the era of drivers racing different cars and testing themselves in other series. It is tough to do now for a variety of factors, but when the opportunity is there, I want to do it. While NASCAR is my home, I have been fortunate to compete in Pro Stock on the NHRA circuit a number of years ago and test a V8 Supercar. This opportunity was a talk with Michael [Andretti] over dinner one night, a “What if,” and now it’s becoming a reality for me to drive in the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport. It’s literally a dream come true. To go to the famous Brickyard with the iconic Andretti name, it doesn’t get much cooler or better than that.”
Busch will be doing the Indianapolis-Charlotte double as a Memorial Day mission to men and women serving in the U.S. Military via the Armed Forces Foundation. Fans can contribute to the cause by texting AFF to 50555 to donate $10.
Busch, who has never raced an IndyCar, passed Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year during a test session. At the time, Busch was more or less testing the Dallara DW12 for fun.
Busch will be the fourth driver to attempt the Indianapolis-Charlotte double. John Andretti was the first driver to attempt it in 1994. After finishing four laps down in tenth in Indianapolis, Andretti crashed and had engine problems in the 600. Robby Gordon has attempted the double five times, most recently in 2004. However, Gordon failed to make it to Charlotte on time and did not start the 600 in 2000 (P.J. Jones started Gordon’s No. 13 Ford in that instance). Finally, Tony Stewart has attempted the double twice (most recently in 2001) and is the only driver to ever complete all 1100 miles. Neither of the three drivers has won either leg of the double. The best finishes are Stewart and Gordon’s sixth-place finishes at the Indianapolis 500 (although Gordon’s came in 2000, the year he didn’t make it to Charlotte in time to start the Coca-Cola 600), and Stewart’s fourth-place finish in the 2001 Coca-Cola 600.
Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier Talk About Phoenix Incident
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
A disappointing start to the year for Danica Patrick won’t include continued conflict. Patrick met with rookie Justin Allgaier Sunday, shortly after the Phoenix Cup race after a wreck ruined both drivers’ days. Patrick, who was critical of the No. 51 car on the radio, claiming Allgaier was “driving all over the track” appeared receptive to a conversation that quickly settled differences over what will be a long season.
“She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,’’ said Allgaier to the Motor Racing Network. “She says she’s been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point. I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn’t fix either one of our racecars. It doesn’t fix either one of our days. Unfortunately, we were both having pretty decent days.’’
Allgaier wound up 30th due to the incident while Patrick was 36th. The incident, which was caused by Allgaier’s spin also involved the No. 32 team and Travis Kvapil, which wound up 38th after sustaining heavy damage.
Camping World Close to Extending Title Sponsorship of NCWTS
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, Grand Marshal of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, and star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” made the announcement over the weekend that the retailer is very close to announcing a deal that would continue its title sponsorship of NASCAR’s Truck Series. The original agreement with NASCAR is scheduled to conclude after the 2015 season.
According to the sanctioning body, no formal contract has been signed, but “the agreement between the two parties has proven to be a beneficial one.”
“In about a month, we’ll be announcing a significant extension to that contract. It’s been great for us,” said Camping World’s Lemonis in a statement. “The NASCAR relationship has worked well for Camping World. When we started, we had 35 stores. Now, we’re up to 120 stores. As we travel the country and we meet new customers in stores, they always are very appreciative of our relationship with NASCAR. It’s been good.”
Gaining a long-term commitment from Camping World to sponsor the Truck Series would be a relief for NASCAR, which is set to lose Nationwide Insurance as title sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the end of the 2014 season. The sponsorship of the Cup Series by Sprint runs through 2016.
The NCWTS is back in action on March 29th at 2:30 PM (ET) when the trucks visit Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 250, which can be seen on Fox Sports 1. Ratings for the season opener were up 11 percent.
Harvick Takes Win At Phoenix In Second Race With New Team
posted by Justin Tucker
Monday March 3, 2014
Phoenix International Raceway has become Kevin Harvick’s home away from home. Sunday Afternoon was no exception as Harvick charged to the front early and would dominate for much of the day, leading 224 of the scheduled 312 laps to record his record fifth win on the one mile oval and his third win in the last four races at Phoenix.
Harvick, coming off of a disappointing Speedweeks which was capped by a last lap crash in the Daytona 500 in his debut with Stewart-Haas Racing, set the tone on Saturday by winning both practices while having the best 5 and 10-lap averages in the first practice of the day on Saturday. On Sunday, Harvick and his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was nothing short of flawless as he was able to hold Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by .489 seconds after a late race restart to claim his 24th career Sprint Cup Series victory.
“Man, this is awesome,” Harvick said after his dominant victory on Sunday. “Man, this just solidifies so many things and so many decisions. It’s been so much work with all the time and effort that these guys (the crew) have put in—but what a race car.”
Stewart Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas shared in Harvick’s excitement after the race.
“It took long enough,” Haas joked. “This is phenomenal. I think there was a lot of skepticism last year about what myself and Tony (Stewart) what we were up to, was there a lot of madness to this. Quite frankly, it’s a great team, there’s a lot of synergy at the shop, people working together. I don’t know what we did, but I think we put together a great organization.”
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. continued his hot start to the 2014 season. Earnhardt Jr. would finish second on Sunday, marking his seventh consecutive top 10 finish since the end of the 2013 season. Earnhardt Jr. was pleased with the effort after a coast-to-coast whirlwind week after winning his second Daytona 500 and also gave great praise to the efforts of Harvick and the No. 4 team.
“I’ve got to congratulate Kevin. Those guys were two-tenths faster than everyone all weekend in practice. They were just phenomenal,” Earnhardt said. “To be able to run with them all day was a big confidence builder for us.”
Joining Harvick and Earnhardt in the top 5 of The Profit on CNBC 500K were Brad Keselowski with his second consecutive top 3 run of 2014 in third. Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano would finish fourth, and Jeff Gordon would come home fifth in his No. 24 Pepsi Max Chevrolet.
Jimmie Johnson finished in sixth, followed by Ryan Newman with a nice rebound after Daytona in seventh. Carl Edwards would carry the banner for Roush Fenway Racing by finishing eighth, Kyle Busch was ninth, and Jamie McMurray would finish tenth.
A look at the Profit on CNBC 500K by the numbers. There were 14 lead changes among eight different drivers, there were eight cautions for 39 laps which slowed the race pace to 109.229 MPH.
Next Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Sin City and the Las Vegas Motor
Starting Lineup: The Profit On CNBC 500K
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday March 1, 2014
Drivers in RED (i) are those ineligible to collect Sprint Cup points
Daytona 500 TV Ratings Down
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday February 26, 2014
What was the longest weather delay in Daytona 500 history turned out to bring NASCAR lower ratings and TV viewership Sunday night than expected. According to a report Monday from FOX Sports, the 56th running of the Daytona 500 airing at 8 PM (ET) posted a 5.6/10 national household rating/share which averaged 9.3 million viewers. That’s down 44 percent from last year’s 9.9, easily making it the least-watched Daytona 500 of all-time.
Due to the six-hour, twenty-two minute rain delay in Daytona, the race was up against the primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony from Sochi, Russia on NBC (15.25 million viewers). FOX also reported that 69% of the pre-rain delay viewers of the race, which began at 1 PM (ET) kept tuning in.
In comparison, the 2013 Daytona 500 on FOX was the most-watched race in five years, posting a 9.9/22 rating/share, commanding 16.7 million viewers. The Daytona 500 in 2012, the first to ever be run on a Monday and in the primetime slot did a 7.7/13 overnight rating/share which resulted in 13.67 million households viewing the race according to Nielsen TV ratings data.
Earnhardt, Jr. Claims Second Daytona 500 Victory
posted by Justin Tucker
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Ten years is a long time. For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., it felt like an eternity. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver endured many near misses and close calls at the Daytona 500 since his only win in the Great American Race in 2004. Earnhardt had finished second in two of his last three Daytona 500s coming into Sunday’s race. He was also riding the tail of a 55-race winless streak, dating back to Michigan in 2012.
However nothing would stop Dale Jr. on Sunday, not even a 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay from capturing his second Daytona 500 win. Earnhardt Jr. led a race-high 54 laps on the evening and used some timely drafting help from teammates Jimmie Johnson and, on the final restart, Jeff Gordon to separate from the pack and secure the victory.
“Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,” said a jubilant Earnhardt after pulling into Victory Lane. “We could fight off battle after battle. We got a little help at the end there from Jeff to get away on the restart. This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening. I never take this for granted, man because it doesn’t happen twice, let alone once.”
Aside from the race itself the big story of the race was the 6 hour and 22 minute red flag, which threatened to move the race to Monday evening (had the race been postponed, FOX Sports’ Chris Myers had tweeted that the race would resume at 5:00pm EST). However, Mother Nature would cooperate and would allow the race to be run under different conditions from which they practiced this week. Once the race resumed, the intensity picked up from the changing track conditions. This allowed the pack to race side-by-side and at times 3-wide up to seven rows deep.
Joining Earnhardt Jr. in the top 5 for the 2014 Daytona 500 were: Denny Hamlin who closed out a spectacular Speedweeks in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Jeff Gordon in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson who overcome two wrecks leading up to the 500 in fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 in the Daytona 500 were Matt Kenseth in sixth, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in seventh and Greg Biffle would bring his No. 16 Ford home in eighth. Austin Dillon would come home ninth in his first Cup Series race in the iconic No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing, while Casey Mears would round out the top 10.
A couple of major contenders for the Daytona 500 win would see their hopes dashed early on as Martin Truex, Jr. would blow up just 30 laps into the race, relegating him to a 43rd-place finish in his debut for Furniture Row Racing. Crew chief Todd Berrier was already in Nashville for a test session before the race was even over. Kyle Busch, meanwhile would have a pit road violation just before halfway and would spend much of the race battling back from that mistake. Busch would eventually finish 19th after leading 19 laps.
Danica Patrick would also be bit by bad luck as she was caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap 145. Patrick would lead her second consecutive Daytona 500, but wouldn’t have the finish to show for it finishing 40th. Tony Stewart would encounter a frustrating evening as well, with a fuel pickup problem derailing his quest for his first Daytona 500 win. Stewart would finish 35th.
A look at the Daytona 500 by the numbers. There were 42 lead changes among 18 drivers, while seven cautions for 39 laps would slow the race pace to 145.290 MPH.
Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the “diamond in the desert,” Phoenix International Raceway for The Profit on CNBC 500K. The Green flag is scheduled for 3:15pm EST.
Nationwide Series Post-Race Quotes: Drive4COPD 300
posted by Thomas Bowles
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Frontstretch Interviews – Courtesy Mike Neff
ELLIOTT SADLER – FINISHED 4th
Thoughts on the race?
It’s definitely a lot different racing than what we’re used to.
Comfortable with it?
Yeah, it’s just different. You’re worried about what you’re doing, but you’re also worried about what everyone else is doing and they’re not doing more than you’re doing. Physically pushing a guy is way better than just riding so you just gotta time it right and push it to the edge.
Happy to start the year with a top 5?
Yeah. Hell, that was the worst we ran all day, I think. I have no idea how they put the 3 car in front of us on that last restart. I hadn’t seen the 3 car hardly all day. When they put us from fifth to sixth, on the outside line, it just really boxed us in. I would have really restarted behind my teammate and given him a good push to the front. Anyways, it is what it is; we’ll take it and move on.
Looked like you were up front all day.
The guys did a good job. We had a fast race car. Great pit stops, just really proud of these guys. The car’s in one piece and we can take it to Talladega now. Great job by my guys. A lot of effort came into coming down here to Daytona and giving ourselves a shot to win. We had that chance to be up front and make some things happen. Fifth is not what we want, but we’ll take it and move on.
Bumping vs Pushing?
It’s way harder. You don’t want to lay on the guy in front of you, so it’s tough racing. A lot different than what we’re used to, ‘cause you gotta go. You gotta drag the brake too ‘cause you don’t want to hit the guys and you don’t want to stay on him. It’s a lot harder mentally than what we’ve done in the past.
Car was strong all day. Pushing vs. Bumping, is that harder to do than just getting on somebody and pushing them?
Yeah, it is a little bit. When you bump ‘em, you jar ‘em, it kinda jacks ‘em a little bit. It’s a little more abrupt, obviously. I thought it was OK there at the end. It was certainly fun and hopefully entertaining. But a little bit of a struggle in the early part of the race and the midpart of the race to see a good race. And that’s unfortunate for the fans. You can’t do that the whole race, you can’t tear up your stuff, knock your grill in, overheat your motor, all that stuff so there’s no sense in doing all that until you get down to the last lap. The 7 and the 6, they did a good job. Man, the 7 really held the 22 and I tight on the bottom. I was rubbing his door and hitting the apron at the same time, no room whatsoever. So it was good; wish we were the ones who could have won but a lot better now than what we were last year.
Going home in one piece makes it a lot better, right?
Yeah. My back feels good. My foot feels good. Past years here, I’ve been going home with pain so I’m alright.
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In a Nutshell: Erik Jones took the checkered flag 1.616 seconds ahead of Ross Chastain to take his first career win in Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 from Phoenix International Raceway. Jones took the lead for the final time on lap 142 and drove away from the rest of the field en route to victory lane. Brendan Gaughan, Ty Dillon and Matt Crafton rounded out the top 5.
Who Should Have Won: While Ross Chastain started on the pole and was able to pull out ahead of the field easily early in the race, it was Erik Jones who truly had the truck to beat. He ran second quickest in the first practice sessions and led happy hour on Thursday afternoon and evening. The 17-year-old followed up his speeds in practice with a solid front row starting spot. He went on to lead three times for a race-high 84 laps.
Ross Chastain Still Looking for 2014 Ride
Ross Chastain, who has bested his 2012 top 5 and top 10 count in less events this season, looks like he’ll currently be on the sidelines for the 2014 season, according to a report from Dave Moody. Chastain
“Things aren’t looking too good right now. There is nothing in place right now for me at BKR, or anywhere else, for that matter,” Chastain said. “Hopefully, winning this pole and maybe a race or two before the end of the season will help, but as of now, there’s nothing. My goal for the 2014 season is to be at the race track every week and not back on the farm. But right now, it’s not looking very good.”
I find it amusing that people look at Chastain and make mention that he’s only 18th in points. Considering he’s made just 13 starts this year, compared to 20 by Brennan Newberry, who he leads by 10 markers, 18th really isn’t that bad. In fact, let’s play with the numbers a little bit. In the 13 events he’s competed in, Chastain has scored an average of 34 points per race. If you were to add that number of points to his current total for the events he hasn’t run, the 20-year-old would be sitting a solid 13th in the standings. While he hasn’t exactly burning up the track, Chastain has definitely shown promise in his limited career, and the team that picks him up would be getting a strong driver to add to their stable.
Hornaday Loses His Ride
Fox Sports 1’s Ray Dunlap reported before Friday night’s race that Ron Hornaday, Jr. would not be behind the wheel of the No. 9 Chevrolet for NTS Motorsports next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. After emerging from the infield care center following a blown tire and hard hit to the outside wall, Hornaday confirmed that he had been told ten minutes prior to the race that he wouldn’t be in the No. 9 next week by team owner Bob Newberry.
“We at NTS Motorsports appreciate everything Ron (Hornaday) has done this year to help build NTS Motorsports in its first year competing at the national level in NASCAR,” said team owner Bob Newberry in a statement released Saturday morning. “Ron has been a great asset to our organization and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Meanwhile, Hornaday will not miss the race next weekend. He announced that he had been contacted by Steve Turner of Turner Scott Motorsports and will pilot a sixth truck for the organization next weekend. Nelson Piquet, Jr. is rumored to be the leading candidate to pilot the No. 9 Chevrolet next weekend. In 43 starts with NTS Motorsports, Hornaday had just 15 top 10s, six top 5s, including a best finish of second last season at Iowa Speedway. He also had eight DNFs.
- With the help of Erik Jones’ victory, among other things this season, Toyota clinched the manufacturer’s championship on Friday night. It was the sixth for the manufacturer in the last ten years, including four straight from 2006 through 2010.
“Everyone at Toyota and TRD are extremely proud of earning another manufacturer’s championship and it demonstrates our company’s continued commitment to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” said Les Unger, Toyota’s national motorsports manager. “We’ve been extremely fortunate to partner with championship-caliber teams and exceptionally talented drivers that enable our Tundras to prove their excellence on the race track.”
A combined 33 drivers, including seven full-time, have piloted Toyotas this season to 12 wins, 42 top 5s and 88 top-10 finishes. Additionally, Toyota drivers have led a combined 1,278 of 3,243 laps (39.4%) with one more event remaining.
- Fans who tuned in to Fox Sports 1 to watch the CWTS Setup show and the race were instead treated to overtime in an NCAA basketball game between Providence and Boston College. As a result, the race broadcast picked up 19 laps into competition, after already being slowed once for a caution. The good news is that next week’s season finale from Homestead-Miami will be preceded by a variety of standard shows and shouldn’t be delayed in coverage. And while disappointed fans is definitely not something any network should want, there are other implications when it comes to the sponsors that pay plenty to get the exposure via television coverage. Should the same thing happen more often, you can expect sponsors to consider pulling out since they wouldn’t be getting the coverage they feel like they deserve.
- Erik Jones and Ross Chastain, who share an average age of just under 19 years old, combined to lead all but three laps in Friday night’s event. The other three circuits saw Brendan Gaughan, who remained in the top 5 throughout the entire race, out front. He went on to score his ninth top-5 finish of the season.
Truck Rookie Report
No. of Rookies in the Race: (add Erik Jones, D.J. Kennington, Steve Smith, Chad Frewaldt, Mason Mingus, John Hunter Nemechek, Chase Elliott, Daniel Hemric)
No. of Rookies to Finish in the Top 10: 3; Erik Jones, finished first; Ryan Blaney, finished seventh; Chase Elliott, finished tenth
Rookie of the Race: Ryan Blaney
Author’s Note: Only drivers who have declared for the rookie of the year battle are eligible for the Rookie of the Race award.
Biggest Winner: Ryan Blaney and Brendan Gaughan, who both finished inside the top 10 on Friday night, each move up two spots to sixth and seventh, respectively. Both drivers have had considerably strong seasons but had seen bad luck drop them through the standings late in the year. Blaney is just eight points behind fellow rookie Jeb Burton for a spot in the top 5 to close out the year, while Gaughan is 13 markers out.
Biggest Loser: Meanwhile, Darrell Wallace, Jr. and Miguel Paludo both suffered misfortunes on Friday night and finished 20th and 31st, respectively. Paludo had a blown tire that sent him hard into the outside wall, causing terminal damage to the No. 32 Chevrolet, and Wallace, Jr. had a late-race spin after contact on the track to bring out the final caution. Both drivers dropped to spots in the standings to eighth and ninth.
Points Update: Matt Crafton now holds a 46 point lead over Ty Dillon, who moved up one position on the strength of a fourth-place finish. Crafton will only need to start the race at Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend to clinch his first career championship. Defending champion James Buescher dropped one spot to third. Johnny Sauter and rookie Jeb Burton round out the top 5.
Ryan Blaney and Brendan Gaughan each jumped two spots to sixth and seventh. Darrell Wallace, Jr. and Miguel Paludo find themselves down two spots to eighth and ninth, respectively. Timothy Peters rounds out the top 10.
“Being able to be the youngest winner here and get this deal done in the Truck Series is amazing. Never would have ever thought I’d have the opportunity in the Truck Series this year before they lowered the age for these tracks. It’s just amazing to get a win here with these guys in our fifth start. It’s hard to put into words what this means for me. I’ve dreamed of it for a long time. I don’t think it’s even set in yet, but just couldn’t be happier here to get in victory lane with our Wake Up Narcolepsy Toyota. This is just amazing, can’t thank Rudy (Ryan Fugle, crew chief) enough for all he’s done for this year and all these five races. It’s really amazing. KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports), Kyle (Busch, owner), Samantha (Busch, owner) for all they do. They’ve been so big in my career this year for letting me get in this truck and letting me prove myself to the NASCAR world. I can’t thank Joe Gibbs engines enough, Camping World for all they do for the sport and just couldn’t be happier right now. This is it — this is what it’s all about.” Erik Jones
“We had a really fast Draw-Tite Ford tonight, proud of our pole winning qualifying effort. I wish I could have held on just a little bit longer, but I’m so happy for my team and thankful for the opportunity Brad and Draw-Tite have provided me this year. I’m really looking forward to returning home to Florida next weekend with the goal of putting our Melon 1 Ford F-150 in victory lane.” Ross Chastain, finished second
“This was a great run for our South Point Hotel & Casino team tonight. I had to be careful at the end when I was racing Ty (Dillon) because you don’t want to do anything that could jeopardize your teammate’s run, but I knew we were a little bit faster at the end, and I really wanted the extra position. I was really hoping for a slightly better finish, but my team put forth a great effort and we’ll continue to fight for position in the championship point battle all the way to the end.” Brendan Gaughan, finished third
“We didn’t get the qualifying spot that we wanted. We really had to dig ourselves out of a hole starting from 12th. Marcus (Richmond, crew chief) made a great call for two tires and helped us gain track position. This Bass Pro Shops team has a lot to be proud of, we’re going to fight until the end.” Ty Dillon, finished fourth
“I wish we were a few more spots ahead, but we just had a brake problem all night. I could run about 15 laps and would lose like 90 percent of my brakes and I would have to pump and pump and as soon as I came off Turn 4, I would probably pump the brake pedal 10 times by the time I’d get into (Turn) 1. I could run hard for about five laps, then I was done — I was a sitting duck. I would have to lift just past the start/finish line. We did what we had to do.” Matt Crafton, finished fifth
Up Next: The Camping World Truck Series heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway next Friday night for the 2013 season finale. Last season, Cale Gale pinned Kyle Busch to the outside wall on a green-white-checkered finish and just barely edged the Cup regular for his first career victory. The Ford Eco Boost 200 will be televised on live FOX Sports 1 beginning at 8:00 PM ET; it can also be heard on your local MRN affiliate or SiriusXM Channel 90.
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