NASCAR CUP SERIES
HOLLYWOOD CASINO 400
TEAM CHEVY PRESS CONF. COPY
10 SEPTEMBER 2022
TYLER REDDICK RECORDS 2022 SECOND POLE AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY
Five Camaro ZL1s Starting in Top-10
· Tyler Reddick clocked a lap time of 29.899 seconds, at 180.608 mph, to take pole for tomorrow’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.
· This marks Reddick’s third career pole in 102 NASCAR Cup Series starts.
Pole Reddick gives Chevrolet its eighth pole win for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series; and 731st of all time in NASCAR Cup Series history.
TYLER REDDICK, NO. 8 GUARANTEED CAMARO ZL1 RATE – Press Conference Transcript:
YOU GET YOURSELF A SECOND PEDAL CAR HERE. TALK ABOUT THE LAP YOU DO THERE.
“That’s pretty good. My lap in the first round was certainly a bit better. Based on what I heard; everyone runs pretty much the same. I think in that second round, Ross (Chastain) couldn’t finish the exact same lap, so had a little bit of room. I just tried to maximize our speed and hit it right at turns one and two. I feel I can still be a bit more aggressive, but understanding what we need to finish, it’s just a matter of duplicating the laps from before. We were able to do that and win a pedal car for my son, so I’m happy about that.”
YOU ARE IN THE FRONT AREA IN SPRING. HOW DOES BELIEVE IN ALL OF THIS GET YOU GOING TO TOMORROW?
“It’s reassuring. Again, the last few times we’ve been here we’ve had a car capable of taking the lead and we’ve been able to do it. It’s just a matter of putting the whole day together, which is something we’ve been fighting for all year. I am very happy that we were able to learn from many of those experiences. It makes us stronger; it makes us better as a team. I feel really good and excited about it. Starting first is great every weekend, but being able to have the first choice of pit stalls will be key. I can’t wait for that.”
IN THE FIRST ROUND, YOU RUN THE SECOND LAP 29.8, AND IN THE SECOND ROUND, YOU MAY BE ONE OF TWO OR THREE MATCHING WHAT YOU RUN IN THE FIRST ROUND. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE CONSISTENT WITH A CHANGING WEATHER, THE SUN IS A LITTLE IN BETWEEN? WHAT CAN YOU GET FROM THAT TO LEARN FOR TOMORROW?
“Having a consistent car is very important. This place is a track where you’ll fall, but not much, so a car that doesn’t swing tight or loose will be important. All those things, the situation is as perfect as you will face in today’s qualifiers. In practice for us we don’t have much traffic, so we do a really good read on what our cars will do. But starting from here, the rest of the weekend; You will be in traffic at some point, whether later, in fifth and fifth behind. I feel very happy with the speed our car is showing. Handling-wise, it’s almost exactly where I want it for a place like this so I can move around a bit and stand against a wall. That pretty much checked all our boxes today. We can obviously make some minor adjustments, but we don’t have to do anything crazy. We are quite happy with what we have.”
BRISTOL, IN SEASONS, YOU SEE HOW CRAZY THINGS CAN GET IN THE CLOSING LAPS. HOW DAMAGE IS THE TRACK BECAUSE IT’S CUT-OFF RACING ON THE PLAYOFF?
“I’ll be honest… I didn’t expect anything crazy there. I really don’t. Just the trend of how this car is on short tracks – Martinsville, Richmond – there is a lot of grip. We didn’t really have to pedal the car at all. We’re actually working on Bristol a bit today. At first, I was like ‘wow, this has a lot of grip’. It feels like you run out of gas as much as you do on a 1.5 mile track and then I realize you can start connecting the dots. We went to Richmond and Richmond a certain way; and Martinsville too.
I really do not know. I think the speed will be high enough there where I don’t think one would be able to move someone out of the way like that without going as far as we’ve seen, for example, Joey Logano did to William Byron earlier in the year at Darlington. You pretty much have to go in there and hope you hit the guy because otherwise you’ll just fly into the wall and crash. Could be messed up.. I don’t know. This is the kind of place where things pile up. You can do some action, but I don’t think it’s going to be the kind of race where people are going to run away from each other because I don’t think you’re going to be able to get there. .”
DENNY (HAMLIN) COME HERE AND HE THINKED TYLER (REDDICK) WANT TO PLAY HIS CONTRACT IN RCR AND THAT’S WHAT HE ALWAYS WANT. WHAT ARE YOUR INTENTIONS IF THE MILL RUMBLING FRUITS AND SOMETHING HAPPENED TO KYLE BUSCH IN RCR?
“If it is, then I will find out what to do. But until then, I will just continue to do my job and duty. That’s what we did today. We got the pole. We are fast in training at many different paces.
If I’m bored enough during the week, there’s not much to do and don’t spend much time preparing; it will be easy to get distracted and give some of your mind and some of your attention. But for me, fortunately, I have remained very busy with my team. We have many thoughts; here, doing things like this, bringing fast racing cars. So we don’t even have time to let that get into my head. ”
WHEN GROUP A WAS RUNNING THEIR QUALIFICATION SESSION, IT SEEMS UNTIL (CHRISTOPHER) BELL’S LAP PEOPLE KNOW THAT YOU NEED TO MIGRATE UP TO GET THERE SPEED. I BEAR THAT’S YOUR PLAN ALWAYS. DO YOU THINK THAT’S WHERE THE SPEED WILL BE ON SUNDAYS?
“Definitely for this race in big numbers. I think it has the potential, under the green flag cycle, to move beyond that wall. The fastest car here in the spring was Kurt Busch and he really was able to do a good job running on that top layer. It’s going to be rubber with over 30 cars out there, all running in mostly the same areas on the racetrack. So I think that’s going to open up opportunities for other lines to come into play because it’s going to be less rubber on it.
Of course when we are careful the track is cleared and we will go there with new tires; all the rubber will come off the race track and sort of reset. But I definitely think it has a chance of where you’re going. More than anything, clean air will always be the key. Everyone knows that by now. You won’t be able to follow someone into a corner, two or three cars hooking them up, and make the same loop as the car in front. You have to move, so having versatility will be important tomorrow. ”
DID YOU NOTICE THE DIFFERENCE FROM NEW TIRES FROM SPRING?
“I’ve noticed that. Just from what I know from the bit we played with it when I was driving a wheel force car a long time ago; You can definitely get the car a little more agitated. You have a little more window to work with on the tires before you crash. I don’t know if that’s really a good thing or not, but everyone has adjusted and worked on the car.
Between that and the temperature difference, it’s almost as I expected. ”
YOU TWO CAREER NASCAR CUP SERIES WIN BOTH ON THE STREET. YOU HAVE A GOOD LAST WEEKEND IN DARLINGTON. WHAT GETS YOU OVER THE HUMP IN THE OVAL?
“I think it’s the same thing we can do on the pitch… and it’s just done all day. I would say that – at one point when I came to the Cup Series – I had more pace in the oval and I had to find a way out. I think the walking course has a higher chance of playing naturally. We’ll see more warnings and more things happening in the oval I think. And because of that, we have more chances to make mistakes. We’ve made it and it keeps us from getting the job done.
But we’ve been close a few times. Lots of second places, which are painful. But luckily we have some wins, some in the top three. We were there, it was just a matter of putting the whole day together.”
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