ROSS CHASTAIN, NO. 1 RENU CAMARO ZL1
Did you learn something in the Sprint All-Star race that you think is important in this Playoff race?
“In the spring we flew in Texas. I didn’t want to fly that high (laughs). With the two very different ends, you get so much speed with banking and you have to slow down a lot in turns 1 and 2. Keeping balance at both ends It’s important. We obviously learned a lot in the All-Star race but now there’s a lot more at stake.”
Since the sidewalks are newer in Texas, do you think we will see things more drastic with the new car?
“It is true. It has a lot of grip until you lose it, so when you lose it, you fall, or we blow up the tires.
I think the whole field got better by not blowing the tires so easily. I don’t know how long it will take them to leave Texas as it is now, so maybe it’s time to enjoy it for what it is.”
KYLE LARSON, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM CAMARO ZL1
Larson on lessons learned during last season’s playoffs:
“Be clean and let the other team make mistakes. To be honest, if you can finish it, you don’t have to do anything crazy in the first few rounds. Don’t go off stage points or good finishes and you can progress. Once you reach Round 8, that’s obviously when you need to get to the top five or win. you just don’t want to drop out of any race or get DNF or something where you put yourself in a must-win situation because winning is so hard to do. you just want to keep yourself in the competition in every race.”
CLIFF DANIELS, CREW CHIEF, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM CAMARO ZL1
Daniels on the challenges of getting the car ready for the Texas Motor Speedway:
“Texas (Motor Speedway) is definitely an intermediate track of a different style with less dings at (turns) one and two and a narrower corner radius than (turns) three and four. It’s actually fun trying to tune the car because the ends are very different with higher temperatures. It’s been hot this weekend compared to when we were there for the All-Star Race and with the grooves running wide with resin or whatever they spray, 500 miles is a long race but I hope it can be a pretty fun day.”
CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1
Elliott at the race in Texas:
“I would love to go to Texas (Motor Speedway) this weekend and do a good, solid run and start this lap on a high note. We didn’t get to run the full All-Star Race earlier this year, but I still feel we have enough time to set a good record when we get back there. We just need to put together a good weekend and run a solid day. If we can do it, then we have as good a chance as anyone else to do it. get the win and lock yourself into the next round.”
ALAN GUSTAFSON, CREW CHIEF, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1
Gustafson, crew chief of the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 No. 9, in preparation for Round 12:
“It’s going to be a tough round, but we know what we need to do to keep our playoffs. Execution and putting together three solid races will be key. Each of the races in Round 12 has its own unique set of challenges. There’s not much room for error, but if you do make a mistake, you should regroup quickly and do what you can to make the most of the day and get as many points as you can. Our group is very good at it and I think we are fully capable of going forward.”
WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 RAPTORTOUGH.COM CAMARO ZL1
Byron in preparation for Texas:
“I’m interested to see how the Texas (Motor Speedway) race goes this weekend. We’ve always had pace there, but I think in the spring we were just a little bit lacking in our setup because it was the first time in Texas last year. Next Gen cars. Our half mile program is what I think we need to work on the most this season, but I think, especially after Kansas (Speedway) a few weeks ago, we really improved that track style. With how this round is shaping up, there’s a lot of emphasis on Texas and going from there with as many points as possible and that will be our goal, as we did in the last round. As long as we have a good Saturday, I think we will be in a good place to race and then it’s all about execution on Sunday.”
RUDY FUGLE, CREW CHIEF, NO. 24 RAPTORTOUGH.COM CAMARO ZL1
Fugle on what he expects in Texas this weekend:
“I think we have some good records heading into this weekend’s race in Texas (Motor Speedway). We learned a lot from Kansas (Speedway) a few weeks ago, and with us on the same tires as we did for that race, great results. part of the notes must be translated. The biggest difference is how hot it is and where the resin is applied on the track. From what we’ve been told, the resin was applied that way for the All-Star Race earlier this year, so we have that record as well. With just heat and tire compound, I think handling will play a much bigger factor this weekend than it did for the All-Star event. We’re really focused on that this week, so we’re hoping to get down close to where we need to be and focus more on fine-tuning than anything else.”
TY DILLON, NO. 42 RIFLE CAMARO ZL1 BLACK COFFEE COMPANY
Dillon’s thoughts on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
“I can’t wait to go to Texas this weekend with the No. My 42 Petty GMS. We’ve been working on our intermediate package and I’m sure this weekend will be fun to see how some of these changes work their way. since the surface was reconfigured a few years ago, it has given us a challenging path to attack us. Hopefully, the use of resin will help promote some good passing opportunities, as speed increases and clean air is always king here. I’m excited to welcome our friends at Black Rifle Coffee Company back to our Camaro, and look forward to giving everyone a good run of 500 miles in Lone Star state.”
ERIK JONES, NO. 43 FOCUS FACTOR CAMARO ZL1
“Texas was a difficult race for us during the All-Star race. We were voted in by fan votes and literally fought through the night. We were on a track that I didn’t think was working with our half mile program at the time. I think we’ve improved a bit and know what we need to do better to get that race back. Hopefully those things will play out for us. I really like Texas. I can win a lot of races in the Xfinity Series and the Truck Series, so I want to be strong there with a Cup car and compete for the win with our FOCUSfactor Chevy.”
ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 48 ALLY CAMARO ZL1
Bowman was named the Halifax Humane Society’s Humanitarian of the Year for 2022: “So cool to be nominated for the award. Helping animals is a huge passion of mine and something I really appreciate. Without Ally and the Best Friends Animal Society helping me raise money and resources to Best Friends network partners across the country, none of this would be possible. I’m honored to receive this award, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. Hopefully we can win a few more races before the season ends and earn more money for the pets who need them.”
Bowman, on what it takes to reach Chapter 8:
“Our team is really focused on going one race at a time. We did it in the last 16 to get to where we are now. The crew is really excited at the moment and we are all taking the time to give our best. best chance of success. Greg (Ives) is really focused and leading us really well at the moment. I think if we keep paying attention to the little details and stay focused on one race at a time, we can go very far this postseason. We have Texas (Motor Speedway) circled now and that’s all that matters.”
GREG IVES, CREW CHIEF, NO. 48 ALLY CAMARO ZL1
Ives to advance to Round 12:
“Apart from the mechanical issues, we have a fast car in Bristol and are pleased we made it to the next playoffs. Our team has worked hard to give Alex (Bowman) a very fast race car and Alex has locked in his performance and performance. the team feeds its energy. We have a lot of momentum at the moment and I told the team that we don’t need to do a home run. We just need to get to the base and maximize the results. Texas (Motor Speedway) is the next race we all have our focus on.”
DANIEL SUAREZ, NO. 99 AGUAS FRESCAS CAMARO ZL1
What do you think about going to Texas and starting Round 12?
“We can’t wait to get to the track. Not only do we have a great weekend planned with Daniel’s Amigos, but Texas is one of my favorite tracks. We know we are better than what we showed in Bristol. Texas, Talladega and Charlotte Roval are my three best tracks. We know we can go forward, now we have to show it to others.”
How difficult was the mental reset after struggling at Bristol?
“You have no idea how easy it was for me to reset because the car was no fun. For me, being able to advance to the next round by driving a car is a big plus. Thanks to everyone on our team. They did an excellent job. We have speed, but there are a lot of mistakes; on the pit road, myself, as a whole. We will come back stronger for the next round.”
What is Amigos Daniel?
“Daniel’s Amigos is just an idea. I’ve always wanted to do something special for Latinos, and was just trying to find a way to bring this community to the race track and give them a special and cool experience.
After a few conversations with Coca-Cola and NASCAR, we were able to make it happen in 2019 at Auto Club Speedway in California and it’s only just grown from here. It took a lot of hard work from Coca-Cola and NASCAR to make it happen, but I’m really excited about it.”