Talladega (McDowell Leads Ford with Eighth Place Finish at Talladega)


8 – Michael McDowell

10 – Kevin Harvick

11 – Ryan Blaney

13 – Aric Almirola

21 – Austin Cindric

23 – Brad Keselowski

24 – David Ragan

25 – JJ Yeley

26 – BJ McLeod

27 – Todd Gilliland

28th – Cody’s Warehouse

29th – Cole Custer

32 – Joey Logano

34 – Harrison Burton

37 – Chasing Briscoe

38th – Chris Buescher

Michael McDowell, No. 34 Ford Mustang Stop Love Trip — 8th Complete

“Unfortunately it wasn’t a great day for us but we managed to finish well. We really struggled with just tackles today which you wouldn’t think about at Talladega. But at the same time, we put ourselves in a position at the end when it counts. I thought with three to go that something was going to happen so I repositioned myself and built a run and was able to weave through there on the last lap. It’s really hard to get through today. It’s hard to move from sixth or seventh to take the lead. In the front row, everyone seemed to be stuck. It’s just a different style of racing even more here than at Daytona with this NextGen car. I had a lot to learn and come back and study and figure out how to move. I’m proud of everyone. Coming out of here with the top 10 is a great day. I wish we could have tried it but we weren’t there in the end. ”

Kevin Harvick, No. 4 GEARWRENCH Ford Mustang — 10th completed

“We have a good Ford Mustang. We were just a little behind in the last pit sequence and lost a few track positions. I’ll just get up halfway and fall back, get up, and fall back down. That’s how the day went for us and we made it to the finish.”

Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Wurth Ford Mustang — 11th Finish

“You can’t pass anyone here anymore. It’s hard to get through all the places but the same is happening in the fast lane now. You can’t really make a third line. I don’t know what’s the problem with that. I thought we had a good chance to go through but we were stuck when someone put it in three-wide and dragged us to the end and we couldn’t get it back in there.”


Harrison Burton, No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang — (Involved in lap 89 crash)

“Unfortunately we were just kind of victims there. I tried to be smart in all the races and out of the pack like the first time in my superspeedway career but still found a way to crash. It was frustrating because I always wanted to try to learn to get better but I didn’t know what I could have done differently there.”

HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT WITH DAYTONA? “Quite a little different. The peak is not as fast as in Daytona. I feel like when I was up front at Daytona I wanted to defend the outside. Here it feels like the bottom is moving pretty well. It’s hard to run. The bottom has about 10-15 cars lined up and it’s hard to jump over all those people. It’s very different but at the end of the day, I think it’s going to be really racing for these guys.”

Joey Logano, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford Mustang — (Involved in lap 89 crash)

WHAT DO YOU FEEL BEHIND THE WHEEL? “I feel a lot of bad things, I will tell you that much. Cars hit pretty good in there. We were pushed back and forth and I was the one who was pushed to the right and hit the wall and returned to the front of the court. It was superspeedway racing.”

WHAT DOES INTENSITY BE LIKE? “Yes, it will happen again. It keeps happening every week and every time we come to the superspeedway and it will happen again here in a minute. Hope everyone stays well.”

Chris Buescher, No. 17 Fastenal Ford Mustang — (Involved in crash 57)

“It was speedway racing, I guess. We ran there at the tail end of that main group and it felt like we had time to react. I saw a car hit the apron and I’m not sure what happened. Last I saw they were straight and I wasn’t expecting anything. I don’t really know what happened as we passed. Someone got cut and I think we hit 14 really hard. I’m glad to see it here running. I’m not even sure who the other car is. It’s a shame to go out so soon for something as ridiculous as that.”

HOW IS YOUR STABILITY? “The car bounced a bit and the qualifying trip was a bit difficult but our group did a very good job of getting a good balance in the race car. We had a lot of speed, we were just trying to find a way to go and try to be patient and try to work with some Brad and some other Fords to try to find our way and learn. We haven’t been aggressive at all, so that must be disappointing.”

Chase Briscoe, Mahindra Tractor No. 14 Ford Mustang — (Involved in 57) lap crash

“It’s just towards the end of the stage and we are trying to get stage points because at the end of this deal you never know what can happen. That’s not the mentality I usually follow. I usually try to walk around and wait until the end. It seems we are always desperate towards the end of the stages. I feel like if I can get to the bottom, I can reach eighth or ninth if I’m lucky. Looking back, it was definitely not the right decision. 16, I don’t know what happened to him. I know I hit someone’s back and then number 16, I saw him on the apron and he landed on my lap as I was going back across the race track. It was a tough hit but I felt a lot better than I thought when I saw the hit coming. Everything is good. Unfortunately, it now has a big hole in terms of points. I think we go to Dover next week and see if we can get a better result.”

LOOK LIKE A “GETTY-UP” RACE TRACK THERE: “Yeah, that would be fun, I thought. I feel the cars are a lot more stable than the Daytona so you can be a lot more aggressive. Weird, you can’t make a run. I hit the rev limiter every time I run. It will be very difficult to develop a big pace.”

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