Richard Childress–Fontana–Xfinity

On-Track Incident Slows Momentum for Paul Menard and the No. 2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Team at Auto Club Speedway

“We had a fast car today. Justin Alexander made a good call during the second round of pit stops but we were tagged for too many men over the wall. The penalty is starting from the rear of the field, but we were able to make our way back to the front pretty quickly. I’m not sure what happened with Eric Jones, if he was trying to push me or just crossing over. I think he definitely had a brain fart. All weekend long I thought we were at least a third-place car. The leaders weren’t getting away from us before the wreck. We were actually gaining on them. Everyone on this No. 2 Richmond/Menards Chevy works hard and I’m looking forward to my next race with this team. We learned a lot for tomorrow and that’s all you can hope for.”

– Paul Menard

Despite Late-Race Lug Nut Issue, Ty Dillon Earns Top-10 Finish at Auto Club Speedway

“Our No. 3 team just can’t seem to catch a break this year. We started off with a loose Ruud Chevrolet Camaro in the first stage, but we were able to make adjustments at the end of it to really improve the overall balance for the rest of the race. We were able to keep up with the leaders, but we couldn’t seem to find the speed that they had. So when we had the opportunity to try and catch people with fresh tires towards the end of the race, we took it. We came in with the leaders and took four sticker tires with 36 laps left and restarted in 20th, but I was able to pick cars off pretty easily with new tires. I moved all the way up to 6th, and it’s unfortunate that a missing lug nut after our stop during the last caution set us back to 22nd. I did all that I could in those final laps to get us back into the top 10, but I just needed a little more time. It was definitely not the way we wanted to end the day, but I know that I’ve got a great group of guys pitting my car each weekend. They were great all day, and I know that we’ll be ready for another strong finish in Texas.”

– Ty Dillon

Daniel Hemric Secures Career-Best NASCAR XFINITY Series Starting Position at Auto Club Speedway En Route to Top-15 Finish

“This was definitely not the finish we had in mind when we started on the outside of the front row with the No. 21 Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet. We worked on the handling of the car throughout the entire race, but never got it to where we wanted it. Danny Stockman did a great job of making adjustments all day long. We had an issue on pit road in the middle of the race, but were able to fight our way back toward the front of the field. We’ll take everything we learned on this West Coast swing and go to work at Texas Motor Speedway in two weeks.”

– Daniel Hemric

Late-Race Incident Forces Brandon Jones to a 32nd-Place Finish at Auto Club Speedway

“Our No. 33 Chevrolet Truck Month Chevrolet Camaro just didn’t have the handling we needed it to this weekend at Auto Club Speedway. We chased it for most of the race, constantly needing more grip and more turn. Toward the middle of the race, we had it figured out pretty good running in the top 12. We were able to play some fuel strategy in the hopes that it would turn out like last year’s race and we could capitalize on others’ mistakes. Ultimately, the handling got too loose and it snapped going into Turn 1 with less than 10 laps to go from the 12th spot, causing us to have some pretty heavy front-end damage. My guys worked hard to get me back out there and we were able to finish the race, just not in the position we deserved.”

– Brandon Jones

Brendan Gaughan Ends West Coast Swing with 33rd-Place Finish at Auto Club Speedway

“This isn’t how we wanted to close out our West Coast swing. I ran everywhere, from the low line all the way to the grass on the apron, to the high line all the way to the wall. Let the record show that I ran the bottom at Auto Club Speedway. That’s the only good thing I can say about today. We had three fast cars during NASCAR Goes West and three poor finishes to show for it. For this race I will shoulder the blame. I had a bad day today. We had a top-10 race car most of the day and I didn’t drive the South Point Hotel and Casino Chevrolet the way it could have been run. We had a loose car and I kept getting into the fence. We will go to Texas Motor Speedway and hopefully re-group at a track that has been historically good for me.”

– Brendan Gaughan

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Fontana–Practice

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
AUTO CLUB 400
AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRACTICE NOTES & QUOTES
MARCH 25, 2017

CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 24 NAPA CHEVROLET SS – Hit the wall during final practice
YOU WERE HAVING A GOOD PRACTICE SESSION AT THE TOP OF THE SPEED CHART. WHAT HAPPENED?
“We had a part come loose on the left front and it’s obviously something that needs to be together to make laps. I’m not real sure why it broke or why that happened. It was nothing fancy that we were doing. I was getting into (Turn) 3 at the time. I don’t know if it was some sort of roughness to the race track that bounced it loose, or what. I was really happy with the NAPA Chevy throughout that run. Unfortunately, this now puts us behind. But we’ll look into it and try to get this car fixed for tomorrow. We would love to keep this primary car. I don’t know if we can or not. I know they’ll work hard and try to get it tuned-up for tomorrow.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Fontana–Practice

Blaney To Start 19th In Auto Club 400

Blaney To Start 19th In Auto Club 400

March 25, 2017

Ryan Blaney and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team were among a number of their peers at Auto Club Speedway on Friday that had to hustle to get out of the NASCAR inspection line in time to qualify for Sunday’s Auto Club 400. In fact, five drivers never got on the track during qualifying.

Blaney did, with a few minutes to spare, and posted the 21st-fastest time in the first of three qualifying rounds. His speed of 183.950 miles per hour was fast enough to propel him to the second round. There, he was 19th fastest, at 183.641mph, but that wasn’t fast enough to advance to the final round, so Blaney will line up 19th on Sunday.

He said in his post-qualifying comments that the scramble to get through inspection didn’t hamper him once he got on the track.

“No. I just think we missed it,” he said. “We were a little too free in practice, and we probably over-adjusted a little bit and got on the tight side.

“It’s something to learn from for the next time we come here.”

Blaney felt better about his speed in Friday’s opening practice session, where the No. 21 Motorcraft /Quick Lane Fusion was atop the speed charts for a time before ending the session seventh fastest with a best lap of 187.471 mph. He and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team spent much of that practice round preparing for race conditions.

“I think in race trim we’re going in a good direction, so we’ll see how that goes,” he said.

Chevy Racing– KYLE LARSON PUTS CHEVROLET SS ON POLE AT AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
AUTO CLUB 400
AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER QUALIFYING PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
MARCH 24, 2017

KYLE LARSON PUTS CHEVROLET SS ON POLE AT AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY
Five Team Chevy Drivers in Final Top 12 Qualifiers
FONTANA, Calif. (March 24, 2017 – Kyle Larson captured the pole position in his No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS for the Auto Club 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race with a lap of 38.493 seconds, 187.047 mph. Larson, who is the current MENSC points leader, with three consecutive runner-up finishes in four races this year, will lead the 39-car field to the green at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday.
The feat marked the 690th pole for Chevrolet in NASCAR’s premier racing series. Continue reading Chevy Racing– KYLE LARSON PUTS CHEVROLET SS ON POLE AT AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Fontana–Qualifying Notes

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
AUTO CLUB 400
AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY QUALIFYING NOTES AND QUOTES
MARCH 24, 2017

KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET SS – POLE WINNER
YOU CHANGED UP YOUR LINE THERE WAS THAT WHAT IT TOOK TO GET THE POLE?
“I think so. I haven’t seen a lap tracker, but I felt like I messed up there in (Turns) 1 and 2 and I got a little bit loose off the wall on entry and it got me to split the seam in (Turns) 1 and 2, but I was able to get committed to wide-open pretty good off of (Turn) 2 and then, yeah, I hadn’t run up high in (Turns) 3 and 4 at all in practice or qualifying here. Didn’t really know what I would have when I got there, but ran a good ways and it stuck. Really happy though, our Target team has been amazing to start the season and to get a pole is great. I haven’t gotten a pole since my rookie season. Yeah, this is awesome. I can’t say enough about everybody at our race shop for all the hard work they have been putting in. Got a little team dinner tonight, so this will be a good way to celebrate.”

SECOND CAREER POLE AND FIRST AT AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY BRING US THROUGH YOUR THREE SEGMENTS HERE THIS AFTERNOON:
“It was an interesting qualifying for us. I ran the bottom in (Turns) 3 and 4… well all day really, and then there the first two round. I knew everybody was running the top in 3 and 4 and my plan was to go up there in the second round, but thought I maybe got through (Turns) 1 and 2 okay enough to run the bottom, but I still lost time there. I knew the third-round I was going to have to move up, but our Target Chevy was really good, really balanced up there. I was surprised. I wasn’t really sure what I would have because on our up to speed laps up there I was a little bit tight taking off and then I would be kind of loose off, so I was expecting to have that, but it stuck really well and yeah, I saw the lap pop up on my dash and I was pretty pumped. Can’t say enough about everybody on our Target team. They did an amazing job all day.”

WHAT DO YOU WORK ON TOMORROW?
“I don’t know. We made about a 10-lap run today and the track was so green it was hard to get a good feel for what we really had. I thought our Target Chevy had good speed. It didn’t handle great today in race trim, but we had good speed. That is always a positive and they know what to adjust now. I think from that run and hopefully we can fine tune it some tomorrow and be good for Sunday.”

RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 31 CATERPILLAR CHEVROLET SS – Qualified 5th
ON HIS LAP:
“Just good to get the best lap we had on the last lap. I finally got (Turns) 1 and 2 right in the Caterpillar Chevrolet. Had a little traffic down on the apron of (Turns) 3 and 4, but it wasn’t his fault, so just a good starting spot better than we practiced all day and we will put it in race trim.”

JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 MCDONALD’S CHEVROLET SS – Qualified 8th
ON HIS QUALIFYING EFFORT
“Qualifying has been really good. Both of our cars were fast again. I thought my lap was better than it was. Sometimes you run laps and they don’t feel good and they are. And sometimes they feel really good and they’re not. And that was the second one of those. But overall it was really good. We had a really good practice day. We were good in race trim and just ready to go tomorrow. I think the line is going to be a little bit different than what traditionally we’ve had here. It seems like the line has been at the top of (Turns) 1 and 2 and the bottom of (Turns) 3 and 4 in the race. In qualifying it at the top of both ends. And I think the race is going to be the same way. So, that’ll be something to work on tomorrow to make sure you can get your car good on the top of (Turns) 3 and 4, which is kind of unique.”

CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 24 NAPA CHEVROLET SS – Qualified 13th
WHERE DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU MISSED IT A LITTLE BIT?
“I think (Turns) 3 and 4 that round we were pretty off in the first one and then I thought we helped our car to go faster in that second one, still not close to the No. 11 (Denny Hamlin) or the No. 4 (Kevin Harvick) unfortunately, but I feel like I got through (Turns) 1 and 2 way better that second time than I did the first time and just didn’t roll the top in (Turns) 3 and 4 like I needed to. Yeah, obviously needed just a little bit to get into the top 12, obviously not close to get further up the board, but we will go to work tomorrow.”

ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THIS CAR AND WHAT IT CAN DO ON SUNDAY?
“Well you are never happy, but I think tomorrow will be the day we find out on that. We just did qualifying runs today and unfortunately it didn’t work out very good for us, but we just focused on that this afternoon. With the way, this place is on tires it’s really hard to do race runs on Friday and still have any tires left for Saturday, so we saved them for tomorrow and we will go to work on it for the race.”

WHAT SPECIFICALLY ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN RACE TRIM? SHORT RUN OR LONG RUN SPEED, WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT?
“Well, this race typically comes down to a short run at the end always, but I think you are going to have to be balanced across the board as always. I think you are going to have to be able to go, but at the same time we do see some long runs here and you are probably going to see that on Sunday and I think it’s going to be important to be good as you go as well. So, just try to have a little bit of everything as always.”

DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 AXALTA CHEVROLET SS – Qualified 18th
EIGHTEENTH IN PRACTICE, 18TH IN QUALIFYING HOW DO YOU THINK THE CAR WILL BE FOR THE RACE ON SUNDAY?
“Well, we would have liked to have went back out and tried to have run a little faster, but you can’t afford to put any laps on your tires because you have to start on these tires in the race. That just put us in a big hole starting out. I think the car is better than 18th and we will work on it tomorrow and see what we have got in race trim.”

CHRIS BUESCHER, NO. 37 BUSH’S BEANS CHEVROLET SS – Qualified 20th
WHERE WERE, YOU MISSING IT IN QUALIFYING TODAY?
“Just happy to be able to make that round with our Busch’s Baked Beans Chevrolet. Feel like were a little bit tight, kind of where we ended practice and a little tight for qualifying. Tried to free it up a little bit in between our two runs and might could have gone a little bit more, but we have a direction for practice now and will work on it hard tomorrow.”

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST THING YOU NEED TO WORK ON FOR THE RACE ON SUNDAY?
“I think here the tires fall off so quickly it gets so slick. We have a lot of choices here. One of my favorite large tracks that we go to and it always makes for an exciting race. We need to try and make sure we are not burning the tires off of it and make sure we have something that we can survive into a long run with.”

MICHAEL MCDOWELL, NO. 95 LFR WOODIE CHEVROLET SS – Qualified 25th
JUST SHY OF MAKING THE SECOND ROUND WHAT MORE DID YOU NEED OUT THERE WHAT WAS THE CAR MISSING?
“That first run I ran the top in (Turns) 3 and 4 and probably should have ran the bottom, but that second run ran the bottom and picked up a little bit of speed. Just all-in-all fighting to work through the bumps. That is kind of about where we were practice speed wise, so we made some good changes, maybe picked up a couple of spots, but this is a couple of weeks in a row that we have been right on the edge of making it or missing it going to Round 2. We will keep plugging away and try to get that last little bit.”

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Fontana–Kyle Larson Pole

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
AUTO CLUB 400
AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY QUALIFYING NOTES AND QUOTES
MARCH 24, 2017

KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET SS – POLE WINNER
YOU CHANGED UP YOUR LINE THERE WAS THAT WHAT IT TOOK TO GET THE POLE?
“I think so. I haven’t seen a lap tracker, but I felt like I messed up there in (Turns) 1 and 2 and I got a little bit loose off the wall on entry and it got me to split the seam in (Turns) 1 and 2, but I was able to get committed to wide-open pretty good off of (Turn) 2 and then, yeah, I hadn’t run up high in (Turns) 3 and 4 at all in practice or qualifying here. Didn’t really know what I would have when I got there, but ran a good ways and it stuck. Really happy though, our Target team has been amazing to start the season and to get a pole is great. I haven’t gotten a pole since my rookie season. Yeah, this is awesome. I can’t say enough about everybody at our race shop for all the hard work they have been putting in. Got a little team dinner tonight, so this will be a good way to celebrate.”

SECOND CAREER POLE AND FIRST AT AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY BRING US THROUGH YOUR THREE SEGMENTS HERE THIS AFTERNOON:
“It was an interesting qualifying for us. I ran the bottom in (Turns) 3 and 4… well all day really, and then there the first two round. I knew everybody was running the top in 3 and 4 and my plan was to go up there in the second round, but thought I maybe got through (Turns) 1 and 2 okay enough to run the bottom, but I still lost time there. I knew the third-round I was going to have to move up, but our Target Chevy was really good, really balanced up there. I was surprised. I wasn’t really sure what I would have because on our up to speed laps up there I was a little bit tight taking off and then I would be kind of loose off, so I was expecting to have that, but it stuck really well and yeah, I saw the lap pop up on my dash and I was pretty pumped. Can’t say enough about everybody on our Target team. They did an amazing job all day.”

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Fontana–Jimmie Johnson

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
AUTO CLUB 400
AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER QUALIFYING NOTES & QUOTES
MARCH 24, 2017

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS – On team’s decision not to participate in Qualifying today for Sunday’s race:

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT HAVING TO START IN THE BACK ON SUNDAY?
“We had a tough practice session and mid-pack was probably going to be our goal anyway. So, to take our lumps here, at a track that’s really wide with a lot of lanes, a long race; we’ll just take our lumps and get the car right where we can take advantage of the precious minutes that we have in Saturday’s practice session and go from there. Pit road is going to be a problem. We’re not going to have a great pick there. We’re definitely not in a position we want to be in, so we’d rather take the time now and make sure we get everything right and get this car right; and also kind of control our risk factor. If I was to tear this car up again in qualifying, we’d be heading next door to the No. 88 (Dale Earnhardt Jr., for example) to pull out their back up car. Put a wrap on it. Change the seat and interior and a lot of other things. So, we just felt like it would be best to get everything right and just get prepared for tomorrow and start at the tail end. I think my record shows that I can make up plenty of spots and pass plenty of cars and we’ll just make it exciting coming from the back.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Fontana–Jimmie Johnson

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Fontana–Kyle Larson

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
AUTO CLUB 400
AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
MARCH 24, 2017

KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at Auto Club Speedway and discussed being the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point leader, racing on dirt, thoughts on stage racing and many other topics. Full Transcript:

TALK ABOUT THE STRONG START TO 2017 AND COMING HOME TO CALIFORNIA FOR THIS WEEKEND’S RACE:
“Yeah, it’s definitely been a good start to the year. We have had a shot to win every race this season. I’ve been really happy about that. California Speedway, I’m from California so it’s kind of like my home race. It’s a long way from Sacramento, but still feels somewhat like home getting to see lots of friends and stuff out here. It would be nice to get a win here and end the second-place streak I have going, but yeah, no it’s been really cool to be contending like we have been. Hopefully, we can continue to have speed in our race cars. I’ve been really happy with everybody at our Target Chip Ganassi Racing shop, Credit One Bank, everybody that puts all their time and effort into letting Jamie (McMurray) and myself have some fun and go fast and challenge for wins. Been extremely happy and would like to be winning right now, but being the point leader is awesome.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Fontana–Kyle Larson

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Fontana–Chad Knaus

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
AUTO CLUB 400
AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER QUALIFYING NOTES & QUOTES
MARCH 24, 2017

Due to the incident in the first practice session, the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS team will not participate in qualifying today.

CHAD KNAUS, CREW CHIEF, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS:
“Unfortunately, we crashed the Lowe’s Chevrolet in practice today. We crashed on our third run and had to pull out the backup car and didn’t get back out on the track. I just felt it was wiser to get the car prepared correctly rather than qualify poorly. I wasn’t comfortable putting Jimmie in a position where he would have to hustle a car that he hasn’t turned a lap in yet.

“We are all the way out here on the west coast, and brought two race cars. If we were to crash this car, we would have to pull a car from a teammate and it would be a very difficult obstacle to overcome. We want to be prepared to put the best racecar on the track for our driver, Lowe’s, Chevrolet and all of our sponsors. So, we are going to take the time to do that by working on it this afternoon.”

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Fontana–Ryan Newman

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
AUTO CLUB 400
AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
MARCH 24, 2017
RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 31 CATERPILLAR CHEVROLET SS met with media and discussed his win last weekend at Phoenix, extreme heat conditions, his approach to the season after earning a spot in the playoffs, how the cars handle this year compared to last year, and more. Full Transcript:

TALK ABOUT YOUR WEEK AFTER WINNING AT PHOENIX AND THEN COMING TO AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY
“We were obviously excited after the win on Sunday and then getting a chance to go to the shop on Monday after very little sleep to congratulate all the guys and girls that were a part of it; and just to see everybody. I don’t want to say it’s been a long time coming because I think when you say that you kind of expect it. But, it had been a while since I’d been to Victory Lane in an RCR for Richard for three years of a drought. So, it was something we were fighting very hard for and it was very rewarding. And, that’s probably the better way of saying it. I got to do some things around the farm and hangout with the kids and do some things like that like a normal person. Outside of that, just being at the shop on Monday was a lot of fun.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Fontana–Ryan Newman

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Fontana–Dale Earnhardt Jr.

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
AUTO CLUB 400
AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
MARCH 24, 2017

DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 AXALTA CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at Auto Club Speedway and discussed making his 600th Cup Series start, his thoughts on NASCAR choosing not to penalize Austin Dillon, thoughts on potentially running restrictor plates at Indianapolis and much more. Full Transcript:

ON MAKING HIS 600TH CAREER START:
“…I just wanted to drive. I wanted to race cars for a living. I wanted to do it well enough to be able to afford to make a living doing it. I didn’t have vision or assume that I was going to make all of the money and success that we have made, but all I really wanted to do was to do it long enough so I didn’t have to get a real job. I mean that as sincere as I can. I’m real thrilled that I’ve had the opportunity to stay around and drive for some really great teams. Some really awesome owners. Worked with a lot of amazing crew chiefs and crew members. We have a really great group of guys that we race with in this current situation, we are having so much fun at the race track and really enjoy working with Greg (Ives, crew chief), so I feel fortunate and lucky and hope to have good success this weekend. I really like Fontana and I wish that we could have a good weekend is all. We have kind of been struggling a little bit to put together a good race this year and we qualified well last week, but didn’t run as well as we wanted to. We had a little issue with the brakes and stuff like that, but those things are going to happen. We will keep processing what we are learning and keep showing up every week and put it together eventually. I really, really like this race track. Obviously, you are running all over the race track, a lot of different grooves. That makes it a lot of fun as a driver. Looking forward to some fun this weekend and hopefully, a good result.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Fontana–Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Fontana–Jimmie Johnson

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
AUTO CLUB 400
AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRACTICE NOTES & QUOTES
MARCH 24, 2017

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS ~ Crashed in the grass, Turn 4, during the first practice session and will go to a backup car.

WHAT HAPPENED OUT THERE?
“We just showed up at the track swinging hard and trying to get all that we can. I crossed the line there, for sure, and the car came around on me. But, we’ve got another great Lowe’s Chevrolet coming out. I thought we might be able to stick with this one, but that was too much on the front of the race car. It’s not the way we wanted to start the weekend. But, the only way we’re going to get better without testing is just to keep trying harder in practice and swing harder. We know we got the race-side in a respectable spot but just need to start better on Fridays.”

YOU WERE CLOSE TO KURT BUSCH AS YOU CAME AROUND THE CORNER AND YOU WERE SPINNING. WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND AND HOW DID YOU KEEP FROM COLLECTING HIM IN THAT PROCESS?
“I knew I was fine, but I’m sure it caught him off-guard seeing a car come by sideways. I was really concerned about sliding up in front of others and getting into the outside wall. I actually threw it into third and redirected the car lower on the track. I was kind of wishing I’d stayed with it and let it slide up and maybe I would have avoided the grass if I did so. I was just trying to manage it all.”

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Fontana–Chase Elliott

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
AUTO CLUB 400
AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
MARCH 24, 2017

CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 24 NAPA CHEVROLET SS met with media and discussed the West Coast swing, the importance of points earned in stage racing, always trying to improve, and more. Full Transcript:

HOW HAVE YOU ENJOYED NASCAR GOES WEST?
“Yeah, it’s been fun. We’ve really enjoyed our time. I’ve always enjoyed this West Coast swing. I think it’s a great time of year to do this and get away fro the weather at home and get out here to this nice weather that we’ve seen the past three weeks. Hopefully that continues throughout the weekend. We spent a lot of time in Colorado between Phoenix and this weekend with Alan (Gustafson) and a couple of the guys. It was a fun week. I’m happy to be here and I’m looking forward to getting going.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Fontana–Chase Elliott

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Fontana–Jimmie Johnson

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
AUTO CLUB 400
AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
MARCH 24, 2017

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at Auto Club Speedway and discussed being back home, his season thus far, his thoughts on restrictor plates at Indy and many other topics. Full Transcript:

WHAT IS IT LIKE BEING HOME AT A TRACK THAT YOU HAVE BEEN SO SUCCESSFUL AT?
“It’s fun to be back home. After Phoenix, we flew to San Diego and kind of started a little West Coast family trip heading up the coastline and hit LEGOLAND and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and just various places. So, it’s been fun. I took my kids out to El Cajon and showed them where I grew up and granted Lydia is three and probably will never remember it, but it was just fun to kind of be back home, show my family around. My oldest (Evie) has been there to my hometown, but my youngest, it’s her first real trip through there. I don’t know, just fun to go back and see the spots and places and even talk to a few old friends. And then to come to this race track where I won my first event, I guess that photo is right there (points in the media center) to remind me of it, which is pretty cool. It’s just fun to be back. I really enjoy racing here. We have all watched this track age and turn into a facility that puts on one heck of a show. I’m excited to be back.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Fontana–Jimmie Johnson

INDYCAR CONNECTION RUNS DEEP IN NEW F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM

INDYCAR CONNECTION RUNS DEEP IN NEW F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM

Abel Motorsports enters a two-car team for 2017 campaign

INDIANAPOLIS (March 23, 2017) –Abel Motorsports confirmed it will make a campaign for the 2017 Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda with two F4 newcomers Jacob Abel of Louisville, Kentucky, and John Andrew Entwistle of Katonah, New York.

The newest F4 U.S. crew was built from a combination of a second-generation friendship and IndyCar Rookie of the Year Scott Harrington’s Indy Racing League team. Harrington is the childhood friend of Abel Motorsports’ team principal Bill Abel. The Big Three American Motorsport competitor will serve as the team’s driving coach. Parts of Harrington’s former IndyCar crew also made the jump to the formula franchise. Mark Gibbs functions as the team manager and Larry Nash serves as chief engineer. Continue reading INDYCAR CONNECTION RUNS DEEP IN NEW F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM

Scelzi Charges From 22nd to 12th at Thunderbowl With World of Outlaws

Scelzi Charges From 22nd to 12th at Thunderbowl With World of Outlaws

Inside Line Promotions – TULARE, Calif. (March 23, 2017) – Dominic Scelzi was a man on a mission last Friday during the opening round of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series doubleheader at Thunderbowl Raceway.

Scelzi opened the two-day event on Friday by qualifying 20th quickest in his Roth Motorsports supported, family owned ride. Continue reading Scelzi Charges From 22nd to 12th at Thunderbowl With World of Outlaws

Kasey Kahne Racing – Results Recap Thunderbowl Raceway

Kasey Kahne Racing – Results Recap

Thunderbowl Raceway

Brad Sweet and the No. 49 NAPA AUTO PARTS team captured a pair of podium finishes in back-to-back nights at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. last weekend. Daryn Pittman and the No. 9 Great Clips team didn’t have the night they were looking for on Friday with an 11th-place finish, but they came back swinging on Saturday by narrowly winning the feature in a wheel-to-wheel battle with Brad Sweet and Donny Schatz.

The KKR teams head to Stockton Dirt Track this weekend for another two-day show. Friday’s scheduled race at Stockton was cancelled early this morning due to Friday’s weather forecast, but Saturday’s is currently on as scheduled.

Follow A Dream/Permatex TA/FC team reaches Gatornationals quarterfinals, shows promise going forward

Follow A Dream/Permatex TA/FC team reaches Gatornationals quarterfinals, shows promise going forward

MARSTONS MILLS, Massachusetts (March 23, 2017) – The Follow A Dream/Permatex Top Alcohol Funny Car may not have won this past weekend’s Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, but it made history nonetheless.

While the team fell short of victory lane, losing in the quarterfinals, it left Gainesville, Florida with heads held high. During qualifying, owner Jay Blake, driver Phil Burkart, crew chief/tuner Anthony Terenzio and the rest of the crew recorded the quickest elapsed time (5.42 seconds) and fastest speed (269.89 mph) in team history. “We were very pleased about both,” Blake said. “We were hoping to break the 270 (mph) barrier, but 269 is still the fastest we’ve ever gone. The conditions at Gainesville were awesome.” Continue reading Follow A Dream/Permatex TA/FC team reaches Gatornationals quarterfinals, shows promise going forward

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Fontana Advance

TEAM CHEVY ADVANCE
AUTO CLUB 400
FONTANA, CALIFORNIA
MARCH 26, 2017

BOWTIE BULLETS
NATIVE SON:
California native and seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, is the all-time wins’ leader at the 2-mile Auto Club Speedway with six victories. Johnson is also the only driver in the 20-year history of the track to win the race from the pole, a feat he completed in 2008.

MANUFACTURER MINUTE:
Did you know? Chevrolet has more wins than any manufacturer at Auto Club Speedway with 13 victories.

CALIFORNIA CHEVY’S:
There will be six California natives entered to compete in this weekend’s Auto Club 400. Of those drivers, four will start the race behind the wheel of a Chevrolet SS. Seven-time series champion Jimmie Johnson hails from El Cajon, California, driver of the No. 42 Chevy SS, Kyle Larson is a native of Elk Grove, California. The pilot of the No. 47 Chevrolet SS, AJ Allmendinger is originally from Los Gatos, California, while Cole Whitt behind the wheel of the No. 72 Chevy SS hails from Alpine, California.
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Richard Childress Racing’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series History at Auto Club Speedway

Richard Childress Racing’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series History at Auto Club Speedway …
In 83 overall Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Auto Club Speedway, RCR Chevrolet teams have earned one win (Kevin Harvick – 2011), one pole award (Mike Skinner – April 2000), 12 top-five and 28 top-10 finishes. RCR has a 19.9 average starting position and a 16.4 average finishing position at the moderately-banked D-shaped race track.

RCR in the MENCS …
In 2,748 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,106 wins, 476 top-five finishes and 1,032 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.7 and an average finishing position of 16.1. RCR has earned 15 total championships (six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championships with Earnhardt in 1986, ’87, ’90, ’91, ’93 and ’94, six NASCAR XFINITY Series titles, two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series titles and one ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR’s three national series.

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This Week’s American Ethanol Chevrolet at Auto Club Speedway… Dillon has three previous Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts to his credit at Auto Club Speedway, earning his best finish of 11th in 2014 and sitting on the pole in last year’s edition of the race to earn his best starting position at the 2-mile track.

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AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES:
Auto Club Speedway has become one of the most exciting races of the year because of the multiple grooves. Do you consider yourself a wall-hugger or a bottom-feeder?
“I try and consider myself whatever I need to be. Last year we set the pole for that race at Auto Club Speedway. We had a fast race car and ran up front most of the day. We are definitely going to have a direction that we feel like we need to work in and will do what I can to keep our old girl up there.”

Is there any celebrity you would like to see at a race track?
“Yeah, I just talked about Chris Pratt earlier. I think that would be cool. He did a good job in Magnificent Seven and Jurassic Park. There are a couple of different people that I really enjoy to watch. Game of Thrones — any actor from Game of Thrones. Maybe John Snow would show up. That would be cool, or Tyrion.”

Paul Menard and the No. 27 Jack Link’s / Menards Chevrolet SS at Auto Club Speedway … Menard has 14 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts in competition at the 2-mile California-based race track. He has one top-five and three top-10 finishes with his best start of 11th and finish of fourth in March 2015.

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PAUL MENARD QUOTES:
Auto Club Speedway and Michigan International Speedway have similar configurations. Are those two tracks comparable?
“Not really, especially since the repave of Michigan. Five years ago, I would say they were more similar than they are now. Michigan is just so fast. Auto Club Speedway is just so slow, relatively. You feel really good for a lap or two and then you just have to start moving around finding what works for your car. Auto Club is a lot of fun to race at. It’s frustrating because there is such a lack of grip that the cars handle so bad, but it makes it fun to race and try to set-up people. It’s kind of like Phoenix, where even though you are going 160 mph through the corner, you are really working the wheel trying to find that grip.”

Do you find yourself gravitating toward a particular groove at Auto Club Speedway?
“Half the time when you go to qualify you don’t even know what groove you are going to run. You feel it out and just try to go with it. Typically, you run the bottom for a lap or two and then you basically start working yourself up. But we have seen, I think Austin Dillon was on the pole last year running the fence in qualifying. You just never know.”

This Week’s Caterpillar Chevrolet SS at Auto Club Speedway … Ryan Newman will make his 552nd Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start in the fifth event of the 2017 season. In 22 MENCS events at Auto Club Speedway, Newman owns one pole and has earned five top-five and nine top-10 finishes. His best result of third place was in the May 2004 race. The South Bend, Indiana native has an average start of 13.6 and average finish of 16.6. When calculating points earned over the last six races at Auto Club Speedway, Newman ranks fifth in most points earned.

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RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES:
What does a win mean to you and the RCR organization?
“It was an awesome day for RCR, Grainger, Caterpillar, Chevrolet, Coca-Cola … all the partners that support our race teams, all the guys at the shop, RCR and ECR. This win means so much to me. I didn’t forget how to win, but after a while or for so long, you get thinking to yourself, ‘Man, is it really this hard or are you just losing it?’ We didn’t lose it on Sunday. It’s been an amazing two days for me. It’s been so long for me to get to victory lane that I cannot thank everyone enough for supporting me. It’s been a total collective effort to get to victory lane and it feels so good. We were at the right place at the right time and did what we needed to do.”

How has Auto Club Speedway changed over the years?
“It has just gotten better and better. It is that kind of asphalt that just gets better with age. The seams are a little bit tricky, but the combination of the tires and the track and the fall off it’s just such a fun race track to race at.”

Do you find that you migrate towards the top groove?
“You go where you need to go. Sometimes you can putt around the bottom when everybody goes to the top. They rubber it up and it’s the short way around. Sometimes the bottom cools back off and you can dig down there.”

Auto Club Speedway and Michigan International Speedway are the only two-mile tracks on the schedule. What are the differences between the two facilities?
“Michigan has new pavement, a little bit more banking and it seems like we just have a different tire combination there that is more like what Auto Club Speedway was like a few years ago. The old Michigan (before the repave) is more similar to what Auto Club Speedway is like now. The new Michigan is more similar to Kentucky Speedway where it is just a harder tire and it’s a different kind of race.”

Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Auto Club Speedway… In 51 Series starts at the 2-mile speedway, RCR has captured two victories with drivers Jeff Burton (2007) and Austin Dillon (2016). The Welcome, North Carolina, organization has completed 7,430 laps of the 7,654 (97.1 percent) that they have competed. RCR has accumulated four pole awards, 17 top-five and 32 top-10 finishes, led 262 laps and averages a starting position of 10.6 and finishing position of 11.2.

Phoenix Review … Daniel Hemric was the highest RCR finisher in seventh, Ty Dillon was 10th, Brandon Jones 15th, Brendan Gaughan 27th and Austin Dillon 33rd, respectively, in the XFINITY Series DC Solar 200 at Phoenix Raceway.

The Points … All three RCR XFINITY Series full-time drivers remain in the top 15 of the driver point standings as the Series heads to Auto Club Speedway this weekend for the fifth event of the season. Daniel Hemric is currently sixth, Brandon Jones is 13th and Brendan Gaughan is 14th in the championship point standings. The No. 2 and No. 3 RCR teams are fifth and 13th, respectively, in the owner point standings. Daniel Hemric is currently second in the XFINITY Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year point standings, 10 points behind the leader.

Paul Menard and the No. 2 Richmond / Menards Chevrolet Camaro at Auto Club Speedway … Menard has competed in 10 NASCAR XFINITY Series events at the 2-mile track. He has one top-five and two top-10 finishes with his best start of seventh in October 2010 and finish of fourth in September 2006. The Wisconsin native has completed 97.9 percent of laps in competition with seven of them as the race leader.

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PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
You return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series this weekend at Auto Club Speedway. It’s also your first time back in an NXS car at this track since 2010. How are you feeling about the weekend?
“Yeah, I’m looking forward to this weekend. It’s always fun to work with Justin Alexander (crew chief) and the No. 2 team. We had a solid 2016 and this car has been strong so far this year, so I’m hoping to build on that for these guys. These races for me are about coming out here to win and learning all that we can for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Auto Club is unique with the seams on its surface. They add another element of character to the track. It’s something you have to be aware of. If you get into the seams early in the corner then it pretty much messes up your entire corner. But if you can get your car pointed and drive across them then you’re doing what works best. How you attack the seams really depends on what your car is doing. This is definitely a driver-friendly track and will be a lot of fun this weekend.”

This Week’s RUUD Chevrolet at Auto Club Speedway …Ty Dillon has three NASCAR XFINITY Series races under his belt at Auto Club Speedway. He scored his only top-10 finish at the 2-mile track in 2014 when he took the checkers in eighth place. Dillon will also be making his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at the track this weekend.

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TY DILLON QUOTES:
Auto Club Speedway and Michigan are the only 2-mile tracks on the schedule, but they seem to race so differently. Why is that?
“I think Auto Club Speedway is worn out and really rough, but it’s five lanes wide. Michigan has been repaved, so it is still kind of a narrow-groove racetrack, but it’s starting to widen out a little bit more. The fact that you have to slow down so much in the corners at Auto Club because of the lack of grip is what makes them so different. They’re similar in that they’re both tracks you have to figure out and can have a lot of fun racing at.”

Are you a “wall hugger” or are you a “bottom feeder” when it comes to the multiple racing grooves?
“I am whatever is fastest. I grew up dirt racing, so we are used to chasing that grip, which definitely carries over into NASCAR. I’ve raced at Auto Club Speedway three times before in the XFINITY Series, and I’ve had decent runs but not great ones. Being able to find the fastest lane there is key. I’m looking forward to getting our No. 3 RUUD Chevrolet out there and finding speed. It should be a great weekend for our team.”

Daniel Hemric and the No. 21 Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet at Auto Club Speedway … Hemric will be making the first Auto Club Speedway start of his NASCAR career this weekend. The 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Rookie of the Year contender has no previous experience at the 2-mile track.

Meet the Driver … Hemric will be part of the XFINITY Series autograph session in the fan midway on Friday, March 24, starting at 4 p.m. PT. He will also answer fan questions at the Team Chevy Stage on Saturday, March 25, starting at 8 a.m. PT.

Rearview Mirror: Phoenix … Starting at the back of the pack last Saturday at Phoenix Raceway, Hemric wasted no time working his way to the front of the field in the No. 21 Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet Camaro and was inside the top 10 within the first 50 laps. An issue with the side skirt of the car led to problems jacking the car up on the left side and resulted in slower than normal stops throughout the day. Despite the issue, Hemric continued to fight his way back to toward the front of the field. Crew chief Danny Stockman opted not to take fuel on the final pit stop of the day, which helped the handling of the No. 21 Chevrolet. On the final restart of the race, Hemric’s car took off and he drove his way back inside the top 10 and earned a seventh-place finish after starting 35th.

DANIEL HEMRIC QUOTES:
The racing surface at Auto Club Speedway has become pretty abrasive over the years and the racing is really sporty these days. How do you approach this weekend with that in mind?
“Auto Club Speedway has become one of those places that I am cautiously excited about. I just don’t know much about it because I have never seen it and have never been there, other than what I’ve seen on TV. I’ve been talking with my teammates about it leading up to this week. Austin Dillon won the XFINITY Series race there last year, so he has been a big resource. He has provided me with some insight into what to look for and what you can and can’t do. At a place like that, you can study for months, but then you get there and still have things that catch you off guard. I’ve been putting a lot of focus on Auto Club Speedway and trying to figure out what makes the racetrack what it is, and the surface is probably the first thing that pops up. As fast and big as the track is, the amount of grip isn’t that good, so it puts a lot back in the driver’s hands. The field is spread out from the fence to the apron, and as a racer that is cool. To have never run at a place that big and that fast and have that kind tendency to it, I’m really pumped up.”

Brandon Jones and the No. 33 Chevy Truck Month Chevrolet Camaro at Auto Club Speedway… Brandon Jones looks to close out the ‘NASCAR Goes West’ tour with a strong showing at Auto Club Speedway, the site of one of his first top-10 finishes as a regular in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Last season, the 20-year-old driver finished ninth at the two-mile track after starting the day in the 14th position.

Visiting Our Veterans… Jones will join Hope For The Warriors for a stop at United States Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton on Thursday, March 23. The group will tour the Hope and Care Center and the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West, while also meeting with service members stationed there. Jones had a passion for both racing and the military growing up, and considered them among the career paths he’d most want to follow. Today, Jones is able to engage both of those passions while racing full-time in the XFINITY Series and through his relationship with Hope For The Warriors, which dates back to 2015.

Celebrating Chevy Truck Month… For the second weekend in a row, Jones will be sporting the white, gold and gray paint scheme in honor of Chevy Truck Month, which is going on throughout the entire month of March. Fans are encouraged to get to their local Chevy dealer and choose the Silverado that’s right for them.

BRANDON JONES QUOTES:
You finished ninth at Fontana last year, which was one of your first top-10 finishes as a full-time driver in the XFINITY series. What do you like about that racetrack?
“You know it’s funny with Fontana. We struggled the entire day last year, in both practice and qualifying, but we were able to figure out some stuff during the race that helped us. I’m hoping that this year will go like that again. That track is tough because there isn’t a designated line to run. You have to see where the fast guys are running and that’s where you start running too. It’s a huge track with scooping corners, so there’s room to move. You’ll see some guys go all the way down to the apron at some points. It all depends on where your car works. There’s four or five different lanes to choose from, so it all depends on your car is handling.”

Do you remember anything about the seams and how they can either hurt you or be used to your advantage at the track?
“You saw that at Atlanta a little bit, where guys could hook up to those seams and get their cars to turn better. At other tracks, I know you don’t want to get on the seams since they can hurt your car really bad. But at Fontana, I definitely think we can use them to our advantage. If the car is a little tight, we can use the seam to our advantage and get it to hook us around the corner a little better. Still, most often you’re trying to straddle those seams or run straight over them all the time.”

This Week’s South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Auto Club Speedway… In nine NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at Auto Club Speedway, Brendan Gaughan has accumulated one top-five and five top-10 finishes, earning his best finish of second in 2015 after starting eighth.

Auto Club Speedway Success … Gaughan holds the NASCAR West Series record on race time at Auto Club Speedway with 1:28:47 set in 2001 when he won the Widetrack Grand Prix 200. In 2003, Gaughan started from the pole in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Racing Wheels 200 where he led 66 of 100 laps to ultimately finish second behind race-winner Ted Musgrave. During his 20-year NASCAR career, Gaughan has accumulated five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes with 98 laps led to his credit.

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BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTES:
What are your thoughts heading to Auto Club Speedway, a surface that has really built some character?
“I’m afraid you’re going to start hearing rumors about repaving. Every time I say, ‘Please don’t repave a track,’ they announce they are going to repave it. Auto Club Speedway is spectacular. I don’t get why the fans don’t like it. Sometimes a guy pulls away at the 2-mile oval, but it is six-wide racing, slipping, sliding and losing two and three seconds from stickers to old tires. The seams are treacherous there, you touch the seams and it will move the race car. That is what old-school, mean, hard-nosed racing is all about. I mean, we head into Turn 1 at 214 miles per hour. It’s ridiculous, and I love it. Guys can run an inch from the wall all the way down to the apron in Turns 3 and 4. How can you ask for a better racetrack? It’s a West Coast track and I love that about it as well. We run four-wide at Auto Club Speedway for three-quarters of the race. What more could you want?”

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