Richard Childress Racing–Geico 500

Multi-Car Incident Takes Out Austin Dillon and the No. 3 Dow Intellifresh Chevrolet at Talladega Superspeedway

“I was a little bit further back in the pack in the Dow Intellifresh Chevrolet. I just saw somebody come across the field and we all started checking up, but I was pushed back into it. It’s just Talladega and that’s a part of it. We’re three-wide, all trying to get as many positions as we can there at the end. We were just too far back to avoid the incident. Ty Dillon was in that pack with me and bailed out just before the crash because he felt like it was getting too wild. I was hoping one of our RCR or ECR teammates could make it up through there for the end of the race. It’s time to turn this season around. It’s been a rough start, but there are some positives. We have several solid tracks coming up.”

– Austin Dillon

Strong Run at Talladega Superspeedway Results in Top-10 Finish for Paul Menard and the No. 27 Valvoline / Menards Chevy Team

“We were pretty good. We could get some good runs, but I couldn’t maintain the runs very well. This is our Daytona 500 car and my team got it turned around for this race. So, two top-10 finishes with this car shows that we have a pretty good solid superspeedway program with that ECR horsepower. We could control our temperatures well all day long and push when we needed to. There was a lot of bumping today and a lot of good saves from where I sat. Turn 3 is always a choke point for us. People get runs then everyone comes together in Turn 3 and there were a lot of guys, myself included, that were bumping and getting bumped. Obviously the bumping increases as the race goes on and we saw what happens. This No. 27 Valvoline/Menards Chevy team needed a good day and we’ll take that top-10.”

– Paul Menard

Ryan Newman Makes Hard Contact With the Wall at Talladega Superspeedway Resulting in 25th-Place Finish for the Caterpillar Chevrolet Team

“We ran a smart race in our Caterpillar Chevrolet. We led some laps in the second stage and were doing what we needed to do to put ourselves in contention at the end. On the second-to-the-last restart, I felt like they were going to wreck so I dropped back and sure enough, they did. We were fortunate on that one. I honestly thought we were going to be OK at the end but with four laps to go, I got into the wall pretty hard. It’s Talladega. We did the best we could and it’s all about staying out of trouble and we unfortunately got in it.”

– Ryan Newman