Anderson Seeks Title Defense and Milestone Win at Historic Englishtown Track

Anderson Seeks Title Defense and Milestone Win at Historic Englishtown Track
 
Mooresville, N.C., May 29, 2013 – Summit Racing Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson is eager to return to Englishtown this weekend for the 44th annual Toyota NHRA Nationals at historic Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. The Mooresville, N.C.-based competitor hasn’t yet experienced the familiar joy of celebrating in the winner’s circle this season, but he looks for a strong outing this weekend at a racetrack that holds many treasured memories.
 
With a weekend off between national events for the first time in over a month, Anderson and the KB Racing crew have been tirelessly devoted to improving their program in a category where every tiny margin of progress has the ability to equate to a grand and coveted reward. Never wary of a daring move, the group has spent a good number of days recently testing a brand new Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro that they plan to add to the mix in the next few races. Although a definitive decision has not yet been made, at this time it appears that Anderson will be the guy with the new ride when it comes time for its debut; Houston winner and Summit Racing teammate Jason Line will likely continue piloting the blue Summit Racing Camaro.
 
Just one year ago and at the very racetrack where NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour will next venture, Anderson reaped the rewards of a risky move when he slid in behind the wheel of his first brand new Chevy Camaro and wheeled it to victory in its inaugural showing.
 
“You have to take risks, otherwise you get left behind,” said Anderson. “It’s really that simple. You can’t gain an advantage on the rest of the competition and expect to sit back and have that edge forever. You will get passed by, but that’s one of the coolest things about Pro Stock and the beauty of drag racing in general. Nobody sits still; everybody works hard to try to invent new ways to go faster and be the baddest dog out there. You can’t just sit on what you have. You’ll get passed by in a heartbeat.
 
“It was fantastic to win there last year, especially because it was the first time out with the new Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro. GM had been on the sidelines for a few years, and to get them back out in their new Camaro, a car that they considered to be their new baby, it felt really, really good. GM is very proud of these cars, and they should be – it was great to be able to win it for them and show them that their hard work in designing this new car was going to pay off. The future is going to be very bright for these Camaros, and they will go down as the best cars we’ve ever had, I guarantee it.”
 
A return to Englishtown as the defending event champion also stands as a return to the site of a monumental moment for the team. Anderson and Line battled their way up the ladder to square off in an all-Summit Racing final round for a title that would signify the 100th win for team owner Ken Black and KB Racing.
 
“Jason and I both wanted that win very badly,” recalled Anderson. “I know Jason was very disappointed that he didn’t get that 100th win, and I would have been just as disappointed if I was on the other side of it – it’s very important to both of us to make Ken Black proud, and for Ken and KB Racing to be able to say that they have 100 wins, well it’s absolutely amazing. For Jason and I, this is cool. But what it means to Ken, that’s what it’s all about. It means so much to both of us, and it was very special.”
 
Anderson is just one race-win away from another milestone, but this one is of a more personal nature. The four-time Pro Stock world champion has 74 national event wins to his credit. One more final-round win light will result in achieving his 75th victory and a move up from the No. 8 spot on the all-time win list to a tie for 7th with Pat Austin.
 
“It hurts to wait,” admitted Anderson. “It’s no fun, and we’ve been working extremely hard to get there. Our troubles have been obvious lately, but this Summit Racing team continues to dig and test every week to find out where we’re crossed up, and I really think we’re gaining on it. We made progress in Atlanta, and then we took a step back last weekend in Topeka, but this week off that we’ve had has given us a great opportunity to do some testing and make more forward progress. I don’t want to brag or say, ‘Look out everyone, here we come,’ but we all feel a little more positive. I’d like to wait and see what happens, but I think we’ll run better this weekend.”
 
With temperatures projected to soar to the 90-degrees Fahrenheit range, the challenge for all will be to master a hot and greasy racing surface, but the Summit Racing team have historically had the right recipe for conditions at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. In addition to his win there last year, Anderson has four previous victories (2002, 2003, 2007 and 2008), making him the full-time active driver with the most wins in any professional category at the venerable facility. Only Don Prudhomme, Larry Dixon and Joe Amato have more Etown trophies than Anderson, and his Summit Racing teammate Line has three of his own (2004-06).
 
“We like this racetrack; we like it a lot,” said Anderson. “It’s a feel-good racetrack for us, and history has shown us that we can run well and win this race. Quite honestly, I can’t wait to get there and see what our week of testing has done for us. We expect to be able to contend for the race win.”

John Force Racing Ready for Englishtown

HIGHT READY FOR ENGLISHTOWN SUCCESS

ENGLISHTOWN, NJ (May 29, 2013) — Robert Hight and the Auto Club Ford Mustang team have started the 2013 Mello Yello season the same way they started the 2009 season. They are winless through the first eight races but have shown signs as of success as of late. Luckily for Hight and his team 2009 turned out alright considering they hoisted the Funny Car World Championship trophy in Pomona. This weekend at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park’s historic Toyota Summernationals Hight is looking to get his first win of 2013 and his first win at the storied East Coast racing facility.

“Englishtown is a major race just like a major event in golf. You want to win at Pomona, Gainesville, Indy and Englishtown. This place has seen some of the most famous drivers and some of the greatest racing. John (Force) used to match race here on Wednesday night and they would have all sorts of crazy things going on but it all came back to the racing. I want to get a win here and we were close last year,” said Hight.

While Hight has not been getting a lot of win lights at the start of the season that turned around in Topeka where he was the No. 3 qualifier and raced to his first final round of the season. Unfortunately for the first time in four final round meetings with veteran racer Johnny Gray Hight came up just a little short losing the final. Hight now holds a 3-1 final round record to Gray.

“It seemed like every time I was going to a final lately it was against Johnny. We were either in a final or the first round against each other. He has a tough race car and he is a good driver. That is always a tough combination. I was glad to go some rounds in Topeka and we moved up a spot in the points,” said Hight, who now sits No. 7 in the Mello Yello point standings.

“The good news is all our John Force Racing Mustangs ran well all weekend in Topeka. That was the first race in a long time where we got four qualifying runs and then went some rounds on Sunday. We need the track time in race conditions. We tested a lot of things in the off season and when you are trying to figure them out you need track time. We lost a ton of runs due of weather to start the season.”

Prior to the start of the race in Topeka Hight received a few words of encouragement from a somewhat surprising source. Fellow competitor Ron Capps took a few minutes during the pre-race ceremonies to tell Hight he was glad the Auto Club Mustang appeared to be turning around after a strong two days of qualifying.

“It was kind of cool. Capps came up to me and said it was glad to have me back running good. He is a class guy and it makes you feel good to know that people are recognizing our success on the track even if it is only a couple of days. You want to give everyone a tough race and Capps is one of the best guys out here with a great team. He made the quickest 1000 ft run last year at Englishtown, 3.96 seconds, and I know if conditions are just right there will be a lot of teams trying to run quicker than that,” said Hight.

FORCE SEEKS RETRIBUTION AT RACEWAY PARK
Resurgent 15-Time Champ Tries to End Winless Streak in Castrol GTX Ford

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. – It’s been 14 years since John Force last won a race at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.  That’s the longest the Hall of Fame Funny Car driver has gone without a victory at any track in the NHRA Mello Yello Series.

The fact is, he hasn’t even reached the final round since 2004 and is only 8-8 in his last eight appearances in the Toyota Summernationals, contested this week for the 44th time.   

Nevertheless, it would be ludicrous to discount the sport’s biggest winner from the title conversation when the world’s top drag racing professionals once again convene for the Northeast’s biggest event.   

At an age when other 60-somethings are content to spend their weekends astride nothing more powerful than the riding mower, Force will climb back into the cockpit of a 10,000 horsepower Castrol GTX Ford Mustang with a better-than-average shot at ending his recent malaise on one of the tracks on which he got his start.

When no one else could see any potential in the former truck driver, the late Vinny Napp started booking him into Raceway Park for Wednesday and Saturday night Funny Car races.  That gave Force encouragement and credibility at a time when he needed both.  He’s never forgotten it, either.

“It’s always special to come back to Englishtown, because that’s where I got my start,” Force recalled.  “I hadn’t even been east of Phoenix when Vinny Napp booked me into one of his Funny Car races (the first time).  Once that happened, a couple other promoters gave me a shot and it just grew from there.  If Vinny Napp hadn’t had faith in me, none of this would have happened.”

What happened is a Horatio Alger story on wheels that brings Force back to his roots as a 15-time series champion, a 134-time tour winner and, while still active, an inductee into both the Motor Sports Hall of Fame of America and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Not that those accomplishments will mean squat this weekend.

“That’s old news,” Force said.  “Nobody’s gonna cut you any slack because you’re in the Hall of Fame – and I wouldn’t want them to.  But I still believe I can win and as long as that’s true, I’m gonna stay out here.  I love it.  I love driving my hot rod, being out here with my girls (daughters Courtney and Brittany both drive) and with Robert (son-in-law Robert Hight).

“I tell people I grew up in a trailer park (in Bell Gardens, Calif.) and I’m still in a trailer park.  The only difference is the trailers are bigger and nicer.”

 Force owns 10 of the biggest and nicest.  They house six Funny Cars (two for each of the three teams), two Top Fuel dragsters, the Castrol Technology Center and a full complement of spare parts.

Just over two years removed from his most recent championship (2010), Force nevertheless admits that he has struggled the last couple of seasons.  Although he has continued to win (prevailing at Denver in 2011 and at Pomona, Calif., a year ago), he hasn’t done so with typical Force flare.

This year, he’s won just five rounds in eight races and has yet to reach the finals.  However, two weeks ago, he earned the 141st No. 1 start of his career, set a Heartland Park-Topeka track record at 4.043 seconds and, on Monday after the race, dipped to 4.01 seconds in testing.

That sends him into the Summernationals with the kind of confidence Vinny Napp instilled in him 30 years ago.  Coupled with returning crew chief Mike Neff’s expertise (he won at Raceway Park as a driver in 2011), that may be enough to insure a very Force-ful weekend.  

ON-THE-JOB-TRAINING FOR TOP FUEL ROOKIE

BRITTANY FORCE BACK IN SCHOOL THIS WEEK

Rookie Trying to Move Up in Mello Yello Points in Castrol EDGE dragster

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. – Brittany Force goes back to school this week, not at New York’s Hunter College, where she studied for a semester on the way to earning her Bachelor’s degree, but at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park where she’ll continue to learn the family business in a modified classroom on wheels.

Granted, the canopied cockpit of the 330 mile-an-hour Castrol EDGE Top Fuel dragster isn’t your normal learning environment, but then John Force Racing, Inc., isn’t your normal business, either.

Brittany’s dad is 15-time NHRA Funny Car champion and International Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee John Force.  Her brother-in-law is 2009 champion Robert Hight.  Her older sister, Ashley Force Hood, was the first woman ever to win an NHRA Funny Car race and her younger sister, Courtney, was last year’s NHRA Rookie-of-the-Year.

Together, they’ve set the bar pretty high, but Brittany,
who already has secured her California teaching credential, is unaffected by the predictable comparisons.

“When Ashley came out, she had her own set of goals,” she explained  “Same with Courtney.  Same with me.  For me, it’s not about comparisons to Ashley or Courtney.  It’s about setting my own goals and achieving them myself in my time.

 “I thought I was through with school when I got my bachelor’s degree,” admitted the graduate of Cal State-Fullerton, “but I’m still learning every time I go down the track.  I know I need more experience.  Even though I tested all last season, it’s not the same as it is in a race.

 “I’m having to learn things like backpedaling (feathering the throttle to regain traction) while I’m racing,” admitted the Southern California native.  “I know I have a great team with Dean Antonelli and Eric Lane as my crew chiefs and Castrol EDGE as my sponsor and I’m just trying not to let them down.”

Brittany’s development has been short-circuited to some extent by a wet weather pattern that has forced cancellation of six qualifying runs over the last four events.  That’s six lost opportunities for improvement.  Nevertheless, the second youngest of Force’s four daughters remains undaunted.

“Hopefully, we’ll get all our qualifying runs this week and continue to improve,” she said.  “That’s my goal – to improve every week.”

Brittany’s progress has been difficult to gauge considering the fact that she is the first ever to drive a JFR Top Fuel dragster.  The sport’s most successful team has won 134 races and 17 championships in the Funny Car class but, until this year, it never had sent a car down the track in any other professional category.

“We’re all learning together,” said Antonelli, who last year was crew chief on the Castrol GTX Ford Mustang in which the elder Force won the inaugural Traxxas Nitro Shootout and the accompanying $100,000 bonus.  “Most of these guys, myself included, never had worked on a dragster.  It’s on-the-job training, really.”

Utilizing the Ford BOSS 500 nitro motor developed at JFR as a collaborative effort, Brittany became the first driver in 42 years to win with Ford power when she upset Doug Kalitta in the first round of last April’s SummitRacing.com Nationals at Las Vegas.

 She’ll try to build on that accomplishment this week, hoping to gain ground in the point standings that determine the drivers who will compete this fall for the Mello Yello Championship.

Despite her relative lack of experience, Brittany has had previous success at Raceway Park, where she qualified No. 1 and reached the semifinals in a 2009 Summernationals appearance in the Top Alcohol Dragster class, drag racing’s version of NASCAR’s Nationwide Series.

If the 26-year-old phenom can come anywhere close to duplicating that performance, school might finally be out.

Chevy Racing–Corvette Daytona Prototype Teams Looking for Top Spot on the Podium for Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 on the Streets of Detroit’s Belle Isle

Corvette Daytona Prototype Teams Looking for Top Spot on the Podium for Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 on the Streets of Detroit’s Belle Isle
 
DETROIT – (May 29, 2013) – Racing in the shadow of Chevrolet’s Detroit headquarters is next on the schedule for Team Chevy in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.  Five Corvette Daytona Prototype (DP) teams will take to the 2.36-mile, 13-turn temporary street course on Belle Isle, just east of downtown Detroit.  In addition, two teams will carry the Chevy banner in the Grand-Touring (GT) class.
 
Last year’s inaugural race was a clean sweep for Chevrolet, as they earned the trophies in both the DP and GT classes. These winning performances have set a high precedent for Bowtie Brigade this season as the driver’s and teams compete to keep the trophies at home in Detroit.
 
Of the four races run so far this season, Corvette DP teams have claimed two victories. The No. 99 GAINSCO Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP driven by Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney was the winner at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, while the No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP piloted by Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor was the victor at Barber Motorsports Park.
 
Not only has the Corvette DP enjoyed success in its class, the Camaro GT. R. in the GT class has also visited Winner’s Circle twice this season.  The No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R team with driver’s John Edwards and Robin Liddell behind the wheel have scored back-to-back victories at Barber Motorsports Park and Road Atlanta.
 
“After a very long break between races, the Chevrolet teams in the GRAND-AM Rolex Series are excited to get back into competition,” said Jim Lutz, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager GRAND-AM Road Racing Rolex Series. “All of the teams have used the time since the last race at Road Atlanta efficiently to get their equipment prepared with both on-track and in-shop testing. They have been working very closely with the Chevrolet engineers as well as our technical partners utilizing a very detailed layout of the track on Belle Isle tuning their initial setups to be as close as possible when they unload because practice time is so limited prior to qualifying and then the race.  Racing in the shadow of Chevrolet’s Detroit headquarters is a thrill for the Rolex teams, and adds a little extra prestige to the Chevy team that wins the top spot on the podium.”

After all the preparation has been done and the field has been set, as the cars come to take the green-flag they will be led to the starting line by a 2013 Camaro ZL1.
 
While fans come to enjoy another exciting GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race they can take time to visit the Team Chevy display located on Belle Isle.  The display will feature a variety of Chevrolet models for guests to look at.  They can check out all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray, and Camaro as well as many other vehicles from the great Chevrolet line-up of cars, trucks and crossovers.   The display will be located on Belle Isle, and will be open 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.
 

J&M Speed– Phil Baybrooks Memorial Car Show

May 19th was the Phil Braybrooks Memorial Car Show held at J&M Speed in Riverside, CA.  Every year, we have sponsored a trophy for the Best Use of ARP fasteners plaque.  General Manager Lisa Somody has pictures of every winner placed onto the plaques, which makes them more personal for the winner, which I think is a great idea.

  This year, after reviewing over 400 cars, I picked a black 1968 Mustang fastback with a 428 FE engine.  The car is owned by Keith Paxton of Lake Arrowhead, CA and uses a huge array of our fasteners.  Just about everywhere I looked, he’d used our product.  This made the choice really easy this year.
  Because of the complexity of the engine and compartment, our bolts are a bit difficult to see in the photo, but I promise, they were all over.

Ross Hoek Motorsports Begins Greatest Challenge – TORC PRO-4×4

Holland, MI (May 28, 2013) – Ross Hoek knew coming into the 2013 season that his program would be facing new challenges racing at the pinnacle of short-course off-road racing, TORC PRO-4×4. After 13 years in the sport and racing in every truck division from Sportsman Stock to PRO-2WD Ross knew it was time to step it up yet again. Purchasing the Greaves championship PRO-4×4 chassis just before Christmas the team undertook the challenges of updating the truck. The 2013 season will be a year of learning, so the team took its time to make sure everything was ready and right before heading to the track.
 
After fitting the new engine, transmission, and adjusting the cockpit to accommodate Ross and his ISP seat, the truck was completed just before the Eldora event. Unfortunately, this left little time for any serious testing. After a couple quick tests in the shop parking lot and an afternoon in an open field, everything seemed to be working just fine so the team loaded up the hauler and headed for western Ohio.
 
Once the team set up shop at Eldora, Mother Nature decided to unleash heavy rainstorms. The excessive amounts of moisture in the ground caused TORC officials to cancel all of Friday’s practice and race activities as well as the Saturday afternoon practice sessions, allowing the track crew to take evasive action to dry out the racing surface.
 
The TORC race plan was revised for weather to have all four classes to go racing Live on Speed without any time on the track. With very little time driving time in the #10 Motive Gear/Auto Trans Design/Maxxis Tire/Toyota, Ross Hoek pulled into staging looking to gain some very valuable experience in his first ever PRO-4 event.
 
When Ross started the truck to follow the pace truck onto the track he immediately smelled something burning. With no time and no visible problem Ross hoped it was oil on the headers and pulled into the infield of the famed Eldora oval. A quick inspection revealed a glowing red alternator. A violent first lap crash damaging the catch fence gave the team time to disconnect the failed alternator and get Ross back in the truck for some valuable test laps.
 
With the race under a full course caution, Ross was able to re-enter the thirty lap feature only two laps down. The remaining laps saw the #10 Toyota gain valuable experience as he stayed clear of the leaders on his way to a sixth place finish.
 
“The weather really prevented us from getting any seat time,” remarked Ross Hoek. “If we had any type of practice before the race, the alternator problem would have been found and fixed before any green flag racing. We have over a month before the next race and we will find somewhere to go testing and feel this truck out. I know we have a great truck capable of running up front but getting me up to speed driving a four wheel drive is the greatest challenge in my career. The next step is Bark River which is my best track historically. Our performance there will definitely show improvement.”
 
The next race on the TORC schedule is June 15-16 in Bark River, Michigan.
 
RHM would like to thank its sponsors including:
 
Motive Gear, Jeff’s Bronco Graveyard, AMSOIL, Auto Trans Design, Maxxis Tires, 
R2C Performance, ISP Seats, RacerX, Allstar Performance, Auto Meter, MSD Ignition, Invisible Glass, Fox Shox, and REM Chemicals.

Roush Yates Performance Products Serves as Lunch Stop on Hot Rod Power Tour

Roush Yates Performance Products Serves as Lunch Stop on Hot Rod Power Tour
 
Mooresville, NC (May 27, 2013) Roush Yates Performance Products is proud to announce their involvement with the 2013 Hot Rod Power Tour as an official lunch stop on Friday, June 7th.

The legendary Hot Rod Power Tour will travel to seven cities in seven days for the 19th consecutive year on June 1-7, 2013. At each stop, a performance marketplace, featuring top aftermarket manufacturers, accompanies the thousands of hot rods, muscle cars, street machines, custom creations, and trucks that go on display for the day as the pages of Hot Rod come to life.

Over 5,400 enthusiasts will participate in the trip driving their beloved hot rods of every make, model and vintage. Over the seven tour stops, over 85,000 spectators will be admitted free to take in the daily show of thousands of “to die for” machines and the traveling exhibits of over 50 top aftermarket manufacturers.

Roush Yates Performance Products, located in Mooresville, NC, is inviting the community to join in the festivities as they welcome performance enthusiasts from around the country. From 10:00am to 4:00pm EST Roush Yates will provide free food, entertainment, and prizes to everyone who stops by their 50,000 sq/ft retail facility. Products from ARP, Exedy, Proform, Eibach, Aeromotive, DC Classic Cars, Hot Rod Hotline, Ingersoll-Rand, Impact, Kooks Headers, PRW, and RacingJunk.com will be on display and Rozak from 106.5 The End will be on location.

“Being selected as a lunch stop on the Hot Rod Power Tour represents positive local and national exposure for Roush Yates Performance Products as well as a broad economic impact for our community,” said Doug Yates, CEO of Roush Yates. “We are excited to show performance enthusiasts what Roush Yates can offer them and how our NASCAR technology can be applied to their hot rods.”

The 2013 Hot Rod Power Tour kicks off on June 1 in Arlington, TX. From there, stops will include: Texarkana, AR; Little Rock, AR; Memphis, TN; Birmingham, AL; and Chattanooga, TN before a spectacular final stop on June 7 at zMAX Dragway in Concord, NC.

Honda Racing–Wilson Fifth at Indianapolis

Charging Wilson Finishes Fifth at Indianapolis

In a record-smashing race that saw new marks for lead changes, number of different leaders and average speed, Justin Wilson put on an inspiring charge that led the way for Honda in the final laps, posting the fastest race lap en route to a fifth-place finish at Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

After starting 14th, Wilson took his Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara into the top-10 in the early laps, but a blistered rear tire as the 200-lap race neared its mid-point dropped him to the very back of the field and forced the veteran driver to contend with an ill-handling car until the next round of pit stops on Lap 124.  Wilson spent the final portions of the race working is way towards the front of the field, reaching fifth place just after the final race restart on Lap 197, when Dario Franchitti crashed to end the race under caution.

A cool, overcast day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway produced a record 187.433 mph race average, bettering the previous record of 185.981 mph set by Arie Luyendyk in 1990.  In addition, the 68 lead changes – among a record 14 different drivers – shattered the mark of 34 set just last year.

Behind Wilson, Simon Pagenaud brought his Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports Honda from 21st on the starting grid to finish eighth, while Charlie Kimball posted another top-10 result, running ninth in his Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

Other Honda drivers encountered problems in today’s 97th running of the Indianapolis 500.  Alex Tagliani was an early top-10 competitor, but dropped off the lead lap after brushing the wall on Lap 168 and having to pit for repairs.  The Target Chip Ganassi Racing duo of Franchitti and Scott Dixon suffered from gearing and handling issues throughout the race, with Dixon finishing 14th and Franchitti crashing without injury on Lap 197 to end the race under caution.

Richard Childress Racing–Coca Cola 600

Coca-Cola 600   
Charlotte Motor Speedway 
 
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Charlotte Motor Speedway     
May 26, 2013 
 
Race Highlights:
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished first (Kevin Harvick), 12th (Jeff Burton) and 13th (Paul Menard).
According to NASCAR’s post-race loop data statistics, Harvick averaged a 180.822 mph lap time ranking him second in the Speed in Traffic category and spent 396 Laps in the Top 15, positioning him fourth in the loop data category.
Harvick earned the third-best Driver Rating (112.8), was third in Quality Passes (50), was the third-Fastest Driver Late in a Run (179.721 mph), fourth-Fastest Driver Early in a Run (184.211) and fifth-Fastest on Restarts (170.488 mph).
Burton made 87 Green Flag Passes during the 600-mile event.
Menard made 105 Green Flag Passes during the 400-lap event ranking him sixth overall.
Menard ranked 11th in Quality Passes during the 600-mile race with 38.
Harvick earned his second victory of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and was followed to the finish line by Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano.
The next Sprint Cup Series race is the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, June 2.  The 13th race of the 2013 season is scheduled to be televised live on FOX beginning at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio.
 
 
 
Menard Earns Hard Fought 13th-Place Finish in Prestigious Coca-Cola 600
 
Starting from the 22nd position, Paul Menard and the No. 27 Serta/Menards team
faced handling issues and late-race damage in Sunday night’s 600-mile event, earning a 13th-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In the early laps of the event, Menard gained several positions and was running 16th by lap 75. Communicating to crew chief “Slugger” Labbe that the No. 27 machine was loose on entry and tight through the center of the corners, Menard came into the pits at lap 115 for four fresh tires, fuel and a variety of chassis adjustments. Shortly after pitting, a cable supporting the overhead television camera on the frontstretch fell and landed on the track surface damaging several cars and bringing out the red flag on lap 127. The downed wire cut the right-rear tire on the No. 27 machine and the crew went to work changing four tires and adding fuel during a 15-minute red-flag period given to the teams by NASCAR officials to make repairs. Restarting 20th, Menard quickly made his way to 15th by lap 153. Continuing to fight a loose condition though the center of the corners, Labbe called for an array of chassis adjustments on the ensuing pit stops in an attempt to remedy the cars handling condition. The series of adjustments provided some relief to the Eau Claire, Wis., native and he was running in eighth when a multi-car incident on lap 335 caused right-front fender damage to the Serta/Menards Chevrolet. The pit crew made repairs during two separate visits to pit road and Menard restarted 15th with 63 laps to go. During a round of green-flag pit stops, Labbe elected to leave his driver on track to lead lap 381 before pitting for right-side tires and fuel. Pitting under green, Menard fell a lap down to the leader. As luck would have it, the caution-flag was displayed just two laps later allowing the 31-year-old driver to be credited with the “Lucky Dog”, placing him back on the lead lap in 13th for the ensuing restart. With 11 laps remaining in the 400-lap event, Menard was able to maintain his position and finish 13th in the longest race of the season. Menard’s 13th-place effort in the Coca-Cola 600 moves him up two positions, placing him eighth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings.
 
 
Start – 22          Finish – 13          Laps Led – 1          Points – 8th
 
 
PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
“It was a tough day for the No. 27 Serta/Menards crew. We had a pretty good car early on and began to struggle with the handling as the night went on and the track conditions changed. The late race damage to the right front put us behind a little, but I have to give my team credit because they never gave up and made the repairs we needed to get back out and be competitive. We just ran out of laps at the end, but we’ll take a top 13 and a good points night.”
 
 
 
    
Harvick Wins Second-Career Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
 
Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser team picked up their second win of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, driving to Victory Lane following the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The California native started the 400-lap event from the 15th position and battled a tight-handling red, white and blue Chevrolet during the early stages of the event. In an effort to combat the handling issues Harvick was facing, the Budweiser pit crew made adjustments through the course of multiple four-tire pit stops. Harvick broke into the top 10 during the lap-131 restart, following a 27-minute break in the action for track workers to clean up debris on the racing surface from a fallen overhead camera cable. As the race progressed, Harvick continued to methodically work his way through the field settling into the top five prior to the caution flag being displayed on lap 259. The Richard Childress Racing driver remained near the front of the field during the final laps taking the lead on two occasions before the yellow flag waved on lap 386. Crew chief Gil Martin called Harvick to pit road for right-side tires and fuel under caution, positioning the Budweiser Chevrolet in second for the lap-389 restart. As green-flag racing resumed, Harvick moved back out front and led the field to the checkered flag. Following Harvick’s second win of the season, he gained three positions in the Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings, moving up to seventh.
 
Start – 15          Finish – 1          Laps Led – 28            Points – 7th
                        
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTE:
“First off, I want to say I hope everybody is okay from that cable. That was quite a weird incident there.  Second, I want to just say thank you to all the guys at Richard Childress Racing. To win at Charlotte (Motor Speedway) is something that we had to overcome for a long time. We kind of won it on gas mileage last time, and we just went and won it this time. I have to thank everybody from Budweiser, Sprint, all the fans, Jimmy John’s, Hunt Brothers Pizza and Rheem. We’ve got this great promotion with Folds of Honor on the car this weekend and the paint scheme resembles Budweiser’s special beer cans. Plus, five cents from every can goes to Folds of Honor.”
 
 
      
Jeff Burton Survives Coca-Cola 600, Finishing 12th
 
Jeff Burton and the No. 31 Cheerios Chevrolet team finished 12th in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Burton qualified 27th for the longest race on the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule and, while battling a tight-handling race car, climbed into the top 25 for the first portion of the 400-lap marathon. With an early long green-flag run, crew chief Luke Lambert and the No. 31 pit crew were unable to make planned chassis adjustments on the car until the first caution on lap 70 which was followed by a 27-minute red flag that stopped the race. The 21-time Sprint Cup Series race winner continued to run in the top 25 and as day turned into night, the car became loose on entry and exit of th
e 24-degree banked corners of the 1.5-mile facility. As the night progressed, many competitors fell victim to mechanical problems and multi-car accidents, including seven and five-car pileups on lap 327 and 335 which led to another red-flag delay. The South Boston, Va. native managed to avoid the trouble and climbed into the top 15. For the remainder of the event, Burton’s “never-give-up” attitude paid off as he gained valuable track position and posted top-10 lap times throughout the final portion of the 600-mile race, bringing the No. 31 Cheerios Chevrolet home in 12th-place. Burton now sits 21st in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings.
 
Start – 27          Finish -12         Laps Led – 0          Points – 21st
 
JEFF BURTON QUOTE:
“We pretty much fought a tight-handling condition for the entire race, especially in the middle of the corners. These No. 31 guys never gave up and we managed to stay out of trouble while bringing home a clean race car and a top-15 finish. I also want to say congratulations to our RCR teammate Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 team on their victory.”
 

Wood Brothers Racing–Bayne and Motorcraft/Quick Lane Crew Finish 16th in Charlotte Marathon

Bayne and Motorcraft/Quick Lane Crew Finish 16th in Charlotte Marathon
May 27, 2013

Trevor Bayne and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team overcame a back-row start because of a blown engine and a flat tire in happy hour practice, an unscheduled pit stop to remove trash from the grille in the early laps of the Coca-Cola 600, a loose-handling condition mid-race and a lack of wave-around opportunities to post a 16th-place finish in Sunday’s marathon race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The final result in the Wood Brothers’ 1,400th Sprint Cup start wasn’t exactly what Bayne and the team were hoping for, but the performances of driver and crew exceeded expectations.

In a race that saw many of the front-runners eliminated in crashes, Bayne dodged disaster on at least two occasions to bring his No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion home unscathed. He was running just behind Aric Almirola and Mark Martin when the two touched on the frontstretch and triggered a multi-car melee with 74 laps to go. Bayne drove onto the apron and out of harm’s way.

With 66 laps remaining, he had to make another evasive maneuver to avoid being swept up in the crash that knocked Jimmie Johnson out of contention for the win.

On pit road, crew chief Donnie Wingo and his race strategists figured out adjustments to correct a loose-handling condition that contributed to Bayne being two laps down by the halfway point. But once they got the car back up to speed, the strategies employed by the teams on the lead lap closed the door on any wave-around opportunities for drivers like Bayne. If any leaders stay on the track during caution periods, there is no wave-around opportunity for drivers a lap or more behind to regain the lost ground.

“Trevor did a really good job missing those wrecks,” team co-owner Eddie Wood said. “And Donnie and the crew were able to make a couple of small adjustments and fix a car that was so loose that we thought there was something broken with the suspension.”

“We were really happy to get that fixed, because if you have speed, all the rest will work out sooner or later.”

Wood pointed out that overcoming obstacles is what the annual 600-mile grind at Charlotte is all about.

“We started out in a bad spot because of the engine problems on Saturday, which meant that we basically had no happy hour practice,” he said. “Then we had to stop to get trash off the grille and got a lap down early. But everybody on the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team hung in there, and we were fast at the end.”

“For us, it was a good thing that the race was 600 miles.”

Bayne and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew return to the Sprint Cup Series in three weeks for the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Chevy Racing–HARVICK IS VICTORIOUS AT CHARLOTTE

HARVICK IS VICTORIOUS AT CHARLOTTE
 
TRIO OF CHEVROLET SS RACE CARS TAKE TOP THREE SPOTS IN WILD COCA-COLA 600
 
 
CHARLOTTE, NC – May 26, 2013 – In a 10-lap shootout to the finish, Kevin Harvick held off Kasey Kahne to bring his No. 29 Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevrolet SS home for the win ahead of Kahne’s No. 5 Time Warner Cable SS. It was Harvick’s 21st NASCAR Sprint Cup career win, his second of the 2013 season, and also his second time to visit Victory Lane at the Coca-Cola 600.  The win also moved Havick up three places in the series standings to 7th place overall.
 
The bizarre 400 lap/600 mile race was marred by three red flag interruptions to clear debris and nylon rope from a fallen FOX television camera and repair the damaged cars.
 
Kahne, who took fluids for flu-like symptoms prior to the start of the race, had the fastest car in the field and led the race for 161 laps. But he was left with worn tires when he didn’t pit on the last stop prior to the final restart, giving Harvick the advantage to take the low side and get by Kahne.
 
Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing/Sealy Chevrolet SS rallied back from electrical problems, and finished third; giving Team Chevy the top three finishing spots.
 
Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevy SS and Tony Stewart, No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS, finished the race in 6th and 7th place, respectively.  That gave the Bowtie Brigade five of the top 10 in the final order.
 
Jimmie Johnson, five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, was caught in a multi-car accident, yet managed to bring his No. 48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevy SS in for a 22nd place finish.  Johnson continues to maintain the point lead and holds a 32-point advantage over second place.
 
The next stop on the tour is Dover International Speedway in Delaware on June 2, 2013.
 
Kevin Harvick, Gil Martin (Crew Chief), and Richard Childress (Team Owner) No. 29 Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevrolet SS – Winner
 
THE MODERATOR:  Let’s roll into our post‑race winning team.  Our race winner is Kevin Harvick.  He’s joined by his owner Richard Childress, and crew chief Gil Martin.  This is his second victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  He also won the 2011 Coca‑Cola 600.  I understand on Thursday of this week, you presented the fire suit from that victory to some soldiers at Fort Bragg, certainly a great tribute to some of the men and women that protect our country.
 
Let’s talk about this race.  It was quite a race here tonight.  Had a little bit of everything in it.  Just talk about how you were able to get that 29 Budweiser into Victory Lane.
 
KEVIN HARVICK:  You know, coming into this particular race, it’s going to be a long night, you’re going to have to survive.  We had some strange circumstances with the cable.  With this particular car, obviously you don’t know where the balance is going to start with the temperature being a little bit lower this week.  I think the swing was a little bit less than what it normally is.
 
Just a great night.  Gil made a great call at the end, we were able to put ourselves in position and survive until the point of when it was time to go.
 
THE MODERATOR:  Gil Martin, a big call there that last caution going down pit road.  Talk about the thought process and maybe how the 29 seemed to get better and better as the race went along.
 
GIL MARTIN:  At the end of the race we probably had 12 different scenarios that we were trying to play out.  Everybody started getting on a different sync as far as we were going to have to pit around the 368 mark.  Cautions kept happening, we new some were going to be able to go later.  We had scenarios for that trying to get two.
 
When the final caution came out, I thought we needed to come.  It was a no‑brainer.  I know Kevin did, too, because of the fact that the cars were going to be better on the restart, especially getting through the first couple corners, being able to run wide open with cold tires.  It worked out good.
 
THE MODERATOR:  Richard, certainly this race team has put on a great show here today for one of our biggest races, Memorial Day weekend.  I know how much the military means to your organization.  But talk about winning this race.
 
RICHARD CHILDRESS:  Gil said it.  He made a great call there at the end.  Kevin was really digging all day long.  This is a grueling race.  That’s what it’s meant to be.  He set there and just dug and dug and dug and come through.  To win this race on a special weekend like this, Memorial Day weekend, is very special for all of our troops, all of their families.
 
Today I texted Jim Campbell and congratulated him for a Chevy winning at Indy, having a great day.  I texted him back and said, We’ll win for you tonight.  We kept our word.
 
THE MODERATOR:  We’ll go ahead and take questions.
Q.  Kevin, the bizarre TV cable thing, did you see that?  How does that mess up your momentum?
KEVIN HARVICK:  Hell, the first time I drove by I said, Hell, my career is over, my eyes have taken a crap.  I saw this streak go by me.  What in the hell was that?
 
I always have this thing with my eyes.  It’s one of the biggest things we have as drivers.  You got to believe in your eyes.  I tell myself, You got to believe what you saw.
 
I got to the start/finish line, I eased off the gas, I knew what I had seen the lap before, I was hoping it wasn’t my last race, I was hoping what I saw was right.  I let off at the start/finish line, there was that black streak again.  I was looking for it.  You could see the cable hanging down.
 
Strange.  Hope everybody is okay.  We all wrecked in 2001 going into turn one at the All‑Star Race and unloaded our backup car.  We’ve been in a couple strange instances here at Charlotte.  You just want to get everything fixed.
 
I’m glad that NASCAR was able to let the guys fix their cars that were involved in it to try to get back to where they were to be competitive.
Q.  Kevin, other than the cable incident, talk about the craziness of the night with all the accidents.
KEVIN HARVICK:  This is one of those nights you just know going into it you got to grind away lap after lap, just keep yourself on the lead lap, not make any mistakes.  As you get towards the end of the race, you want to be more aggressive as you get onto pit road, get into your pit box.
 
Early in the race, a pit road penalty, a mistake in general, is going to cost you and you’re going to be trying to catch up all night.  The more you can keep yourself in position to not make a mistake, maybe give up a spot or two here or there to keep your position is okay.
 
As we came down to the end, it came down to a restart.  We had the track position when the 78 had their problem.  We were the leader.  We saw that the 5 was able to really go on the restarts.  We were tight.  Gil made a good adjustment on the car.  We were better.  I wish we would have had one more stab at it to make it even better yet.
 
In the end it was good enough to win the race.  That’s all that matters.
Q.  I think it was 18 laps to go, Kahne passed you.  He looked strong.  Did you think it was over at that
KEVIN HARVICK:  You know, we all pitted there probably about that same time, about 20 laps to go.  I could see him.  Heck, the last race we won here, we came off of turn two in third.  By the time we got back to the start/finish line, we had won the race.
 
It’s never over until it’s over.  You just
have to keep driving the car as hard as you can.  When we had the caution come out, that’s a whole different ballgame with a short run like that.  Obviously the best car didn’t put tires on, and we were able to capitalize on that.
 
I felt when we came out second, everybody had done their job.  They were all like five‑year‑old kids looking at me as a snack.  It’s like, Don’t screw this up, Bud.  You’re in control of this race.  Don’t let somebody get under you, because at that point we were in complete control.
Q.  You’ve won two of the last four races.  Stewart‑Haas is running like a bag of ass.  Are you regretting the decision you made?
KEVIN HARVICK:  You look at what we’re doing and we’re focused on this year.  We go out and race week‑to‑week, do the things that we do to try to win races, win a championship.  Whatever happens in the future, we’ll work on some other time. Right now we’re working on winning next week’s race, no matter who is running like a bag of ass (smiling).
Q.  Gil, you talked about there was probably a dozen different scenarios you were thinking about at the end.  Was one of them actually the leader stay out and everyone else decides to pit, including the people who had just pitted a couple laps previously?
GIL MARTIN:  Well, no.  I really think we had to have our own strategy because we were in a different fuel window.  There were four or five of us in the same fuel window. The guys behind us were in a completely different deal.
 
We needed to get those two tires because I think heads up our car wasn’t as good as the 5 car.  We definitely needed to get tires at that point. When they didn’t brake to come down pit road, I felt like that gave us a chance to have equal cars with them because they were very strong all night long.
Q.  Richard, separation in this business isn’t always an easy thing.  You have to be impressed with Kevin’s dedication, the way he’s come out even with the impending change.
KEVIN HARVICK:  I want to answer that first.
It’s not just “Kevin.”  This is something that he and I sat down and talked about as men and just have really focused on what’s most important for our sponsors and the guys on this team and this organization.  That’s the most important thing.
 
It’s too important to the people that put in hours and hours and hours, the people that put in millions and millions of dollars.
 
Sorry to interrupt.
 
RICHARD CHILDRESS:  You know, we’re in a business world.  In a business world things happen, changes happen.  You do everything you can in the business world.  Like I told Kevin, I wish him the best of luck at the end of the year, but right now we got a job in front of us.
 
I honestly think RCR is ready to contend for the championship this year.  We have Kevin and Paul both up there.  We’re getting better.  Eric Warren has come along and put together a great group of people.  Our engine shop keeps getting better and better.
 
I really feel that we got a chance to contend for the championship.
 
Q.  Kevin, I’m assuming you knew when you came off of pit lane that Kasey didn’t have tires.  Did you just have to put yourself in that frame of mind?
KEVIN HARVICK:  The only frame of mind I was in was, Don’t screw up.  I knew they put me in the best position to win the race.  You don’t want to make a mistake on the restart.
 
I knew the biggest mistake I was going to make on that restart was the same mistake, I don’t remember who, but they were trying to time it to the restart lines.  Kasey was having a tough time getting going on the restarts.  I needed to time it to the start/finish line so I could carry the momentum into turn one, not put three‑wide, we could keep the guy on the outside at bay by being fast enough into turn one.
 
Kasey was having a lot of trouble on the restarts, spinning the tires.  That was the thing I didn’t want to do, was time it to the restart line, have to check up, have the guys behind me get a run.  That was really the most important thing.
Q.  Kevin, you’ve won this race two out of the last three years, not really dominating the race.  Can you philosophically talk about that?  Things have worked for you here.
KEVIN HARVICK:  We backed into 21 of them, so things are looking up.
 
GIL MARTIN:  He just likes that parking spot he gets for his motorhome.  That’s why he wants to keep winning.
 
KEVIN HARVICK:  It’s free water (smiling).
 
It’s not any fault of these guys.  It’s kind of the nature of who is sitting in the seat.  I like to just take my time and put myself in a position at the end of the race.  I think a lot of that comes from growing up, and when we raced, because you had to race next week.  The only way to race the next week was to win enough prize money the week before so you could buy tires, whatever the case may be, to race.
 
My dad, anybody I ever drove for before, would probably tell you the same thing.  I’m not going to burn my car up in the first half of the race, go out and show off basically.  That’s what happens at the beginning of the race.
 
Obviously you want to run as fast as you can, but it really doesn’t matter until the end.  We backed into a few of them.
 Q.  Richard, that 78 group has really run well the last three or four weeks.  Can you relate to their frustrations of getting close and not winning?
RICHARD CHILDRESS:  I was listening to Kurt tonight.  They put together, Barney, a great team.  They were right there all night long.  He ran in the top five.
 
The battery cable came off, is what I understand happened.  He came unplugged.  Unfortunate.  But they did a great job.  We’re all working really close together.  Our engines are running really well.  I couldn’t be more proud of our whole organization and what the 78 brings to the table.  They also bring something to the table, as well.
 
KEVIN HARVICK:  To follow up on that a little bit.
 
Listening to Kurt Busch in the meetings is something that adds to our team.  Not taking anything away from Todd, all the guys working on the car. But the way that Kurt drives, hard, he has good feedback.  To me that’s been the thing that really has helped the 78 car become relevant for RCR and myself, is you can go over and talk to him and look at his data, and it’s real and it’s fast.  It has really helped what we’ve been doing.
 Q.  Richard, you’ve now won the Coca‑Cola 600 five times.  This victory comes on the 20th anniversary of your last win with Dale here when y’all swept the All‑Star Race and the 600.  What does that mean to you?
RICHARD CHILDRESS:  It’s special.  I didn’t realize it was the 20th anniversary.  But we had some great wins with Dale Earnhardt here, Winston back in the day, the shootout, the night races under the lights.
 
Any time you win at Charlotte, you win a grueling 4 hour, 30 minute race, it’s special.  I can still today remember the races we won with Dale. Every one of them was special.  The night that Kevin won over here, that was special.
 
The day that you quit thinking that a race is special to win, you better go home and pack it up.
 
THE MODERATOR:  Congratulations to Kevin Harvick, to Gil Martin and Richard Childress for winning the 2013 Coca‑Cola 600.
 
KASEY KAHNE, NO. 5 TIME WARNER CABLE CHEVROLET SS – FINISHED SECOND
 
THE MODERATOR:  We’re joined by our second‑place finisher, Kasey Kahne. Kasey is currently sitting fifth in points.  Talk a little bit about your run tonight.
 
KASEY KAHNE:  Yeah, we had a great ca
r from the drop of the green.  Just drove to the front from sixth.  Felt really good throughout the race. There were a couple times when I thought Matt might have been a little better than me, but not much.  We adjusted and were quicker than him again.
 
It was definitely our race to lose, especially those last hundred laps.  We just thought that some of the guys would stay out.  I think there’s three cars that just pitted within the last couple laps, five or six laps, just felt like they’d stay out and that would be a big enough buffer to someone who had two or four tires that we could get away.  Didn’t happen.
 
Harvick started with two, he held it flat.  I got a little free, had to back off the gas.  When I went back down, he was in front of me.  That was the end of our race.  Just made sure we got second from there.
 
THE MODERATOR:  We’ll open it up for questions for Kasey.
Q.  Kasey, are you feeling better now?
KASEY KAHNE:  Yeah.  I actually felt pretty good the whole race.  As soon as I got in the car, was the best I felt all day.  Took some IV packs before the driver’s meetings.  Once they kicked in, it was the best I felt.
 
That break wasn’t a bad thing for me.
Q.  The takeaway from this.  Do you look at it as a disappointing night because you didn’t win or a good night because you were strong all night?
KASEY KAHNE:  Well, I feel really confident with my team after a performance like tonight.  They were just on it the entire time.  The calls that Kenny made, the adjustments, the way the car was balanced throughout the race, that came from yesterday’s practice.  I feel great about all that stuff, I have all year.
 
This is the third time we’ve been to a mile and a half, I ran second, have been the fastest car at all three of them, but just didn’t get the wins.  We just got beat.
 
I feel like we were the best car in all three of them.  I feel really good about that.  We need a little more at the very end and make sure we can win a couple of these.
Q.  Can you talk about the flow of the night, the cable, maybe between the red flag.  Was that a distraction and impact the way the race went?
KASEY KAHNE:  I thought the cable was unbelievable.  I’ve never seen anything like it.  I came around turn four, saw it wrapped around Kyle’s car, hit mine.  I thought I was seeing things, there’s no way there could be a cable on the racetrack.
 
By the time we got to turn one, I saw Kyle’s car, his fender, his car went down, like it jerked it down.  I never saw anything like it.  I knew I wasn’t seeing things.  I was yelling at him going down the backstretch.  We came back around and people were still hitting it.
I was surprised there wasn’t a caution a little bit quicker when you have something like that hanging.  It was very surprising.
 
The other red, that’s just part of racing.  Sometimes there’s big enough wrecks you have to go red and give the guys enough space to work on everything safely.
 Q.  Last week you talked about the fact in the 10‑lap shootout in the end when somebody was in front there was no way to get by them with four fresh tires.  Tonight Harvick had the two, you didn’t.  Was there anything in the last run you thought you would be able to get higher or lower to get a shot at him?
KASEY KAHNE:  I knew I was in trouble because my tires were hot.  He had cold right sides.  That’s a big deal.  I easily beat Matt earlier in the race with that same thing.  He drove away once he got the lead.
 
If I had a car last week as good as I had tonight, I would have definitely run with Jimmie for those last 10 laps.  Would have been a heck of a race.
 
The car was so much better tonight.  The guys did an awesome job to get it where it was.  It drove basically perfect for 600 miles.  That’s tough to do.
 
THE MODERATOR:  Kasey, thank you.
 
KASEY KAHNE:  Thank you.
KURT BUSCH, NO. 78 FURNITURE ROW RACING/SEALY CHEVROLET SS – FINISHED THIRD
THE MODERATOR:  We’ll get started with our post race press conference.  We welcome Kurt Busch, our third‑place finisher.
 
Kurt, a lot of challenges out there for you tonight.  Talk about your evening here at Charlotte.
 
KURT BUSCH:  Well, it was a good 550 miles it seemed like for us, then the normal something has to pop up, some adversity we have to overcome came about.  It came about this week in a dead battery.
 
I don’t know, I’m a little shell shocked still, trying to find the exact words because I’m always judged on my reaction instead of my actual performance.  So watch this.
 
It was a great run for our Furniture Row guys.  We did the best we could with 600 miles, solid pit stops. The car was a little tight here, a little loose there.  All in all, brought it home third.  So congratulations to Harvick.  They’re teammates of ours.  It’s great to see information bridge over.
 
Happy for those guys to win.  We got third.  That’s a good points night.
 
THE MODERATOR:  We’ll take questions.
Q.  I know it must be frustrating to finish third.  Once you get past the emotion of the evening, go to the team meetings, does this come away as a strong positive and another building block?  You have as many top-fives in this season as the team had in its entire existence before this year.
KURT BUSCH:  That’s been my struggle, not looking too far ahead and being frustrated with the night’s events.  Like when we rolled over at Talladega, to be upset in the infield care center, all that.  It’s tough when it happens.  Then Tuesday you’re over it and you move on.
 
Like you said, the team meetings will be a great time to discuss this weekend and the speed that we had, the overall showing.  You don’t get paid by driver ratings, you get paid by where you finish.
 
Yeah, a top five is great.  To be up front, to lead laps, that’s what it’s all about.  So we’ll get these little hiccups polished up and continue plugging forward.  That’s the only thing we can do, is learn from what exactly happened, was it a cable issue, a battery that was dead, was the alternator not charging.
 
To show our strength tonight, to finish third, we’ll take it.  I think that’s what needs to be said.  The Furniture Row team was fast and we didn’t quite have a perfect night and we brought it home third.
 
THE MODERATOR:  Kurt, thank you very much for your time.
 
KURT BUSCH:  Thank you.
 
 

Chevy Racing–Coca Cola 600–Post Race

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
COCA-COLA 600
CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY POST RACE NOTES AND QUOTES
MAY 26, 2013
 
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 BUDWEISER FOLDS OF HONOR CHEVROLET SS – WINNER
YOU’VE WON A LOT OF BIG RACES IN YOUR CAREER WHAT DOES THIS WIN SAY ABOUT YOU AND THIS NO. 29 TEAM?
“Well, first off I want to say I hope everybody is okay from that cable.  That is quite a weird incident there.  Second, I want to just say thank you to all these guys at RCR (Richard Childress Racing).  To win at Charlotte is something that we had to overcome for a long time.  We kind of won it on gas mileage last time.  We just went and won it this time.  Just got to thank everybody from Budweiser, Sprint, all the fans, got this great promotion with the Folds of Honor special beer cans. Five cents from every can goes to Folds of Honor.”
 
HOW DID YOU WIN THIS RACE?
“Well it was a good strategy call there. The No. 5 stayed out and we were able to have a little bit fresher tires and get in front of him on the restart.  Just got to thank everybody, Jimmy John’s, Rheem, Hunt Brothers, Realtree, everybody who makes this Chevrolet go around.”
 
WELCOME TO VICTORY LANE IN THE COCA-COLA 600 FOR THE SECOND TIME HOW DOES IT FEEL?
“It feels great.  Just have to thank everybody on this Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevy for just hanging in there.  This is a long night.  We have been here a lot of times and know that you just have to grind through mile after mile, keep your car running, don’t get tore up, don’t get a lap down and you’re going to be somewhere around at the end.  Everybody did that on our Budweiser Chevy tonight and there we were at the end.”
 
WHAT WAS YOUR THOUGHT WHEN KASEY (KAHNE) STAYED OUT?  ANY HESITATION TO PIT?
“No, at that point you hope that everybody behinds you pits.  With everybody coming and us being basically in the same spot we would have been we were able to just hold it wide open on the restart, clear him coming off of (turn) two. All from there it was clear sailing.”
 
CLEAN AIR WAS HUGE YOU NEEDED TO GET A GOOD RESTART DIDN’T YOU?
“Yeah, clean air was really big.  Obviously, with him being on old tires we knew that the restart was going to be important to be able to try to get that clear track and it paid off.”
 
KASEY KAHNE, NO. 5 TIME WARNER CABLE CHEVROLET SS – FINISHED SECOND
BREAK DOWN THE DECISION PROCESS BETWEEN YOURSELF AND KENNY (FRANCIS, CREW CHIEF) ON STAYING OUT WHILE THE OTHERS PITTED:
“Well, there was a couple of guys that had just got tires so we thought they would stay out.  They were probably around 10th or 12th.  So if they stay out then we have a couple… where ours are hot and so are theirs.  We didn’t think it would be a big deal we could get away.  That didn’t happen.  The whole field pitted.  We were in a tough spot.  I bet if we pit some of them don’t.  I think we are just in a tough spot right there.  We had a great Time Warner Cable Chevy all night.  The pit stops were great.  Kenny (Francis, crew chief) made awesome calls.  I knew Kevin (Harvick) would be good he has been fast all weekend.  Matt (Kenseth) was fast and Kyle (Busch) early on and Kurt (Busch).  We raced all day and I thought we were in a really good position there at the end.  Just didn’t get it done.”
 
TALK ABOUT THE DECISION NOT TO PIT:
“Well we just thought there would be at least a couple of guys would stay out.  I think two or three had just pitted within five or eight laps of there.  We thought they would stay out and that would be enough to get away.  But the whole field pitted so we just didn’t expect that.  We had a great Time Warner Cable Chevy all night long.  We were in the hunt from the drop of the green.  It was a solid night.  Wish we could have won it.  I felt like we were definitely the car to beat the last 200 laps, maybe the whole race at times.  It was solid.  It was a great performance by the whole team and the pit stops were awesome.  We just didn’t get the win.”
 
BIG PICTURE YOU GUYS RUN WELL ON THE 1.5-MILE TRACKS AS FAR AS THE CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE YOU ARE LOOKING PRETTY SOLID:
“Yeah, we ran second to Matt (Kenseth), second to Matt (Kenseth) again, (Las) Vegas, Kansas and then second to Kevin (Harvick) here.  We were the fastest car in all three of those.  We just didn’t win any of them.  I feel good about where we are at absolutely.  We are good on these tracks.  The team is doing an awesome job we just need to finish it off.”
 
KURT BUSCH, NO. 78 FURNITURE ROW RACING/SEALY CHEVROLET SS – FINISHED THIRD
TO COME BACK FROM A BATTERY ISSUE TO FINISH THIRD YOU WOULD THINK IS A GOOD NIGHT FOR YOU, BUT COMPETITORS ARE OUT HERE TO RACE 600 MILES TO WIN.  HOW DO YOU LEAVE THIS TRACK FEELING?
“Still shell shocked, we picked up the lead and then the battery went dead.  I don’t know what to think of that.  We battled back.  They guys changed it as fast as they could and we got third.  We had a good car.  You’ve got to be perfect to win these things and I was close.  We weren’t quite there.  Thanks to Furniture Row and Monster Energy.  It was a great night to run up front and showcase what this team is made of.”
 
YOU BATTLED A TV CABLE HITTING YOUR CAR, YOU BATTLED A DEAD BATTERY, YOU BATTLED A LOT, BUT ULTIMATELY YOU CAME BACK WITH A PRETTY STRONG FINISH TONIGHT TALK ABOUT YOUR 600:
“Yeah, it was one of those days where you hope it goes smooth and it didn’t.  We had a battery go dead on us.  We had to come from behind with that.  When you are back there battling back passing guys it’s tough to catch those leaders because they are out front.  We really did good with our Furniture Row guys.  Thanks to them, Furniture Row, Sealy, Monster Energy, it was a good night to showcase what this team is made of.  We just didn’t deliver.”
 
RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 QUICKEN LOANS CHEVROLET SS – FINISHED SIXTH
ON HIS RACE:
“We had a really good Quicken Loans Chevrolet at the end of the race.  If that yellow hadn’t come out we would have probably ended up third.  We took two tires under caution and couldn’t quite get back to where we were.  That is a great come back after going a lap down early, and considering where we were one week ago here for the All-Star Race.  The Quicken Loans guys did a great job.  Tony (Stewart) had a great run too.  It was a solid night for Stewart-Haas Racing.”
 
TONY STEWART, NO. 14 BASS PRO SHOPS/MOBIL 1 CHEVROLET SS – FINISHED SEVENTH 
ON HIS RACE:
“We finally got some stability in the car. One change there at the end of the race just made a huge, huge difference.”
 
GREG ZIPADELLI, COMPETITION DIRECTOR, STEWART-HASS RACING:
“A lot of guys had issues tonight, but all three of our cars made big improvements this week in terms of performance. We ended up with a couple of good finishes. Danica (Patrick) had a bad day, but overall it was certainly an improvement.”
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S PATRIOTIC CHEVROLET SS – FINISHED 22ND
SOME DRIVERS WEREN’T THRILLED ABOUT THE FACT THAT NASCAR GAVE EVERYBODY 15 MINUTES TO WORK ON THEIR CARS DURING THE RED FLAG. WHY WAS THAT?
“The guys that were running well and didn’t have any damage, the last thing you wanted was to see 15 minutes of free open-minded work on other competitor’s race cars. But I really think it was the right thing to do. They handled it correctly.”
 
TELL US ABOUT YOUR NIGHT. YOU WERE FIGHTING BEING LOOSE ALL NIGHT AND THEN YOU GOT CAUGHT BY THE CAUTION?
“Yeah, we were like a fifth place car; somewhere in that area. Maybe third through seventh place most of the night.  We got pulled aroun
d in Turns 3 and 4 and spun. That really affected our finish from that point. But we did have some issues with the charging system of the car with batteries dying and things like that throughout the race, which added more excitement for us. It was a long night with a lot of issues and unfortunately we got sucked around there in Turn 3 and did some damage to the car.” 
 
DANICA PATRICK, NO. 10 GODADDY CHEVROLET SS – FINISHED 29TH
ON HER RACE:
“We obviously started from the back and track position was really important here at Charlotte.  We fought our way back to trying to be in a position to be on the lead lap.  I felt like we were making real progress and starting to get the car to a place that was really good, and had an accident which is unfortunate because we were moving up.  But nothing we can do about it now.”

Chevy Racing–Coca Cola 600–Jeff Gordon

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
COCA-COLA 600
CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER RACE NOTES & QUOTES
MAY 26, 2013
 
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DRIVE TO END HUNGER CHEVROLET SS – Sidelined in multi-car crash on lap 326
IT LOOKS LIKE YOU WERE A VICTIM OF THREE-WIDE RACING WITH 74 LAPS TO GO
“We were a victim of the caution coming out when we were on pit road. We shouldn’t have stopped in the box to do that pit stop and we would have still been on the lead lap. Instead, we were racing three-wide. That’s what’s going to happen. I mean we were just going for the Lucky Dog you know, and you’ve got to be real aggressive back there. I got beat on the restart before that with (Marcos) Ambrose and messed that one up; so I just hate we were even back there. We had an awesome Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet. I loved the patriotic colors on our car this weekend and it’s just a shame we were even back there. We couldn’t win. Kasey (Kahne) is unbelievable. But we had a Top 5 car.”

Chevy Racing–Coca Cola 600–Dale Earnhardt Jr.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
COCA-COLA 600
CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER RACE NOTES & QUOTES
MAY 26, 2013
 
DALE EARNHARDT JR, NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET SS – Retired on lap 257 with engine problems
DID YOU HAVE ANY INDICATIONS THAT SOMETHING WAS WRONG?
“Yeah, I smelled something burning. I thought it was rubber build-up on the headers or something. I didn’t start losing power until the last lap before it broke with the water and oil mixing together; and that’s never good. We didn’t have a really good car. We know why. We can go back and feel like we can rebound real quickly from this. I just hope everybody is okay from the accident in the stands and wish everybody a happy Memorial Day weekend. It’s been a lot of fun and I take a lot of pride in representing the National Guard and hope everybody shakes a soldiers’ hand this weekend and thank them for what they do.”
 
I KNOW YOU SMELLED SOME SMOKE IN THE COCKPIT DID THE ENGINE JUST GET COOKED AFTER THAT?
“Yeah, we had a massive catastrophic failure in the motor.  We never have those problems.  Hendrick guys always build good stuff not worried about this down the road we will be all right.  We didn’t have the greatest race car either.  We know why and we can move forward and feel like we can rebound pretty quick, looking forward to going to Dover.  I want to say that I hope everybody is okay from the accident earlier in the stands and that I wish everybody a good Memorial Day weekend.  If you a soldier shake his hand and tell them thanks for what he does for our country.  We will get them at Dover.”

Chevrolet IndyCar V6 Engine Powers Tony Kanaan to Career-First Indianapolis 500 Victory

Chevrolet IndyCar V6 Engine Powers Tony Kanaan to Career-First Indianapolis 500 Victory

INDIANAPOLIS (May 26, 2013) – Tony Kanaan, No. 11 Hydroxycut KV Racing Technology SH Racing Chevrolet, had been denied a trip to victory lane many times at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), but as fate would have it this year, he was in the right place at the right time to capture his first Indianapolis 500 win.   Kanaan, the 2004 IZOD IndyCar Series champion, started 12th and led 34 laps, but the key move came when he took the lead on a lap 197 restart, and was stretching his advantage over the field when the caution flew again on lap 198 of the 200-lap race. Kanaan, who was making his 201st career IndyCar start, took the checkered flag with the race under caution.
Kanaan’s first Indy 500 victory was also the first trip to the coveted Victory Lane for the Chevrolet V6 2.2 liter direct injected twin turbo charged purpose-built IndyCar engine. Today’s victory was the eighth time the Bowtie has gone to the Indianapolis 500 Winner’s Circle, but the first Indianapolis 500 win for Chevrolet since 2002.  
“Congratulations to Tony Kanaan and the No. 11 Chevrolet-powered KV Racing Technology team for winning the 2013 Indianapolis 500,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Tony drove a great race, and the team executed flawlessly.  Their total focus was on driving to the front of the field.  Tony and the No. 11 team demonstrated tremendous teamwork, perseverance and a never-give-up-attitude all day.”
Rookie Carlos Munoz, No. 26 Unistraw Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, had an impressive run in his first Indianapolis 500 by finishing second in the event and leading five times for 12 laps. Defending IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 1 DHL Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, was third at the checkered flag after leading 13 times for a total of 26 laps. Marco Andretti, No. 25 RC Cola Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, finished fourth to give Andretti Autosport a 2-3-4 finish in today’s race.  
“In addition to Tony Kanaan’s Indianapolis 500 victory, congratulations to Andretti Autosport Chevrolet-powered drivers Carlos Munoz, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti on finishing second through fourth respectively at the Brickyard,” Campbell concluded.
The 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 was one of the most crowd-pleasing races that featured astonishing on-track action with 68 lead changes among 14 drivers – over a third of the field. The race was slowed only five times by caution for a total of 21 laps run under the yellow flag.
“A proud congratulations to Tony Kanaan and the entire Chevrolet-powered KV Racing Technology team for winning the 97th Indy 500!” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager for the IZOD IndyCar Series. “The win was hard fought through a record number of lead changes and clean, close racing. We are so proud of the tireless efforts put in by KV Racing and our technical partners to prepare for the race and executed it so well. On to Detroit where Team Chevy will carry the momentum of this great result to the Dual in Detroit on Belle Isle!”
Team Penske drivers Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Shell V-Power/Pennzoil Ultra Chevrolet and rookie AJ Allmendinger, No. 2 IZOD Chevrolet, finished sixth and seventh respectively.   Castroneves led one lap and just couldn’t crack the top-five in the waning laps for a shot at the win while Allmendinger overcame a loose seat belt which put him out of pit sequence to lead 3 times for 23 laps.
Ed Carpenter, No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet led the 33-car field to the green flag of the Great American Race.  Carpenter, a local Indiana hero, led a race-high 37 laps but got mired in traffic late in the race and the car was not as good around other cars as it was near the front.  He would finish 10th to round out the top-ten.

Chevy Racing–Indianapolis 500–Post Race

CHEVROLET RACING
IZOD INDYCAR SERIES
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
97TH INDIANAPOLIS 500 MILE RACE
POST RACE CHEVY DRIVER NOTES AND QUOTES
MAY 26, 2013
 
BELOW ARE TEAM CHEVY DRIVER POST RACE QUOTES:
 
TONY KANAAN, NO. 11 HYDROXYCUT KV RACING TECHNOLOGY SH RACING CHEVROLET, RACE WINNER:  WHAT A DAY FOR YOU! CONGRATULATIONS! HOW SWEET DOES THAT MILK TASTE?
“Very good; very, very good! I can’t believe that we did it. We finally did it. And it’s been a long shot but it’s ours.
 
IS THAT MILK OR TEARS IN YOUR EYES?
“Milk. Milk. (laughs).  I’ll probably cry a lot more later, but right now it’s milk, for sure.”
 
TALK US THROUGH THAT FINAL ENTRANCE INTO TURN 1. YOU DIDN’T KNOW THAT WAS GOING TO BE THE PASS FOR THE WIN, BUT WALK US THROUGH THAT RESTART:
“I’ve been there. I’ve been on the lead and I knew that’s what I had to do and it finally worked. I’m so proud. I’m so proud.”
 
WHAT DO YOU THINK WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DO SECURITY-WISE TO KEEP ALL THE FANS AND PEOPLE AWAY FROM YOU?
“I want them to jump in the track and come see me, man. It’s for them! It’s for them!”
 
YOU HAVE BEEN SO CLOSE SO MANY TIMES WHAT MADE THE DIFFERENCE TODAY?
“I get a little bit of luck today.  Again, this is for the fans.  It’s for my Dad that is not here, but mainly for all of you guys.  I was looking at the stands and it was unbelievable.  Man, I can’t believe this.”
 
YOU GOT A GOOD LUCK MEDAL RETURNED TO YOU THAT YOU HAD GIVEN AWAY NINE YEARS AGO TO A YOUNG LADY THAT WAS ILL.  YOU GOT A VISIT FROM ALEX ZANARDI THIS WEEKEND.  IT ALL PLAYED OUT FOR YOU, BUT YOU EARNED IT IN THE CAR TODAY:
“Thank you very much.  I’m speechless.  I want to thank everybody in the booth.  I have never seen so many people even from the other teams.  This is it, I made it.  Finally I’m going to put my ugly face on that trophy.”
 
YOU TOLD ME YESTERDAY SOME DRIVERS MAKE THEIR NAME AT INDIANAPOLIS FOR WINNING.  YOU HAD MADE YOUR NAME BECAUSE YOU HADN’T WON.  TODAY YOU ARE A WINNER AND YOU WILL FOREVER BE KNOWN AT TONY KANAAN INDIANAPOLIS 500 CHAMPION:
“I guess we did both. We were known for not winning.  Now we are known for winning.  Man I don’t know what to say.”
 
WHAT WENT THROUGH YOUR MIND WHEN THE YELLOW CAME OUT AND YOU KNEW YOU WERE THE WINNER?
“I couldn’t believe it.  I’m like man how many laps to go? It was two to go. I said ‘that’s it’.  I’m going to have to say that last lap was the longest lap of my life.  I wanted the pace car to hurry up so bad.  I’ve enjoyed it. Again, we did it.”
JIMMY VASSER, CAR OWNER, TONY KANAAN – INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER
ON THE RADIO HE SAID IT WAS WIN OR ELSE.  YOUR THOUGHTS:
“He is awesome in those situations.  He was great all day.  All credit to the team.  All the people who came on board to make this happen, Hydroxycut and all our sponsors.  Alex Zanardi brought us a little luck today.  He gave us his gold medal from London.  He said ‘rub this all over the car it has special powers’.  Tony (Kanaan) took the medal to his motorhome for an hour.  I just can’t believe it… Indy 500… awesome.”
 
CARLOS MUÑOZ, NO.26 UNISTRAW ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT CHEVROLET, FINISHED 2ND:
“I really wanted to fight for the win. Maybe I could win, maybe not, but I really wanted to fight. I have nothing to be ashamed of. To be second and a rookie is a great job. At the beginning I was a little bit nervous with the pit stops, but in the end, the car was great and it’s a good second place. Hopefully in the future, I will be able to drink milk. Right now I’m thirsty, but hopefully it’s in the future for me.”

SECOND IN YOUR FIRST EVER INDYCAR RACE HOW WERE YOU GUYS SO FLAWLESS TODAY?
“I’m really feeling a bit sad right now.  I should be happy, but I think I had a shot to win this thing.  I think I did a great job I have nothing to be ashamed of.  These guys did a great job on the pit stops.  The car was so great from the first lap to the last lap.  I have to be good let’s see what my future prepared now maybe next year I can win it.”
 
WE SAW YOU GET OUT OF YOUR RACE CAR AND THE EMOTION WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND?
“I was more sad from dealing with a shot to overtake and to fight for the win for second-place.  I think all of Columbia was watching me.  I couldn’t do anything to win.  This all respects now I know how it feels to fight for a 500.  All respects to Juan Pablo (Montoya).  This race is really difficult.  I have to thank all my sponsors, my family, all the support all the Columbians have been here.” 
 
ON HIS RACE:
“I think I had this one.  The car was great.  It was an awesome race.  It was everything the pit stops at first I started the race I was nervous because of the pit stops they did a great job.  Was so close.  First year I have to say sorry to my guys I couldn’t do anything. To my country Columbia I’m sorry maybe next year we will have this one.”
 
YOUR FIRST TIME HERE YOU LOOKED SO COMFORTABLE HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO COMPETE LIKE THAT?
“Each time I was learning more and more each run.  The car was great.  I was thinking a lot over the car and what the car does.  I was learning a lot from the guys in front of me especially TK (Tony Kanaan).  Second the first time what can I say there is not much to say hopefully next year I will get it.”
 
DID YOU HAVE SOMETHING FOR TONY (KANAAN) THERE ON THE LAST LAP?
“I think I could have got past him the car was just awesome, really quick.  With the yellow flag I couldn’t do anything.  I have to congratulate him he did an awesome job.  His first one.  Thank you very much to my team and everyone.”
 
RYAN HUNTER-REAY, NO. 1 DHL ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT CHEVROLET, FINISHED 3RD: ON HIS RACE:  “That’s just the way it works out. That was bad luck. We were leading on that last restart. I knew I was a sitting duck and I wasn’t too bummed about it because I knew we had enough laps to get it going again and have a pass back and maybe I would be third on the last lap which is where I wanted to be and it didn’t work out that way. There was a crash in Turn 1 and the race ended. It’s unfortunate. Big congratulations to Tony Kanaan, though. He has been there so many times had bad luck and for whatever reason the race has alluded him. Great champion, certainly deserves it. But man am I disappointed. I think the DHL No. 1 Chevy was the car to beat today. Had we been at the right place at the right time I’m confident we would have won it and that’s just the way this place goes. This entire Andretti Autosport team did a great job all month. Thanks to all the fans for coming out, and congratulations to TK.”
 
ON BUMP DAY I ASKED YOU IF THE LEADER WOULD BE A SITTING DUCK. AND YOU PAUSED AND SAID ‘MOST DEFINITELY’. YOU HAD THE FIELD EXACTLY WHERE YOU WANTED THEM UNTIL THE CAUTION CAME OUT:
“Yeah, absolutely. It’s just the way it works out. That was bad luck. We were leading on that last restart. I knew I was a sitting duck and I wasn’t actually, too bummed about it because I knew we had enough laps to get it going again and have a pass back and maybe I would be third on the last lap, which is where I wanted to be. It didn’t work out that way, though. There was a crash in Turn 1 and the race ended. So, it’s unfortunate. A big congratulations to Tony Kanaan. He’s been there so many times and had bad luck. For whatever reason, the race has eluded him. A great champion. He certainly deserves it, but man am I disappointed. I think that DHL No. 1 Chevy was the car to beat today. Had we been in the right place at the right time, I’m confident we would have won. And that’s just
the way this place goes.”
 
AND THE RACE PACE WAS AMAZING THIS AFTERNOON?
“Yeah, it was great all day. We just worked with our teammates and worked with a bunch of guys you can trust racing around, so it was a lot of fun. But man, those last few laps when I remember Michael come on the radio saying seven to go, and I’m like this is our day. We gotta make it happen. And then the yellow came out. I couldn’t believe it. We had some lapped traffic coming up. Had I got to that lapped traffic, I think we were one of the stronger cars in a big group. Unfortunate, but it works out that way. This entire Andretti Autosport team did a great job all month. Thanks to all the fans for coming out and congratulations to TK.”
 
ON HIS RACE:
“The way the race turned out with it going yellow after that one, had we been in second-place on the restart we would have won the race.  Congratulations to Tony (Kanaan) he ran a heck of a race.  He is always competitive here.  There is no doubt he certainly deserves it. Very happy for him.  We are just disappointed because I think we had the cars to win.”
 
DID YOU GUYS WORK WITH CAROLOS MUNOZ AND MARCO (ANDRETTI) WITH YOUR TEAMMATES THERE AT THE LAST THING WAS THERE ANY PLAN?
“We worked most of the race together, but no at the end it is everybody for himself, just climbing over each other to get in the lead.”
 
TAKE US THROUGH THAT LAST RESTART:
“Just the wrong place at the wrong time.  The way the yellow fell at the end it was the wrong place.  I figured we were leading that would be okay we would get past and have a chance to go back at it for the white flag.  I was fine with that, but you know with the yellow coming out we were just a sitting duck, just the wrong place at the wrong time.  Very happy for Tony Kanaan winning this one.  He has certainly had many that fell through the cracks.  I’m happy Chevy won it.  The most disappointing part about the day though is that I think the DHL No. 1 car was the one to beat.  Unfortunate, but that’s racing.”
 
MARCO ANDRETTI, NO. 25 RC COLA ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT CHEVROLET, FINISHED 4TH: FROM FOURTH, IF IT HAD GONE GREEN, COULD YOU HAVE GOTTEN THERE?
“I think we would have had a darn good shot. But that’s the way the cards fell today. Hopefully one of these times it will work in our favor. But I had a lot of fun the majority of the race; just there at the end, it slipped away. But, my nightmare has always been that last 10 laps. I think we were in prime position, but Dario’s yellow kind of hurt us.”
 
WATCHING THAT FINAL RESTART WHAT A RACE TAKE US THROUGH THOSE FINAL COUPLE OF LAPS FROM YOUR SEAT:
“Yeah I mean it was kind frustrating getting shuffled back.  As we trimmed, which from our stand point was a little frustrating.  Also, frustrated because fourth is about as far back as we were all day.  Having said that I think TK (Tony Kanaan) if there is anybody that deserves to win it’s him so congratulations.  I think we are frustrated, but we are leading the point’s now so even though it’s early it still feels good.”
 
HELIO CASTRONEVES, NO. 3 SHELL V-P0WER PENNZOIL ULTRA TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, FINISHED 6TH:  ON HIS RACE:  “It was a great day for the Shell Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet. Hugo congratulations to Tony on the win today, it’s shows that the good old boys still know how to get it done. The Shell Pennzoil guys had great pit stops and luckily great weather for the race. The laps seemed to go by so quickly and lucky for us they were uneventful. Of course we wanted to win the race but finishing sixth and getting a top 10 finish was huge for us in terms of the championship. Now we turn our attention to Detroit and the double header.”
 
WE TOLD EVERYONE WATCHING THAT YOU AND TK (TONY KANAAN) SHARE A SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP.  A BROTHERLY LOVE THAT YOU GUYS SHARE SINCE YOU HAVE BEEN RACING TOGETHER SINCE YOU WERE YOUNG.  SINCE YOU CAN’T WIN A FOURTH HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT HIM GETTING HIS FIRST?
“Well deserved for him.  Well deserved for his team.  Tony (Kanaan), hell of a job man.  Certainly, this is a tough one.  I can see that you fought as hard as you could.  Well deserved.  I’m happy for him.  We talk about it.  I will be very happy.  Now I can have the championship so now we balance out.  To your Mom, your sister, I know they are so happy.  Good job.  It’s going to be a busy week buddy, get ready!”
 
A LOT OF EMOTIONS AFTER A RACE LIKE THAT, WHAT ARE YOURS?
 
“Certainly the Shell V-Power/Pennzoil Ultra Chevrolet was running smooth like a Swiss watch.  It was very nice but it’s tough because you just finished the recap about the race and a lot of the people behaved a little bit which is great and the race actually went really fast.  But first, congrats to Tony (Kanaan) he finally got his win and it’s well-deserved for the team as well.    I hope now I can get my championship.  But he did a great job and certainly it was a very safe race and I was just having a lot of issues with the limiter.  I was trying to pass a lot of people but unfortunately it was hitting the limiter, but it was just one of those things.   It was awesome.   Great job, awesome weather, awesome crowd.”
 
YOU DIDN’T HAVE A WINNING CAR BUT YOU STILL GOT A TOP-10
 
“Absolutely. We finished top-six which is great, and championship-wise, that is a lot of points that we were looking for as well.  When you don’t win you have to look at the positive side and that is the championship.   So hopefully we got better on the championship.”
 
 
AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 2 IZOD TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, FINISHED 7TH: HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO EVER PASS THAT MANY CARS BEFORE AT A PLACE LIKE THIS?
“That was so fun.  Like I’ve said to be leading at Indy my body went numb for about five laps and it was just so special.  I won’t forget that.  Unfortunately, I had the belts come loose. That costs us the win.”
 
TAKE US THROUGH THAT FINAL RESTART:
“I wasn’t really involved in it.  I kind of took off and was seventh and was trying to let them go so I could get a big run and get the guys on the back straightaway.  I thought I had a chance, but the yellow came out and it was over.”
 
ON HIS RACE:
“I wasn’t as aggressive as I needed to be on the start and unfortunately that got us back to mid-pack. That first stint was pretty tough because I’d hit the limiter since we had the gearing a little off and I couldn’t pass. Once the yellow came out I was able to calm myself down and figure out what I needed to do to start passing people. From that point on the car was phenomenal and I felt like I could drive by guys at will. What an unbelievable feeling to lead laps at the Indianapolis 500 that was incredible. Unfortunately we had a belt that popped, the IZOD guys did a great job fixing it when I came in but that really hurt our chances to win since it threw our pit windows off. I still thought we had a chance with eight to go, especially if we could get around fifth but we just ran out of laps at the end.”
 
YOU LOOKED REALLY COMFORTABLE UP FRONT:
“I will be honest it was a pretty special moment to be leading at Indy.  Once I came down the front straightaway and led that first lap I almost forgot about the race.  It just took over.  It was just like my body went numb.  My mind was racing and I could feel my heart beating really fast.  That is a special moment I won’t forget.” 
 
 
 
ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 10TH; ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA CHEVROLET
 
“We just didn’t have enough downtown later in the race. 
Our strategy was good as we wanted to save fuel and not lead the race as much.  I think we still led over 35 laps today but, later in the race, we couldn’t run in traffic.  The car wanted to push and I just couldn’t keep the front end down low.  I’m a little depressed now because I thought we had a really good chance to win entering the race.  The start was good and we could run right up front with the leaders.  I got a vibration with one of the tires around lap 170 or and we made a pit stop a little early.  The crew was quick on the last lap and we beat Tony (Kanaan) out of the pits.  But his car was very good today.  I am very happy for TK.  He has had some bad luck here over the years, so his win is popular and he’ll be a great Indy 500 champion.  Overall, we had a good month with the pole and we finished in the top-ten.  It just wasn’t the finish we were hoping for today.  I know we’ll be back here and be ready again next year.” 
 
ORIOL SERVIA, NO. 22 MECUM AUCTIONS PANTHER DREYER AND REINBOLD RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 11TH: ON THE RACE: I’m proud of the job we did.  The Mecum car was as good as anyone else’s.  It was just really hard to get to the front.  There were not many yellows at all so there was no magic to be done on restarts.  They didn’t have time to sweep the before the restart at the end so it was basically impossible to try any moves. It is what it is.  It was just hard to pass. The moment we started taking the downforce off the car it was really fast.  Honestly, I could pass some cars, but it was not enough to go to the front. I thought we were going to have a shot at the end!
 
ON WINNER TONY KANAAN: I’m happy for Tony and KV.  I drove for KV three different times and I’ve been a great friend of Tony’s for ten years.  He’s been so close to winning it. I’m not only happy for him, but it also proves that when you try hard enough the door opens. It gives me hope to keep trying!
 
SIMONA DE SILVESTRO, NO. 78 NUCLEAR ENTERGY AREVA KV RACING TECHNOLOGY CHEVROLET, FINISHED 17TH: ON HER RACE:
I’m pretty happy about the day; super excited that Tony finally won his first Indy 500 and that I was his teammate when he did it. I think we had a pretty strong car too. It’s just unfortunate that we made a little bit of a mistake by running over that hose and got a drive-through. We had a pretty could car on that one stint; but that hurt us a little bit. I think overall the Nuclear Clean Air Energy car was really good and we can build momentum off this.
 
E.J. VISO, NO. 5 TEAM VENEZUELA PDVSA CITGO ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT/HVM CHEVROLET, FINISHED 18TH: “I’m extremely happy for the team. This is an amazing improvement for everyone, especially for me and my career. Being with this team…means a lot. Being able to be in the top five for pretty much the first three-quarters of the race was amazing running with those guys is where I should be running all the time. A little mistake here in the pits – I selected neutral too fast and I stalled the engine and that pretty much ruined our race. We were hoping for a yellow the last part of the race, maybe not that late, but maybe 23 laps to go, and we were going to be able to maybe shoot for the top 10. I’m happy for the team – very happy for them. We have a strong car and this year is going to be a good year for us.”
 
WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, FINISHED 19TH:   ON HIS RACE: “Man that was a tough race. Our Verizon Chevrolet was really strong when we were towards the front of the pack but when we got back in traffic it wasn’t as good. We had some good laps when we were out front but just couldn’t fight back up there afterwards. We also needed to be better on the out laps. Congrats to TK though, I’m really happy for him. Thanks to my Verizon crew too, they’ve been great over the duration.”
 
JAMES HINCHCLIFFE, NO. 27 GODADDY ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT CHEVROLET, FINISHED 21ST: ON HIS RACE: “We just didn’t have the speed today; it’s unfortunate because it wasn’t the handling, the car was just a bit off. When the pack is running 25 cars all on the same straightaway and you’re just a little bit off on speed than you’re just a sitting duck. It’s so tough to move up and keep guys behind you, but we had an eventful race trying to stay in the lead pack. The engineers did a good job, the car was handling well and the guys were unbelievable in the pit stops. I feel bad that the GoDaddy Chevy didn’t finish a bit higher and they deserved a lot better than what we got. It’s a tough pill to swallow, you hate something like that on any race day, but certainly not this one. I’m happy for the team. I’m gutted that the last yellow flag came out when it did and potentially cost the team a win because this whole organization has done an incredibly great job. Two, three and four speaks volumes of our crew. Congrats to Tony (Kanaan) and the KV racing guys, we’ll regroup and go into Detroit.”
 
TOWNSEND BELL, NO. 60 SUNOCO ‘TURBO’ PANTHER RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 27TH: ON HIS RACE:  “It was a pretty tough day for us. I knew it was going to be super competitive and itwas. I got a few guys on the start, lost a little bit on the first pit stop, and then kind of battled back through. I think we were as high as 10th at one point and kind of worked our way up there and then the engine cover came loose. It started messing with the balance and I looked in the mirror and saw the engine cover cracking way open. So there was some confusion as to whether or not we had to pit and I was really lucky that we didn’t crash with (Ryan) Briscoe coming into the pits because I was indecisive. Then we got the engine cover back on and went back out and I guess we were still on the lead lap. I couldn’t believe it. I thought we were done for the day, but we kept pushing hard and still with the leaders. Then I just flat lost it in Turn 2, following Simona (De Silvestro). I just got loose and saved it all the way up to the fence, ran out of room, clipped the right rear tire on the wall, and broke the rear toe link. It about got away from me in a big way coming down the back straight away. So I had to slow way down. Then I lost a bunch of laps and my race was pretty much done at that point. The guys fixed the car, I was really proud of them, and pit stops were solid all day. It was a tough race which means you can’t have any mistakes and we did, so we’re just lucky to finish that one in one piece.”
 
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, NO. 7 MCAFEE DRAGON RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED  29TH: RETIRED FROM THE RACE ON LAP 178 AFTER CONTACT: “It was a strange day, the start couldn’t have been any worse as I got bottled up really badly and nearly lost the car,” said Bourdais. “We made some adjustments to the car because the cars were not separating from each other and we couldn’t pass. I started to do some things differently and took some chances and we were able to pass quite a few cars and made it up to the Top-10. When I rejoined the pack and other guys started to pit, and merge in front of us, they were able to get back up to speed, we just got totally off. When we finally decided to make our final pit, the damage had already been done and tried to hard coming into the pits, I jumped on the brakes and locked the rears up, which caused me to lose the rear end and hit the wall inside of the pits. It’s a shame because we have worked real hard to put this #7 McAfee/Variety car up front and were not able to get the results we wanted today.”

 
BUDDY LAZIER, NO. 91 LAZIER PARTNERS CHEVROLET, FINISHED 31ST: RETIRED FROM THE RACE ON LAP 44 WITH A MECHANICAL ISSUE: “On that first fuel stint, we got low on fuel and lost fuel pressure and we could never get it back. It was something electronic or mechanical, we can’t tell for sure. It was missing bad enough that you can’t run the speed to stay out there. And, it was only getting worse and we wanted to keep it from getting expensive. My frustration
came when the field came by the second time when I was sitting in the pits. You know what that means. I’ve been around long enough to know you’re just not going to make up four laps. The car was actually very good in the first stint. We had a little miscommunication on the first pit in, but that didn’t hurt. It’s easy to say now, but I really think we would have had a good car around the fifth stint of the seven to 12 stints you can do. I think the car would have been really good at the end. I was actually very pleased with the way it was coming to me. It’s incredibly frustrating, but I can’t blame anyone. The crew has worked incredibly hard after getting a late start. Whatever went wrong, we’re going to learn from it and make sure it never happens again. I hope like hell to come back and race here again, and to come back with a full effort. It was great to be back, but I tell you, I’m here to race, the juices were flowing, I had a decent race car and I felt like by the end of the event, we would really be able to get with it. ”
 
SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA, NO. 6 TRUECAR DRAGON RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 32ND: RETIRED FROM RACE ON LAP 34 AFTER CONTRACT:  “It’s sad the way the month had to finish. I have had amazing support from all of my sponsors, TrueCar, and the #6 crew. We had an amazing car that was drilling its way from the back to the front. Unfortunately circumstances happen that come out of your hands and destroyed our chances of showing our true potential today. Something needs to be done to help prevent these kinds of situations from happening. I want to thank my team again for all of their hard work they put into giving me a fast car.”
 
 JR HILDEBRAND, NO. 4 NATIONAL GUARD PANTHER RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 33RD: RETIRED FROM RACE AFTER CONTACT ON LAP THREE OF THE RACE:  “I just got loose and I was trying to stay on the outside while giving (James Hinchcliffe) enough room to pull out. I just got loose and saved it once. But couldn’t save it twice and at that point it just went around. I feel terrible for the guys. We worked really hard on having a race car that we thought we could run up to the front with. We needed to get through the first stint to see that happen. I’m not sure, given the situation, there was much I was going be able to do at that point.  It’s so unfortunate, obviously here on Memorial Day weekend with the National Guard. We were set up for a good day. Just really disappointed.

Richard Childress Racing–History 300

History 300  
Charlotte Motor Speedway
NASCAR Nationwide Series
History 300
Charlotte Motor Speedway
May 25, 2013
 
Race Highlights:
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished fifth (Kevin Harvick), 14th (Austin Dillon), 15th (Brian Scott) and 31st (Dakoda Armstrong).
Dillon is seventh in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, trailing leader Regan Smith by 55 markers, while Scott is eighth in the standings, 63 points behind Smith.
The No. 33 Chevrolet team ranks sixth in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, with the No. 3 team 10th in the standings and the No. 2 team 12th.
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Harvick was one of four drivers who spent the entire race running in the top-15 and made 43 Quality Passes, ranking him fourth.
Dillon and Harvick ranked seventh and eighth in Average Running Position (7.125 and 7.920, respectively), while Scott ranked 10th (9.9).
Armstrong made 44 Green Flag Passes.
Kyle Busch earned his sixth victory of the 2013 Nationwide Series season and was followed to the finish line by Kasey Kahne, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson and Harvick.
The next Nationwide Series race is the Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway on Saturday, June 1. The 11th race of the 2013 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN beginning at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Satellite Radio.
 
  
 
Brian Scott Finishes 15th After Strong Qualifying Effort at Charlotte Motor Speedway
 
Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge team brought home a 15th-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway after battling a tight-handling condition throughout the 300-mile event. The Boise, Idaho, native remained strong early in the race, climbing as high as third, while running consistent lap times. As the laps wore on, trash on the grille caused water and oil temperatures to climb as Scott continued to battle the tight-handling condition. On lap 141, Scott brought his No. 2 Shore Lodge Camaro to the attention of his pit crew for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment under green-flag conditions to help alleviate the handling issues. Multiple caution periods took place during the final laps, which didn’t play in favor of the No. 2 team as their car was better on long green-flag runs. Scott lined up 14th for the final restart with 12 laps remaining and ultimately brought home a 15th-place-finish.
 
Start – 4                       Finish – 15                   Laps Led – 0                            Points – 8th
 
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE:
“We had a great qualifying effort and started off the race strong and in contention for the win. As the race wore on, we fought a tight car all day. Towards the end we needed a long green-flag run to gain spots and it just didn’t go our way. We need to regroup and move on to Dover (International Raceway). I’m excited to get back to Dover, it’s a place where I’ve always run strong and have my first (Camping World) Truck Series win. “
 
 
 

Austin Dillon Earns Top 15 Finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway
 
Austin Dillon drove Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet to a 14th-place finish in the History 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon. The Welcome, N.C. native started the 200-lap race from the pole position, his first pole award of the 2013 season, which he earned earlier in the day. After leading the field to the green flag, Dillon settled into the top 10. He reported to crew chief Danny Stockman that the No. 3 Chevrolet handled on the tight side early in a run. Several caution periods provided the RCR crew opportunities to work on the car’s balance through a series of track bar and air pressure adjustments, which helped Dillon work his way into the third position by lap 157. Still not quite satisfied with the car’s handling, Dillon was scored in the eighth position when he was directed to pit road during a lap 168 caution period so the pit crew could make one final round of adjustments. With several other teams opting not to pit, The No. 3 team lost valuable track position and Dillon was positioned 13th when green-flag racing resumed on lap 172. He fell as far back as 17th before battling back to 14th for the race’s finish and is now seventh in the point standings.
 
Start – 1                       Finish – 14                   Laps Led – 1                            Points – 7th                          
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:
“Our No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet was strong today. We just needed to find speed for the first five laps of a run because we struggled with a tight-handling condition at the beginning of a run and that hurt us at the end of the race. Strategy has not gone our way so far this season, but we are still proud of our pole effort this afternoon and the fact we had a strong car throughout the day.”
 
 
 
   
 
Armstrong Finishes 31st After Involvement in Late-Race Incident at Charlotte Motor Speedway
 
Making his second NASCAR Nationwide Series start with Richard Childress Racing, Dakoda Armstrong looked to be in position to earn another top-15 finish before a late-race incident took him out of contention Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Qualifying 19th earlier in the day, Armstrong maintained a top-20 running position for the first 150 laps of the 200-lap event while battling a loose-handling No. 21 WinField Chevrolet Camaro. The crew made several chassis adjustments during the ensuing pit stops in an attempt to remedy the loose condition. The 21-year-old driver communicated to the team that the car was improving late during green-flag runs, so crew chief Shane Wilson elected to keep his driver out during the next two caution periods, allowing Armstrong to restart sixth on lap 172. The caution-flag flew just seven laps later and this time Wilson called the Indiana native to pit road for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. Restarting 17th, Armstrong looked to be in position to work his way back toward the front of the field when an on-track incident with the No. 43 at lap 183 caused the No. 21 machine to make contact with the outside wall. Heavy damage to the WinField Chevrolet prevented Armstrong from finishing the race, relegating him to a 31st-place finish.
 
Start – 19                            Finish – 31                             Laps Led – 0                Points – N/A
 
DAKODA ARMSTRONG QUOTE:
“It was an unfortunate end to the day we were having. The Richard Childress Racing guys did a great job giving me a solid WinField Camaro, especially on long runs. I don’t know what happened to cause the contact; I was as low as I could go and tried to give him as much room as I could. Proud of the run we had, just disappoi
nted it ended the way it did.”
 
 
      
Kevin Harvick Earned Top-Five Finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway
 
Kevin Harvick and the No. 33 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet team earned a fifth-place finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event Saturday afternoon at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The California native started the 200-lap event from the 16th spot and began working his way forward, breaking into the top 10 by lap 37.  Battling a tight-handling Chevrolet throughout the majority of the race, Harvick was able to maintain a position within the top 10 while the pit crew worked on the car’s handling during scheduled pit stops on laps 40, 88,145 and 169. The Richard Childress Racing driver worked his way up to as high as third toward the end of the event, but was shuffled back to sixth during the final restart on lap 189. Harvick was able to pick up one position during the final laps, crossing the finish line fifth.
 
Start – 16          Finish – 5         Laps Led – 0          Owner Points – 6
 
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTE:
“We had a tough time getting the handling of the Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet where we needed it to be, but the team worked really hard throughout the race and we were able to salvage a decent finish.”

Chevy Racing–Coca Cola 600– Paul Menard

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
COCA-COLA 600
CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT
MAY 25, 2013
 
PAUL MENARD, NO. 27 MENARDS/SERTA CHEVROLET SS met with media and discussed the multi-year partnership renewal of the Menards sponsorship and the No. 27 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) entry (himself, Paul Menard), with Richard Childress Racing.  PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT:
 
MENARD: “Richard (Childress) has put a lot of resources into getting better and it’s showing. It might not be as visual to you guys (the media), but being inside the company it’s pretty visible. It’s exciting to be a part of it.”
 
YOU’VE ALWAYS HAD REALLY GOOD STARTS TO THE SEASONS, AND IT LOOKS LIKE THIS YEAR YOU’VE BEEN ABLE TO SUSTAIN WHAT YOU STARTED A LITTLE LONGER
“For whatever reason we start the season off strong and then take a nose dive. So we’re trying to not take a nosedive this year. Last week here in Charlotte we tried some different things as a test weekend, basically, and I feel like we’re a lot better this weekend. So, as long as we keep learning and improving, we’ll be okay. Consistency, finishing races; I think we had a stat going into Talladega that we had finished on the lead lap every race, so that’s important. It’s really easy to lose points and harder to make them up.”
 
WHY IS RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING THE RIGHT PLACE FOR YOU?
“There are probably a lot of places that are the right place for different people. But Richard is a great guy. He’s there all the time and I feel like we have a really good relationship. We’ve known each other pretty well over the last 10 years or so, and this being the third year working with him, I enjoy it. It’s fun. We have good people. Slugger (Labbe, crew chief) is coming back. We have a lot of great guys behind the scenes at RCR that work hard and are smart and they do the right things and it’s an exciting place to be.”
 
HOW MANY YEARS IS THE CONTRACT FOR AND IS IT ALWAYS GOOD TO GET THIS SETTLED AND DONE WITH?
“We probably got it done a little bit sooner. A lot of people do, maybe. There was really no reason not to get it done sooner. We’re happy here and this is a good place to be. It’s for three years. And hopefully after three years we’ll do another three.”
 
HOW WAS THE FIRST PRACTICE SESSION?
“Practice was good. Today is kind of a tough day because you have two practices: one in the morning, and one in the afternoon. The morning practice is going to be the one that translates better to the race so we’re not putting a whole lot of emphasis on the second practice. I felt like we had a good first practice. We’re going to go out and run a little bit the second practice, but we’re not going to get too carried away with the sun being out and it being hotter.”
 
IS THERE A LOT YOU HAVE TO WORK ON TODAY BECAUSE IT’S A DIFFERENT KIND OF RACE?
“Thursday was definitely all qualifying. We didn’t do any race runs until this morning. We’re better this week than we were last week. We tried some different things last week and that didn’t work out, so we’re kind of back to normal and the car feels good. The car is driving good. We need to find a little bit of speed and I think we’re just a little bit too tight right now. We need to get the car to turn better, but again, we can’t get carried away because normally in the heat of the day the car doesn’t turn as good as it does at night and races at night so, I’m going to take this next practice with a grain of salt.”
 
WHAT ARE YOU EXPECTING THIS RACE TO BE LIKE ON SUNDAY?
“I think you see the groove opening up. At the All-Star race, the groove opened up nice. Even this morning in the cooler temperatures, you can move around some, which always makes for a good race. The tires are fast but they fall off. They have some give-up. So, you’ll be able to pass and it’s going to be 600 miles of a marathon race. You try to be there at the end, but it’s 600 miles of great racing.”
 
EVEN THOUGHT IT’S A FAMILY BUSINESS, THEY STILL DECIDE TO SPONSOR YOU. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU’VE DONE AT RCR? DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’VE PROVEN YOURSELF MORE THE LAST THREE YEARS THAN THE FIRST THREE IN YOUR CUP CAREER?
‘There isn’t a driver in the garage who is satisfied with how they prove themselves. They are always trying to get better and trying to do more. RCR is the place where I won my first race at the Cup level. That’s always going to be special, obviously; but it’s a place where I feel like we can win more. It’s a comfortable place. It’s a great place to work.

Dysons to Drive at Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Legends Day

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY  May 24, 2013 –Rob and Chris Dyson  will be driving at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 25th, in the “Legends Day Honoring Parnelli Jones,” the day before the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500. Chris will be driving the 1982 Rick Mears PC-10 that Mears took to second place in the 1982 500 and won that season’s CART championship with, while Rob will be driving a 1967 Gerhardt with an iconic Ford four-cam V8.  This year’s Legends Day is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Parnelli Jones’ victory in the 1963 Indianapolis 500.  He will be driving the famous Watson/Offy roadster “Calhoun” that he won the 1963 500 with on Saturday morning. The Dysons and the vintage Indy cars will be on track from 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM.

Rob Dyson’s first trip to the Speedway was in 1961.  He often traces his love for racing to that memorable outing.  He recounts that “I was 15 and it was like nothing I had ever seen before. We took the bus around the Speedway and went to the museum and saw all the historical race cars.  It was an epiphany.  I remember saying that I wanted to be a part of this.  We went back the next year and there was a souvenir flag stand in our hotel room and I took it home and still have it on my bookcase.” 

“We have to thank Greg Ellif of GE Motorsport and car owner Jeff Urwin for this incredible opportunity,” said Chris Dyson.  “What better way to connect with a branch of the sport I have always loved, at a race I consider one of the greatest in the world. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience for me and my dad.  I fell in love with Indy car racing when I was a kid and I attended my first 500 twenty years ago in 1993. Our family has had the same seats for over 50 years. There is no other experience in racing like the Indy 500.

“Last year, my dad and I were at the 500 and we were making the rounds of the garages with all the vintage cars and it was really a feast for the eyes. We hooked up with a couple friends from the old IMSA days who are now in the car restoration business and they were running a few cars during the Legends day festivities last year.  It was great to see this old machinery in the flesh and running on the track. Greg Ellif, who runs the cars, was at Mazda Raceway two weekends ago and approached Rob and me and asked if we would be coming out to Indy early for the weekend and if we would like to drive some historic cars for the exhibition laps. There was no hesitation. To be driving cars with such history around the most famous race track in America on Memorial Day – we could not be more excited and are very grateful for the opportunity.”

World of Outlaws–McMahan Powers to World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Win at Charlotte

McMahan Powers to World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Win at Charlotte
Pittman, Larson earn podium finishes in Circle K/NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown
CONCORD, NC. – May 24, 2013 – Just past the halfway point of the Circle K/NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown on Friday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Paul McMahan stole the lead from World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship leader Daryn Pittman.

After a restart on Lap 17, Pittman moved up the track, and McMahan saw his chance. McMahan steadily worked the bottom groove and was able to make a pass to move himself past Pittman, where he pulled away to win in the CJB Motorsports car for the second time this season.

“Last year at the World Finals we had a pretty good car coming from 22nd to second,” said McMahan, of Nashville, Tenn., who is second to Pittman in the championship standings. “This year we pretty much got the car awesome again. We ended up starting ninth in the dash and got to fifth so that was a big jump for us. In the main event we started fifth and just got rolling around and glued to the bottom, the car was so good on the bottom. And we just stayed there all night long, Daryn moved to the top, which really surprised me, and I kept pounding the bottom and was able to get by and hold on for the victory.”

Pittman continued to hang onto second in Great Clips GF1 car as Kyle Larson closed quickly on the high side following a restart with five laps to go. Larson was challenging Pittman for the second position, but came up just short of gaining the position.

“We have been good, we have been consistent, but at the end of the day you know you want to win races,” said Pittman, of Owasso, Okla. “That’s why we’re out here and that’s where you get the satisfaction, and to come that close to feel like you didn’t do your part as a driver, to know you let the crew down is the hardest part to swallow. We’re a team and we’ll come back and they’ll be disappointed, but they won’t work any less hard this week and we’ll be back for Lawrenceburg on Monday.”

Larson became a threat on the top side in the Abreu Vineyards car as the laps were winding down when he settled for third.

“I kept getting bad restarts in the beginning and was a kind of down on myself, then we got a couple of cautions late and I was able to get my momentum going around the top and it was able to clean off up there,” said Larson, of Elk Grove, Calif. “I think I needed one more caution with three of four laps to go and I might have had a shot at Daryn or Paul.”

Tony Stewart had a strong top-three run going for most of the race, but his Office Depot/Mobil 1 J&J fell to Larson in the final four laps and Stewart settled for a fourth-place finish, his third consecutive top-five finish with the Outlaws in the past week. Steve Kinser rounded out the top five, collecting his second top-five finish of the season.

Sammy Swindell’s night started on a strong note, but ended on a sour one. After qualifying in the third position overall and starting the feature on the outside of the front row, Swindell’s Big Game Treestands Eagle ended up flipping in turn one, cutting short his night.

Jason Sides earned the KSE Hard Charger award by picking up 12 spots in the A-main after starting 18th. Sides had to pass through the Last Chance Showdown to get into the feature event.

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series gets a short break over Memorial Day weekend before kicking back into action on Monday night at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway.

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