What the pilots said after the Pocono Race 2
A collection of driver quotes after the race after Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway:
Kyle Busch – Winner: “(Denny Hamlin and I) were very close. We kind of mirror each other. I could win over him in turn two, kind of stay even with him in three, and then he would take a little time out of me in turn one just because I felt like I was trying to save a little bit of time. ‘be behind him. I could kind of let him throw it in there. He was really going to go into the first corner, so I felt like he was going to burn his front tires with the remaining laps. I hope I could make it out, have a chance to make it out. When we went from two to three to get to white, we went from two to three, I had a run of two, and I looked down, then he stuck low, and I came back up, and he didn’t really did not come back to block high. I threw it on its exterior. I was like, okay, there it is, I’ll take it. He was coming to the pit lane, so… I don’t know if he just positioned himself low, so I didn’t block his opportunity to get to the pit lane. Maybe that was what had happened there, so he was already out. I had no idea it was going to go down. All in all, once I got my quarter panel, my front fender to its quarter panel, that’s kind of when I knew I had it.
Kyle Larson – Finished 2nd: “I don’t know. It’s a surprising finish for us. Our Chevrolet HendrickCars.com was really loose for most of the race and then we had a lot of nose damage on one of the restarts. Was off. on speed. I felt like after that. Cliff (Daniels, team manager) and everyone did a really really good job managing the race, trained me saving fuel at the end. hoped the 18th (Kyle Busch) was going to run out. I saw the 11 (Denny Hamlin) run out. I was, okay, they’re teammates, they’re about to miss. stopped a lap after us under caution. It probably got them the race. But, yeah, second place, I thought we would be out of the top 20. Lots of points throughout the race today ; we will take it. Happy with the effort for sure all weekend.
Brad Keselowski – Finished 3rd: “We had a really good race, but we just didn’t have enough fuel to go all the way like the other guys did. They beat us on horsepower and fuel mileage. We have a lot of work to do to keep up with these guys. I am really proud of Jeremy Bullins and the team. They had the set-up really well and they were in position and we had a great race today and maximized our day. It was a good rebound from where we were. We’ve had a lot of bad breaks with issues and all kinds of issues across the board. My mistakes, other mistakes. It was a very good day for us.
Kevin Harvick – Finished 4th: “I thought our car was better yesterday than it was today. We’ve just adjusted too much from what we had yesterday to what we started today. They did a good job keeping us in the game and made good adjustments in the car. We had good restarts and a good position on the track and were able to pick up the pace. We still lose the handling of the car more than I would like behind the cars. Apart from that, we keep dragging ourselves. “
Bubba Wallace – Finished 5th: “It’s big. Lots of self-confidence, which is huge. It boiled down to the fuel strategy there, but I like Wheels (Mike Wheeler, crew chief), JR (Houston, engineer) , Freddie (Kraft, Watcher), telling me what to do – 80% over there, 60% here, all the time. It got so boring, but it worked. That’s what it takes. It takes Great day for us. Great day for DraftKings – their first race is the first top five for our team. It makes you want to quit but overall a great day. Great week -end for us. We knew we had the speed. Bossman was there – MJ (Michael Jordan) was there. We got all the staff out so it was a good day. Good weekend. “
Alex Bowman – Finished 7th: “It was a good day for the No. 48 Allied team. The strategy didn’t work for us. We struggled in traffic; kind of knew we would have after yesterday. But we got out a bit ahead and we were pretty decent. On Road America next weekend.
Tyler Reddick – Finished 9th: “My team definitely made some good changes to the # 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE from Kalahari Resorts and Conventions overnight. We were much better on the moguls today which was one of my biggest issues on Saturday. I seemed to pull too loose with each run, but then build too tight, especially when I was in dirty air. The adjustments my team made throughout the race helped though. I just needed to be a little creative with the lines I was running as I didn’t have any grip when trying to use the traction compound. We had a little lag with our strategy today, but it ended up working for us in the long run when all those other cars ran out of gas in the last few laps. Our car has had good speed all weekend so it’s great for us to keep going as we head to Road America next weekend for some road races.
Joey Logano – Was 10th:
William Byron – Finished 12th: “I thought we were the first with four tires. We can do it. I kind of thought we were closer to fuel than we were. I thought we could go up as far as we could, and a few guys would have to stop and we would save and win. So that was kind of how it was over there with # 2 (Brad Keselowski) and then we had to get into maximum save. I thought for sure we would get there because usually there’s a bit of a fudge factor there, but we ran out of three (turns) to go so not even close.
Austin Dillon – Was 13th: “P-13; I think we had a slightly better car than this. We did everything we could to get a position on the track all day. We ran right there at the end of the second stage on the back stretch; so close to getting the top 10 and the stage points there. That would have prepared us pretty well for the end, I think, in terms of the position on the track. “
Denny Hamlin – Was 14th: “Do what I’m told: don’t run when I’m not supposed to run, run when I’m supposed to run. The result is we stopped on the last lap for three straight weeks. It’s tough. mean, I hate to see white coming down the pit lane. It’s so frustrating. Fuel consumption has had us the last two weeks. Lug nuts the week before. We’re running fast. We’re doing a little better. I think overall we had a bit more speed this weekend than what we’ve had in the last few weeks Yeah I can’t see the checkerboard right now.
Aric Almirola – Finished 16th: “Buga (team leader Mike Bugarewicz) and the No. 10 team from Smithfield made steady improvements to the car throughout the day. We thought that fuel consumption would work better in our favor and give us a top 10. It was nice to run ahead today in the clean air and get stage points. The strategy hasn’t completely worked in our favor, but overall we had a decent day, and I don’t think our arrival is a sign of that.
Cole Custer – Finished 24th: “Dude, we had a fast # 41 HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang today and we sure could have fought in the top 10 if we hadn’t had any issues at the start of the last leg. It was difficult to recover from this damage. We will learn and move forward to Road America.
Justin Allgaier – Finished 25th:
Ross Chastain – Finished 26th: “We had to start at the back so it took us a little while. But once we got into the top 10 we had the balance in the car and the grip to stay there. With the pit strategy, we have made it to the top five several times. I just walked into the 20 (Christopher Bell) there. I rode on (lap) three and thought I could clear it. By the time I realized I couldn’t, it was too late. I tried to get away from him, but ruined his day and mine. Sorry for Christophe. We cut our right front and I think he put it in the wall. I’m really proud of the # 42 McDonald’s team for unloading a good spare car. We’re close – I just need to do a little better.