Driver Reactions Post-Playoff Race at Texas Motor Speedway

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Driver Reactions: Post-Playoff Race at Texas Motor Speedway

William Byron – Winner: “Yeah, it’s a great feeling. We’ve been pretty consistent over the first three or four races, but we haven’t had that standout moment. Today, I felt we had a strong car, and if we could have made our way to the front, we knew we could be competitive. Towards the end, our car was really fast, and it all came together.”

Ross Chastain – Finished 2nd: “Early in the race, I thought we were one of the top-performing cars, and I wish we could have stayed up there with the leaders. We made some strategic decisions, opting for four tires and struggling with a few restarts, which set us back. However, we had the speed, and it showed throughout the weekend.”

Bubba Wallace – Finished 3rd: “Unfortunately, I made the wrong move starting from the top lane for the third time. The team gave me the right advice, but I ended up on the wrong side. The #14 car was aggressive, but that’s racing; they’re here to win. I regret not holding my line in Turn 3 and making William work for it. These cars can be vulnerable, and I’m disappointed in myself. We really needed a win, and we had a strong performance today. I’m not sure about our standings, but I know I made a mistake, and it stings.”

Christopher Bell – 4th Place Finish: “We had to overcome a challenging performance today, that’s for sure. We didn’t have the speed to secure a fourth-place finish, so we were fortunate in some ways. The restarts played in our favor, allowing us to sneak by on the bottom and salvage a decent result. Right now, I’m disappointed because our performance wasn’t up to par, but I know I’ll be much happier about it in a few days.”

Denny Hamlin – 5th Place Finish: “Initially, we had a really fast FedEx Camry, but things changed when we got some damage. After that, it wasn’t as quick as it was earlier in the race. Despite the damage, we had a car that could have finished in the top three. Fortunately, we managed to avoid some late-race chaos, and now we’re in a better position than when the race began.”

Kevin Harvick – 6th Place Finish: “I faced some challenges on the restarts, struggling to get the car pointed quickly enough to make significant progress. I didn’t position the car well a couple of times, which cost us a few spots. We probably had the potential to finish third or fourth, but it was still a solid day overall.”

Brad Keselowski – 7th Place Finish: “It was a day with its share of ups and downs. We hovered around the top-10, mainly in the 10th-12th range for most of the race. Towards the end, we decided to pit and take two tires. We were running fourth or fifth, but the numerous late-race wrecks disrupted our plans. We could only recover to seventh place.”

Daniel Suarez – 8th Place Finish: “Our day had its moments of inconsistency for the No. 99 Kubota Chevy team. I felt like the car had potential, but we kept fine-tuning the balance to improve it. We faced a couple of issues on pit road, including a mistake during a green-flag pit stop. Despite the challenges, I believe the car had top-10 potential, and overall, it was a positive day for our team.”

Justin Haley – 13th Place: Justin Haley expressed satisfaction with his car’s handling from the outset, highlighting a strong start to the race. However, as the race progressed, the car began to tighten during shorter runs. Overcoming a pit-road penalty and enjoying longer runs, Haley’s car showcased impressive speed, closely matching the leader’s lap times. While the finish didn’t match last year’s performance, he considered it a positive day overall.

Chris Buescher – 14th Place: Chris Buescher’s race strategy aimed to shake things up towards the end of the race. Unfortunately, green flag conditions proved challenging to maintain, ultimately diminishing the effectiveness of their strategic moves. Buescher found himself amidst a group of unpredictable drivers, resulting in a less than desirable finishing position.

Carson Hocevar – 16th Place: Carson Hocevar enjoyed a solid result in the end, consistently performing as a top-10 to top-15 contender throughout the race. However, a mishap, possibly due to a loose wheel or handling issues, led to contact with the wall. Despite the damage and the resulting difficulties, Hocevar displayed resilience, adapting to the compromised handling of the car and securing a respectable finish.

Martin Truex Jr. – 17th Place: Martin Truex Jr. summed up his race day with the phrase “a long terrible day.” Expressing a need for improvement, he acknowledged that significant changes are necessary to enhance their performance.

Tyler Reddick – 25th Place: Tyler Reddick’s race day featured a competitive Jordan Brand Toyota Camry TRD. Despite a challenging start due to qualifying, strategic moves allowed Reddick to win Stage One. However, a pivotal caution disrupted their strategy, forcing a pit stop for fuel. The subsequent restarts had a mixed impact on Reddick’s race, ultimately leading to a 25th-place finish.

Ryan Blaney – 28th Place: Ryan Blaney’s race day included ups and downs. The team exhibited improvement throughout the race and implemented a strategic move to gain track position with right-side tire changes. However, Blaney’s race took a downturn when he incurred a pit road speeding penalty, which significantly hindered their chances of a strong finish.

Erik Jones – 30th Place: Erik Jones, driving a fast Chevy throughout the weekend, pitted at a crucial juncture in the race, setting him back in the field. In his pursuit to regain positions, Jones got high and out of the racing groove, making contact with the wall.

Kyle Larson – 31st Place: Kyle Larson found himself in an unexpected situation when battling with another driver during a restart. His car lost grip in Turn 1, leading to a loss of control and a 31st-place finish.

Ty Gibbs – 33rd Place: Ty Gibbs acknowledged the speed of his car at the beginning of the race. Despite a temporary setback that led him out of the racing groove, Gibbs remained determined to continue working hard and improving his performance.

Kyle Busch – 34th Place: Kyle Busch shared his concerns about the car’s handling during the race. He initially thought he had a flat right front tire but decided against pitting. Unfortunately, the car unexpectedly spun into the bottom of the race track in Turn 1, ultimately leading to a 34th-place finish.

Austin Dillon – 36th Place: Austin Dillon faced a challenging race due to a loose wheel issue. As he navigated Turns 3 and 4, the loose wheel ultimately came off, leaving Dillon with no choice but to deal with the unfortunate situation and finish in 36th place.

Reference

www.nbcsports.com/nascar/news/what-drivers-said-after-the-playoff-race-at-texas-motor-speedway

www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nascar-auto-racing/article279343894.html

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