Here’s what the drivers had to say after Sunday’s Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tennessee:
Chase Elliott – Winner: “I’m so proud of our team because we had a setback (with a pit stop) halfway through, and we were able to get our NAPA Chevy dialed back in and get back in the mix. It was a long day, a fun day. So proud of our team. We’ve had a pretty rough month and a half, so it’s good to get back in the right direction. Getting a win is always huge, but doing it in a really cool city like Nashville is even better. I look forward to that guitar.”
Kurt Busch – Finished second:: “I became soft with him. He should have been throwing some fenders and moving some momentum. I did not stay with our strength. We didn’t have much strength tonight. We just executed very well. Restarts were so-so and long run speed was good. I just needed to stick to our strength and I blew it. I want to thank all my guys at 23XI. We have a great group of boys and girls. The way we’re running, a second is great, but we’re here to win with the playoff situation. This Camry and all Camry TRDs were amazing. I hate when we didn’t get into victory lane and I was there. I wanted to throw in some fenders but didn’t get the job done. You’ll all be smiling, but I let you down. I should have come up with a better plan.
Ryan Blaney — finished third: “I’m not sure, as the race kept progressing later in the evening, I thought we lost some ground between some of the other cars. I thought during the day we were pretty competitive and then something happened and I thought we weren’t that good. I had to go to the back and then I got out trying too hard. Jonathan made a good call to stay out of the last stop. Why not, run ninth and he was able to run third, so it was a good decision for him. Overall, I wish it was on the hot and slippery day because I thought we were a bit more competitive, but it wasn’t a bad finish.
Kyle Larson — finished 4th:: “It was definitely better once the sun went down. I don’t know what changes they made to it, I’m very proud of my guys for working hard and persevering. We didn’t have a lot of things working for us there as we got caught a lap back and had to ride the wave and drive from 20-something to 10th before the final caution. We stayed out and got a top 5 finish. Very proud of my No. 5 HendrickCars.com team and proud of Chase Elliott as well. That’s great for Hendrick Motorsports and everyone out there. Everyone has been working hard and trying to figure out how to go faster and they were definitely the best of the four of us all weekend. Great to see it closed.”
Ross Chastain — Finished 5th: “An incredible night for the No. 1 Jockey Chevrolet Camaro. Trackhouse Racing brought in two incredibly fast cars, and that was the right decision to pit, but we didn’t know 10 people would be left out. If a few less are left out, we have a chance. We got through the traffic the best of all of us who entered the pits, very proud of that and proud of the effort. Amazing job on pit road tonight by our pit crew picking up spots at each and every stop throughout the night. We just needed a little more to run those top four, but we were definitely a top five car. In the Cup Series, that’s all I can ask for.”
Austin Cindric — Finished seventh: “I’ll take it, I guess. That was a long way to get there for sure. Obviously getting the lucky dog into the middle of stage three and putting our Ford Mustang in the top five. I was passed by some guys on tires at the end, but obviously I had speed in the car. We just needed the track position. Jeremy made a big call to run a long time and we probably got 10 places from that and we probably got about six or eight more on the restart there and we were able to have a representative day.
Joey Logano — Finished 9th: “It’s an ugly top 10, but it was a top 10 anyway. it was a battle. I had false hope qualifying second, thinking we could be better than we were, but as soon as the race started we realized we weren’t. We just fight everything.”
‘@ChaseElliott he logs in from victory lane with a guitar in hand.
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Erik Jones — Finished 11th: “We definitely had our ups and downs today, but it’s good to bounce back and finish 11th. We struggled with our Chevy’s handling early in the race and I felt like we were making the right adjustments to have a good day before the race was delayed. rain. Once we restarted, after 10-15 laps, the handling was gone and it was hard to drive. We will continue to learn and work to improve. Overall, a good finish that we’ll take home next week at Road America.”
Austin Dillon — Finished 14th: We had an early deficit today at Nashville Superspeedway, but this team got out of it. We were too loose to start the race, and that slowed us down early. We went down a lap but got our lap back. From there, crew chief Justin Alexander made some big strategic moves to gain track position. Unfortunately, when we got track position, our Chevy was too tight in the same places on the track that we were too loose early in the race. On a restart with four laps remaining, we knew there would be a high probability of crashing. I just hugged the bottom of the track and dug in. We ran from 18 to 14. We were still too tight at the end for anything else to happen. It’s not what we wanted, but we dug hard.”
Alex Bowman — Finished 36th: “It’s frustrating not being able to finish the Ally 400. (Crew Chief) Greg (Ives) and everyone on the No. 48 team work so hard on these race cars and it’s unfortunate that I didn’t get to go racing for a win. We were in the wrong place at the wrong time today. Greg threw the kitchen sink into the car and then we flipped two times before we crashed, so it was hard not being able to see if we had found anything at that stop.”