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NASCAR: Team Chevy – Drivers’ Pre-Race Notes & Quotes at Charlotte

CHEVROLET ON THE TRACK—CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY:

  • Chevrolet drivers have won 41 of 109 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Victories by current Team Chevy drivers are:
    • Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s Dover White Chevrolet SS, has six (6) wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway (’03, ’04 – TWICE, ’05 – TWICE & ‘09)
    • Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, has five (5) victories at Charlotte Motor Speedway (’94, ’97, ’98, ’99 & ‘07)
    • Kasey Kahne, No. 5 Quaker State Chevrolet SS, has visited Victory Lane at Charlotte Motor Speedway four (4) times (’06 – TWICE, ’08 & ’12)
    • Mark Martin, No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS, has four (4) trophies from Charlotte Motor Speedway (’92, ’95, ’98 & ‘02)
    • Jeff Burton, No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS, has three (3) wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway (’99, ’01 & ’08)
    • Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, has visited Victory Lane at Charlotte Motor Speedway twice (2) (’11 & ’13)
    • Jamie McMurray, No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet SS, has two (2) wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway (’02 & ’10)
    • Kurt Busch, No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet SS, has one (1) victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway (’10)

 

  • A Chevrolet driver has won three (3) of the last five (5) races at Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • A Chevrolet driver has sat on the pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway 29 times
  • Team Chevy drivers have scored 181 top-five and 357 top-10 finishes at Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • A Chevrolet has led 12,248 laps (31.9% of possible 38,372 laps) at Charlotte Motor Speedway

 

TEAM CHEVY IN THE GARAGE CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY – PAT SUHY, MANAGER, CHEVROLET RACING – NASCAR GROUP MANAGER:
“Congratulations to Kevin Harvick, the entire No. 29 Budweiser Chevy SS team, and everyone at Richard Childress Racing on the win last week in Kansas.  The strong run by several of our other Chase drivers has tightened up the Chase standings.

“Heading to Charlotte this weekend, the teams get a break from being on the road, as Charlotte is the ‘home track’ for most of them.  There’s never a break from the hard work and grueling hours it takes to be successful in the Sprint Cup Series though, and our Team Chevy engineers and race teams are always up for the challenge.  With recent strong runs under their belts and a history of success at Charlotte, our Chevy teams should show up and unload fast.  That’s important because it allows them to focus on fine-tuning, rather than making wholesale changes to cars, during the three practice sessions.

“I’m looking forward to another exciting race.  If everything goes according to plan, we’ll get to celebrate another win on Saturday night.”

 

TEAM CHEVY FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT: 
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S DOVER WHITE CHEVROLET SS – 2nd IN STANDINGS: 
“I’m excited to be racing at home in Charlotte this week. It’s just 30 minutes from the house and I can get home quickly and see everybody and sleep in my own bed. But the track has been really good to us over the years and I certainly need another strong performance there, the way things are going in the Chase right now. So, I’m excited to get back. I’ll be around my immediate family and then around my extended family with Hendrick Motorsports and Lowe’s. There will be a lot of Hendrick Motorsports employees there too. From spring to fall at Charlotte, temperature-wise, usually ends up to be about the same. The new cars have evolved some, so I know our set-up will be different than what we ran in the spring. So I’m excited about that and I feel that we’re better now. Of course, the whole field is better, too (laughs). I feel good about it. It will be a little bit different combination.”

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 JIMMY JOHN’S CHEVROLET SS – 3rd IN STANDINGS:
“Good pit strategy, that’s what we hit on last time we were at Charlotte Motor Speedway. We had a decent car in May, but Gil (Martin, crew chief) made the right call at the end to put us in position to have a good restart. Once we were in the right spot, we were able to hold the lead once we got there and were able to pick up the win.”

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 AXALTA CHEVROLET SS – 4th IN STANDINGS:
“I don’t know – 105 just seems so far away. I never thought we would have this many wins, so you never know what could happen if we get a couple more wins under our belt. I am really looking forward to this weekend’s race, though. We ran well here in May, and we’ve had some great runs since the Chase started. I like how this team is performing and the effort they are putting in right now. I’m having a lot of fun.

“We ran well here earlier this year and I think our intermediate track program has only gotten better since then. But we need to have a strong qualifying effort. I think our race package is good here. We just need to be better during qualifying. The big challenge is qualifying. A lot can happen in 500 miles, but qualifying well, starting near the front and having a good pit stall selection makes for a good start to the race and a good start to the weekend.”


KURT BUSCH, NO. 78 FURNITURE ROW/DENVER MATTRESS CHEVROLET SS – 7th IN STANDINGS:
“Charlotte is going to be tougher than most people think even though we ran really well there in the All Star race and the 600. I won those two races in 2010 and went back in October and ran 30th.  We didn’t advance with our setup from the month of May to October. So it’s going to be more of what have you done lately. And that’s where I feel pretty good about how our Furniture Row team has found speed at the mile-and-a-half tracks. Since finishing third in Charlotte in May we haven’t been lower than sixth on the 1.5s. And in the two mile-and-a-half Chase races we’ve had a fourth (Chicago) and a second (Kansas). This is all encouraging and I really want to give this team a victory. Hopefully we’ll cash in on Saturday night in our Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet.”

DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 TIME WARNER CABLE CHEVROLET SS – 8th IN STANDINGS:
(ON HIS 500TH CUP START THIS WEEKEND AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY.): “It doesn’t seem like I’ve been around that long to be honest with you. It just doesn’t. We race a lot of races though. We run a lot more races during the season than they did in year’s past. It’s been a pleasure being a part of the series and seeing the changes and the growth. I hope to be around and witness a lot more. It’s just been a dream to be able to succeed and make a living in this sport so I’ve got a lot to be thankful for.”

 

RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 QUICKEN LOANS CHEVROLET SS – 12th IN STANDINGS:
“I hope we can just build off of where we were in the Coca‑Cola 600.  I think we ended up sixth if I remember right in the Coke 600, fifth or sixth or something like that, but we had a good car, and were in position at the end.  I’ve been in position several times at the Coke 600 and actually I think about five years ago led everything ‑‑ led coming to the white and then crashed in Turn 1.  I’ve been close at Charlotte.  It’s one of my favorite racetracks.  I look forward to going back.  Obviously I have been successful on qualifying nights, usually Thursday nights.  So look forward to that, as well.  Just a good rebound weekend from what we had in Kansas would be good for not just me but for everybody.”


KASEY KAHNE, NO. 5 QUAKER STATE CHEVROLET SS – 13th IN STANDINGS:

“Looking at the remaining races on the schedule this season, there are a couple tracks that we’ve been able to run up front at every time we go to them. Charlotte is one of them so I’m looking forward to this weekend. I think it’s a track we can definitely run well at so I’m just focused on trying to get back on track and finishing up the season strong. We’ll do what we can to finish off our year on a high note, and hopefully we can get a win or two at some of our best racetracks.”

JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 MCDONALDS CHEVROLET SS – 14th IN STANDINGS:
“Charlotte Motor Speedway is one of my favorite tracks.  Not only is it nice to be close to home for the weekend, but I have had some good runs and a couple of wins along the way.  Racing under the lights is always a lot of fun at Charlotte.  We had a really good car here in the Spring race.  We ran near the front of the field all night before we cut and oil line late in the race that forced us to the garage for quick repairs.  Our intermediate-track cars have been good lately, so I hope we can continue that in front of the home crowd”.

 

PAUL MENARD, NO. 27 DURACELL/MENARDS CHEVROLET SS – 17th IN STANDINGS:

“I enjoy racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It’s a 1.5-mile track and we’ve had some of our best runs at intermediate tracks this year. We’re coming off of a top-10 finish at Kansas (Speedway), another 1.5-mile track, so hopefully that will give us a little momentum going into the weekend. Turns one and two at Charlotte are different from turns three and four. The angles are different and the banking feels different. You have to be able to get back on the gas early and hard when you exit the turns in order to get around there fast. There’s a lot of grip and the tires are usually hard, so the key is getting the car to point off of the corners and get on the throttle hard. It’s a 500–mile Saturday night race, so depending on the weather, the track conditions will change from the start of the race to the end. We’ll need to make sure we stay on top of our setups and make a good qualifying run on Thursday so we can start up front on Saturday.”

JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CATERPILLAR CHEVROLET SS – 19th IN STANDINGS:
“When we raced at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, it started a run of races where we ran better than the year before. That was the start of the No. 31 team understanding what it takes to run well. We’re going back to Charlotte with more confidence than ever. The strong runs are there, just not consistent finishes. We’ve changed so much with our 1.5-mile program since the first Charlotte races that I am excited to see what we have to offer. These Gen-6 cars have also evolved a lot since May which was expected in the beginning.”

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET SS – 22nd IN STANDINGS:
“Charlotte has been a tough track for us. I think I’ve had one top-10 finish there since I started racing in NASCAR. I don’t know what it is but we haven’t been able to get the results we deserve at the mile-and-a-half tracks. It’s a big weekend for us with Target and the partners coming into town so we’re hoping to put on a good performance and get them a solid finish on Saturday.”

DANICA PATRICK, NO. 10 GODADDY BREAST CANCER AWARENESS CHEVROLET SS – 28th IN STANDINGS:

“I like Charlotte. It’s really nice for the crews because it’s a home race for them. They get to sleep in their own bed and a lot of their family and friends are there. So you want to give them a good performance. It’s fun for me a Charlotte because a lot of the crews have young kids, so it’s fun to meet them and see them around the hauler during the race weekend. It’s just a bit of a different experience than a lot of the tracks we go to.”

 

DAVE BLANEY, NO. 7 TOMMY BALDWIN RACING CHEVROLET SS – 30th IN STANDINGS:

“This weekend, I am looking forward to getting behind the wheel of my No. 7 Breast Cancer Awareness Chevrolet. We are looking forward to getting out on the track and helping to support NASCAR in their efforts to help raise awareness. I have two daughters of my own, so this weekend is all about them. As far as the team, we are looking forward to finishing out the season with the same momentum as last weekend, fighting hard until the end.”

 

JJ YELEY, NO. 36 MDS TRANSPORT CHEVROLET SS – 34th IN STANDINGS:

“I am excited to get behind the wheel of my No. 36 United Mining/Susan G Komen Chevrolet this weekend. We have a pretty cool paint scheme, and couldn’t have teamed up with a better organization than Susan G. Komen to help raise awareness about breast cancer. This weekend’s race I will be supporting not only my mother-in-law Karen, who is a survivor, but my daughter Faith, who I hope one day will live in a world without cancer. I am looking forward to getting out on the track and continuing the push to finish out the rest of the season strong for everyone at Tommy Baldwin Racing.” 

MARK MARTIN, NO. 14 BASS PRO SHOPS/MOBIL 1 CHEVROLET SS – INTERIM DRIVER FOR THE INJURED TONY STEWART:
“Charlotte is a challenging racetrack, and the more challenging a racetrack is, the more you hear ‘race the racetrack’. At Charlotte, don’t try to go faster than your car will. Concentrate on maximizing what you have. Charlotte is a really different racetrack since the last repave (2006). It’s got a new personality now. It’s a whole different place to race on than it was before the repave. It still forces Goodyear to put a hard tire on the car. So, the grip level is really high, until it starts to slip, and then the grip level goes way off. So when the car breaks loose it’s really, really hard to control it. You have to push the car, but you can’t overstep your boundaries like you can at Atlanta where the pavement is worn out. Any track with worn-out pavement you can overstep your boundaries, slide the car, gather it up and keep on digging and lose very little time.”

 

KYLE LARSON, NO. 51 TARGET CHEVROLET SS – MAKING NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES DEBUT AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY:
“I tested at Charlotte Motor Speedway last week so I have had some track time in a Cup car there. The Cup car drives similar. You just get down the straightaway a lot faster. I think it’s more fun that way. The Target Chevy SS will suit me because it’s quicker and you can do more with throttle to help you out. I’d like to get a top-15 finish on Saturday. I’d be happy with that.”

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