CHEVROLET ON THE TRACK—NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY:
TEAM CHEVY IN THE GARAGE NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY– ALBA COLON, PROGRAM MANAGER, NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES – CHEVROLET RACING:
“Congratulations to Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus and the entire No. 48 Lowe’s Dover White Chevrolet SS Team on their fantastic win in Daytona. It was a truly dominating performance. Also, congratulations to Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick for their 2-3 finishes, respectively.
“To have representation from our main five organizations finishing in the Top 10 really showcases the depth of our teams. Every Chevy organization has put a lot of work and long hours into their aerodynamic and engine packages; and their extra effort shined last Saturday night.
“This weekend we head to the beautiful northeast side of the country to New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where we will officially begin the second half of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. With just eight races until we start the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, all our efforts are focused on making sure our teams in the Top 12 are getting the right technology and parts to continue their success; and also helping those on the outside to move into the Top 12. We have the best teams in the business and we demonstrate that every week.
“We love to race at this track. It is a 1.058-mile oval that’s fast and nearly flat, with long straights and tight turns. Bottom line, it’s a handling track. To be successful in this race requires cars with great cornering abilities for a short track, coupled with the aero characteristics necessary for an intermediate track. The car that wins will be the one that manages to find the right balance between both characteristics.
“New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been good to Team Chevy. We are looking forward to a great race on Sunday and another visit to Victory Lane.”
TEAM CHEVY FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT:
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS – POINTS LEADER:
“It starts with qualifying. Getting a good starting spot is really important and not just because of pit stall selection. It’s tough to pass there and starting in the back just makes your day that much tougher. Track position is key. And the car drives differently depending on where you are. Once you get up front it’s a whole different ball game than when you’re in traffic. You need the car to turn a specific way when you are back there. So really having a good race strategy and staying up front are important for a good finish.”
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET SS – 4th IN STANDINGS:
“I enjoy racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Unfortunately, we haven’t run as well as we would have liked the last few years. Obviously everything is new with this particular car and hopefully we can start off on the right foot this weekend. We have a race at New Hampshire during the Chase, so I’m hoping we can get a solid result and collect some good notes to build off of and have a good run during the second race there this season. It’s really another one of those places we will have to go to first, before we will really know how this new car is going to perform.”
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET SS – 5th IN STANDINGS:
“New Hampshire is track I enjoy racing on. I’ve really loved running there. It is so challenging to pass with how the car has to roll the center. You work so hard trying to get that to happen all day. I enjoy short-track racing, and the corners and the speeds there kind of lend itself to that style. It’s just a little bit frustrating that I haven’t won there because I feel like it’s a track that I should be capable of doing that.”
KURT BUSCH, NO. 78 FURNITURE ROW RACING/SEALY CHEVROLET SS – 9th IN STANDINGS:
“New Hampshire is a fun track. It’s been good to me in the past. I won there three times in Cup and also won a truck race there. It’s a track with a delicate balance, but the race is usually won on how well you can roll the center of the corners. Some years turns one and two are more of a struggle and turn three is always the bumpier corner entry. But it seems like if you can get rolling through the middle it tends to give you a better shot at winning. We’re on a roll with three straight top-10s and ninth in points. But we’re not putting the cart before the horse. We still have a long ways to go with a lot of hard work ahead of us. You can go down as quickly as you can go up in the point standings. Look at us, we were 20th in points just four races ago.”
TONY STEWART, NO. 14 MOBIL 1 CHEVROLET SS – 10th IN STANDINGS:
“It just has long, sweeping corners. The corners in comparison to where we normally race, we’re used to having a lot of banking, but New Hampshire is pretty flat. It’s one of those tracks where you’re either fighting entry-loose, entry-exit and nice in the center, or you’re fighting tight in the center and you’re good on entry and good on exit. It’s a juggling act trying to get the car balanced for all three sections of the corner.”
KASEY KAHNE, NO. 5 FARMERS INSURANCE CHEVROLET SS – 12th IN STANDINGS:
“It’s fun to race at tracks that are a little different so I like New Hampshire. It’s a flat, one-mile track, and you drive the car a lot different there with the braking and the way you pick up the throttle. I feel like Turn 3 is probably the toughest part of New Hampshire because it’s rough getting into the corner, which makes it easy to lock up your brakes, get loose or slide the car over the bumps. So just trying to really work on that through practice and not give up anywhere else in the corner is usually key for me there. Overall, it’s a pretty cool track. They always have really good fans up there. A lot of people come to the races so it’s a good place.”
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DRIVE TO END HUNGER CHEVROLET SS – 14th IN STANDINGS:
“We don’t have any choice but to go out there and race hard and be aggressive. I feel like we have so much more potential. If we live up to our potential, we can earn a Chase spot. We’ve had such an inconsistent year. We need to make sure we do well at some of the tracks coming up like New Hampshire. We’ve had some great runs recently. We need to make sure we have the good finishes to go along with them.
“This track is very flat but it has long straightaways, so you carry a lot of speed into the corners. It’s hard to maintain a lot of speed for such a long, flat corner. Even though flat tracks weren’t my favorite types of tracks growing up, I’ve always enjoyed racing here. We’ve run well the last couple years, and we just did the tire test here a few weeks back. We’re definitely excited about the race this weekend and optimistic about how we can do.”
RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 WIX FILTERS CHEVROLET SS – 16th IN STANDINGS:
“New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a fun race track. It has long straightaways and hairpin corners. You really have to drive it into the corner and focus on rolling through the center. It’s one of the most symmetrical tracks we go to in that turns one and two are very similar to turns three and four. It’s really important to focus on the exit of the corners. The toughest part is track position – if you get behind, it is hard to make it up. Because track position is so important, hopefully we’ll be able to continue our record of solid qualifying efforts at New Hampshire this weekend. I got my first Sprint Cup win at New Hampshire, so it has always been a special track for me.”
JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 MCDONALD’S/MONOPOLY CHEVROLET SS – 17th IN STANDINGS:
“We have a lot of excitement going on this week. We are coming off a seventh-place finish at Daytona and back-to-back top-10 finishes. I feel like we have some positive momentum going right now with our team. I hope that continues as we will have McDonald’s Monopoly on the car to promote the Monopoly game in-stores that starts next Tuesday. McDonald’s has a lot of exciting plans for our team with the Monopoly game.”
PAUL MENARD, NO. 27 LIBMAN/MENARDS CHEVROLET SS – 20th IN STANDINGS:
“I really enjoy going to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The track hasn’t been very good to me in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but I still like racing there, it’s a fun track to drive. I really like the one-mile tracks, they can make for some exciting short-track-style racing. We’re doing double duty this weekend, participating in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday. Our goal is to learn things in that event, which we can apply to Sunday’s race. We’ve had some tough luck these past couple of weeks, so hopefully things will turn around this weekend for the No. 27 Libman/Menards team at Loudon.”
JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CATERPILLAR CHEVROLET SS – 21st IN STANDINGS:
“I am one of the few drivers that think it is harder to pass at New Hampshire (Motor Speedway) than before. It used to be when you had position, the spot was yours. Now you gain that track position and the fight for the spot has just begun. I think it is much harder to pass now than it was with the old track. I do enjoy going to New Hampshire, though. I feel really comfortable there.”
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET SS – 23rd IN STANDINGS:
“New Hampshire has been a good track for me in the past. It’s a track where the Target team has been constantly good and we usually unload fast. It’s a flat track and you have to learn to use the grooves. There’s a lot of braking and it can be tricky to figure out but I’ve always enjoyed racing there.”
DANICA PATRICK, NO. 10 GODADDY CHEVROLET SS – 25th IN STANDINGS:
“We had a good test at new Hampshire last month. It’s obviously helpful to get track time, especially at a place I’ve never been in a Cup car. It’s a challenging place for sure. But I’m happy we got some extra track time there and hopefully we can have a good run with GoDaddy Chevy.”