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

CHEVROLET ON THE TRACK—TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY:

  • Chevrolet drivers have won nine (9) of 26 races at Texas Motor Speedway. Victories by current Team Chevy drivers are:
    • Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s “Spring is Calling” Chevrolet SS, has three (3) victories at Texas Motor Speedway (’07, ’12 & ‘13)
    • Tony Stewart, No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS, has two (2) wins at Texas Motor Speedway (’06 & ’11)
    • Kurt Busch, No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, has made one (1) trip to Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway (’09)
    • Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS, has one (1) trophy from Texas Motor Speedway (’00)
    • Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Axalta/ Texas A&M Engineering School Chevrolet SS, has one (1) win at Texas Motor Speedway (’09)
    • Kasey Kahne, No. 5 Time Warner Cable Chevrolet SS, has one (1) victory at Texas Motor Speedway (’06)
    • Ryan Newman, No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS, has one (1) cowboy hat from Texas Motor Speedway (’03)

 

  • A Chevrolet driver has won three (3) of the last five (5) races at Texas Motor Speedway
  • A Chevrolet driver has sat on the pole at Texas Motor Speedway 12 times
  • Team Chevy drivers have scored 46 top-five and 111 top-10 finishes at Texas Motor Speedway
  • A Chevrolet has led 3,334 laps (38.1% of possible 8,755 laps) at Texas Motor Speedway

TEAM CHEVY FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT: 
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET SS – POINTS LEADER

“There are a lot of things I like about Texas Motor Speedway. One of the things I like about TMS, and this is genuine, is the fan support. When we first built that racetrack, to be frank, we (NASCAR) were struggling west of the Mississippi to really draw crowds. For whatever reason, when they built this racetrack, people really latched on to it. It’s been a great market for us. It’s been very successful. There’s a great staff out there that does a lot of cutting-edge stuff and does a lot of unique promotion that you don’t see at other places. It makes it a lot of fun to come here. Especially when the fans show their support to the track itself, it makes you want to race in front of them. It makes you excited to be here when they’re, in turn, excited to see you.”

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 AXALTA/TEXAS A&M SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING CHEVROLET SS – 4TH IN STANDINGS

“I always enjoy the trip to Texas Motor Speedway. It’s a fast, high-banked track with multiple grooves. There should be a lot of tire wear – and ‘drop off’ of the speeds – during the race which should lead to an exciting race.

“I can’t wait to get there – especially with how well we ran at Fontana. We had a fast race car in California, and I hope to have another fast one in Texas.”


JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S “SPRING IS CALLING” CHEVROLET SS – 5TH IN STANDINGS
“Texas is one of the more interesting racetracks we race on. The characteristics of the track – the bumps and the surface will make for an exciting race. So far with six winners in six races the racing in 2014 has been really exciting for the fans. We’ve run up front and led a lot but haven’t been able to finish the job. I’m not too sure what the tire situation will be this weekend – if it will be the same tire as California or not – but it’s been a good track for us in the past and it would be great to get our first win of the season this weekend.”

AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 DOW CHEVROLET SS – 9TH IN STANDINGS
“I’ve been to Texas Motor Speedway a few times. I was fast there in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car last year, so I can’t wait to get there. Our Las Vegas Motor Speedway run should lay over to Texas Motor Speedway for qualifying and hopefully we can better ourselves for the race. It’s a fast, rough track and I enjoy those.”

RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 31 CATERPILLAR CHEVROLET SS – 10TH IN STANDINGS

“Texas Motor Speedway is a good track race-wise. It provides drivers with a lot of options. You can move around and find a line that your car responds to and it’s really versatile so you can get around somebody. It’s also fast- really fast – so aero is also an important part of it and it’s nice to have that ability to move around. With it being one of the older tracks on the circuit asphalt-wise, the racing will be good for both the drivers and the fans watching in the stands and on television.”

PAUL MENARD, NO. 27 QUAKER STATE/MENARDS CHEVROLET SS – 11TH IN STANDINGS
“What can you say about Texas Motor Speedway that hasn’t already been said in regards to how fast it is around that place? We’re going to need a good set-up under our Quaker State Chevrolet to get through the turns and great horsepower from ECR Engines to be successful. Our 1.5-mile track program has been getting better and better since late last year. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do this weekend at Texas and keep our momentum going in the right direction.”

TONY STEWART, NO. 14 MOBIL 1/BASS PRO SHOPS CHEVROLET SS – 15TH IN STANDINGS
“You have to be comfortable or you’re not going to go fast. The more comfortable I am, the faster we go. This track, the grooves have moved around over the years. We’ve seen the track get wider and it’s made it to where you can move around on the racetrack and where you can run the top side or the bottom side. It’s nice from a driver’s perspective to be able to have that flexibility behind the steering wheel, knowing that if your car’s not driving exactly the way you want it to, you can move around the racetrack and find a spot the car likes better.”

AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 47 BUSH’S BEANS CHEVROLET SS – 16TH IN STANDINGS
“I think our intermediate program has been pretty good and we’re ready for Texas Motor Speedway. We’ve had a good couple of weeks. A top-10 at Auto Club Speedway and an 11th-place at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday. Hopefully, I’m up there battling in the BUSH’S Beans Chevy for a top-10 finish if not a win at Texas Motor Speedway and keep that momentum going.”

KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET SS – 19TH IN STANDINGS
“After a tough track last weekend, I’m really looking forward to Texas.  I enjoy the mile and a half tracks the best and have run pretty well on those tracks in the past.  Our Target Chevy was really good in pre-season tests on the mile and a half track at Charlotte, so I think we should be able to unload with a really good car for this weekend’s race and plan on being very competitive.”

KURT BUSCH, NO. 41 HAAS AUTOMATION CHEVROLET SS – 20TH IN STANDINGS

“The adrenaline of winning and accomplishing something special as a team carries over, but Martinsville is a half-mile that is very different from the mile and a half of Texas.  The way we struggled at Vegas earlier this year we definitely need to rebound on the mile and a half’s.  So let’s use this adrenaline and this momentum from last week to help us do that.  It’s a very different track anything can happen as far as speed.  The key to winning there though in my mind is carving through the center of the corner through the bumps.  If you can do that and hold it wide open through there you are going to be the car to beat.”

CASEY MEARS, NO. 13 GEICO CHEVROLET SS – 21ST IN STANDINGS
“We’re looking forward to getting to Texas and getting to work.  We’ve had a good car every week and the Richard Childress Racing and Chevrolet relationship is working out well.  This week is another opportunity to continue building our intermediate program.  The guys on this GEICO Racing team have worked hard and it’s showing.  We raced in Martinsville yesterday and today we’re testing in Darlington, so these guys are committed and I’m excited about the upcoming races.”

 

KASEY KAHNE, NO. 5 TIME WARNER CABLE CHEVROLET SS- 22ND IN STANDINGS
(ON THE BENEFITS OF BEING AN ATHLETE WHILE BEING A NASCAR DRIVER.): “I work out hard, and I do things that I feel make me better throughout the race and after the race. And I feel better mentally because of working out, being prepared and being in great shape. Driving the car, I think with reflexes and things throw at your so quickly, you have to make adjustments — the feeling of your car, the heat. Some tracks can be tough on your neck and arms, and other tracks, not so much. I think there’s a lot there that definitely takes some athletic ability, and I think that helps being athletic and being prepared like that. It helps me for sure.”

 

JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 BELL HELICOPTER CHEVROLET SS – 23RD IN STANDINGS
“Texas is like most mile-and-a-half (1.5-mile) tracks where track-position is key, maybe even more at Texas because it is tough to pass.  We will approach like a typical weekend, try to qualify well and keep track position throughout.  I hope that we will have some of the cautions like we’ve had the first few races, I feel like that has made the racing better, being able to get new tires and keep the field together.  Texas seems like it has been one of those tracks where you have long green flag runs and the track gives up a lot of grip.”

 

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 4 JIMMY JOHN’S CHEVROLET SS – 25TH IN STANDINGS

“I expect it to create a few more challenges. As we’ve seen the first part of the year, the cars are very fast with the new ride height rule, the new spoiler height and everything that comes with it. I believe the tire that we’ll be using this weekend comes from the same family as what we had at Fontana a few weeks back. I think we’ll see a lot of the same characteristics that we saw there, with the bumps on the racetrack and the tire wear.  We’re going to be taking the bumps at a much higher rate of speed with a lot more load on the left-side tires than we’ve had there before. So, I think we’re going to see some new challenges pop up. As we’ve gone through these first five or six weeks, we’ve been to racetracks that we’ve been to before, but we have different things to work on the cars with a lot of new things to understand. We’re still trying to get our arms around everything because there are so many new things to understand. Texas is the first racetrack that’s similar to a track that we’ve raced at already, so it’ll be an interesting race.”

JUSTIN ALLGAIER, NO. 51 BRANDT PROFESSIONAL AGRICULTURE CHEVROLET SS – 27TH IN STANDINGS

“I’m looking forward to Texas [Motor Speedway]. It’s a mile-and-a-half track and this weekend will be my first time there in a Sprint Cup car. It’s another opportunity for me to work with my crew chief, Steve Addington, to build a notebook on this type of track.”

MARTIN TRUEX, JR., NO. 78 FURNITURE ROW CHEVROLET SS – 28TH IN STANDINGS

“Texas is going to be really, really fast.  I am sure that we’ll run wide open or close to it during qualifying. I expect a new track record – it’s going to be ridiculously fast. What we learned at Las Vegas and California will help us develop a baseline for Texas, especially California because of the bumps in the track. Texas is about speed and maneuvering through the bumps. Finding the right setup is tricky, but the teams that do will be the same ones you’ll see running up front. Based on our performances – not finishes – but performances in Las Vegas and California I feel that our Furniture Row Chevy should be one of the cars running up front on Sunday.”


DANICA PATRICK, NO. 10 GODADDY/GET FOUND CHEVROLET SS – 29TH IN STANDINGS

REED SORENSON, NO. 36 CHEVROLET SS – 30TH IN STANDINGS

“I am excited to be heading to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, for the Wild Circus. This weekend is also special, because I will be visiting the Dallas Burn Hospital on Friday morning. It will be great to bring some happiness to our troops and the staff at the Parkland Hospital. Hopefully it will be a good weekend for everyone at Tommy Baldwin Racing, and the No. 36 Chevrolet.”

MICHAEL ANNETT, NO. 7 ACCELL CONSTRUCTION CHEVROLET SS – 31ST IN STANDINGS
“I was encouraged by the job we did at Las Vegas, which is an intermediate track like Texas. We were running out of gas at the end of that race and didn’t get the finish we probably deserved, but the day itself proved to us that we can pass with this package. We learned a lot there that I think can translate to this weekend and all the upcoming intermediate races.”

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