After blowing a right front tire early in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at ISM Raceway, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. overcame adversity to score a 19th-place finish in his NOS Energy Drink Ford.
Denny Hamlin proved he’s a championship contender by winning the NASCAR Cup Series race at ISM Raceway. Hamlin, along with Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr., advance to the NASCAR Championship 4, giving Toyota three drivers in the four driver winner take all event next week. Sunday’s win also secures Toyota the manufacturer title for the third time.
KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 CLOVER CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 4th YOU WERE GOOD TODAY, BUT NOT GREAT. IT WAS JUST A MATTER OF HAVING TO BE GREAT TODAY. “Yeah, the 11 (Denny Hamlin) had an amazing race car there. So, he would have had been tough to beat."
JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Mustang – WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR CAR IN THAT ONE STRETCH? “I don’t know. I have no idea. It went from a really good car to a car that couldn’t stay on the lead lap with changing tires and a half pound of air. A lot of things don’t line up there. That doesn’t make any sense."
BRAD KESELOWSKI, No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Mustang – WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT ROGER BUYING IMS? “It came out of left field. I had no idea it was coming. I knew he was working on something big when he wasn’t at Martinsville or Texas. I’ve learned RP and when he’s not at moments like that, something really big is about to go down. I didn’t know what it was, it could have been a number of things, but that was not on my list of things that I thought it could be.”
KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 CLOVER CAMARO ZL1 – Qualified 5th DO YOU HAVE A CAR CAPABLE OF WINNING HERE THIS WEEKEND? “There’s definitely guys that are faster than I am. I feel like I’m a bit like a fifth to seventh place car after practice. I felt like the 11 (Denny Hamlin) was, by far, the best. But I almost won here in 2017 and I had a third to fifth place car. We just had some restarts there late and lined up in the right position. Anything can happen, so we’ll see. I’m hopeful.”
Kyle Busch earned his first pole position of the season and will lead the field to the green in Sunday’s Cup Series race at ISM Raceway, a track he’s won the last two races at. All three Toyota Playoff drivers will start the 312 lap race from the first two rows.