TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE HISTORY OF TALLADEGA AND WHAT THAT MEANS FOR YOU AND YOU’RE FAMILY. “Yeah, it’s very cool. It’s where RCR pretty much got everything going. My grandfather gets all the recognition for that. It’s really cool that he’s going to drive the pace car. It’s going to be special to see him out there in the Dale Earnhardt car. I know he’s pumped for that. Hopefully we get the pole so we can push him around a little bit on the track.”
HOW WAS PRACTICE? WHAT IS YOUR CAR LIKE? “It’s good. I think that we’re close. I’d like to be a little better in some areas and a little more secure, but I feel like it’s close. Chad (Knaus, crew chief) has a good feel for this place and I feel like our cars, in general, have a good feel for this place, for sure.”
A LOT OF PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT HOW YOU HUNG IN THERE LAST WEEK. DID YOU KNOW YOU HAD THAT WITHIN OR DID YOU SURPRISE YOURSELF? “You just can’t give up in situations like that. Obviously, I was really sick all weekend and I made life hard on myself all weekend with my share of the mistakes. I think a lot of it has to do with the race car those guys gave me and I’m really fortunate to have that.”
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THIS TRACK? “It is a challenging race track no matter what but then you throw it into the start of this round, any race in the playoffs has its own challenges but this place is tough. This is honestly probably the toughest track that we go to as far as the place changing throughout the day."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 ALLY CAMARO ZL1, met with media and discussed today’s announcement that Ally Financial has extended its contract with Hendrick Motorsports through the 2023 season, his undecided future plans, the recent progress of the No. 48 team, the upcoming race at Talladega, and more. Full Transcript:
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Martin Truex Jr. was made available to media at Dover International Speedway:
CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 HOOTERS GIVE A HOOT CAMARO ZL1, met with media to discuss his new paint scheme for the weekend, outlook for the next round of the Playoffs, what tributes to his success in road course racing, and more. Full Transcript:
THE CHEVROLET TEAMS HAVE MORE CLOSELY WORKED TOGETHER AT TALLADEGA. GOING THERE NEXT WEEK, HOW HAS THAT CHANGED THINGS? “It affects everybody. I have said this before about super speedway racing. It always evolves. You don't have to change the rules of the cars to watch superspeedway racing evolve."
Corey LaJoie and the No. 32 team persevered at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval, surviving his first-ever start on the 17-turn configuration all while raising money for Samaritan's Feet.
Jimmie Johnson on racing at Dover: “I absolutely love Dover. If it was up to me we would race there more than twice a year. It suits my driving style because it's got the characteristics I loved racing when I was in off-road trucks. It’s a special track for me for so many reasons.”