Austin Dillon’s No. 3 Dow Univar Solutions Camaro ZL1 secured the top position in qualifying for the Camping World 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at Chicagoland Speedway, with a fast lap of 30.636 seconds, 176.263 mph. It was the third consecutive pole of the season for Dillon, his first at the 1.5mile track, and sixth of his MENCS career.
DANIEL HEMRIC, NO. 8 LIBERTY NATIONAL CAMARO ZL1 – Qualified 3rd “Everybody is obviously running wide open. It’s trying to get your car where you can physically steer the car around the white line, but you’re steering the car and you’re obviously scrubbing speed. You’re trying to fight both edges of that double-edged sword."
KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Mustang -- Qualified 2nd “I feel good about our car. We had two good practices today and this is the same car we had at Kansas and ran really well there, we just had some bum luck at the end of the race with that tear-off getting on the front of the car and having to pit."
AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 DOW UNIVAR SOLUTIONS CAMARO ZL1 – Pole Winner: THE WAY THE DAY STARTED, DID YOU EVEN THINK THE POLE WAS A POSSIBILITY? “Well, I felt like if we kept working on it; we had a good meeting between the No. 8 (Daniel Hemric) between first and second practice and kind of had a good idea of what we wanted to make changes on."
HOW DO YOU LOOK AT THE RACE THIS WEEKEND? “I don’t know yet. I think that the track surface is one of the most worn that we’ve been on. It seems rougher than anything we’ve been on yet. Usually here, Charlotte and Kentucky were some of the roughest places, but I’d say this is close to number one now."
Question about your teammate Erik Jones. He is kind of in this limbo if he is going to return to Joe Gibbs Racing. Have you had any conversations with him or given him any advice on how to handle it?
CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1 met with media to discuss the 2020 date change for Daytona, his thoughts on Bristol and past events at Chicagoland, how the new package will perform in Sunday’s race, and more. Full Transcript:
“I definitely think there is. I think you are going to see guys ringing the top and guys that can run the bottom. At this place, as more rubber gets laid down, you are just trying to constantly fight for clean track. If you can find clean track, there is a little bit of an advantage there.”
DO YOU FEEL GOOD IN PARTICULAR ABOUT ANY OF THE TRACKS YOU HAVE COMING UP? “It’s kind of a double-edge sword. I look at it and a lot of the tracks we go to, I feel confident in what I want and confident in what I need. You try to not lose faith in yourself through moments of struggle.