Camry drivers Matt DiBenedetto and Timmy Hill will start 12th and 22nd, respectively, in tomorrow night’s MENCS Open event.
AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 DOW CAMARO ZL1 – Qualified 4th YOU GUYS WERE FAST TODAY IN PRACTICE, HOW DO YOU FEEL AFTER THOSE LAPS? “It feels really good to back it up. We had a really fast lap by ourselves right there. I am proud of my pit crew for having a solid pit stop, and man, the adrenaline is just flowing right now after hitting pit road with all that speed."
DANIEL HEMRIC, NO. 8 CATERPILLAR/BASS PRO SHOPS CAMARO ZL1 – OPEN Qualifying Pole Winner: HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR CHANCES TOMORROW NIGHT? “I feel good about it. Obviously, having speed with as short as the stages are, hopefully we can lock this Bass Pro Shops Camaro with Caterpillar’s help, the ZL1, in as far as the All-Star goes, but we’ve got to have a solid first stage."
KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Busch Beer Millenial Ford Mustang – CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE BUSCH ACTIVATION BEHIND THIS PAINT SCHEME? “Obviously, I think as you look at Busch and Mobil 1, but with the Busch brand team they’ve obviously done a great job of activating not only this program, but the Car to Can at Daytona was one of the biggest things they’ve ever done, and who’d have thought that something so ugly would be so popular?
WITH THINGS GOING WELL FOR YOU THIS YEAR, IS THERE ANYTHING IN THE WORKS WITH GANASSI FOR THE FUTURE? “We haven’t really started any kind of talks, so it’s hard to give an update on anything.”
HOW ARE THINGS WITH OPPORTUNITIES AND SPONSORSHIP? “My dad said I could come back and work the watermelon field any day. We are just plugging along. There is your normal turmoil that every race team goes through. Anyone that says they aren’t, they probably aren’t telling the whole truth. Everything in Niece world is great. Other than that, we are just plugging along and just trying to make the best decisions long-term. We are trying to align ourselves with the best group of people we can.”
EVERY WEEK, IT SEEMS LIKE YOU GUYS ARE DEALING WITH A TRACK WITH A NEW RULE CHANGE AND THAT’S NOT GOING TO CHANGE THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER. WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO BE DEALING WITHOUT A NOTEBOOK WEEK AFTER WEEK? “You just have to figure out how to find some consistency in all of it. We all still know what makes the cars go faster. There are only a few things you can do to make them faster, so that’s what we have to focus on. I do think it’s been more of handling track; a lot more people lifting and not running as wide open. The cars aren’t handling great, so you have to work on them and make them drive better. We did a lot of that today and a lot of other cars did too. It was nice to have some speed in practice.”
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 ALLY PATRIOTIC CAMARO ZL1 met with media and discussed his multiple wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the rules package change for the All-Star race, the tribute paid to service men and women on Memorial Day, his visit to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and more. Full Transcript:
“No, just different race tracks and ones that we knew we had concerns with entering the race track. Did we even have the right setup or splitter heights or anything. Really, our races have spun from getting behind in practice and not showing up with the car hitting the race track and things like that. Just some different race tracks as we go back to some of these tracks again, we’ll get more data and tracks that are similar, you won’t have that issue in practice and we’ll be a little bit closer when we get there.”
Matt Tifft's No. 36 Surface Sunscreen/Tunity TV Ford will pay tribute to Carrollton, Virginia native U.S. Army Special Forces Sgt. 1st Class Joshua "Zach" Beale this Memorial Day weekend. SFC Beale was killed on January 22, 2019 in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations. He was assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina.