After sustaining damage to the nose of the NOS Energy Drink Ford early on in stage two, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. battled back to earn a 19th-place finish in Monday’s rain delayed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan Speedway.
Austin Dillon and the No. 3 Dow Salutes Veterans Chevrolet Team Score Stage 2 Win and Show Speed at Michigan International Speedway
Camry driver Martin Truex Jr. (third) was the highest-finishing Toyota driver in the postponed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) event at Michigan International Speedway on Monday.
KURT BUSCH, NO. 1 MONSTER ENERGY CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 2nd - WE SAW YOU LOOKING AT THAT RIGHT-REAR QUARTER PANEL. WAS THAT THE DIFFERENCE? “Yeah, that’s more than what I was hoping to see, for damage."
JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford Mustang: FINISHED 1st -- VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW “It is so hard to have perfect days like that. I made one mistake on the restart and let the 4 get to the outside of me and really made me mad at myself."
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing - Qualifying Position: 4th - What do you expect from Sunday’s race? “Cars will be closer together and who knows how passing is going to be. It looked like it was a little tough in practice, but certainly we’re running a lot of on-throttle time. We’ll just sort of see how the race plays out and then we’ll know better for the second race when we come back.”
KURT BUSCH, NO. 1 MONSTER ENERGY CAMARO ZL1 – Qualified 7th YOU WERE THE TOP QUALIFYING CHEVY. HOW DO YOU FEEL? “I was happy we backed up our lap from yesterday over to today. We’ve been a little off on qualifying and it was nice to build that consistency of the qualifying setups."
JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford Mustang: QUALIFIED 1st “The car went where I told it to go, that was good. We will see. The car has speed in it, that is a good thing. Hopefully it drivers good in the draft. It was pretty good in practice yesterday so I think we will be alright. Getting the pole is really cool.”
HOW DID YOU FEEL THE AIR WAS ON THE CARS HERE AT MICHIGAN IN THE PRACTICE? “By itself, the car ran comfortable and ran really good speed. In the draft, whether everybody is struggling with it or for us on the No. 1 car and the 42, we both felt like our drafting ability was compromised a bit.”
Erik Jones, No. 20 Craftsman/Sport Clips Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing - What were you able to learn in the first practice session this afternoon? “We didn’t really know what to expect as far as how the cars were going to drive, how much throttle we were going to carry in traffic and kind of how things were going to go."