No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford
Started: 31st | Finished: 29th
"This was the first time we've qualified and raced on the same day, so we knew that was going to be a bit of a question mark and would make our approach to the race a little different than normal. Our Love's Ford had a bit of a balance issue for the start of the race, and we worked at it all day to make it better, but we never got it quite where we needed it. "
Cassill on Pocono"I just always love going to Pocono. I think it’s a great track, and I think it’s underrated. I think that the Mattioli family and the staff do a great job and bring a lot of people out there. So, I’m a big fan of Pocono. I’m also going to be at their Fan Fest on Friday. Definitely want to give a shout-out to Brandon Igdalsky and his team for really digging in with the concept of the enhanced race weekend with the Fan Fest on Friday. And I’m more than happy to be there to help out.
"Love's Travel Stops is back on our Ford Fusion this weekend. With the stages this year, Pocono offers opportunities for some different strategies to get stage points, so we'll look for those opportunities for our Love's Ford to be up front. We also have ModSpace as an associate partner this weekend. They provide temporary and permanent modular buildings for mobile offices, storage and things like that -- we even see some at the race track sometimes. They've been a Front Row Motorsports partner in years past, so it's great to have them back again."
Friday, July 28, 5:30pm - Fan Fest (Pocono Raceway Infield)
Cassill on Indianapolis"Indy is amazing, knowing all the history. It’s crazy to stand on the fronstretch and see our big, heavy cars go that fast and still make it through Turn 1 as fast as they do. There’s just a lot of grip at that place. It’s a special track. The restarts are crazy – you’re three- or four-wide. And then you’ve got to just bottle into basically one groove at the end of the straightaway. Last year there was a lot of damage and a lot of attrition. So survival at that place is definitely key.
"It always seems like people bring their best cars to Indy. People invest a lot into that race. Our teammate, David Ragan, has been to a couple tests there this year, so that could help us out. We have CSX and the 'Play It Safe' message on our No. 34 Ford for the weekend, so we want to run well for them. As always, we want to encourage people to ‘play it safe’ around railroad tracks no matter where they are."
No. 34 MDS Transport Ford
Started: 28th | Finished: 23rd
"It was a good solid day, which is something we needed after the past couple months. Now we feel like we've got something to build on, and I've got some good chemistry with my new crew chief, and we can start shooting for top-20s and top-15s."
Cassill on Loudon"I love Loudon. I typically run well there. I've qualified on the pole there in the XFINITY Series, and have qualified well there in the Cup Series, too. I just really enjoy the short track. I think it's an underrated place that we go to. So, it should be fun.
"Last week was our first week with a new crew chief (Seth Barbour). We had a good first weekend working together, and we're going to keep building on that each week and taking steps to improve our performance."
No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford
Started: 35th | Finished: 26th
"I think our Love's Ford was better tonight than it had been in practice and qualifying. We held our own competitively but I still think we have improvements we can make. We need to have a little better Friday so we can set ourselves up for a good race day."
Cassill on Kentucky"With the recent changes to Kentucky Speedway, I think it's a good thing they're mixing some of the tracks up. Kentucky definitely needed a repave last year, and I think they resurfaced it again. So, we're kind of starting from square one once again. In a lot of ways, it was still the same old Kentucky that we've had in the past. The track is just so wide, and there's a lot of racing room there. You have to have a car that handles well with a lot of lateral load.
"We have a little extra detail on our Love's Travel Stops Ford this week. Love's is headquartered in Oklahoma City and is a big partner of the Thunder. And Russell Westbrook was just named NBA MVP, so they've got a little MVP tribute on our No. 34 car. People who know me know I'm a Cavs fan, but we'll give Russell a little love -- pun intended. He deserves it."
Friday, July 7, 3:30pm - Love's Travel Stops (I-71 Exit 55)
Saturday, July 8, 3:15pm - Trackside Live Stage (Kentucky Speedway Fan Zone near Gate 15)
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