Cassill on Loudon"We're coming off a really good day and a good finish at Chicagoland, and we want to keep that going at New Hampshire. We had a pretty good finish there in July, and I think we can even improve on that. I think we can qualify better and be better the first half of the race. In July, I felt like we made some good adjustments, and the car was at its best the second half of the race. It was pretty darn good. So, if we can start the race from that point and work from there, hopefully we'll have an even better finish.
"I thought the VHT they applied to the track made the racing better. It still raced the same way New Hampshire always races, but maybe passing was a little bit better. And that's good for these cars. Passing at New Hampshire is definitely tough. But we were able to run down on the bottom and get some grip on exit. It made for a good race, and I'm looking forward to going back."
Cassill on Chicago
"We definitely want to redeem ourselves at Chicago this weekend after the rough night we had in Richmond. We were out of the race early after cutting a tire and hitting the wall, which was really disappointing after we had a pretty fast car in practice. We've got CSX back on the car again this weekend promoting the 'Play It Safe' campaign, so we're definitely looking forward to having a better weekend.
"I'll be greeting fans on Sunday morning at the main gate. A few months ago, when I was making all kinds of promises to people on Twitter based on how many retweets they could get, I promised Chicagoland Speedway to be their gate greeter on race day. I've done a bunch of fun things with these retweet deals, and I think this is one of the last ones to fulfill. It should be pretty cool saying hey to everybody as they come through the gates.
"Chicago is an interesting and challenging race track. It’s got some age to the pavement, so it definitely feels like it produces some tire fall-off. The bumps in Turns 3 and 4 have gotten kind of violent, too, so the cars are definitely a challenge to set up for that place. But I think it’s a good mile-and-a-half race track. I don’t think these tracks are as ‘cookie cutter’ as people think they are."
Sunday's race will be Cassill's 250th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start
Sunday, Sept. 17, 9:30am - Cassill will greet fans at the Chicagoland Speedway main entrance, fulfilling a "How Many Retweets" promise made in April
No. 34 CSX "Play It Safe" Ford
Started: 30th | Finished: 39th (accident)
"I think the left rear tire was cut down -- I am not really sure. We just hit the wall. It is really tough because we had good speed in practice earlier in the weekend. We were really looking forward to this race, and then we didn’t even get a pit stop. Just a tough night for our CSX team to be done so early when I know we had a car that could've given us a much better finish."
assill on Richmond"Richmond is just a great race track and always a great race, day or night. Especially to close out the regular season, there should be a lot of excitement there. We'll have CSX back on our car this weekend, and it's always a big event for them, promoting the 'Play It Safe' campaign.
"You could run all over the track when we were there in May. I don’t know if it was because of the daylight, but we ran all over the race track. I’m not really one that thinks that the top works at Richmond, but I ran the top for a good portion of my race. And I also ran the bottom. It’s fun getting around that track. I love going to Richmond."
Saturday, Sept. 9, 4:30pm - Ford Performance display (Richmond Raceway Fan Zone)
No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford
Started: 31st | Finished: 21st
"I thought our Love's Travel Stops Ford was really good on the long runs. The car was a lot looser toward the end of the race, which kind of hurt us. I also think we wish we'd pitted twice that last run and had another shot at tires and adjustments, but overall the guys did a great job. That was a good finish for us."
Cassill on Darlington"Throwback weekend was a really creative idea for Darlington to come up with. I think the sport and fans really embrace nostalgia, I think because of the rich history of the sport and that racetrack. For our Love's Travel Stops Ford, we're paying tribute to the color scheme of the old-style Love's canopies from the days of its first travel stop back in the 80s.
"The Southern 500 is a long race. It's excruciating. It's a tough race. But it's very rewarding if you come out on the good end of it. And that, of course, requires winning the battle with the wall. Our Love's Ford already has stripes on it, so we don't want to add any more."
No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford
Started: 33rd | Finished: 35th (accident)
"It’s just close quarters. Bristol is a tough race track and I was sliding up and I thought maybe there was a little room, but (DiBenedetto) just clipped me. It’s tough racing at Bristol. We fought hard all night and were on the verge of every run feeling like my car was kind of OK but not where I wanted it. I thought if we could stay on the right lap and get some adjustments in that we could run up there, but it never quite happened."
Cassill on Bristol"Bristol's awesome. I just always enjoy that race track. I've had good fortune there, and Front Row Motorsports as a team has had some really good runs and good finishes there. It's a track where pit strategy can always come into play, and that can work to our advantage. We used pit strategy to get the lead last year and led a bunch of laps, so we know that's something that we can do again in our Love's Travel Stops Ford this Saturday night.
"With the VHT that they've been putting down, it's definitely made the place a little less predictable, a little tougher to figure out, but I think it's good for racing. It has an interesting effect over the course of a race with the way the rubber builds up on it. It can be a wild show for sure."
No. 34 MDS Transport Ford
Started: 32nd | Finished: 25th
"We needed to have a solid race with a good finish. We haven’t had one in a while. So, while we want to do better than top-25s, this was a good step. The car was really, really loose for a while, and the speed came when we tightened it up. I think if we get that balance right to start the race in the future, then we won’t get behind at all, and our finishes will be even better."
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