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)
Cassill on Daytona"We had a good Love's Travel Stops Ford in February in Daytona, and we had a good start to the season in the 500, even with some damage. Love's is back this weekend with a military paint scheme for Independence Day -- it's camouflage and pays tribute to the Special Forces Charitable Trust, an organization that supports U.S. Army Special Forces.
"This race is a great event every year, and we're happy to have Love's on board again. There's a Love's near the track, so everyone should stop there for your fuel and snacks and whatever you need for the race. I'm sure I'll be stopping at least once sometime this weekend.
"There's a huge difference between racing at night and racing during the day at Daytona. Even if it's hotter in July, it's the direct sunlight on the track that drives the temperature up for the February race. We're definitely anticipating a lot of handling to come into play this week."
Friday, June 30, 1pm - Florida Lottery Stage (Daytona International Speedway Infield Fan Zone)
Saturday, July 1, 3pm - Florida Lottery Stage (Daytona International Speedway Infield Fan Zone)
No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford
Started: 31st | Finished: 30th
"We had saved our tires for the end and counted on getting some cautions so we could put new tires on. But we didn't get any late cautions, so things didn't quite play out like we'd hoped. But overall we had an OK day with our Love's Travel Stops Ford, made improvements on it and stayed out of trouble."
Cassill on Sonoma "I enjoy going to Sonoma. That's a good race track for us. We've got Love's on board, and they've had David Gilliland in their car in the past, and he's a phenomenal road racer, particularly at Sonoma. So I'll have to see what I can learn from our data from what he's done there in the past.
"Sonoma's always been challenging for me. But last year, I felt like we raced significantly better than we qualified. Some of the cars that I couldn't keep up with in practice and qualifying, I was right with them during the race. So, I'll be doing a lot of preparation ahead of time to make sure I'm where I need to be when we get there on Friday."
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