No. 34 MDS Ford
Started: 36th | Finished: 32nd
"It was a challenging weekend for us. We had a wreck in practice on Friday with our primary car and didn't make a qualifying lap. Everybody worked really hard to get the backup ready and get it to a decent set-up to start the race. But we weren't able to get it as competitive as we needed it to be. We will chalk it up to a learning experience and be better next time."
Cassill on Michigan"The Michigan track surface has aged some, but it's still a very fast track. It's still very edgy on tires, and the car has to be just right. But it does seem like the track is coming in a little better.
"Michigan is Ford's home track, so we always want to run well in their backyard. I'll be out at the Ford stage on race day talking to fans and doing some Q-and-A, so I encourage everybody to stop over and check out the cool Ford trucks and cars and stick around to ask me a question when I'm on stage."
Sunday, June 18, 12:15pm - Ford Performance display (Michigan International Speedway Fan Zone)
No. 34 CSX 'Play It Safe' Ford
Started: 34th | Finished: 27th
"Our CSX Ford got better later in the race, but we just didn’t have a very good first half of the race. Early on, we had to pit early because it felt like I might have a tire going down, so that kind of messed up our strategy a little bit. And we never had a chance to fight back because we didn't get the cautions we needed in the second half. But there were some scary incidents involving some other cars, some pretty bad wrecks, so we're glad we were able to bring our CSX Ford through it relatively unscathed."
Cassill on Pocono"In approaching how to race Pocono Raceway, I feel like you have to be good off of Turn 3. I don’t know how you tune the car for Turn 3 without hurting the other two corners the most. But in my experience at Pocono, the best cars are usually equal in 1 and 2 and they kill you off of Turn 3. So, if you can be good off of Turn 3, you know you’re going to be good on the rest of the track. That's what our CSX team will be focusing on during practice Friday and Saturday.
"I think stage racing at Pocono is going to show some different strategies than we’ve seen all year. I think you’re going to see people make some really odd-looking green-flag pit stops to try to flip the grid after the end of the stage. It should be entertaining."
Cassill on Dover"Dover is very intense. You've got a lot of load on your body. It's really hard to feel the car because the track just feels so rough because of the concrete surface. So, it's quite a challenge, but I still always look forward to Dover. It's a fun track.
"How the track rubbers up is always something you have to be prepared to react to. It might build up in a way that it balls up and creates a gooey mess. We've also had it build up to where it's really dusty. And you never really know until probably Saturday after the XFINITY race, and you can get a good idea what it's going to do Sunday.
"We have Love's Travel Stops back on our car at Dover. This will be their first race at the 'Monster Mile,' so we want to have a good run for them. We had a top-20 finish in this race last year, so we think we can have another good day."
No. 34 CSX 'Play It Safe' Ford
Started: 31st | Finished: 28th
"That was a long 600 miles. Nothing really went our way. We did make our CSX Ford better over the course of the race, but we weren't able to make up as much ground as we needed to. We wanted to have a better race -- we had some special guests in attendance tonight -- but it just wasn't our night."
Landon Cassill and the No. 34 CSX "Play It Safe" Ford team will remember a North Carolina U.S. Army Private as part of their patriotic paint scheme for the Memorial Day weekend Coca-Cola 600. The decal across the top of the windshield of the Ford Fusion will display the name of Pvt. Michael Murdock of Chocowinity, N.C., killed in Afghanistan on Sept. 11, 2008.
The 22-year-old was on his first deployment when his base was attacked by enemy fire. His unit was based out of Ford Hood, Texas.
"We are proud to have Pvt. Murdock's name on our car for the Memorial Day weekend," Cassill said. "We recognize, not just on this holiday, but every day, that there are men and women who have given their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we have. It will be our honor to welcome his mother at the race on Sunday and to race 600 miles in the name of this American hero."
The CSX Ford will race with a special red, white and blue paint scheme for Sunday's 600-mile race, honoring those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
No. 34 MDS/#Checkit4Andretti Ford
Started: 12th | Finished: 13th
"We took a chance and took two tires for the start of the final stage and wound up restarting in the lead. I kind of spun the tires on the restart, and it's hard when you lose your momentum. We got hit from behind and spun. But this is the kind of race where you take chances like that. We would've loved to advance our MDS/#Checkit4Andretti Ford to the All-Star race and thought that could give us a chance at a win. I'm proud of the team for the effort."
Cassill on Charlotte/All-Star“I know we’re going to dream up some out-of-the-box ideas that we normally wouldn’t try and see if it sticks for the Open. It's actually a really fun race. You really do get a kick of adrenaline and race people hard, and then it’s over pretty quick. I’ve run well there before, so hopefully we can get ourselves into the All-Star race.
“I’m excited for the new softer tire option NASCAR is offering, whether I make the All-Star race or not. I want to see how that turns out. I think it’s an idea that’s been kicked around the garage for a while – just having an option tire over the course of the race. I think it’s going to provide some interesting strategy, and it will be really cool for everyone watching the race.
"We have #Checkit4Andretti on our MDS Ford this week for John Andretti. John was the original driver of the No. 34 when Bob Jenkins first ran the car full-time in the Cup series, and he's still a good friend of Bob's and a friend of the team. We're all thinking about him as he battles colon cancer, and we want to help spread his message. He's been using his diagnosis as a platform to encourage everybody to go to the doctor and get checked, and we're happy to help spread that message in his name."
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