Cassill on Michigan"I'm excited to get back to Michigan. It's kind of a new build of cars for us this time around. So, hopefully we can see an improved performance over the last couple of months. It's definitely a race that Seth (Barbour) and my guys have circled on their calendar. So, I'm really looking forward to it.
"This is always a big weekend for Ford. We'll be visiting with Ford employees at their facilities all day Thursday, and there will be a lot of special guests at the race. We definitely want all the Fords to put on a good show Sunday."
Sunday, Aug. 13, 11:45am - Ford Performance display (Michigan International Speedway Fan Zone)
No. 34 Jacob Companies Ford
Started: 32nd | Finished: 36th
"Our Jacob Companies Ford wasn't quite where it needed to be to start the race, but our first and second set of adjustments helped improve it. I was optimistic that we could keep working on it and keep going in that direction. But then we blew a tire and broke a sway bar arm trying to nurse it back to pit road. So, unfortunately, we lost a few laps fixing that in the garage and didn't have much opportunity after that to advance."
Cassill on Watkins Glen"I like road course racing. I wish we did more of it. I feel like every time we go to a road course, I kind of don’t get the hang of it until the end of the week, so I’d love to go more often and have more laps under my belt because I think road course racing is fun. And it seems like our race cars put on a good show at road courses, especially at Watkins Glen.
"The two road courses we go to, Watkins Glen and Sonoma, are so different. The Glen is really fast. There’s a lot of aero involved, so you have to bring a good car. You have to have a good set-up to even have a chance. We will work really hard on getting our Jacob Companies Ford handling well in race trim on Saturday so that we can have a good day on Sunday."
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."
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