No. 34 Dockside Ford Mustang Started: 25th | Finished: 36th
"It was a tough night for our Dockside Logistics No. 34 team at Richmond Raceway. Our car was extremely tight from the drop of the green flag, but we kept working on it and were able to get it to a point where I was actually more on the free side. I thought that the car was going to come to me, but I cut down a right rear tire late in the race that sent me into the wall, ending our night early."
No. 36 The Pete Store Ford Mustang Started: 20th | Finished: 29th
"The Pete Store No. 36 Ford started the weekend with a good qualifying run. Unfortunately, we ended up having to start the race at the back of the pack, and we had our work cut out for us. We battled a tight car throughout the race and tried to make a few pit stop strategy calls to set ourselves up for a good finish. It didn’t work out the way we wanted, but we’ll regroup in the off-weekend and come back ready for Talladega."
"It was nice to have Old Dominion Brush Company back on board with us this weekend at Richmond Raceway. We struggled to roll the center of the corners for a significant portion of the race. I feel like Seth and the team did the best that they could to try and diagnose our troubles tonight, but by that point we found ourselves having to take wave-arounds to gain laps back, which in return forced us to pit off-sequence to where we could never overcome."
"It was a tough day for our Love’s Travel Stops No. 34 team. We struggled to find the right adjustment all day and came home P28. We will take what we learned this weekend, regroup back at the shop and look ahead to Richmond next weekend."
"I feel like our Surface Sunscreen/Tunity TV Ford had decent speed this weekend. Unfortunately our practice to race changes made our car way too tight to fire off. We chased that tight feeling most of the day, and made some gains at the end but had a hole too deep to recover from. I’m excited to move on to Richmond and see what we can do there after a solid run at ISM Raceway earlier in the year, which is very similar in banking."
"It was a hard fought day here at Bristol Motor Speedway for our MDS, Hulsey Environmental Services Ford Mustang. We were having a solid race, running 16th, until I had a right front tire go down and had to pit under green. We tried taking wave-arounds, but in the end we just weren’t able to make up the difference."
"We really needed this. We had a great weekend, starting with qualifying on Friday and earning a 15th place starting position. Today, we pretty much ran 15th all day, executing and not making any mistakes. This is the best that we’ve ran in a while so it felt really good. Thanks to Love’s Travel Stops for all of their support. I’m really glad that I could bring them home a solid finish."
"I thought our speed this whole weekend was really good. It was ultimately kind of bittersweet because we feel like we were one or two changes away from being very good like the No. 34, but just got a lap down too early on. After that point, we were pretty solid, just needed our lap back but there was never a wave around opportunity. We definitely tried some new things this weekend and I’m excited for the direction that can bring moving forward."
"I was really encouraged with our No. 38 Ford Mustang today. Seth and the team made some really good adjustments yesterday and I felt like we had a top 15 or top 18 car, but we ran out of fuel early in the first segment and it cost us a lap and a half to where we were never able to recover. It was encouraging to see all of our Fords a little faster at the mile and a half and was great to see Michael run so well. It gives us optimism looking ahead to Kansas in a few weeks."
Michael McDowell No. 34 A&W All American Food Ford Mustang Started: 23rd | Finished: 31st
"We showed speed this weekend, but had a tire go down early in the race and we had damage. That basically ended our chance, but it didn't ruin the day. I think we did a nice job of using the rest of the race to learn more about this package that we can use later this year."
"I loved coming back to Martinsville to race, but I know we all wished for a better result. We were pretty decent, but had a tire go down and lost all that position. We did a good job of getting better in the race, but didn't get the chance to close it out how we wanted. We'll take the positives from the weekend with us."
"This race was a lot different than the Martinsville races that I've known in the past. It's a result of all the downforce we have. I think you saw Brad and his team dominate this race because they had something figured out. We were really tight and tighter in traffic. So, it was really a day to learn for most of us. There were a lot of different things happening today and it just didn't benefit us. We showed good speed this past weekend, but just didn't have the handling to match on Sunday. We'll review the information and come back stronger."
"It wasn’t a terrible day, we just didn’t quite have the speed that we needed. We were trying to extend our first run, but with the caution falling when it did, it kind of hurt us. Overall, everybody on our Love’s Travel Stops Ford team did a great job today. After the last couple of weeks, we really just needed to finish. But I’m looking forward to going short track racing next weekend at Martinsville Speedway and seeing what the weekend has in store.”
"We unfortunately got a bit behind this weekend in practice making a motor change, so we had to chase the balance a bit late in final practice and the race. Every change we made was a gain, and we certainly ended better than we had been all weekend. We had a goal of a top-25 and came one spot short, so we need to get just a bit better tying it all together. Looking forward to next weekend in Martinsville."
"We took a big swing at the car on Saturday night and it didn’t work out in our favor. The car was really tight during the first run, but Seth and the team were able to make a lot of great adjustments to get it handling better. Unfortunately, when you start that far off in a 400-mile race without a lot of opportunities to work on it, you just get behind the eight-ball too quick. I felt like towards the end of the race our Ford was a lot better, but it was a little too late at that point. I’m looking forward to getting to a short track like Martinsville where aero won’t mean quite as much."
No. 34 Dockside Ford Mustang Started: 27th | Finished: 36th
"I just came off the corner and I noticed that the throttle pedal was gone. I knew I was in trouble at that point because it was still wide-open, so I tried hitting the ignition and jumping on the brakes and did everything I could to keep it up against the wall and try not to make a big mess. I was trying not to run into the car in front of me, which I think was Menard. I was just jamming on the brakes as hard as I could to try to get it to slow down and not take a bunch of people with me. It was an unfortunate day, but all we can do is look ahead to Fontana and try to have a strong finish.”
"It was a great overall day for our No. 36 Tunity/Surface Sunscreen Ford Mustang. I felt like we gained on every stop and point in the race. Mike [Kelley] made some great calls that kept us in the hunt for the lucky dog position to get back on the lead lap at many points during the race. We ended up with a very solid top-20 finish with even faster speed than that at the end."
"That was a hard fought day for our Select Blinds Ford. I felt like we made some good adjustments and could have contended for a top-20, but when my teammate Michael [McDowell] had his mechanical issues, I got some damage on my nose and we never could rebound from that. We worked on it every pit stop, but still had some big holes on the front end. We were fortunate that our engine ran the rest of the race and we were able to finish, so it was a small victory to not have a DNF, but I certainly wanted more."
"We had decent speed, but we had a pit road penalty and had to pit under green and that put us two laps down. We tried the wave-around a few times, but we just couldn’t catch a break. We made good gains on our car, and at times, we had good speed. But when you’re two laps down and on a different sequence of tires than everybody else, it makes it that much tougher. There definitely weren’t enough cautions to get us caught back up.”
"It was definitely an up and down weekend. Unfortunately, we got started off on the wrong foot this weekend, but did get better and it was the same story for the race. We started off fighting tight conditions, and definitely made gains, and were able to see speed in our No. 36 Tunity/Surface Sunscreen Mustang. However, a few pit road issues and the struggle of speed early on hurt us with how many laps we were down and got us stuck in a box we could not get out of with a lack of cautions today. Looking forward to getting to a higher horsepower package in Phoenix and getting the weekend our team needs."
No. 38 CITGARD Ford Mustang Started: 6th | Finished: 28th
"We just missed it by a little bit today. When we fired off, in the first corner of the first lap I knew that we were going to have a really tight balance on our CITGARD Ford. Seth and the team made great adjustments during the race and we had some great strategy. If we could have ever caught a caution, I think that it really would have worked out for us. But we just learned a few things on what to do and what not to do today and I’m sure that we will be better at the next mile and a half track that we go to."
Michael McDowell No. 34 Fr8Auctions Ford Mustang Started: 12th | Finished: 37th
"Our Fr8Auctions Ford had great speed all weekend. We struggled to find balance during the race with this new rules package, but I feel good about the direction we need to go and the speed that we showed. We will debrief back at the shop, take what we learned from today and use it to come back stronger in Vegas next weekend."
Matt Tifft No. 36 Tunity/Surface Sunscreen Ford Mustang Started: 31st | Finished: 28th "It was kind of a big learning weekend for our No. 36 Tunity/Surface Sunscreen Ford. We struggled from the start of the race, but it felt like every change made it better. We were certainly hoping for a better result, but we made progress throughout the weekend and as a new team, it's going to be all about making those little gains each week. We were able to clean up some of the mistakes we made earlier in the weekend today and ultimately put ourselves in a position to get better for Las Vegas next weekend."
David Ragan No. 38 FireAde Ford Mustang Started: 23rd | Finished: 16th
"It was a solid race for our FireAde Ford today. Seth Barbour and our engineers made some good adjustments overnight and improved the driveability and made our car a little faster. We had a lot of fun racing today. I thought that it was a fun 500-mile race; hopefully the fans enjoyed it. Our car lacked just a little bit of speed on the short run, but anything over 30 laps, I felt like our No. 38 Ford was pretty fast. It was fun to get a top 20 and I’m looking forward to going to Las Vegas and trying to be in contention for another top 15."