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."