Michael McDowell on Martinsville 17 Starts Best Finish: 18th
“At Martinsville, a lot of strategy is about risk vs reward. You've got to think about making moves when you have the opportunity, but if that move causes you to push in a fender, or restrict airflow, it's going to hurt you for the rest of the day. And you also need to think about where you want to be in another 200, 300 laps as the race is winding down. It's a mentally tough day, for sure, but it can also be a lot of fun. I'm excited to hit the track in our No. 34 A&W Ford Mustang."
Matt Tifft on Martinsville 1 Start Best Finish: 29th
"Martinsville is definitely one of the more unique tracks on the circuit. You've really got to be good about managing your car and managing your focus. By the time you get comfortable going down the straightaway, you're back on the brakes as hard as you can. You don't have as much time as you would at other tracks to look around at your surroundings, check your gauges, look in your mirror, etc. so it's important to be smart and concentrate throughout the entire race. I'm glad to have our partners at Surface Sunscreen and Tunity back with us and I'm ready to go out and get a strong finish for them."
David Ragan on Martinsville 26 Starts | 3 Top-10 | 3 Top-5 Best Finish: 5th
"Martinsville is my favorite track and it's one that I always have circled on my calendar. It's just good, fun short track racing. There's little room for error because you're running so close to the people around you. You really need to take care of your equipment for all 500 laps because if you make a mistake early, you're paying for it the rest of the race -- these cars are tough, but not indestructible. I'm looking forward to having a good run in our No. 38 Ford Mustang, and maybe eating a hot dog or two."
Michael McDowell on Kansas 16 Starts Best Finish: 13th
“We've seen that a lot can happen on mile-and-a-half tracks so far this season, so I think we'll be able to take a lot of those learnings and observations and apply them at Kansas this week. Track position is important anywhere, but it's particularly important at Kansas, where restarts are pretty chaotic. We have Prime, Inc on our car this week as part of our Love's Travel Stops program, and I'm confident that we'll be able to get a strong finish for our partners."
Matt Tifft on Kansas 1 Start Best Finish: 21st
"We had a solid run at Kansas in the spring, so I'm ready to get back there and see where we can make improvements on our performance. Similar to Texas, there are a lot of lanes and you can run almost anywhere around the track. It will be a little different as a day race, rather than the night race that we saw before, but I'm looking forward to getting a good result for our partners at Louis Kemp Crab Delights in their last race of the season with us."
David Ragan on Kansas 21 Starts | 1 Top-10 Best Finish: 8th
"We've been able to run pretty well as an organization in our mile-and-a-half program and I think the extra effort shows. At Kansas specifically, dirty air is a real challenge, but it helps that you can try to run a different line than the car in front of you in the corner. This week, we've got a special tribute to Ned Yost on our No. 38 Ford, who recently retired from managing the Kansas City Royals. I'm excited to hit the track with him on the car."
Michael McDowell on Dover 17 Starts Best Finish: 19th
“Every racetrack we visit has its unique challenges, but Dover is always towards the top of the 'most challenging' list. It's tricky to pass and we don't have as much tire falloff as we did in the past, so you might not get as many opportunities to really drive through the field. I'm looking forward to having our partners at The Pete Store on the car with us this weekend. I think we'll be able to see some great speed from our No. 34 Ford Mustang.”
David Ragan on Dover 26 Starts Best Finish: 13th
"We saw greater speeds at Dover with this downforce package in the spring, than we have in previous years. It's already such a fast and treacherous track, which makes dirty air this weekend even more of a challenge. I'm confident that Mike Kelley and our crew will put together a great car for us to be able to tame the 'Monster Mile.'”