Ford Performance NASCAR: Quick Quotes

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Ford Performance NASCAR Notes and Quotes

Date: Friday May 12, 2017

Event: Go Bowling 400(Media Availability)

Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Kansas Speedway (1.5-mile oval)


RYAN BLANEY (No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion) — Qualified 1st

IT IS YOUR FIRST CAREER POLE, CONGRATULATIONS. “I didn’t know during the first two rounds if we would have enough. The 18 and 4 were really fast. We got our car better and better each round and that is what you want. That is what we did. We have improved a lot on that this year. Last year I always thought we kind of got worse, if anything, This year has been a big step up in qualifying. You car and track changes and you have to be on top of that. Everyone has done a great job of staying on top of that. We have been really close a couple times this year but it feels good to get it done. I know it is only qualifying but it feels really cool to get this first pole. It says a lot about this entire team.”

 

WHAT HAS BEEN THE DIFFERENCE FROM LAST YEAR TO THIS YEAR? “Just hard work in the off-season. Ford and everybody have made a big dedication to our team, really all the Ford teams, they have stepped up. I think you see it this year, not only in qualifying but racing as well. That is what it boils down to. It is nice to be part of a team that is so hardworking and dedicated to be faster every week. It feels nice as a driver.”

 

JOEY LOGANO (No. 22 AAA Ford Fusion) — YOU WILL START ON THE FRONT ROW WITH RYAN BLANEY. YOU CAME SO CLOSE TO POLE YOURSELF. “I can think of a couple spots when I dissect it where we could have had more speed. Congratulations to Blaney. That is cool. Your first pole is a big deal. It is a big deal for him. I just hate being second. I have to be honest. Man, I just think a little off of two and a little off of four. Those ones always sting, believe me. On the other side of it, we weren’t really in contention for a pole after practice. We made some good adjustments. The greedy side of me wants the pole so bad but the realistic side says we made huge improvements from practice, so I am proud of that.”

 

RICKY STENHOUSE JR. (No. 17 Go Bowling Ford Fusion) — Qualified 4th

“Not bad. P4 looks pretty good there. We got bound up just a little bit and needed to rotate the corner a little better. All in all, felt pretty good. We picked up from the second round. That was good. It is feeling really good to be a part of this Ford Performance team right now.”

 

KEVIN HARVICK (No. 4 Busch Light Ford Fusion) — Qualified 8th

“I just over did it in the last round trying to put the dagger in ‘em for the pole there. I knew better than to try to go faster in the third round here. It is just one of those places where you get two rounds out of it and then have to try to maintain what you have. It is just the drivers fault there. Our Busch Light Ford is good in race trim and we qualified decent. Everything has gone pretty well so far.”

 

BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 2 Elite Support Ford Fusion) – Qualified 17th

“We just didn’t pick up speed from the first round to the second round. I am not really sure why. We will get together and talk about and take a look at it and try to be better for tomorrow’s race.”

 

CLINT BOWYER (No. 14 Mobil 1 Annual Protection Ford) – YOU ARE ONE OF THE GROUP THAT DID NOT MAKE IT THROUGH TECH INSPECTION IN TIME. WHAT HAPPENED?

“This is just, wow. Super disappointing. You are off 10-thousandths of an inch. It is ridiculous. Most people can’t even understand how little that is. I get it. If you are off, you are off, but I watched my guys move the car and adjust the car accordingly for it and then actually overcompensate on it because we were worried about not making it. Then they wheel it back in and fail the exact same amount? Twice? That makes no sense. None.”

 

DAVID RAGAN (No. 38 Overton’s Ford Fusion) — YOU ARE A CASUALTY OF NOT MAKING IT THROUGH TECH INSPECTION TODAY. WHAT IS THE DEAL OUT THERE?

“I don’t get paid to figure out what happens in that room. I think just my honest opinion on why it is so hard for these cars to get through tech is this. NASCAR gives us all guidelines for the rule tolerances. They give us a margin of error, plus or minus a small fraction and it is a black and white pass or not pass. I think in our case and in a lot of other teams cases, they push the margins to the end, to the illegal point, and even though you may fail by a tenth of a degree or a couple thousandths of an inch, you are still playing with that wiggle room that NASCAR gives you. Now, I do think there is some inconsistency in the LIS machine because there are different tire deflection, the plate is going a little different. There are a lot of small inconsistencies when you are measuring thousandths of an inch. The only thing I am not too sure about is how so many cars can not get through. Everybody is not trying to cheat on the same thing. We aren’t going to get to go out but we have a good game plan for tomorrow and I think we will be fine. It is not the end of the world, we have 400 miles and new sticker tires for the first few laps, so we will be fine.”

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