Not a lot of people are gonna be happy with the way that the end of the race went but: fans constantly say they want more action. Well, there's your action. In the post race show Kyle Petty said something I absolutely agree with. "If I can get to his bumper on the last lap, he's mine. That's always been in this sport. That was Richard petty and David Pearson, Lee Petty and Buck Baker that was Dale Sr. and Terry Labonte and Rusty Wallace - and that happened today here. It's no different than anything we've seen. Joey Logano drove a great race... He expected that Martin was gonna turn him around. Somebody was gonna get into him."
Petty then added, "It was very clean until the last lap. But the last lap, is for everything." Like Petty said, this happens in our sport, they raced clean until the very end and it's not new. It's the last lap and at the end of the day the fact is: Logano did not wreck Truex, he only pushed him.
Joey Logano lead a total of three-hundred and nine laps at Martinsville Speedway Sunday afternoon. When asked what was going through his head during the end of the race Logano said, "Miami. Just thinking about Miami."
Logano went on to speak about the 22's condition during the final leg of the race. "Our car wasn’t as good there that last run... just doing everything I could be defensive." Then about the finish, "You're gonna have some bumping and grinding at the end."
On his move at the very end of the race the driver of the 22 said, "That's NASCAR racing that's what the fans come here to see." While reflecting on the year so far Logano mentioned it had been a tough year but he was so glad to have his second win. It just so happened to be at Martinsville, where Logano is now finally the proud owner of a Grandfather clock.
“Like I said, it’s racing.” Logano said. "He raced me clean and I laid my bumper to him, I don’t expect him to be happy but… this is our shot, maybe our only shot we gotta take it.”
Will Logano win again this season? What will happen in Homestead? Continue to tune in to find out!
*Quotes from NBC post race show
Chase Elliott won his third race in the NASCAR Cup Series, and his second since beginning the playoffs. The first 90 some races he was winless, in the last 11 he’s had three. Elliott took the lead from Kevin Harvick and held on to itfor the final laps the race.
When asked about holding off Kyle Busch in the final laps he said, “I just enjoyed racing with (Busch).” And then speaking about the No. 9 “Had a great car today!”
“Been a great couple of months, gotta keep it rolling.” Elliott said with a smile.
Apparently when Elliott wins a race a siren goes off in his hometown of Dawsonville, Georgia, which is pretty cool.
“What kind of message are you sending getting two wins this round?” “Yeah we had a good round!" Elliott mentioned several times during his interviews that he wished he could have races Harvick, "Straight up," instead of Harvick getting a speeding penalty on pit road and having to go back.
Next weekend Elliott is going after another win to get a Martinsville Clock! Be sure to tune in, the season is going to start wrapping up soon.
*Quotes from NBC broadcast
Kurt Busch ran out of gas on the last lap of the Talladega race and Aric Almirola took the lead. He held onto it long enough to take the checkered flag. Almirola had been in the top four all day long waiting patiently for his chance to make a move. The Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) team had been upfront for almost the entirety of the race.
This is the first win for Aric Almirola in one-hundred and forty some races, his first and only other win came in Daytona. Almirola grabbed the flag from the flag man and danced around with it throwing his fist in the air. At the start finish line Almirola high-fived Rutledge Wood. “Oh man. That was so awesome! At Talladega! You guys are awesome!” He shouted at the fans.
Almirola turned back to the camera, “I’ve been so close so many times the year and this Smithfield team everybody believing in me… four or five times this year I feel like we’ve had a chance… and to come here a place that I love…” Almirola said he came into the race with the mindset of “if we wreck, we wreck and if we win, we win” And since Almirola won a fan wins bacon for life!
The number 10 driver mentioned that over 400 employees are at SHR and around 200 at Roush Yates and to them he said, “Thank you this was incredible.” Almirola never stopped smiling. “I’m just glad to be the one on top today.” Turning to the fans he shouted, “I love you guys! Man this is awesome!”
When asked what he's most excited about in Victory Lane he said, “I can’t wait to go see my guys! I feel like I've let them down more than anyone else more than myself.”
Almirola said he hoped there would be some cold beer and bacon waiting for him in victory lane. On his way to victory lane, Harvick reached in and gave him pat on his head which made Almirola laugh.
When asked about how he came to Talladega after last weekend's race, he said. “I shook it off.” That was when Clint Bowyer ran in to Victory Lane and hugged him.
Almirola said that Paul Menard gave him a push at the end and that he’s his ride home. He joked saying he hoped Menard didn’t leave without him.
Almirola and Chase Elliott are the only two drivers locked into the next round, who’s going to get cut out? Tune in next week to find out in Kansas!
*Quotes from NBC Broadcast
Chase Elliott took the win at Dover International Speedway Sunday evening. A well fought late race restart resulted in a win for Elliott. Elliott has been known in the past to be hard on himself due to mistakes made on late race restarts, he can breathe a little easier today. Elliott talked about his team as well saying, "Thanks for not giving up all day long..." to his team. Elliott was asked at the start/finish line, "How much of this race was about perseverance for the nine team?" "I mean a lot."
He went on to say "What a day, just thanks to those guys- wish my mom and dad were here." and then to the fans “You all are bada** - I love it”
Elliott jumped on pit wall shook Mr. Hendrick and Jeff Gordon's hands before jumping down and giving Hendrick a big hug.
While grabbing the flag, Elliott shook flag man's hand and went back to his car. "We've had a up and down year I feel like- don't have to worry bout Talladega so that's nice!"
"It means a lot," Elliott said, of seeing everyone who comes to congratulate the team in Victory Lane.
Next week is Talladega- buckle up!
*Quotes from NBC Broadcast
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