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Sam Hornish Jr. Extends Points Lead at Atlanta

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Ford Racing NNS Notes & Quotes:

Great Clips/Grit Chips 300 (Atlanta Motor Speedway)

Saturday, August 31, 2013

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Ford Finishing Order:

3rd – Sam Hornish Jr.

6th – Joey Logano

7th – Trevor Bayne

13th – Chris Buescher

14th – Michael Annett

17th – Travis Pastrana


SAM HORNISH JR. – No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Ford Mustang – PIT ROAD INTERVIEW -- "I think Greg and the guys made a good call there on what to do as far as the change on the last stop.  We had a direction that we were heading, but what happened was we were not very good on the short run early on, and then we could kind of pick people off for the longer run.  We just did what we needed to do to be able to get it going.  I got a good lane being on the inside and was able to make a move on Kasey and get around him, so it was a lot of fun.  Hat's off to the guys on the Alliance Truck Parts Ford Mustang.  It turned out a lot better than I thought it was going to, so I feel very blessed.  I thank God that we had a good, safe race tonight and we'll move on to the next one."  YOUR FORTUNES CHANGED REALLY FAST BECAUSE IT LOOKED LIKE YOU WERE GOING TO FINISH SEVENTH OR EIGHTH AND YOU ENDED UP THIRD BECAUSE OF THAT LATE CAUTION.  "Yeah, we were catching the 6, the 5, the 7 and the 3 on the run before that, but we weren't gonna be able to do it over the long run to get the job done.  It was a good set of calls and really having a good lane choice there at the end, being in the right place.  So many times you get stuck out here by being in the wrong lane, but tonight it really worked out for us and we were exactly where we wanted to be.  Our Ford Mustang was really good on the long run and I was glad we were able to make solid adjustments on it to be able to make it good for that last short run."   MEDIA CENTER PRESS CONFERENCE – "Our Alliance Truck Parts Ford Mustang was pretty good over the long run, but what happened is every time we got a long ways throughout the run we'd get kind of stuck behind some people and the car would free up a little bit.  I could make passes, but it was just gonna take me a long time to get there, and one of the restarts earlier in the race we got kind of shuffled out and had to work our way back, but the guys did a good job on the last pit stop.  We made some good adjustments to be able to make the car better and I had a direction that I wanted to go and Greg had a direction he wanted to go and we put them both together and we were able to get a good restart and get our way up to third, so I'm real happy with the performance that we put out tonight."  DO YOU FEEL YOU'VE REGAINED THE CONSISTENCY YOU SHOWED EARLY IN THE YEAR?  "We sure hope so.  Last week we ran on seven cylinders for about three-quarters of the race, so to get a 12th out of that was pretty good, so I've been real happy with the performance that the guys have been giving me as far as the race cars.  This is a new car that we brought tonight from Penske Racing, so, in my eyes, that's a good thing that we're continually trying to evolve and even make ourselves better than where we're at, but I feel like there's not a race track that we go to on this last group that I don't feel like if we go out there and perform to what our ability is that we're not gonna be able to either gain some points or hopefully at least minimize the day.  I feel like our bad days need to be a 12th-place finish, so the fact we can take days like today where we weren't as good as we probably needed to be and were probably about a fifth-place car, and were able to get a third out of it, that's great."  THOUGHTS ON THE REST OF THE YEAR?  "The mile-and-a-halves have been really good to us this year.  We look at places like Charlotte coming back around and Kansas and places like I feel we've got a great opportunity to go there and run well, and then we go to a couple of short tracks like Richmond and Phoenix that I've traditionally run very well at, so my outlook couldn't be any better.  The tracks that we're going to, Bristol was the last one where I felt like that could be a downfall for us.  I feel like if we go to these next ones and we race the way that we should, we've got a pretty good shot at it."


Ford Racing NNS Notes & Quotes:

Great Clips/Grit Chips 300 (Atlanta Motor Speedway)

Saturday, August 31, 2013

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JOEY LOGANO – No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang – WHAT HAPPENED ON THAT LAST RESTART?  "I spun my tires and I was way too tight to do anything with him.  I thought I was in the catbird's seat.  I thought I could beat him there on the start and I just lit ‘em up."  CONSIDERING WHERE YOU STARTED AFTER QUALIFYING WERE YOU HAPPY WITH HOW YOU REBOUNDED IN THE RACE?  "Besides the right-front tire blowing out and then having to recover from that, I don't know, we had a winning car going into the race and we finished sixth so it's hard to be happy about it."  HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE OWNER POINTS RACE?  "We had the opportunity to gain points tonight and we didn't, but we also had a really big opportunity to lose a lot when we hit the wall there, so I guess we rebounded decent but I just felt like we were better than what we were.  We'll just keep racing like we've been and do our deal.  We're going out there to win races.  That's the only way we're gonna beat those guys is to win races and we had a shot at it today, but we just didn't capitalize."


CHRIS BUESCHER – No. 16 Driven Ford Mustang – "I was pretty happy with that.  Our Driven Ford Mustang was good at the start and I think we got off a little bit in the middle of the race, but we just had to hold onto it until we got a caution and were able to adjust back on it.  These guys did a good job.  We're all new to this and we're all trying to figure it out.  It's new roles for everybody and it was a cool track here at Atlanta.  I had a good time.  I'm glad to be racing in the Nationwide Series again, so we're gonna go forward to Kansas and try to improve on this."


TREVOR BAYNE – No. 6 Cargill/Sam's Club Ford Mustang – "We're getting the runs that we want now, almost.  We're working on these top-fives and top-threes, and I thought we had that tonight.  We were running top-five a majority of the night.  These guys did a great job with this Sam's Club Mustang and Atlanta is one of my favorite tracks.  It was really good to be here, but there at the end we just got bottled up on the restart.  I had nowhere to go.  The 22 and the 3 spun the tires in front of me and I had to wait until the start-finish to go to the top.  I got black-flagged for that once this year and I did not want to make that mistake again.  I waited until the line and went to the top and got a couple, but that just really bottled us up.  The inside lane went and a few of them got by us that we were faster than all night, but we'll keep working hard."