DAYTONA – Kurt Busch discusses his feelings about racing under the Ford Performance banner once again and his current relationship with Monster Energy.
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 88 NATIONWIDE CHEVROLET SS – Finished 6th:
YOU LED 53 LAPS AND ENDED UP 6TH. IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY IF THIS WERE THE DAYTONA 500?
“I don’t know what I could have done differently to defend that. Once I heard the No. 3 (Austin Dillon) was clear on the outside, I knew they was going to have a big run. Denny (Hamlin, race winner) is so smart and he knows what he’s doing out there. He’s one of the better plate racers out there. Any whichway I would have went, he was going to go the other way and probably get by me. I was hoping Austin might push us a little bit since he drives a Chevy; but I don’t know if I would have done it any different than he did, either. Congratulations to Denny.
“They just had a good run at the end. I was doing what I could to keep the lead, but once they got clear of that inside lane they built so much momentum real fast right there at the end of that back straightaway, and had such a big run.
“If it was the Daytona 500, same thing. There ain’t much you can do about that. It’s not really defendable. So, it’s a good job by Denny and those guys putting it all together at the end.”
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2017) – Heading into his fifth season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will team up with veteran crew chief Brian Pattie who will take over the reins of the No. 17 team.
“I’m really excited to get the season started,” Stenhouse said. “Brian (Pattie) has been in the sport for numerous years so I feel his experience with race strategy will definitely benefit us especially with the new race format. Brian and I work together well, and I feel like I’ve already seen a big benefit in our communication.