5 Quotes: Daytona – “Couldn’t drive a wood screw”
By Matteo Marcheschi
Saturday night’s race at Daytona resulted in a lot of hurt feelings, but one driver emerged not only happy, but seriously patriotic on the Fourth of July weekend. Everybody else will probably be celebrating today, but not so much Saturday night.
Blaney Makes a Pit Road Mistake
- “(Expletive) can’t (expletive) see our (expletive) sign! My bad.” – Ryan Blaney after missing his pit stall early Saturday night. Blaney, however, would bounce back to score points in both stages before being involved in a wreck with only a few laps to go. Blaney would finish 26th, but took home 20 points, including nine stage points.
Truex Not Happy With, Well, Anyone
- “(Expletive) destroyed is what I am…(Expletive) stupid. Buncha damn idiots.” – Martin Truex Jr., after being caught up in a wreck on lap 71. Truex would finish 34th, and would lose several points to regular season leader Kyle Larson. Truex is second in points, but first in playoff points. He’ll have nothing to worry about when the playoffs roll around, but the devastation and frustration the comes with plate racing is strong as ever with the Mayetta, New Jersey native.
Elliott Goes Off on McDowell
- “That damn 95 wrecks me one more time, man. Damn it!…What in the hell is that MFer’s problem, man? That is the biggest dumbass I’ve ever seen in my life. That son of a (expletive) couldn’t drive a wood screw.” – Chase Elliott, understandably upset after contact with Michael McDowell sent him into Trevor Bayne and into the grass. Elliott would sustain significant damage, but would finish the race in 22nd.
Bowyer Sets the Record Straight
- “Yeah, that’s turn four, pay window is open. Time to cut off all friendship.” – Second-place finisher Clint Bowyer, after being asked whether he thought he raced third-place Paul Menard too hard in the final corners of Saturday night’s race. This is Bowyer’s second consecutive second-place finish, after finishing second at Sonoma last Sunday. It is also Paul Menard’s second top-five finish of 2017. He earned a fifth-place finish in February’s Daytona 500.
Stenhouse Celebrates His Own Victory and the Country’s
- “America, 1776, we are the champs!” – Ricky Stenhouse Jr., after capturing victory in the Coke Zero 400. He showed his patriotic spirit on the holiday weekend, and his excitement at having won such a significant and historic race. It is Stenhouse’s second career Cup Series win, and his second consecutive restrictor plate win. He is emerging as one of the best active restrictor plate racers.