By Matteo Marcheschi
That was quick…
- “I’m going to get his ass. I want you to tell his spotter I’m going to get him. I’m not (expletive) around. I am going to get him.” – Denny Hamlin, upset at Jamie McMurray for dive-bombing him into the trioval early in stage one. McMurray hit bumps on the apron and got up into Hamlin. Hamlin would finish fourth on the day, the best of the JGR clan, and McMurray would end the day seventh.
Least damaged, most pissed
- “(Expletive). Wrecked the (expletive) out of us. Twice that (expletive) wrecked us.” – Brett Griffin, spotter for the No. 14 of Clint Bowyer, on Brad Keselowski. Near the beginning of stage two, Keselowski got loose and up into Bowyer, also collecting Jimmie Johnson. Bowyer was the only one to make it out relatively unscathed, nonetheless, his crew wasn’t too happy.
Just a little rowdy
- “Uhh…I don’t know. (Expletive) stuck in (expletive) traffic. Can’t (expletive) turn. I need to go down on the track bar to keep lateral, but it won’t (expletive) turn. God, we suck.” – Kyle Busch, upset at the handling of his car as he got stuck in traffic in the final stage. Busch would work his way to second place by the final restart, but fell to fifth, where he would end the day.
Elliott converts in overtime
- “Yeah, we had a solid night. I would say it wasn’t perfect, it wasn’t phenomenal, but it was a well-executed night on pit road and on that last restart, I thought, so that was nice and came home with a solid top 5.” – Chase Elliott, who finished third in Saturday night’s race. Elliott finished tenth in both stages but worked his way up to sixth prior to the final caution. On the restart, he was able to make a three-wide move on Erik Jones and Denny Hamlin to get to fourth. Elliott was then able to take advantage of a loose Kyle Busch to take a podium position.
Truex Destroys the field
- “That’s taking ‘em to the woodshed, bud. Good job!” – Cole Pearn, crew chief for Martin Truex Jr., after winning the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. Truex led the most laps, 152, swept all three stages, and dominated the final stage. At one point, Truex held a 15-second lead.