By Matteo Marcheschi

Newman doesn’t give a what?!

“(Expletive) I don’t care, bud, I don’t give a rat’s ass.” – Ryan Newman after being caught up in a wreck with Kasey Kahne. Kahne made contact with the No. 31 of Newman, sending Newman spinning. Newman’s crew chief asked him about pit strategy, and that was his response. Newman has a win on the season, but has an average finish outside of the top 15. Newman finished 27th on the day, his third worst finish of the season.

Busch is fast… maybe a little too fast

“That’s (expletive). I even (expletive) gave one back.” – Kyle Busch after being told he sped on pit road. Busch sped twice Sunday, but bounced back to finish twelfth. He led 95 laps and won stage two, but never made it back up front after his pair of penalties. Busch has yet to find victory lane in 2017, and this is yet another occasion where he had a fast car, but couldn’t convert it to a win. Busch is still the top non-winner in points, though, and is all but locked into the playoffs.

Kenseth Short on Tires

“Can’t do this on these left sides, I just can’t. It’s impossible.” – Matt Kenseth after being passed by Denny Hamlin for the win with fewer than 35 laps remaining. Kenseth was in position to take his first victory of the season after passing Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the final restart, but he took two tires during the final caution of the day, while everyone behind him took four tires. It was only a matter of time before someone passed him, and that someone happened to be his teammate Denny Hamlin. Kenseth fell to fourth while Hamlin went on to win.

Larson’s under scrutiny

“It’s been a tough couple weeks through the tech line, so if we make it through here and then have a good Tuesday at NASCAR, but we’ll see.” – Kyle Larson in the post race press conference. Larson, who finished second Sunday, has had issues getting through technical inspection. He received a 35 point penalty after finishing second at Kentucky and was forced to start from the rear after his qualifying speed (which would have won him the pole) was disallowed.

Hamlin wants a NASCAR Northeast Tour

“As far as I’m concerned, I think we should race here ten times a year.” – Denny Hamlin after winning the Overton’s 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Hamlin has an average finish of tenth at New Hampshire, better than any driver with multiple Cup series starts at the track. The victory is Hamlin’s first of the season and Joe Gibbs Racing’s first as well.