Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 250 Quoteboardby Kyle Pokrefky June 14, 2014
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BROOKLYN, Mich. — Prior to arriving at the Michigan International Speedway earlier in the week, various drivers of the NASCAR Nationwide Series field made comments on their outlook for the race on their teams’ respective websites.
Here is a compilation of various driver quotes from earlier in the week.
Ty Dillon – No. 3 WESCO Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – “I’m excited to get in a Nationwide Series car at Michigan. I’ve had some success there in the Camping World Truck Series, so hopefully that can carry over. Our team has been working very diligent this past off weekend with our strategy moving forward, so I’m also anxious to put our hard work to test.”
Trevor Bayne – No. 6 Advocare Ford – Roush-Fenway Racing – “I really like racing at Michigan International Speedway. It is a Ford racetrack so it is a big weekend for us since it’s in their backyard. We’ve also run pretty well the last couple of races there so I’m confident that Chad (Norris) and the guys will give me a strong No.6 AdvoCare Ford this weekend to get another win here for Ford. Plus, I’m definitely excited about running double duty this weekend for the Wood Brothers in the Cup series.”
Regan Smith – No. 7 TaxSlayer Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – “It was good to have a weekend to take a breath before we hit this long summer stretch. There is a lot of racing coming up and our TaxSlayer.com team is committed to improving on our performance. We’ve run well, but we can do better and the competition is fierce this year. Every race is going to matter before it’s all said and done. So it’s important we get all we can every weekend. I’m excited for Michigan. Heading back there as the defending race winner gives you a lot of confidence. It’s a wide track with a lot options as far as what line you want to run. Typically, the race will go green so pit strategy will definitely come into play, making it anybody’s race to win.”
Ryan Reed – No. 16 ADA Drive to Stop Diabetes Ford – Roush-Fenway Racing – “I’m excited to get on track at Michigan. This is obviously a special track for Roush Fenway and Ford, so I’m looking forward to getting this Drive to Stop Diabetes Ford Mustang up front. It’s my first Nationwide start at Michigan, but I raced in the ARCA Series here in 2012, so I’m hoping that experience will pay off.”
Paul Menard – No. 33 Menards Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – “I’m looking forward to getting back in a Nationwide Series car this weekend. Double duty always makes for a busy weekend but I like getting the extra seat time, especially at a track like Michigan. It’ll be interesting to see what the track surface is like after another year of aging. I’m hoping the groove has widened even more and we can see a lot of side-by-side racing in the NIBCO / Menards Chevrolet.”
Dakoda Armstrong – No. 43 Winfield Ford – Richard Petty Motorsports – “With the new re-pave at Michigan, the groove really hasn’t gotten off the bottom. It has so much grip, and these Nationwide cars will be wide open. I think it’s starting to lose a little bit and open up the grooves, but I think it’s going to take a few more races for most of the grip to go away. When you go there, the biggest thing is you have to go wide open the whole way around and hope that your car handles well with a bunch of cars around you. I got my best Truck Series finish here in 2012, so I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do in the Nationwide car here.”
Chris Buescher – No. 60 Ford Ecoboost Ford – Roush-Fenway Racing – “I’m looking forward to going back to Michigan. We had a really good race there last year in the No. 16 car. I really like that place, I have an ARCA win there which is great. Roush Fenway always runs really well at Ford’s home track so it should be a good weekend for the Roush Performance Parts Mustang. We will go out there and have some fun.”
Brendan Gaughan – No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – “Racing for RCR, we expect Michigan to be a good place for us. We have good aero and engine packages, so you know those things will help make our Chevrolet Camaro’s run well. I miss what the track use to be, old and worn out. It was definitely more fun when you had the Michigan merge, where the guy at the bottom and the guy at the wall would come together, but I think if we just give it some time, the old track will come back. I really can’t complain how the track is now though, it is so fast. The fans definitely get the speed out of their system when they come to watch these races.”
Dale Earnhardt Jr. – No. 88 eBay Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – “Michigan has been a great track for me in both the Cup and Nationwide cars. It’s been a long time since I’ve run the Nationwide race there but I always enjoy being able to get in our equipment to gauge where the JRM program is. I expect it to be a good race. The track is starting to age a little bit so you’ll see the groove start to widen out.”