DANIEL SUÁREZ – 2019 Dover II Race Report

Event:               Dover 400 (Round 30 of 36)
Series:              Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          Dover (Del.) International Speedway (1-mile, concrete oval)
Format:             400 laps, broken into three stages (120 laps/120 laps/160 laps)
Start/Finish:      15th/14th  (Running, completed 398 of 400 laps)
Point Standing:  18th with 730 points

Race Winner:    Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner: Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-120):

  • Daniel Suárez started 15th and finished 16th.
  • During the first caution on lap nine, Suárez pitted from 17th for fuel, four tires and adjustments to help a tight condition on exit.
  • On lap 12, he restarted 29th.
  • The ARRIS driver made a scheduled green-flag pit stop on lap 82 for four tires, fuel and adjustments and returned to the track 17th, one lap down.
  • During the Stage 1 break, Suárez pitted from 16th for fuel, four tires and adjustments to the front end on his ARRIS Mustang.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 121-240):

  • Suárez started 21st and finished 16th.
  • He was up to 18th on lap 177.
  • Suárez pitted on lap 183 from 18th for fuel, four tires and more adjustments to help the No. 41 Mustang turn better.
  • He returned to the track in the 18th spot.
  • The race remained green for the rest of the stage and Suárez ended it 16th.
  • Suárez pitted during the stage break for fuel, four tires and adjustments after reporting the front was tight and the back end was out of control.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 241-400):

  • Suárez started 16th and finished 14th.
  • The Mexico native was in the 15th position when he made scheduled green-flag pit stop on lap 316.
  • As the long green-flag run continued, Suárez was in the 14th position with 50 laps remaining.
  • The conclusion of the race remained under green, and Suárez finished in 14th.

Notes:

  • Suárez earned his 17th top-15 of the season and his sixth top-15 in six career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Dover.
  • Suárez has never finished outside the top-15 at Dover.
  • Suárez led one lap to increase his laps-led total at Dover to 22.
  • Kyle Larson won the Dover 400 to score his sixth career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his first of the season and his first at Dover. His margin of victory over second-place Martin Truex Jr. was 1.578 seconds.
  • There were three caution periods for a total of 17 laps.
  • Only eight of the 38 drivers in the Dover 400 finished on the lead lap. 

Daniel Suárez, Driver of the No. 41 ARRIS Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“It was very hard to pass today at Dover. We obviously didn’t get the result we were looking for in the ARRIS Mustang, but we’ll move on to next week at Talladega. My guys are working really hard, and we still have races left to go and win.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the 1000Bulbs.com 500 on Sunday, Oct. 13 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. It is the fifth race of the 10-race playoffs and the second race in the Round of 12. It starts at 2 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

COLE CUSTER – 2019 NXS Dover II Race Report – CUSTER WINS!

Race Name: Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200 (Race 29 of 33)
Venue: Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware
Series: NASCAR Xfinity Series
Stages: 45 laps / 45 laps / 110 laps (200 Total Laps)
Race Winner:  Cole Custer of Stewart-Haas Racing with Fred Biagi (Ford)
Results: Cole Custer: 1st | Chase Briscoe: 5th
Point Standings:
– Cole Custer: 2nd with 3,050 points; 36 points above the cut line. 
– Chase Briscoe: 6th with 3,013; 4 points below the cut line  

Cole Custer / Production Alliance Group Ford Mustang Recap:

– Custer started third but would move up to second as Chase Briscoe had to start from the rear.
– The No. 00 Production Alliance Group Mustang would run third the majority of Stage 1 but would jump to second, where he would finish. He would earn nine stage points.
– Custer brought the No. 00 Ford to pit road for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment, but would have a mishap during the stop, forcing him to restart 11th.
– The No. 00 Production Alliance Group Ford would gain spots during a long green flag run and would ultimately finish Stage 2 in the fifth position. He would earn six more stage points.
– Custer would pit for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment at the stage break. He would restart in the fourth position. 

– Green flag pit stops would shuffle Custer to the lead and with 23 laps remaining a caution would come out. He would be one of three cars on the lead lap.
– Custer would restart from the lead and would run there until another caution would fly with 12 laps remaining.
– The green flag would fly with seven laps remaining in the race and Custer would run away from second and would win the race.
– This was Custer’s 100th race in the Xfinity Series and marks seven wins throughout the 2019 season.

Next Up: Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway on October 19th at 3:00 p.m. ET broadcast by NBC.

Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Production Alliance Group Ford Mustang:                                   

“I have always wanted to win here since I started racing and had always been close in the Truck Series and recently in the Xfinity Series. To be able to come out of here with this Golden Monster trophy is just an amazing feeling. I can’t thank the guys for everything throughout this weekend and the entire season. This win also means we are 3 for 3 on winning when Production Alliance Group is on the car and when they sponsored the race back in Fontana.”

CHASE BRISCOE – 2019 NXS Dover II Race Report

Race Name: Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200 (Race 29 of 33)
Venue: Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware
Series: NASCAR Xfinity Series
Stages: 45 laps / 45 laps / 110 laps (200 Total Laps)
Race Winner:  Cole Custer of Stewart-Haas Racing with Fred Biagi (Ford)
Results: Cole Custer: 1st | Chase Briscoe: 5th
Point Standings:
– Cole Custer: 2nd with 3,050 points; 36 points above the cut line. 
– Chase Briscoe: 6th with 3,013; 4 points below the cut line  

Chase Briscoe / Ford Performance Ford Mustang Recap:

– Briscoe earned his second career Xfinity Series pole, but was forced to start at the rear of the field due to electrical issues.
– The No. 98 Ford Mustang charged from the tail to seventh in the first stage to earn four stage points.
– Briscoe started Stage 2 in sixth and finished third to earn eight more stage points.
– The team pitted for tires and fuel and started the final stage in second position.
– Briscoe took the lead on the restart and would pace the field for next 71 laps.
– He pitted from the lead under green with 32 laps remaining and rejoined the race in fifth, but caution flag waved on lap 177 pinning the No. 98 one lap down. 

– Briscoe took the wavearound and restarted in sixth. He would advance one position to ultimately finish the race in fifth.
– Briscoe’s 71 laps led today marks a new career-high. 

Next Up: Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway on October 19th at 3:00 p.m. ET broadcast by NBC.

Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 98 Ford Performance Ford Mustang:

“It is encouraging how fast of a car we had but that is two weeks in a row I feel like we had the best race car and didn’t get the win. There are so many circumstances that go into winning these races and one little thing that you don’t catch at the right time just kills you. It is really good that we are moving on to the next round of the playoffs but at the same time if we hadn’t had to go to the back we probably would have had seven points going into the next round and that would have been big. It is frustrating to have a winning race car and not win with it but it is nice that we have had really fast Mustangs and that is encouraging going into the next round. Hopefully we can have just as fast race cars but seal the deal.”

DANIEL SUÁREZ – 2019 Dover II Race Advance

Daniel Suárez and the No. 41 ARRIS Mustang team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) head north to Dover (Del.) International Speedway this weekend. Suárez will drive the orange-and-black No. 41 Ford Mustang adorned with the ARRIS logo in Sunday’s 400-mile race at the track known as “The Monster Mile.” Suárez most recently piloted his Mustang with the ARRIS paint scheme in August at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, where he captured a fifth-place finish. ARRIS will also be on the No. 41 machine later this month at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City.

ARRIS has been involved with NASCAR since 2014 and is responsible for the most comprehensive Wi-Fi deployment in NASCAR history at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. The company announced the first CBRS Private LTE network deployment at the newly renovated ISM Raceway near Phoenix. ARRIS also powers the communication between NASCAR drivers and their teams through its SURFboard SB6183® modem and E600® Converged Edge Router with integration and support from its global services team.

Last weekend’s race on the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway roval proved to be as action packed as expected for the Cup Series field. Suárez qualified 13th and earned four bonus points during the 109-lap event. Late-race contact with a competitor resulted in a less-than-ideal finish of 34th for the Mexico native.

The 27-year-old has five Cup Series starts at Dover, all resulting in top-11 finishes, including a best of third earned in May 2018. In total, he has one top-five and four top-10s at the concrete mile oval. The ARRIS driver has accumulated an average starting position there of 9.6 and an average finishing position of 7.6, along with 21 laps led. All 21 of those laps were led by Suárez in May.

In this year’s May race, Suárez started 14th and worked all race to gain track position in the No. 41 Mustang. He finished 11th in the rain-delayed race that was concluded Monday.

In addition to his Cup Series starts at Dover, Suárez has six NASCAR Xfinity Series starts with one win in October 2016, two top-fives and five top-10s, and 144 laps led. He also has two NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series starts there, both resulting in second-place finishes. Finally, he has two starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, one in 2013 when he finished sixth, and one in 2014, when he finished 22nd after an accident ended his day prematurely.

At tracks 1 mile or less in length, Suárez has six top-10 finishes in his last 10 starts. He has an average start of 18.9 and an average finish of 14.2, with 21 laps led.

Ford, which has five competitors in the top-10 in points, has 26 all-time Cup Series victories at Dover. SHR has three wins as an organization at the Delaware track with Kevin Harvick earning two and co-owner Tony Stewart one.

 

DANIEL SUÁREZ, Driver of the No. 41 ARRIS Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

 

How do you feel about Dover?

“Actually, Dover is one of my favorite tracks that we go to. It’s so much fun and the feeling you get inside the car is pretty incredible. It’s also been one of my best tracks, statistically. My expectations are really high for this weekend because I have run so well in the past there. Earlier this year, I just couldn’t get the car to turn for whatever reason and we ended up 11th. I obviously want to do better than that this weekend and I know we can do better. We’re not in the playoffs, but we are still going for wins this season.”

COLE CUSTER – 2019 NXS Dover II Race Advance

Race Name: Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200 (Race 29 of 33)
Venue: Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware
Television: 3:00 p.m. EDT on NBCSN
Point Standings: 
– Cole Custer: 2nd; trails points leader by 10 points; 71 points above cutoff line; Clinched a spot in the Round of 8.
– Chase Briscoe: 6th; trails points leader by 46 points; 35 points above cutoff line


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You qualified on the pole and led the most laps at this track in May. What confidence does that give you leading into this weekend and will you be trying anything new since you’re already locked into the round of 8?

“We had a great race going at Dover last time but track position and what groove you restart in matters a lot more here than other places. We got shuffled to second on the last restart and that hurt any chances we had at winning the race. We will go to the track the same way we did in May because if we win here, then that gives us five more playoff points that we can use the rest of the season, which never hurts.”

KEVIN HARVICK – 2019 Dover II Race Advance

Kevin Harvick advanced to the Round of 12 of this year’s NASCAR playoffs and it starts with Sunday’s Dover 400 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.

This weekend at the track known as “The Monster Mile,” most of the talk will be about the driver and his No. 4 Busch Beer / All HARVICK Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR).

Busch loves sponsoring Harvick – no other driver more perfectly represents its brand. But in the NASCAR world, the name Busch doesn’t just stand for crisp, cold, refreshing beer, and it’s been giving free advertising to Harvick’s rivals for too long. So, to show its appreciation for Harvick and to make sure there is no confusion about who the brand’s guy truly is, Busch is going All–HARVICK in Dover for the NASCAR Cup Series race.

Every Busch branded item at Dover will now say “HARVICK,” instead. This won’t just be the paint scheme on Harvick’s No. 4 Ford Mustang or his firesuit, but everything at the track – even the Busch beer at the concession stands – will have the driver’s name.

A win at Dover in the Busch Beer / All HARVICK scheme would be beneficial in a lot of ways for Harvick and the No. 4 team. If he takes the checkered flag first, he will automatically advance to the Round of 8 because, if you win, you’re in.

Harvick would also then tie his boss, Tony Stewart, for 14th on the NASCAR Cup Series all-time wins list at 49 career victories. And it would put him within one win of 50 victories. Only 13 drivers are members of the 50-win club.

Harvick scored his first Dover win in October 2015, when he started 15th, led 355 of 400 laps and beat runner-up Kyle Busch by 2.639 seconds. He scored his second win at the concrete mile oval in May 2018, when he started second, led 201 of 400 laps and finished 7.450 seconds ahead of SHR teammate Clint Bowyer.

Sunday will mark Harvick’s 38th Cup Series start Sunday at Dover. In addition to his two wins, he has one pole, seven top-five finishes, 18 top-10s and has led 1,443 laps.

In 17 NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Dover, Harvick has five top-five finishes, as well as a June 2000 pole. Harvick has competed in two NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races at Dover with two top-five finishes. In May 2011, he started second, led 18 laps and finished fifth. In June 2012, he won the pole, led 96 laps and finished third in a rain-shortened race.

Last weekend at the Charlotte roval, Harvick scored his 20th top-10 finish of the season to give him 20 top-10s every year since 2013.

As the Round of 12 kicks off this weekend at Dover, Harvick would love nothing more than to deliver a win for himself, his team and his longtime sponsor Busch Beer in the All HARVICK car.

 

KEVIN HARVICK, Driver of the No. 4 Busch Beer / All HARVICK  Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing: 

 

Put simply, what do you think of the Busch Beer / All Harvick weekend?

“Harvick beer. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

What do you think about heading into Dover?

“When I go to Dover, I think about one thing, and that is, ‘How can I win this race – what do we need to do as a team to focus on what we need to do?”

Describe what it’s like to take a lap around Dover.

“Dover is the racetrack where you feel the sensation of speed more than anything. It’s a place where you drop off into the corner and slam into a lot of banking and then, as you come out of the corner, it’s kind of like jumping out of a hole and up onto the straightaway. It’s a really fun place to race. You feel that sensation of speed and you can be really aggressive.”

Why is Dover one of the more challenging racetracks on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule?

“I think as you look at Dover, if you look at our history, when I was at RCR (Richard Childress Racing), it was probably one of our worst racetracks. It’s been one of our best since I came to SHR in 2014. For me, the thing I love about Dover is just the fact that it’s hammer down and you’re up on top of the wheel for 400 laps there. It’s violent. Everything about Dover is violent. It’s fast. You can just be aggressive with the car and you have to get in there and wrestle that thing all day because it’s bumpy, slings you up out of the corners, dumps you down in the corners, and there’s just a lot going on. The car is bouncing around a lot and, with as rough as the cars have been just as the ride goes, we are in for a rough ride when we get to Dover this weekend. It’s one of my favorite racetracks to go and race on.”

CHASE BRISCOE – 2019 NXS Dover II Race Advance

Race Name: Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200 (Race 29 of 33)
Venue: Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware
Television: 3:00 p.m. EDT on NBCSN
Point Standings: 
– Cole Custer: 2nd; trails points leader by 10 points; 71 points above cutoff line; Clinched a spot in the Round of 8.
– Chase Briscoe: 6th; trails points leader by 46 points; 35 points above cutoff line

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You had your best Xfinity Series finish at Dover earlier this season with a fifth-place run in May. What is your goal for this weekend as you return to this track for a second time this year?

“Obviously, the main goal is to avoid any mistakes and keep ourselves locked into the top-8 to advance to the next round of the playoffs. My personal goal is to just improve upon our last outing at Dover and keep the No.98 in the top-five. If we can stay up there throughout the race then we’ll have a shot to win. After last weekend, I’m super excited to get back on track and see what we can do, but I also know we have to keep playoff points in mind and be smart.”

ARIC ALMIROLA – 2019 Dover II Race Advance

Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) looks onward to Dover (Del.) International Speedway with his head held high despite being knocked out of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs last weekend at the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway “roval” road course.

Heading into last weekend’s final race of the playoffs’ opening Round of 16, Almirola was three points ahead of the cutoff line to advance to the next round. He piloted the Smithfield Ford Mustang to seventh place in the first stage of last Sunday’s race, earning four bonus points. During the second stage, he started 25th amidst an array of pit strategies but raced to 11th before the stage concluded. In the final stage, traction issues after staying out on track while numerous other competitors pitted late in the race made it nearly impossible to gain the 12 spots he needed before the checkered flag to advance to the next playoff round. He passed multiple cars, including fellow playoff competitor Ryan Newman, but finished the race five points below the cutoff to the Round of 12. Almirola left Charlotte 13th in the playoff standings with 2,081 points.

“It was a tough race, but I can’t help but think about the 22 car (Joey Logano) in 2017,” Almirola said. “He was knocked out of the playoffs and came back the following year to win a championship. We are far from done and still have seven races this year to build our momentum back up and race for wins. I’m proud of this team for all of the adversity we have faced this year. I’m excited to head to Dover next. Dover is one of my favorite tracks on the circuit and I know we have brought speed there before. We’ll keep pushing to show ourselves and our supporters that we are championship material.”

Almirola and the No. 10 Smithfield Mustang team started the 2018 fall Dover race 11th and gradually made their way to the lead by the final stage. Almirola led a total of 64 laps in the race, but made contact with the wall racing aggressively in the closing laps, ultimately finishing 13th. It was the first time the 35-year-old led a lap at the concrete mile oval and, although the finish wasn’t what he wanted, he completed one of his best races at a track 1 mile in length or shorter, leaving him with confidence heading into this Sunday’s race.

Almirola has four NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Dover and finished inside the top-15 each time. He has two starts there in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and captured his second NASCAR national series win by driving into victory lane in May 2010. His only other Dover start in the Truck Series resulted in a 12th-place finish.

Fans still have the chance to enter the “Racin’ for Bacon” 1 million slice giveaway program. If Almirola pilots the No. 10 Ford to victory lane Oct. 13 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, 10 lucky fans will earn 100,000 slices of bacon. To sign up, visit www.racinforbacongiveaway.com.

Almirola helped make history when he teamed with the world’s No. 1 bowler Jason Belmonte to create the GoBowling.com World’s Fastest Strike. With Almirola behind the wheel, Belmonte launched a bowling ball from the passenger seat of the No. 10 Ford Mustang at 140 mph down the Charlotte Motor Speedway frontstretch. To see what a bowling ball hitting 10 pins at 140 mph looks like, visit www.WorldsFastestStrike.com.

As the playoffs continue this weekend, fans can get VIP, behind-the-scenes access in following “Aric ‘Beyond the 10’” by subscribing to his YouTube channel. Episodes showcase never-before-seen footage of Almirola at the racetrack, on family trips, and “A Day in the Life” during the week, as well as all that goes into a NASCAR Cup Series driver’s season. Tune in this weekend for full access to Almirola’s playoff media day, NASCAR Burnout Boulevard and the Vegas race weekend. Click here to subscribe on YouTube and watch the latest episode.

Sunday’s 400-mile race at Dover marks the 26th points-paying event during which the Smithfield livery has adorned Almirola’s No. 10 Ford Mustang this year. Smithfield, a brand of Smithfield Foods, based in Smithfield, Virginia, is in its eighth season with Almirola and its second with SHR. Founded in 1936, Smithfield is a leading provider of high-quality pork products, with a vast product portfolio including smoked meats, hams, bacon, sausage, ribs, and a wide variety of fresh pork cuts.

 

ARIC ALMIROLA, Driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

 

What do you like about Dover? 

“I love going to Dover because it’s one of those places you go 170 mph but you feel like you’re going 300 mph. We found speed there last year and we’ve raced there with the new package once and built some notes. I’m really looking forward to getting back there knowing we can compete for a win.”

How do you stay motivated after being knocked out of the playoffs?

“Easy. It’s my job to perform at the highest level of motorsports in the world. I’m a professional racecar driver in the most elite level of racing and I plan to be at the top of that someday. There are a lot of people supporting me – all of the guys and girls back at the shop who make it all happen, Gene Haas, Tony Stewart, Smithfield, Ford Performance, Go Bowling, Roush Yates, 3D Systems, Mobil 1. I still plan to go out and win the next seven races whether we’re in the hunt for the championship or not.”

CLINT BOWYER – 2019 Dover II Race Advance

After breathing a deep sigh of relief Sunday night knowing he survived the roval carnage at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, No. 14 ITsavvy/Haas Automation Mustang driver Clint Bowyer is ready to kick off the Round of 12 of this year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs this weekend at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.

“I’m excited to reset and not be playing catch-up,” Bowyer said moments after Sunday’s race. “We put ourselves in a hole in the first round after a 25th-place finish at Las Vegas. I won’t put us in a hole again. Dover is a good track for me. Dover is a good track for our organization. I feel like we can get reset and go for that next Round of 8.”

Bowyer and his No. 14 Ford Mustang team entered Sunday’s final race in the Round of 16 on the Charlotte roval four points out of the final transfer position. But he qualified fifth Friday, then racked up 16 bonus points in the first two stages of Sunday’s race while surviving three- and four-wide racing throughout. He avoided numerous near wrecks in the closing laps en route to a fourth-place finish that boosted him to ninth in the final Round of 16 points and advanced him to the next playoff round with 11 other drivers.

Bowyer arrives at Dover 12th in points after the Round of 12 points reset. He is just six points outside the top eight and would love nothing more than to start the round with a good run Sunday. He said racing on the roval at Charlotte last weekend was tension-filled and expects this weekend’s more traditional race on the mile oval at Dover to be much more fun.

“This is a fun racetrack,” said Bowyer, who owns three top-five finishes and 15 top-10s while leading 83 laps in 27 Cup Series races at Dover. “This is a challenging racetrack, a very competitive racetrack, one of the most competitive and challenging tracks I think we go to. The balance of your car is just so important, balancing those front tires to the rear. You’ve got to enjoy places like this. If you don’t, it’s a long day.”

Bowyer isn’t a stranger to victory lane at the Monster Mile. He owns two NASCAR Xfinity Series victories at Dover. He led 70 laps and beat Matt Kenseth by .547 of a second on Sept. 23, 2006 to win his third of eight Xfinity Series victories in his career. His most recent Xfinity Series victory also came at Dover, in Sept. 26, 2009, when he led 83 laps and beat Mike Bliss to the checkered flag by 1.319 seconds.

Bowyer will drive the No. 14 ITsavvy/Haas Automation Ford Mustang for SHR at Dover.

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CLINT BOWYER, Driver of the No. 14 ITsavvy/Haas Automation Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

 

What do you expect will be different at Dover this weekend?

“Nothing. You’re gonna fight the same thing, the same struggles. Everybody will be a little bit better. You’ll learn from the first race and make adjustments as we progress. The teams learn a little bit better setup. The aero boys get a little bit better there, but it’s not like you just get better. Everybody gets better, so it’s kind of more of the same.”

How do the Round of 12 tracks stack up for you?

“Yeah, I mean you’ve got to always have confidence, no different than this. This is an opportunity. When you have a track that you say is a wild-card race, that’s an opportunity. And in the situation we’re in, you’ve got to be able to look forward to those opportunities at hand because we need one.”

Do you have confidence going to Dover?

“Dover is a good track for me. It’s a place that I really enjoy racing at and, usually when you’re enjoying something, it’s because you run well there. It’s just a good track for me.”

What are your thoughts on Dover?

“Dover is always a cool track that I think every driver looks forward to because it’s a driver’s track. You’ve got to man up, get on top of that wheel and make things happen. There are just so many things going on there on that concrete surface and high banks. It’s a lot of fun. If you win there, you’ve earned it.”

How important is experience at Dover?

“I’m telling you, this is one of the toughest tracks I went to the first time I came, but it’s a demanding racetrack. Here’s the thing about this track – it’s hard enough to get around here by yourself, then you get to racing somebody and now you get frustrated and it’s so easy to get yourself in trouble on that racetrack. That being said, I think younger drivers get themselves in trouble in racing conditions on this demanding racetrack.”

Is there more pressure at tracks where you’ve had success?

“I think so – there’s a little bit more pressure. There’s a reason there’s some pressure – it’s because we have performed there and we need to do it again. I feel like we can back that up and I’m fairly confident in that. You don’t take anything for granted, but this is one of those tracks where you kind of just go in and usually things work out.”