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TEAM PENSKE LEADS FORD WITH SECOND AND THIRD-PLACE FINISHES IN NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACE AT MARTINSVILLE
by Staff Report


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Ford Finishing Order:
2nd Brad Keselowski
3rd Joey Logano
12th Aric Almirola
18th Trevor Bayne
19th Greg Biffle
22nd Cole Whitt
24th Chris Buescher
25th David Gilliland
32nd Sam Hornish Jr.
40th Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

BRAD KESELOWSKI – No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion – PRESS CONFERENCE – “It was a good run. Up and down day for us and we finished on a strong note, just not quite as strong as we wanted to. Man, it was a fun race. That’s the best we’ve ever been here at Martinsville, so I’m pumped about that, but a little disappointed I’m not taking home a clock. That’s how it goes sometimes, but, all in all, a really solid day, a fun day and just one spot short.”

IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE THE WIN ALREADY WOULD YOU HAVE BEEN MORE AGGRESSIVE AT THE END? “Oh, I don’t know. I did everything I could other than wreck him. I don’t know. It’s hard to say. I hit him pretty good a couple of times, so he did a good job and he chose not to wreck, which I give him credit for, and it was fun. I just had fun and I really don’t know what more I could have done other than just drove through him, but I felt pretty good about what I did do.”

DO YOU FEEL YOU TOOK THE HIGH ROAD OR WERE YOU JUST OUT THERE RACING? “I don’t know. Morals and racing are pretty subjective, but I just felt like I raced him the way I wanted to be raced and I guess that is what it is.”

HOW DO YOU VIEW DENNY AS A COMPETITOR NOW THAT HE’S IN THE CHASE? “It’s so early in the year. Right now, the 4 and the 41 are the best on the mile-and-a-half tracks and a championship always comes down to the mile-and-a-half tracks. You look at the Chase and that’s just how it is, so the 4 and the 41 are the best cars there. We’ve all got some work to do to catch up to them, but there are six months at least until then and when the time comes that’s when you need to be fast. There’s a lot of time to keep developing and pushing to get better and everybody will. Gibbs has always had good cars and I wouldn’t be shocked if by that time they were one of the favorites to beat, but you just never know.”

JOEY LOGANO – No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Fusion – “Our car just wasn’t as fast as those guys. We had a decent race car and we recovered from the spin halfway through the race and we worked our way back and slowly but surely got ourselves back in the top three. We didn’t have enough long run speed. I could hang with him a little bit, but it takes everything I’ve got to go their speed and then my stuff just wears out on that last run. I gave it all I had from lap one until the end of it and just burned it up and lost too much steam. Overall, it was still a great weekend with a couple poles and a truck win and an awesome third-place finish here, so overall it was a good weekend.” DID YOU THINK FOR A MOMENT THEY MIGHT WRECK EACH OTHER AND YOU COULD HAVE WON? “I was hoping so (laughing). That was my only shot at it once they got pretty far away. That was the only shot I had.” HOW MUCH OF TODAY WAS LEARNING ABOUT THIS RACE FOR THE FALL? “The track seems to change a lot from the spring to the fall, but, directionally, I think there are things we can improve on still. We’re only good for a certain amount of time, and we just need to make our cars a little faster for a longer time.”


DAVID GILLILAND – No. 38 Love’s Travel Stops Ford Fusion – “We didn’t have any strategy that got us there, our car was just that good. We drove up to 13th and came in and pitted and the tires had no rear grip. It was just really, really loose and we got behind, so that was a bummer. I’m proud of the guys. The pit stops were good and this was the best I’ve personally ever run here, so we’ll build from it.”
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