Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Drivers discuss All-Star Race

TEAM CHEVY FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT:

KASEY KAHNE, NO. 5 FARMERS INSURANCE CHEVROLET SS:
“One of my favorites was being voted into the All-Star race by the fans in 2008 and going on to win the race. If it wasn’t for the fans, I wouldn’t have even made the race so that victory was all about the fans.”

TONY STEWART, NO. 14 BASS PRO SHOPS CHEVROLET SS:
“It’s an event for the fans and that’s something that’s very important to us, but there’s a lot of bragging rights, too. Charlotte is an area where 95 percent of the Cup teams are based, so when you go there, you want to run well. You’re able to have guys come from the shop that don’t get a chance to travel. They don’t get a chance to come to the racetrack very often and see the fruits of their labor, so for them to come to the All-Star Race and see their cars run, especially when you have a good night, it really pumps up your organization. You do it for your fans, but at the same time, you do it for your organization and your team. That’s why the All-Star Race is important.”

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 CROMAX PRO CHEVROLET SS:
"The All-Star race is kind of a 'win-or-nothing' scenario, and that's not the case on other race weekends. I've always approached it being as aggressive as I possibly can. We push hard trying to win every race, and this weekend is no different. The only difference is there are no points on the line.

"While the segments are short and it's a different type of race compared to the next weekend's '600,' it does give us a chance to learn what may or may not work for next weekend. We'll push hard in practice to get the car really good over a 10 or 15-lap run. With the shorter amount of laps (in a segment), those 10-15 lap runs are where you can really make up positions and put yourself in a position to win during that final segment.

“I really enjoy this event and I love the energy from the crowd. Those last 10 laps should be exciting for them and us."
         
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 RHEEM/BUDWEISER CHEVROLET SS:
“Anytime they put that much money in front of anybody it’s going to cause things to rise to another level. Take the points away from that and you really have some unique scenarios that come up. I think adding the bonus for winning all five segments is really going to add a twist to the event as well, especially for the driver who wins the first segment. They’re going to be giving it all they have to try and win the remaining segments to collect the additional $1 million bonus. It’s always fun when you know there is really nothing on the line but to win. If you do, then usually there is a big check waiting for you at the end so that gives you some bragging rights and a lot of money.”

RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 ASPEN DENTAL CHEVROLET SS:
“I think one of the coolest things about the All-Star Race for us is that it’s a short race. It’s kind of like the races we all grew up racing. It’s a ‘make-your-move-and-make-it-now’ kind of thing. It’s a unique layout and, to me, that’s what makes it fun. You have the different segments and the rules, and the strategy changes each and every lap. The All-Star Race is huge in our eyes because it’s the All-Star Race and it’s in our backyard – everybody’s backyard. It’s all about bragging rights. We’re all about beating each other at our own game at our home field, I guess you would say. It’s definitely a challenging race but it’s a lot of fun. Everyone wants to come out on top not just for the $1 million, but also for the bragging rights. ”

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S PATRIOTIC CHEVROLET SS:
“It means a lot now, it’s got a million more reasons if you are able to win all the segments.  It’s a huge payday.  It’s fun to race without points and that sets you up for a nice Memorial (Day) weekend and a good starting point with your race car.”
 
KURT BUSCH, NO. 78 FURNITURE ROW/SEALY CHEVROLET SS:
“The Sprint All-Star Race is always one of the highlights of the season. And it's going to be even more special for our team because our Furniture Row/ Sealy Chevrolet will pay tribute to Armed Forces Day, the annual holiday that honors the men and women who have served in the armed forces. 

“We feel confident that our No. 78 car could be the magic piece to take home the million bucks. It comes down to the final 10-lap segment. You have to act like it’s qualifying for 10 laps and you have to ignore the other cars on the track because you have to get all the speed you can out of your own. You just have to lay down a bet if that guy is going to slide up high because you have to be in the gas digging hard if you’re going to try and get by him. You have to anticipate when people are going to bobble or make a slip or when you have an advantage to take care of it early. There’s a lot of gambling -- that’s what I‘ve noticed. I passed five guys in two laps to win the All-Star Race three years ago. It was because I found the speed in the car for the final segment and I went into the corners attacking the track and it seemed like the seas parted for me.”  

DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET SS:
“The All-Star weekend is a great weekend. It’s just a lot of fun. It’s just an awesome race. It’s got a lot of great stories and a lot of history. We’d like to be a part of that this weekend and win the race, so we’re going to work really hard. I’m looking forward to getting in the car and seeing what kind of speed we’ve got and what kind of race car we’ve got.”

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1 comment:

Carlos Kauffmann said...

I truly agree with your view of the fact that all success achieved is only through the support and encouragement of the fans and family.


Carlos Kauffmann