Pressley Joliet interview

Robert Pressley: "The guys in the pits just did a great job. We got within 67-70 laps and Ryan (Pemberton) opted to have us go the rest of the way on fuel. That's what got us track position to get up there and then we had some clean air. The...

Robert Pressley:

"The guys in the pits just did a great job. We got within 67-70 laps and Ryan (Pemberton) opted to have us go the rest of the way on fuel. That's what got us track position to get up there and then we had some clean air. The guys in the pits did it. Our car was just a lot better on old tires than new tires. We just couldn't get going for about eight or 10 laps on new tires."

WERE YOU TRYING TO SPOOK HARVICK ON THAT LAST RESTART GETTING UP ON HIS BUMPER LIKE YOU DID?

"Me and Kevin have never really raced together until today. I was really just wanting to shake him up a little bit and maybe make him drive off into one a little bit harder or maybe spin the tires a little bit on take off. I knew that if I could get on the inside of him getting into one, and with everybody really close together, that we might shuffle him back a little bit and maybe have a shot. I never thought about Ricky coming on. I thought I was gonna have to race Mark for second, but, evidently, he missed a gear or something. I wasn't gonna do anything to him (Harvick), I was just gonna try to get under there and beat him into turn one and hope that we got him hung on the outside." WAS YOUR CAR THAT MUCH BETTER ON SCUFFED TIRES?

"Our car just wouldn't take off for eight or 10 laps. We had it so loose that we just couldn't get it to go. When we made our lap up there, that time when we got out of sequence, we were on old tires then and we went in and put on a set of tires we had earlier and was able to get the lap back. Kevin and I guess Nadeau helped us out right there giving us our lap back. Our car was just a whole lot better on old tires. If we hadn't had the caution at the end of the race with 30 to go, we were ready to go on gas. We came in and topped ours off late, so it's one of those deals that you'll never know what would have happened because we didn't get the opportunity to try it."

WHAT ABOUT THE TRACK?

"The race track is a really nice race track. It got a little wide. The only thing I would like to see better is that you could go into one or go into three and there was only one lane. Once you got into the middle, the race track really opened up. So I think over the years whenever turns one and three widen out going in, it's gonna be a great race track to race on."

YOU PICKED UP A LOCAL SPONSOR HERE. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THAT?

"We picked up an associate sponsor here -- Empire Carpets. That's one of the deals where we're wanting to take this Jasper team to the next level. We've been picking up associate sponsors along the way at each race track that we go to. 'Help us, we need that little bit more to get our test program a little bit better and get our restrictor plate program a little better.' So we really appreciate Empire being on this week."

-Ford Racing

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Robert Pressley