BUSCH: Kentucky: Liecht - Saturday Ford interview

Stephen Leicht, driver of the No. 90 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion earned his first top-10 finish at last year's Kentucky race. During Friday's practice session for the Meijer 300 presented by Oreo, he held the fastest time. In Friday's Happy Hour...

Stephen Leicht, driver of the No. 90 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion earned his first top-10 finish at last year's Kentucky race. During Friday's practice session for the Meijer 300 presented by Oreo, he held the fastest time. In Friday's Happy Hour final practice, he turned in the fourth fastest time. Leicht currently sits 19th in the points standings.

Stephen Leicht -- No. 90 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion

On Friday's practice sessions. "We have a really good car. Our CitiFinancial Ford Fusion has been hooked-up since we got here. I think over the last four weeks, our team has done very well and we've worked out some of the problems that we were having earlier in the year. Our car feels good this weekend. We ran fast in practice -- it was awesome. And it's even fast in the qualifying trim and you don't find that very often. We are very excited about the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion and we can't wait to get started."

Kentucky is the site of your first top-10 finish. With a solid run yesterday and your past performance here, would you consider this to be one of your favorite tracks? "I like this track; it's definitely one of my favorites. It's real smooth, there's nothing real hard about it. It's wide open with plenty of room to race. I like it because the corners are so wide to where you can run and drift up the track and not really worry about hitting the wall. There's a lot of room to race here. I like to race here. I think anytime that we've been in Kentucky we have been successful. From testing the Cup car to our Busch car last year, we had our best finish in Kentucky and we're just capitalizing on that. Another thing we have going for us is my crew chief Cully [Charles Barraclough] was working on David Gilliland's car last year when he won the race here and that's a bigger plus. Yes, things are a little different this year, we're running a harder tire but the basic principles apply. We're good; I'm really excited about being here."

Does Cully's experience help with the team's confidence? How does he experience in Kentucky help you as a driver and the team? "Absolutely, his experience helps everybody. Ever since he came to work with us at Yates, you can just watch him talk about the car and when he's working on it, you can see that he's a very intelligent. He understands the race cars in and out. There's nothing about these cars that he doesn't understand and that can only give the team even more confidence going to a race week in and week out. With the way we've been running lately, the whole team is confident. I am confident in myself and we're doing very well. The past couple of weeks we've really picked it up and we hope we can keep that momentum going into tonight's race. We've had some bad luck this year, so now that things are going well, we might just have a little bit of luck is on our side. Have a great crew and car helps too."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers David Gilliland , Stephen Leicht