Ford Racing press release
RICKY STENHOUSE JR. – No. 6 Blackwell Angus/Cargill Ford Mustang
“I wish it would have been a little bit better. Obviously, the finishing result was good for us from a points day, but we just never really had the car exactly the way we needed it. We were a little too tight and I thought it was gonna come to us. I thought the track would free up a little bit, but, really, it just lost overall grip and we stayed tight the whole day. We got a little bit better there on the last stop. The guys on pit road did an awesome job. We didn’t make any mistakes and really that’s what we need to do each and every week. We’re looking forward to Kansas and the race tracks we’ve got left. I wish we would have been a little bit better today, but a top five was definitely a good result for us."
DO YOU FEEL YOU’RE IN CONTROL OF THE POINTS RACE BEING UP 22 NOW? “I think we’re in control for sure, but we’ve got to control what we do. We’ve got to not make mistakes. We’ve got to bring good, fast race cars to the race track and I’ve got to do a good job of keeping out of the fence and keeping the fenders on it. So far we’ve done that and I think we’ve got a really good shot at this thing. I feel more comfortable right now even before coming into today. I felt comfortable coming into the day and obviously I feel a lot more comfortable afterwards, but I think we’ve got a race team that’s pretty determined to win this thing."
WERE YOU CONCERNED WITH ELLIOTT ON THE POLE? “No, I wasn’t concerned at all. Obviously, we figured he would lead a lap and get a point, but qualifying is not everything. We’ve qualified on the pole before and gone backwards, so I felt like overall we had a really good race car. We didn’t qualify as good as we wanted to, but if you look at it we were less than a tenth off the pole, so it’s not like they were that much faster, so we really weren’t concerned with him being on the pole."
DID TRACK CONDITIONS HELP YOU AT ALL? “We definitely had more speed, but it didn’t really change what the car was doing. The car was tight at the beginning of the race and we were running a certain lap time and then at the end of the race it would still be tight, but we were running faster lap times. Really, the handling of the car and what you had to start with was kind of what you ended up with."