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What They’re Saying: Cup Series at Richmond Raceway

Federated Auto Parts 400
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Western Star/Alliance Parts Ford, Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, and Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, lead the field during the NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on September 12, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia. Credit: 368499Sean Gardner | Getty Images via NASCAR Media

Following Brad Keselowski’s victory at Richmond Raceway on Saturday, the top-five drivers talk about the race

The Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway was won by Brad Keselowski followed by Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, and Chase Elliott.

1st – BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 2 Team Penske Mustang): “These are some of the best drivers in the world and they’re not easy to beat. I knew we were going to have a great car (at Richmond Raceway). I knew I had put a lot of work into what I needed to do as a driver to be really good here and to find a really strong rhythm, and if I could pair those things with an execution race, a race with great execution, I felt like we could win it, and we put all those three together, and here we are. That feels really incredible. It’s hard to find the right word for it, to be honest, but I’m going to enjoy it for sure.”

2ndMARTIN TRUEX JR. (No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Camry): “You know, obviously wanted to win and going for three in a row here would have been pretty cool to be able to make that happen, but just didn’t quite have what we needed tonight. Bass Pro Toyota was good, just not quite good enough. I thought early in the race, I thought, man, this is going to be a struggle. We started 14th or whatever, and took a little bit of work to get towards the front and really was never pleased with the way the car was driving. Just continued to battle and work on it all night and fight for every position and ended up coming away with some good stage points and a good finish. Typically when you’re off and your car feels and does things you don’t want it to do and you can run second, it says a lot about your team. Proud of everyone, and we’ll keep digging.”

3rdJOEY LOGANO (No 22 Team Penske Mustang): “Last week we finished third and we fought through plenty of adversity. A few weeks before that we were pretty good. We’ve been pretty good here recently a clicking off quite a few top 5s, so that’s something to be very proud of. They’re not wins, I know. We haven’t won since the pandemic started, but I also think from where we were six to eight weeks ago to where we are now, I’m very proud of. We’ve made some big gains and put ourselves in position now to where we’re close to winning again. We’re running solidly in the top 5, and wins will come along eventually when you keep doing that. Yes, I want to win, but I want to win a championship even more, and right now we’ve got to take what we can to get there.”

4thAUSTIN DILLON (No 3 Richard Childress Racing Camaro): “I feel like I gave one away tonight. Our Dow NORKOOL Chevrolet was so fast tonight. We had a massive day for stage points, which is going to help us out big picture-wise. We had a speeding penalty in Stage 1, and to come from the back to the front in that Stage just shows how fast our Chevy was tonight. This No. 3 team is on fire right now and showing up when it matters. I have a line here and it’s been working. I run a little lower on the straightaway and it gives me good forward drive. I saw some other drivers start picking it up and laying the rubber down on that line. It might have hurt us a little bit at the end of the race, but the biggest thing is when we came to pit road for our second green-flag stop in Stage 3 we were trying to bring everybody down. The No. 1 car was in my mirror on tires. I overdrove that entry just a little bit thinking that I needed to avoid getting rear-ended, and then it was like ‘Oh no, I’m going to hit the red box’ so I had to make another lap around the track. That cost us three seconds. It probably killed our deal, but it was still early, so who knows. It was a lot of fun out here tonight and I think we had the best car tonight, so thanks to Justin Alexander and everyone at RCR and ECR for giving us a solid Chevy tonight. We’re headed to Bristol Motor Speedway in a good spot and it’s exciting to know we still have eight more chances to try and get another win. Our confidence level for Bristol is pretty high.”

5th CHASE ELLIOTT (No 9 Hendrick Motorsports Camaro): “First off, we were way better than we’ve been 9at Richmond Raceway), probably ever, so I thought that was a big improvement for us. We really needed it here. This has been a really, really tough track for us. I thought we got our NAPA Auto Parts Camaro good, especially through the middle portion. Just got a little behind, I think, as the race went on to roll the center as good as we needed to late in a run. But, we were way, way better than we’ve ever been here I feel like before. And consistently all night, too. I thought that was a pretty big step for us at a track that we’ve really struggled at.”

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