Listen to What the Ford Drivers are Saying About the Pepsi MAX 400

 

As mentioned above, Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 Crown Royal
Black Ford Fusion, has the most Top 10 finishes among all drivers at
Auto Club Speedway with 12.  Kenseth, who also has three wins at the
track, spoke about his success here before today’s practice.

MATT KENSETH – No. 17 Crown Royal Black Ford Fusion – DO YOU THINK
THERE IS SOME SORT OF ETIQUETTE BETWEEN CHASERS AND NON-CHASERS,
LOOKING BACK ON LAST WEEK’S BUSCH-REUTIMANN ISSUE?  “I didn’t really
see what went down last week, so I can’t comment on that, but, in my
opinion, I think you race the same all year.  I think you should race
everybody the same whether they’re in the chase or not in the chase.
I think you try to show people respect all year because everybody has
the same right to be out there, whether they’re first in points or
last in points.”  THAT BEING SAID, ARE THERE CERTAIN PEOPLE ON THE
TRACK THAT YOU’RE MORE AWARE OF AND TRY TO STAY AWAY FROM BECAUSE YOU
FEEL SOMETHING COULD HAPPEN?  “No.  I race the same all year,
honestly, no matter where you are in the points.  If it came down to
the last week or something like that and you’re the point leader by a
bunch, you’re probably gonna be a little bit more careful, but, other
than that, as competitive as it is I think you race as hard as you can
all year.  Everybody has the same right to be out there.  Everybody is
out there racing for wins and have their own particular
responsibilities.”  AS A CHASER DO YOU WORRY ABOUT SOMETIMES RUBBING
FENDERS WITH A NON-CHASER, KNOWING THEY COULD POSSIBLY RUIN YOUR
CHAMPIONSHIP HOPES?  “I don’t want to ruin any race.  No matter where
you are in the points they’re all big races.  I think you go out there
and you’re gonna race whatever your style is all the time.  I don’t
think that really changes.  You still have to race hard all the time
because it’s so competitive that you can’t just go out and think about
not knocking a fender off.  You go out there and think about trying to
get to the front.”  DO YOU CONSIDER THIS THE KIND OF TRACK THAT CAN
HELP YOU GET BACK UP IN THE POINTS?  “Where we are, we’ve got to gain
some significant points on the leader every week to get back in it and
have a realistic shot.  I think our performance has been picking up a
little bit lately, we just have to get a whole race put together.
We’ve been struggling with that a little bit.  There were times last
week where I thought we were very competitive but we didn’t finish it
off.  This has been a pretty good track for us in the past, so,
hopefully we can be competitive from the time we get on the track this
morning all the way through Sunday when we’re done and get a good
finish.  So that’s really what I’m more focused on is just trying to
get back up with the leaders and be competitive so we can get in a
really good position to win some races.”
FORD RACING NOTES AND QUOTES    Pepsi MAX 400, Page 2
October 8, 2010 Auto Club Speedway

MATT KENSETH CONTINUED — IS THERE A SPECIFIC POINT IN THE RACE WHERE
YOU FEEL YOU NEED TO IMPROVE?  “Our adjustments have just not been
good enough to keep up with the track for whatever reason.  Last week,
the worst we ran the whole race was our last run and you can’t do that
because you’re not gonna get the finishes.  Lately, there have been a
lot of long, green-flag runs at the end and you’ve got to have your
car handling right and do the right things at the end of the race.  On
the last pit stop we came out ahead of Jimmie Johnson and he finished
second and we finished seventh without a caution, so we just haven’t
been doing the right things to keep up on whatever it is – track
conditions or adjustments.  That’s probably my fault for not knowing
what I need for adjustments.  I’m trying to give them the best
feedback I can and hope that we do the right things on the car in the
pits to get it running better.”  WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO DO WELL AT
CHARLOTTE?  “Track position has been really important there since the
introduction of this car with the spoiler and that pavement.  The
pavement has a lot of grip and even though the track gets pretty wide,
it’s a real fast track and kind of hard to pass so track position is
real important.  You’ve got to be in position the last couple of
stops.”  WHAT’S THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE FALL AND SPRING
RACE THERE?  “I don’t think there’s much of a difference.”  WHAT IS IT
GOING TO TAKE FOR ANYBODY TO BEAT THE 48?  “You’ve got to prove you
can beat them.  I’ve said it for five years, they’re the best team out
there and somebody has to beat them and knock them down before you can
say they’re not the best team.  Everybody says, ‘Oh, they don’t have
momentum.  They’re not running as good.’  Well, as soon as somebody
shows they can beat them, I’ll believe it.”  WHAT TRACK ARE YOU
WORRIED ABOUT THE MOST OF THE TRACKS LEFT?  “Honestly, for me I worry
about all of them.  I’ve really just been focused on Fontana this
weekend and then trying to get back on track here and get a good
finish.”  IS THE FR9 ENGINE COMING ON AT THE RIGHT TIME?  “I think the
engine has been helping a little bit.  I think there’s still some room
for improvement and Doug knows that – everybody knows that – because
we’ve only been working on it for six months or a year, whereas we
worked on that old engine forever.  I think it’s certainly an
advantage and it’s better than what we had, plus they keep getting it
better.”  DO YOU THINK IT WILL RUN PARTICULARLY WELL HERE IN FONTANA?
“I hope so.  Fontana and Michigan are big horsepower race tracks, but
they’re also big handling race tracks as well.  It’s real similar to
Michigan, so if you perform well there, hopefully you’ll perform okay
here.”

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Will Fords Roll to Victory in the Pepsi Max 400?

MATT KENSETH – No. 17 Crown Royal Black Ford Fusion – DO YOU THINK
THERE IS SOME SORT OF ETIQUETTE BETWEEN CHASERS AND NON-CHASERS,
LOOKING BACK ON LAST WEEK’S BUSCH-REUTIMANN ISSUE?  “I didn’t really
see what went down last week, so I can’t comment on that, but, in my
opinion, I think you race the same all year.  I think you should race
everybody the same whether they’re in the chase or not in the chase.
I think you try to show people respect all year because everybody has
the same right to be out there, whether they’re first in points or
last in points.”  THAT BEING SAID, ARE THERE CERTAIN PEOPLE ON THE
TRACK THAT YOU’RE MORE AWARE OF AND TRY TO STAY AWAY FROM BECAUSE YOU
FEEL SOMETHING COULD HAPPEN?  “No.  I race the same all year,
honestly, no matter where you are in the points.  If it came down to
the last week or something like that and you’re the point leader by a
bunch, you’re probably gonna be a little bit more careful, but, other
than that, as competitive as it is I think you race as hard as you can
all year.  Everybody has the same right to be out there.  Everybody is
out there racing for wins and have their own particular
responsibilities.”  AS A CHASER DO YOU WORRY ABOUT SOMETIMES RUBBING
FENDERS WITH A NON-CHASER, KNOWING THEY COULD POSSIBLY RUIN YOUR
CHAMPIONSHIP HOPES?  “I don’t want to ruin any race.  No matter where
you are in the points they’re all big races.  I think you go out there
and you’re gonna race whatever your style is all the time.  I don’t
think that really changes.  You still have to race hard all the time
because it’s so competitive that you can’t just go out and think about
not knocking a fender off.  You go out there and think about trying to
get to the front.”  DO YOU CONSIDER THIS THE KIND OF TRACK THAT CAN
HELP YOU GET BACK UP IN THE POINTS?  “Where we are, we’ve got to gain
some significant points on the leader every week to get back in it and
have a realistic shot.  I think our performance has been picking up a
little bit lately, we just have to get a whole race put together.
We’ve been struggling with that a little bit.  There were times last
week where I thought we were very competitive but we didn’t finish it
off.  This has been a pretty good track for us in the past, so,
hopefully we can be competitive from the time we get on the track this
morning all the way through Sunday when we’re done and get a good
finish.  So that’s really what I’m more focused on is just trying to
get back up with the leaders and be competitive so we can get in a
really good position to win some races.”
FORD RACING NOTES AND QUOTES    Pepsi MAX 400, Page 2
October 8, 2010 Auto Club Speedway

MATT KENSETH CONTINUED — IS THERE A SPECIFIC POINT IN THE RACE WHERE
YOU FEEL YOU NEED TO IMPROVE?  “Our adjustments have just not been
good enough to keep up with the track for whatever reason.  Last week,
the worst we ran the whole race was our last run and you can’t do that
because you’re not gonna get the finishes.  Lately, there have been a
lot of long, green-flag runs at the end and you’ve got to have your
car handling right and do the right things at the end of the race.  On
the last pit stop we came out ahead of Jimmie Johnson and he finished
second and we finished seventh without a caution, so we just haven’t
been doing the right things to keep up on whatever it is – track
conditions or adjustments.  That’s probably my fault for not knowing
what I need for adjustments.  I’m trying to give them the best
feedback I can and hope that we do the right things on the car in the
pits to get it running better.”  WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO DO WELL AT
CHARLOTTE?  “Track position has been really important there since the
introduction of this car with the spoiler and that pavement.  The
pavement has a lot of grip and even though the track gets pretty wide,
it’s a real fast track and kind of hard to pass so track position is
real important.  You’ve got to be in position the last couple of
stops.”  WHAT’S THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE FALL AND SPRING
RACE THERE?  “I don’t think there’s much of a difference.”  WHAT IS IT
GOING TO TAKE FOR ANYBODY TO BEAT THE 48?  “You’ve got to prove you
can beat them.  I’ve said it for five years, they’re the best team out
there and somebody has to beat them and knock them down before you can
say they’re not the best team.  Everybody says, ‘Oh, they don’t have
momentum.  They’re not running as good.’  Well, as soon as somebody
shows they can beat them, I’ll believe it.”  WHAT TRACK ARE YOU
WORRIED ABOUT THE MOST OF THE TRACKS LEFT?  “Honestly, for me I worry
about all of them.  I’ve really just been focused on Fontana this
weekend and then trying to get back on track here and get a good
finish.”  IS THE FR9 ENGINE COMING ON AT THE RIGHT TIME?  “I think the
engine has been helping a little bit.  I think there’s still some room
for improvement and Doug knows that – everybody knows that – because
we’ve only been working on it for six months or a year, whereas we
worked on that old engine forever.  I think it’s certainly an
advantage and it’s better than what we had, plus they keep getting it
better.”  DO YOU THINK IT WILL RUN PARTICULARLY WELL HERE IN FONTANA?
“I hope so.  Fontana and Michigan are big horsepower race tracks, but
they’re also big handling race tracks as well.  It’s real similar to
Michigan, so if you perform well there, hopefully you’ll perform okay
here.”

Get Ready for Night Chase Racing, Fan Fun This October at Charlotte Motor

       CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 4, 2010) – Charlotte Motor Speedway is gearing
up for the only night race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with the
Bank of America 500 on Oct. 16. Below are just some of the exciting
happenings fans can look forward to at the speedway ahead of all the racing
action:

Fans Given Unprecedented Access to Drivers with Special Ticket Packages
Building on its Fans First philosophy, Charlotte Motor Speedway is providing
an unprecedented number of opportunities for fans to get closer to the stars
of their favorite sport during Bank of America 500 Week, Oct. 13-16. Special
ticket packages will give fans the chance to see their favorite NASCAR
drivers and legends including Kasey Kahne or Kenny Wallace with the
OktoberFast package; Jamie McMurray with the Bass Pro Shops package; Richard
Petty and Junior Johnson with the Hall of Fame package; and Jeff Burton with
a Scout package. Visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com for a full list of
ticket packages and promotions.

Popular Let the Troops Race Ticket Program Returns for Bank of America 500
Fans and companies are invited to purchase Bank of America 500 tickets for
the men and women of the U.S. armed services with the Let the Troops Race
ticket program. Charlotte Motor Speedway first launched the program during
its NASCAR races in May and received an overwhelming response. For just
$20.00 fans and businesses may donate a reserved seat to a soldier, Marine,
midshipmen, or airman by visiting www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or calling
the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267). Seats
will be provided to soldiers via the USO. In addition, special military
pricing is available for active duty and retired military personnel for the
major events at Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track at
Charlotte by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or by visiting the box office on
race days.

CATS Route Offers Convenient Transportation To and From the Speedway
Charlotte Motor Speedway is once again partnering with the Charlotte Area
Transit System, or CATS, in Charlotte, N.C., to bring bus service from
Center City Charlotte to the track. Starting from the Charlotte
Transportation Center, race fans can take the 79X Concord Mills Express to
beat the traffic and enjoy the Bank of America 500 at the speedway for just
$7 round-trip. The route will run every 20 minutes from noon to 6 p.m. on
Oct. 16. Return trips will begin immediately after the checkered flag as
race fans make their way to the buses near the track’s main entrance. To
purchase tickets or for more information visit the Charlotte Transportation
Center at 310 East Trade Street in Center City, go online at
www.ridetransit.org or call (704) 336-RIDE (7433).

NASCAR Night at zMAX Dragway Oct. 12
NASCAR Night returns to zMAX Dragway on Oct. 12. Fans are invited to come
out and see NASCAR drivers, team owners, crew chiefs and team members
compete on the concrete quarter mile at the Bellagio of drag strips. Fans
can show a ticket to the upcoming Bank of America 500 at the zMAX Dragway
gate and receive free admission. Adult tickets are available at the gate for
just $5 and kids are free. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to
Speedway Children’s Charities. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and racing begins at
5 p.m.

Mac Daddy Dogs Make NASCAR Concession Debut
A new concession item will be added to the menu at Charlotte Motor Speedway
for Bank of America 500 Week. The Mac Daddy Dog is a hot dog encased in
macaroni pasta and pimento cheese, then coated in a panko breadcrumb crust
and deep fried. The fun fair food made its Charlotte Motor Speedway debut at
the Food Lion AutoFair in August and was an instant hit. The concession is a
creation of Levy Restaurants’ Emily Williams and her staff. Mac Daddy Dogs
will be available for $5 each at the Levy concession stand on the main
concourse.

Legends Million Winner Daniel Hemric in UNOH Southern 150 NASCAR Modified
Race
Daniel Hemric, winner of the largest grassroots race in history, the Legends
Million, will compete in the upcoming NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
(NWSMT) UNOH Southern Slam 150 during Bojangles’ Pole Night on Oct. 14 as
part of Bank of America 500 Week. Hemric took home an unprecedented $250,000
purse after winning the Legends Million, a one-of-a-kind Legend Car race,
held July 17 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The 19-year-old Kannapolis, N.C.,
native will make his second career start in a NASCAR modified; he raced in a
NWSMT event at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C., earlier this year.
Tickets for the UNOH Southern Slam 150 and Bojangles’ Pole Night are $12 in
advance or $20 the day of the event and can be purchased online at
www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267).

Custom Cobra Replica Benefitting SCC Displayed During Bank of America 500
Week
In only five days during the August Food Lion AutoFair at Charlotte Motor
Speedway, the team from Tommy Pike Customs in Greenville, S.C., turned a
pile of parts into a custom Cobra replica. During Bank of America 500 Week,
fans can get an up-close look at the high-performance roadster near the
speedway’s main entrance and enter to win the unique vehicle in a
fundraising raffle for Speedway Children’s Charities. Raffle tickets are $25
each or five for $100 and will be available during all 2010 events at
Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte until
the annual Souvenir Blowout on Nov. 26. Tickets may also be purchased online
at www.charlotte.speedwaycharities.org. The winner will be announced in
December.

Sam Bass Unveils October Souvenir Program Cover; Programs for Sale During
Race Week
Renowned motorsports artist Sam Bass unveiled an original painting that will
serve as the cover for the 2010 Bank of America 500 souvenir program. “The
Greatest Place to See the Race” highlights many of the activities in which
fans can engage while they are in Charlotte for the races, including a trip
to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, a visit to one of the area NASCAR team shops or
a ride in a driving school stock car. Images of these destinations are
reflected in the helmet of regular-season points leader and Chase for the
Sprint Cup contender Kevin Harvick. Other Chase drivers featured are current
points leader Jimmie Johnson, as well as Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Jeff
Gordon. Inside the program are feature stories on Jamie McMurray, the new
NASCAR Nationwide Series car and what makes Charlotte Motor Speedway “The
Greatest Place to See the Race.” Souvenir programs are just $10 and are for
sale at multiple locations around the track during Bank of America 500 Week.

Cat Used and Cat Dealers Hold Sale at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Regional Cat dealers, including Carolina Cat, Blanchard Machinery, Carter
Machinery and Gregory Poole Equipment, as well as Cat Used Equipment
Services, will display more than 30 Caterpillar machines available for
purchase adjacent to Charlotte Motor Speedway Oct. 14-16 during Bank of
America 500 Week. The sale also will include systems to view the entire Cat
dealer used equipment inventory on Catused.cat.com, which offers the largest
selection of used Cat machines on the Web. The sale is open to the public
and runs each day from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information,
customers can visit http://catracing.cat.com/news.

       Tickets for all October races at Charlotte Motor Speedway can be
purchased online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling the
speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267). The Bank of America Fan 4
Pack includes tickets, hot dogs and Coca-Cola drinks starting at just $39.75
per person or fans can get four nights of great racing with the Bank of
America 500 Week Super Ticket for just $99.
       For daily updates on October race activities, connect with Charlotte
Motor Speedway by following on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CLTMotorSpdwy or
become a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/charlottemotorspeedway.

Kasey Kahne Talks About the Price Chopper 400

Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion, started the Price Chopper 400 on the pole and led the first 26 laps of the race but was ultimately forced to the garage early after ripping up the right side of his car after hitting the wall on lap 164. Kahne talked about the incident in the garage.

KASEY KAHNE – No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion – WHAT HAPPENED OUT THERE? “The car doesn’t look too good. I was bouncing pretty bad throughout the whole race and through practice yesterday really. We never got it fixed. I just got all mixed up.  It wasn’t too bad when it first went green because I was out in the open. The longer it went, Jeff got by us. I knew from the time it went green that we were in trouble because of the bouncing. I couldn’t hardly control it and still run competitive speeds. Something was bound to happen. I actually got loose in and then tight and then loose and spun out and hit the wall. I should have just slowed way down and I didn’t. I just tried to get some more on that restart there and it didn’t work out.”

Post Qualifying Day Comments of Racers

KASEY KAHNE – No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion (Qualified 10th)  “The car felt really good. I thought I was going to be a lot faster than that. Te car was nice and great to drive. The engine felt good. Everything felt good. I thought we would have been a little quicker. We will see where thy ends up.”

MATT KENSETH – No. 17 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Qualified 12th)  “From the drivers seat it didn’t feel that bad. I’m surprised we aren’t in the chart for as good as it felt. I guess the track was a little quicker than I anticipated. We were a little off, but it felt like we improved quite a bit from practice.”

TONY RAINES – No. 34 A&W Ford Fusion (Qualified 42nd)  “It wasn’t too bad. We picked up quite a bit from practice. We didn’t really work hard on qualifying being that we are locked in so we wired on race trim. We struggled a little bit in practice and hit on something at the end. We got one good run in and we are about a half second faster. We will take that. I think we have a decent race car for the race Saturday night. Going out early is never a benefit so we will take why we get and get after them tomorrow night.”

GREG BIFFLE – No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Qualified 24th)  “It wasn’t too good. We were way too loose. We didn’t know what the track was going to do which hurt us.

DAVID GILLILAND – No. 37 Charter Air Ford Fusion (Qualified 39th) “We were a little too tight in practice and we ended up 20th fast. We were afraid to change to terribly much so we ended up too tight now too. We never could get to the bottom and be where we needed to be. I feel good about our car in race trim tomorrow though, so I feel good about switching over and getting racing.”

 
A.J. ALLMENDINGER – No. 43 Best Buy Ford Fusion (Qualified 3rd) “Richmond is one of my tougher places. We have qualified okay here in the past, but it is a tough race track for me. You sit there and watch everybody go fast and then the track seems like it was slowing down a little bit. You just don’t really know. Hopefully that will put us top five or top six. It is better than I was expecting. We will just go and try to have a good race tomorrow. That is what it is all about.”

CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion (Qualified 1st)  “That is a good lap. That will be a good starting spot. I don’t know if it will hold up for the pole, but it should be top three or four. That is huge for us. We started 28th here in the spring and got all the way back up to fifth. We have been focusing so much on qualifying, it means a lot.

PAUL MENARD – No. 98 Menards Ford Fusion (Qualified 7th)  “We ran better than I thought. I was hoping for a faster lap but the way it felt, I didn’t think it would run that fast. It was a lot tighter than it had been in practice. We made a little air pressure adjustment and that probably wasn’t the way to go. From where we started to where we are going to start for the race, we came a long way. The guys worked hard.”  YOU WERE FAST IN THE SECOND PRACTICE RUN, DOES THAT BODE WELL FOR TOMORROW NIGHT?  “Yeah, we hit on a few things the second practice in qualifying trim that we think we can carry over to the race trim. We will make a couple of adjustments and go from there.”

ELLIOT SADLER – No. 19 Stanley Ford Fusion (Qualified 36th) – “That was not what we wanted. I wish we could have run a lot better than that. I probably drove it in too hard and made it a little bit too tight. We just didn’t run the lap we needed to run. We will do the best we can tomorrow night and pick up as many positions as we can.”

DAVID RAGAN – No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion (Qualified 26th) – “We just have been fighting our car since we unloaded. From the first lap that we made today to now that is an improvement actually. If we had to qualify in the first 10 minutes of practice, we would have probably been dead last. I think that is an improvement, we just didn’t start of real good. It looks like we have a couple of teammates that aren’t that bad, so we will look at what they have and go race them on Saturday.”

TRAVIS KVAPIL – No. 38 Long John Silver’s Ford Fusion (Qualified 38th) –  “I feel pretty relieved.  We struggled more than we thought we would in practice.  But we hit on a couple things throughout the day that really picked up our speed.  Obviously, working with our teammates was a big plus today.  We made some changes after practice that, if we hadn’t made them, we might be going home.  It’s tough here.  We had 48 cars and a couple with provisionals and all that, so it was a really hard race to make.  I’m proud of my guys.  It was good effort throughout practice.  We made a lot of changes and got it a lot better.  We were still really tight qualifying, and that’s what we fought most of the day, but we got it good enough.”

NASCAR Fans Meet Their Heroes

CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 9, 2010) – NASCAR fans are clamoring for more
chances to see their favorite drivers and Charlotte Motor Speedway is
listening.  Building on its Fans First philosophy, Charlotte Motor Speedway
is providing an unprecedented number of opportunities for fans to get closer
to the stars of their favorite sport during Bank of America 500 Week Oct.
14-16.
       Through a variety of ticket packages and free events, fans will see
the following NASCAR drivers and legends:
       – Richard Petty and Junior Johnson: The Hall of Fame ticket package
gives fans access to a forum with the only two surviving members of the
NASCAR Hall of Fame, Petty and Johnson. Starting at just $99, the package
also includes a tour of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and a collector’s edition
magazine from That’s Racin’, by The Charlotte Observer.
       – Kasey Kahne: Fans who purchase the OktoberFast ticket package for
the Bank of America 500 on Oct. 16 can participate in a Q-and-A session with
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Kahne, driver of the No. 9 Budweiser Ford.
Starting at just $89, the package also includes authentic Oktoberfest food
and drinks, a commemorative collector mug while supplies last and access to
a special OktoberFast area to enjoy a real Oktoberfest-themed pre-race
festival, with live music.
       – Kenny Wallace: Fans who purchase the OktoberFast ticket package
for the Dollar General 300 on Oct. 15 can participate in a Q-and-A session
with SPEED personality and NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Wallace. Starting
at just $59, the package also includes the same additional benefits as the
Bank of America 500 OktoberFast package.
       – Jamie McMurray: Outdoor enthusiasts who are NASCAR fans get a
double treat with the Bass Pro Shops ticket package. With a $99 ticket
purchase to the Bank of America 500, fans get a meet and greet with Daytona
500 and Brickyard 400 winner McMurray, driver of the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops
Chevrolet. In addition, the package includes a $25 Charlotte Motor Speedway
gift card, $15 off $100 or more on a Bass Pro Shops purchase, a pro hunting
seminar at the Concord Mills Bass Pro Shops and a behind-the-scenes tour of
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.
       – Jeff Burton: Families with Boy Scouts or Scout Masters can
participate in a Q-and-A session with Burton, driver of the No. 31
Caterpillar Chevrolet, through the speedway’s special Scout ticket package.
With tickets for children 12 and under starting at just $10, the package
includes seats in the family-friendly, non-alcohol, non-smoking sections in
Turn 4.
       – Nationwide Series Drivers: Before the Dollar General 300 on Friday
night, Oct. 15, fans can meet the stars of the NASCAR Nationwide Series
during an hour-long autograph session on Pit Road.
       – Other Top NASCAR Stars: Two additional activities will give fans
special driver access at the speedway this October. First, PRN Up To SPEED
is the popular free fan forum that will take place at the SPEED stage,
located at the speedway’s main entrance, prior to the Bank of America 500 on
Oct. 16. Several NASCAR stars are scheduled to join personalities from the
Performance Racing Network for the 30 minute Q-and-A session. Also, Victory
Lane Club members get a complimentary breakfast on race day in the
Nationwide Series garage, with special visits from top NASCAR personalities.
The speedway’s Victory Lane Club offers fans three incredible NASCAR Sprint
Cup Series events each year, along with unprecedented additional value and
behind-the-scenes access.
       “We want to give our fans every opportunity to enhance their
experience at the speedway by interacting with as many NASCAR stars as
possible,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte
Motor Speedway. “With our exciting NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase racing under the
lights and unmatched driver access opportunities, we know fans will walk
away from the Bank of America 500 Weekend remembering Charlotte Motor
Speedway as ‘The Greatest Place to See the Race.'”
       Tickets for all October races at Charlotte Motor Speedway can be
purchased online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling the
speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267). The Bank of America Fan 4
Pack includes tickets, hot dogs and Coca-Cola drinks starting at just $39.75
per person and fans can get four nights of great racing with the Bank of
America 500 Weekend Super Ticket for just $99.
       For daily updates on October race activities, connect with Charlotte
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Emory 500 Post Race Racer Comments

The boys and girls of NASCAR were out on the track of the Atlanta Motor Speedway over the weekend, taking their race cars for a drive, and after the race some of the racers stopped by to comment on the race. This is what they had to say about the day and the events that occurred out on the track.

CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd) – “That was
fun.  Tony just had such a fast car there at the end, but we’re back.
We’re doing it. We’re scoring more points than anybody.  We’re heading
into the chase.  I feel like we locked ourselves in and I just want to
thank Afla9c for sticking behind us.  That’s what they do, they stick
behind you when things are bad.  It hasn’t been good, but the last
couple of months have been great.   I’m excited about going to
Richmond.  I’m real excited about starting the chase.  We had
something that could win the race tonight and that’s a blast.” WHAT
TURNED IT AROUND FOR THIS TEAM?  “I can’t say what turned it around.
Bob and the guys have just been working hard and that’s what it’s
about.  When they go to the shop and we’re not running the way they
want, they’ve got to keep digging and keep working.  It’s pretty cool
that they’re able to do that and everybody stuck behind us – my fans,
Aflac, Scotts, and Ford and everybody.  I know we don’t look like we
did in 2008, but we’re better set to go race for that championship now
than we’ve ever been.”

KASEY KAHNE – No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion (Finished 32nd) – “I felt
like we were there.  We had a top-five car and when we got out front
we were pretty good, but I was still trying to hold off Carl and
Jimmie, and Tony was really quick.  I was just going down the
straightaway and got hit from behind and I know it was the 39, so I
feel like he lost us about 20 spots today.  He said he got hit from
behind and that forced him into me, so that’s racing, but either way,
we’re the one that took the big shot there.”  YOU AND RYAN HAD AN
AMIABLE DISCUSSION AFTER THE RACE.  HOW DID THAT GO?  “Ryan and I are
fine.  We don’t have an issue with each other, it’s just that when you
get racing sometimes it gets you mad.  He lost about four spots from
me rubbing him a little bit and I lost about 25 or 30 from him rubbing
me, so he got me a little better.”

GREG BIFFLE – No. 16 Scotch Blue Ford Fusion (Finished 36th) – “It was
my fault.  I didn’t know we were still three-wide and I guess I cut
down on the 39.  I have to watch the replay.  He certainly didn’t cut
us any slack.  He could have cut us some slack and let us go there.  I
don’t know, I’ll have to watch the replay before I make my judgment,
but I didn’t know we were still three-wide.  It looked like I had
cleared him, along with the 43, and I just turned down into the corner
and, unfortunately, he was there.  We still locked ourselves into the
chase, so we’re excited about that.”  IT WORKED OUT OKAY FROM A POINTS
PERSPECTIVE.  “Yeah, we’re 161 points ahead, so I’ve got to beat one
car if whoever it is wins and leads all the laps, so we’re pretty much
locked in.”

MATT KENSETH – No. 17 Crown Royal Black Ford Fusion (Finished 11th) –
“It was a frustrating night.  We performed really poorly and just
couldn’t get the car to run.  The last two stops, whatever we did
really woke the car up and our last couple of runs were pretty good.
We had a tire rub and had to restart behind all the lapped cars and
then the last run we didn’t get tires, which ended up working out okay
because we beat most of the guys that got tires and got the car a lot
better.  As dumb as it sounds for being a five-hour race, we just ran
out of time.  We just need to figure out our adjustments earlier, I
guess.  Overall, it was a good day for us.  I’m happy for our finish
considering how we ran.”

 ELLIOTT SADLER – No. 19 Stanley Ford Fusion (Finished 41st) – “I saw
the 16 spinning and kind of blocking the track and me and Harvick
tried to go under him.  I couldn’t go any lower because of the 29 car
and I think the 16 was standing in the gas trying to stay out of the
wall and just came down and clipped us in the right rear and turned us
head-on into the wall.  Our Stanley Ford is damaged and done for the
night.  It’s very frustrating.  We had a really good car and guys kind
of started short-pitting and that put us behind and we were trying to
play catch-up, but I really wanted to finish this race.  We felt like
we had a good shot at a good finish tonight.”  WAS THE HIT AS BAD AS
POCONO?  “Oh, no.  Nothing like Pocono.  I hit where a SAFER barrier
is in turn four.  We didn’t pull any g’s at all, so I’m thankful they
had that here in turn four at Atlanta.  I do want to say thanks to all
the fans for showing up tonight.  We’ve got a heck of a crowd here in
Atlanta.  Man, I just really wanted to finish this race and run good.
It’s the same car I had at Michigan and we were making a comeback, but
it just wasn’t meant to be.”

PAUL MENARD – No. 98 Menards Ford Fusion (Finished 35th) – “It’s real
positive because our race car was really good.  It was awesome.  The
guys worked really hard and we had a good car all weekend.  We could
have definitely had another top five tonight, but it wasn’t meant to
be.”

DAVID GILLILAND – No. 37 Taco Bell Ford Fusion (Finished 20th) – “I’m
really proud of the job this team did this weekend, given that this
was our first race together.  We started with a pretty good car and
Peter (Sospenzo) and the team made some good adjustments to help us
run pretty fast and pick up a bunch of positions.  We had good pit
stops and good pit strategy to help us finish on the lead lap, so all
in all it was a good night for the Taco Bell Ford team.”

DAVE BLANEY – No. 38 A&W All-American Food Ford Fusion (Finished 24th)
— “Not bad for my first go at it in this car.  This was the first
complete race I’ve run in a while, so I knew it would take me a few
laps to get into a groove.  I was doing a little experimenting, trying
to run a few different lines.  The car was a little too loose for me
to be too aggressive, but it wasn’t bad for our first time out
together.”

TRAVIS KVAPIL – No. 34 Long John Silver’s Ford Fusion (Finished 29th)
— “This whole weekend was a bit rough for us.  We battled the car all
day Saturday and we worked on the handling all throughout the race
tonight, too.  We made a lot of changes to try to free the car up, and
we did get a little better toward the end.  But those long green-flag
runs during the first half of the race left us with too much ground to
make up.”

DAVID RAGAN – No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion (Finished 19th) — “I felt like at
the beginning of the race, we had a top 10 or top 15 car. We just
couldn’t keep up with the track; it just kept getting freer and freer
as the night went on. And we were making big adjustments every single
stop on our UPS Ford. We just couldn’t seem to get to the point where
the car was fast. We would get close, but when the track cooled down
even more, we’d be that much more behind when the next pit stop came.
We lost a lap when I spun out, but we didn’t hit anything. We were
fortunate to get back on the lead lap and finish inside the top 20. In
the big picture, it’s not a win, but it wasn’t in the thirties either.
I’m satisfied with the way our team worked together tonight and made
what could have been a bad night, a salvageable night.”

 CARL EDWARDS PRESS CONFERENCE – “When we talked in here on Saturday,
that’s one of the things we talked about was we haven’t led a lot of
laps and we haven’t had that dominant car and tonight I felt like we
had a car as good or a better car than we’ve had all season – really
for a season and a half.  I’m really proud of my guys.  The last pit
stop was spectacular.  That’s probably the best pit stop I’ve ever
had.  It’s like Jimmie said, when you run up front like that you get
in that mode of racing for the win and the victory, and that’s good
for everyone, especially for us at this point.  I feel like we’ve
scored a ton of points the last seven or eight races.  We’ve performed
probably better in that stretch than we ever had and it makes me
really excited.  I’m really looking forward to the chase.  It’s gonna
be fun.”  WHY DO YOU SAY THIS CAR IS BETTER?  “There was nothing
specific significantly for this race, but I feel that this race suits
my driving style very well.  I really enjoy this race track.  When
Jimmie and Kasey and I were racing two and three-wide for the lead
there for a few laps, there was one point I was laughing going down
the front straightaway.  It was just fun.  That’s what racing is about
is having some fun, and I feel like this race track really lends
itself to that style of racing, so I enjoy it and it was a good
coincidence that my crew and my car were on their game tonight as
well.”  CAN YOU TOUCH ON THE RESTARTS?  “I don’t know the rule. I
don’t know if any of us – if the leader spins his tires and you’re
beating him, is it okay to beat him by three feet or not?  I was in
the same boat as Jimmie.  There was one time I lifted and I think it
was Jimmie or somebody else went blowing by me and I was like, ‘Damn,
maybe I shouldn’t have done that,’ so we’ll have to clarify that, I
guess.”  WHAT DID YOU SAY TO TONY?  “I just told Tony, ‘Good job.’
His car was amazing.  He did a really good job of driving it.  The
place where he was driving on the race track, I couldn’t run there.  I
was just letting him know I thought he did a really good job.”
THOUGHTS ON NEXT WEEK WITH 10 OF 12 GUYS LOCKED INTO THE CHASE.  WHAT
DO YOU EXPECT?  “We’ll just go for it.  I think I can speak for
Jimmie, but we’ll probably just go there and go for the win.  We don’t
have too much to be concerned about, other than that particular race,
so, for me, it’ll just be a fun race.”  HOW WOULD YOU FEEL ABOUT MORE
TESTING AT A TRACK LIKE THIS.  DALE JR. SAID JOKINGLY LIKE IT SEEMS
GUYS ALWAYS STRUGGLE UNTIL THE FINAL LAPS.  “I don’t want to do
anymore testing, but he’s right.  There will be times you’re in the
race car here and the crew chief will get all excited like, ‘That was
a great lap.’  And you’re like, ‘Man, this thing is driving terribly.’
 I don’t think that the guy who wins this race even has a car that
drives great.  It’s a very difficult race track, but I don’t know if
testing will make it easier.  I don’t think so.  It’s just got a lot
of character and that’s why I think all of us like racing here so
much.”  DOES ANY OF THIS MOMENTUM FOR YOU MATTER WHEN THE CHASE
STARTS?  “I used to say it didn’t matter.  I used to never believe in
momentum, but I’ve never run so poorly for so long.  Now, I’m seeing
this turnaround and it’s been a couple of months and I think I
understand the team more and I understand where we’ve been gaining,
so, for that reason, I believe in this momentum that we have and I
believe it will apply to future races.  You can’t do anything about a
cut tire or a broken valve spring or something like that, but at least
we’ve proven to ourselves the last couple months that we can do it and
that feels good for us.”