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What drivers said during and after Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Texas Motor Speedway, where Tyler Reddick won his third victory of the season, overtaking Joey Logano at 1.19 seconds:

Tyler Reddick – finished first: “I was very worried, I won’t lie. Unfortunately, almost every time we had fast cars, we had tire problems. Yes, during the last run, the right sides vibrated very, very strongly. I was just trying to maximize and use the gap I built over Joey (Logano) just in case. I mean, every time we had a strong car, something bit us. This will ease the pain of not completing (the first round) a bit. Although, yes, that would have locked us in the 8th round. We win races. This is something we will continue to try to do.”

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Joey Logano – Runner-up “Yes, tires, if they haven’t burst, then they are square. They were shaking like crazy. Here’s what happened on the last run. The last couple of races really just shook the car. We grappled a couple of times and last time I got one that wasn’t in the rear and we got off. I think (Tyler) Reddick was struggling with the same things I heard there. You are so close to winning and you just know that if you had just done it, it would have been enough to win the race. At the same time, we should be happy that we scored a lot of points today. He’s bittersweet, I think. It was a good day for the points scored. We got stage points at both stages and we were able to get a bunch of points by finishing second there. Yes, it was a sloppy race for everyone on the track. We were just able to position ourselves well at the end. Paul[Wolfe]did a good job calling the race and fitting four tires when we needed to and two tires when we needed to move forward.”

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Justin Hailey – Finished in third place “It was a long and difficult race. We finished third at Darlington earlier this season and started almost last there, so it’s great to see Kaulig Racing have another great run. Our Camaro ZL1 LeafFilter Gutter Protection #31 was definitely not what I liked, but we kept working on it, and in fact, when it got dark, we got into a good track position and fucking ran. I’m really proud of everyone at Kaulig Racing. At the end, I was just worried that the right rear would fall off, so I just tried to make it to the end. P3 is all we need right now.”

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Ryan Blaney – Finished fourth “Of course it was a long night. It didn’t start well. We got better and better throughout the night, and during the day we were able to win a stage and blast back from quite the far end of the pack on that last run to get to fourth place. I thought our Mustang was probably the best car in the end. We just couldn’t get past anyone. All in all, not a bad evening. Pretty wild night. Luckily, we managed to organize a good race.”

Chase Briscoe – Finished fifth “The first 90 percent of the race we fought. We were unable to properly balance the car. We would be too loose or too tight and never be able to find where we need to be. After that red flag, I think nightfall helped us a bit. From 80 to the end, we hoped to catch more warnings and do it on fuel, and we were able to get into position on the track that way, and in the end it worked. We did what we had to do for our Ford Rush Truck Centers. We were not a fifth place car. We weren’t even the 15th-place car. Steal some points, how huge it is. Going to Talladega, we did not fall into a huge hole, and this is the most important thing. We’ll go there and hopefully we’ll get a little bit lucky and see what happens.”

Eric Jones – Finished sixth “It was a great day for our FOCUSfactor Chevy team. The day started off a little hard. We just struggled with the balance and corrected it at the end of the race. We ended up taking the tires with 30 laps to go and were able to come back across the field and take sixth place. I’m proud of it. We fought in Texas in the All-Star Race and we’ve gotten a lot better since then. It’s good to have a good week. We needed one after the last few weeks. Hopefully we can get the momentum going to Talladega next weekend and try and close one of them.”

William Byron – Finished seventh “Yes he (Denny Hamlin) kicked me out of the room. Finger link. We’re lucky we finished. It was a very, very tough contact. It didn’t feel like light contact or anything like that. Yes, I clearly did not intend to twist it there. Obviously, I’m pissed – I’m just not going to run like that. We’ve always raced so well together. I don’t know what it was. 19 (Martin Truex Jr.) deprived him of air, he ran out of the hippodrome, so he decided to completely kick me out of the hippodrome. Again, look, it wasn’t just contact. I thought we were done. I went to express my displeasure. I didn’t want to hit him and spin him. There are a bunch of guys who do this and do stuff like that. I see it all the time. I’m just not going to run like that. Yes, there really is no reason. We’re running second and third, I think. There was a chance to win. Killed our car, for sure. It was a bummer. We’ll probably talk. Look, we’ve never had a problem, so I don’t quite get it. … Yes, it was inappropriate. I feel like we got through it.”

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Kyle Larson – Finished ninth: “You’re trying to shake off everything you can and go out there and do some good runs. We were able to overcome all the places that we lost on the pit road. It seemed to me that I moved from the last five or six of the best – in almost every race. Indeed, a very good car. Proud of the effort in the store, the product we brought here to Texas. It’s good that we were above the norm, but yes, we are plus 16. I feel like we could be plus 34 or something. Bummer there. Could potentially win the race, I think. We had the best car. The weather delay also hurt a lot. I think we were at our best when the track was hot. When it became cooler, I untied, everyone seemed to become faster. It was just harder to get through. I mean, hopefully I’d like to get some points on the stage (next week in Talladega), pat myself a little, cross my fingers and pray to God we see the checkered flag.”

Danny Hamlin – Finished 10th: “I think we can just destroy each other for reasons of caution. I tried to get him (William Byron) back. I don’t think we touched. I have to look. I don’t think we touched. Obviously he sent us to the infield with caution. I keep hearing these guys. I’ll just add him to the guys list when I get the chance. They will get it. Everything just works out. We will race each other at some point. He will lose a lot of points because he is chasing me. It’s a tough race, obviously. I’m fine with hard racing. But destroying me with care is clearly not what we expected.

Daniel Suarez – Finished 12th: “It was a tough day. We got good points, but the car was not what we had hoped for. We were off all weekend. The car had good speed, but the balance of the car was poor. We just have to keep working. I think we had a decent day of points. We just need to keep working and getting better.”

Ross Chastain – Finished 13th: “Today there were many ups and downs. We are fixated on getting stage points. The balance was neutral all day, but we got confused when we wanted this to be our last pit stop. We were in the pit lane, and then we returned to the very end for the penultimate restart and contacted No. 10 (Aric Almirola) there. We just struggled with balance for the last 80 laps or so, but other than that it was a good day for our #1 Renu Camaro ZL1 team.”

Austin Sindrik – Finished 15th: “I felt like we had a really fast discount Ford Mustang. We made the right changes throughout the day. I would say we didn’t do very well at the start of the race but overtook a lot of cars throughout the day and then got caught up in someone’s mistake that took us out of the top five or top three or even into the win. I am very upset by this. Getting points in the stages was our weakness as a racing team. Today we managed to achieve this at both stages, and we really got out on one of them and showed great poise, but we have nothing to show, so I’m very upset about it. We are still on the attack. We will put our heart and soul into it, just like everyone else. I have a great team behind me and I believe in myself and believe that we can reach the 1/8 finals, whether it’s a race win or points. But today was definitely a missed opportunity.”

Ty Dillon – Finished 16th: “Today was a mixed success day with strategy. Our Black Rifle Camaro had good speed. We brought a good piece, and I think it went well, just the strategy was kind of back and forth. I think we made the perfect choice at the end of the pit stop and it looked like we were going to be in the top 10. I just caught some slime in the first turn and I had a big moment and I lost places. , Unfortunately. I’m proud of our efforts, proud of the speed of our Camaro. It’s been a lot of fun driving these fast cars the last couple of weeks.”

Austin Dillon – Finished 17th: “We had a really fast True Velocity Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway tonight, so thanks to everyone at RCR and ECR for all the hard work to provide us with great equipment. On Saturday we were leading in practice, we had a good starting point and we were strong for most of the race. It was nice to spend a few laps and earn points on the stage. The strategy just didn’t work for us. We’ve lost track…


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