Winners and losers after Sunday’s Cup race in Pocono

Denny Hamlin – Winner: “I was just hoping to be safe, I knew we had the car. I was keeping my gap right there and I didn’t want to make any mistakes like I did in Bristol and I shot that victory. I just tried to work in traffic to the best of my ability and obviously (crew chief Chris Gabehart) is paying attention to the strategy there and I made the right decision. … much adversity early. We damaged our nose and had to fix it. Then we work on the car and improve it more and more. The race ended there much better than yesterday and I thought we had a winning car yesterday. We knew that after yesterday’s race and that we showed the speed we had, we just didn’t screw it up and today we have a good chance and that’s what we did.

Kevin Harvick – Finished second: “The car was really better today than yesterday. Just how the ending worked. We had to run a lot of traffic there. Denny (Hamlin) kept clicking laps. They did what they had to do, they did the opposite of what we did until the moment we faced each other. We wasted our time on that traffic, we went out behind it, we finished second today. … I think, overall, you can’t be unsatisfied with a first and a second. I would feel childish if I sat him down and pulled him apart.

Erik Jones – Third Third: “Yes, it sure was much better today than yesterday. It’s cool to bounce like that. Unfortunately, I think we could have done it, it definitely could have had two results in the top five, and really, I think our main car was a lot better than this one. I thought we probably could have raced both days a bit more towards victory if we had our primary, but the Craftsman Camry was good. We made good changes overnight. In fact, we changed a lot of things and tried to rebalance what we had with this backup car. It is good to get a solid finish. I mean, we started a good race at Talladega and went back to a DNF and came back here with a third. We just have to be consistent from here on and keep running. ”

Chase Elliott – Finished 4th: “It was good to have a solid career for our NAPA team after it was so poor yesterday. Obviously, we wished we could have been a little better, but after starting at the back, I was pleased with how I was able to move forward and regain much of that position on the track. It was a good rebound. I hope to get back on track at Indy. “

Aric Almirola – Finish 5th: “Another top five. I am very proud of (crew chief Mike Bugarewicz) and all the guys on this team 10. Those are the top five in a row. What a weekend we had here in Pocono, we got a lot of stage points and we finished third yesterday and fifth today. We are riding a wave of momentum … We will go to Indy, a place very similar to the tunnel turn in Pocono and we felt we were really good there this weekend. I’m excited for Indy and the other top five. “

Matt DiBenedetto – Finished 6th: “Two consecutive races were very good. He eliminated them both in one weekend, but we got stage points in all four stages between the two races, so that’s good and I felt like we finished solid yesterday and had a good day today. We got points on the stage in both and in the second stage we were really looking forward to possibly giving up the stage points so that our strategy has a good final position, but it worked where we still had some solid restarts and got up to get at least a couple of points, so everything helps. That was great and today was pretty smooth from start to finish, it was only in that top 10 for the most part from start to finish for the day, so Greg and the team did a really solid job keeping us there and having a very good strategy. “

William Byron – Finish 7th: “We finished today with a top 10 that was good. It was definitely an improvement from yesterday, seven points better to be exact, which is good. We still had problems with a good part of the race, but I think we made the right adjustments and decisions in the end. We had a lot of speed actually the last two races. I think the track came to us and ultimately that is what we needed. So we will go to Indy and hope to have a better career there. ”

Clint Bowyer – Eighth Finish: “That was a difficult race. We were so loose today. By ourselves we were good and we could take a good lap, but in traffic we had problems. ”

Alex Bowman – Finished ninth: “It was a day of ups and downs. Many people are in different pit strategies throughout the day here at Pocono. We had a top 10 car all day, we just didn’t have the race positions to show it. Greg (Ives) and the guys made great adjustments on the pit road and really improved the car throughout the race. A top 10 finish today is a good boost for us to go to Indy next weekend. ”

Kurt Busch – Finished 13: “The team made a lot of changes to the car since yesterday’s race, but we still had problems with driving in traffic. The difference between clean and dirty air is crazy. The Monster Energy Chevy was good from the start when we had a position on the track (clean air) and we were able to lead all the laps and get the Stage 1 victory, but just a tough finish for the No.1 team, a bit of Pocono Deja vu for us today!

Austin Dillon – Ended 14: “All in the The Symbicort Chevrolet team did a great job hanging there today and working together to achieve a top 15. We made some adjustments to our car and strategy based on what we learned yesterday. There was much more grip on the track than I thought it would be for a 4pm race start. We just struggled against a strict driving condition for most of today, especially early in the race. We had to release a lot. We lost points from the stage at the end of Stage 1 by just one position, but then we gained some key points from the Stage at the end of Stage 2. During Stage 3, we made our way into the top five before facing the fuel with 13 laps remaining. Overall, I can’t complain about a 14th place.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – Finished 15: “Overall, I think it was a solid weekend. We definitely learned a few things on Saturday that we were able to adapt to on Sunday, but the track ran very differently on Sunday than it did on Saturday. We were very lazy for most of the race, but Brian (Pattie) made some good strategic decisions to stay ahead and ultimately finish in the top 15. We’re on a good streak of momentum and I’m looking forward to bringing that to Indianapolis Motor Speedway next weekend. ”

Cole Custer – Finished 17: “Thank you guys so much. We have a much better car today. We definitely made a profit and improved the car during the race. Well, go get them next week.

John Hunter Nemechek – Ended 19: “It was not the day we expected at Pocono Raceway, but we finished better than yesterday’s race, and that is an achievement for us.” Our No. 38 Death Wish Coffee Ford Mustang was decent in clean air, but we just couldn’t get it to work in traffic. It was too tight every time I got behind another car and we couldn’t handle it well to really achieve the kind of gains we wanted on the track. I am proud of my team and grateful for their effort. “

Bubba Wallace – Finished 22: “Our Richard Petty Motorsports team made the correct adjustments for what we fought yesterday, but they were not the correct adjustments yet; that’s the frustrating part. We didn’t have enough gross speed and we couldn’t get the handling we needed. Overall, we came out with a top 20 finish and it’s an improvement from yesterday. It’s good to get out of Pocono and give us time to refocus before heading back.

Daniel Suárez – Finished 26: “The balance of our Toyota CommScope was good in turns 1 and 3, but unfortunately we still had problems in turn 2, especially in the first 10 or 15 laps of the race. Obviously, we lack general speed, but we will continue to dig. It was a good job from the boys all weekend. We just need to keep digging and we’ll get there. “

Tyler Reddick – Finished 35th: “This weekend was not at all what we wanted, but I am proud of the number 8 Caterpillar team for never giving up at any time. Unfortunately, when I crossed the line to take the green flag today, I lost all power steering and had to back up to protect the car. Just when I was going to go out to the pits to see what we could do to fix the handling, the precaution for the rain came out, which almost ended up helping us. I was able to make a hole and give my team all the yellow to work on the car. We found that we could replace the alternator belt just as the red flag went off. Once the yellow flag went out again, my team worked as fast as they could to make the repairs, but we still finished a handful of laps by the time we were able to get back on the field. From then on, it was just a matter of capitalizing on everything we could think of to win as many places as we could. Every point is important in the fight to make it to the Playoffs, and we weren’t going to go down without a fight. We were stuck a little bit with the way the race went, but we gave it our all today to get as much as we could. I would not like to compete with any other group other than the one I have now and I am looking forward to coming back to Indy next weekend. “

Kyle Busch – Finished 38th: “I don’t know. The guys did an amazing job from yesterday to today. I guess it shows that if you have a little practice time and we’re going to be a force to be reckoned with so that life returns to normal eventually, but we’re in 2020 so I’m not surprised I drop the lead The M&M Camry went pretty fast today Adam (Stevens, crew chief) and the guys did a great job It’s very frustrating and unfortunate I know what It happened, but there is no point in talking about it. It will just look bad. “

Christopher Bell – Finish 39th: “I was shooting there alone, and I had a good gap between the guy in front of me and behind me, and I just got into Turn 2 there. It’s disappointing, but I’m very happy with the speed we’ve had these past two weeks. Obviously, yesterday we were very fast here and we had another great car today, so these guys keep bringing Rheem Camrys to the track very quickly and we will have good shows. ”

Michael McDowell – Finished 40th: “Today was a real shame. The first few laps of today’s race felt really good and I thought we were going to have a chance for another strong race. I’m still proud of the race we had yesterday and the speed we’ve been showing all year. Unfortunately, it’s all part of the ups and downs of racing. I am truly proud of everyone’s effort at Front Row Motorsports to bring us a competitive car and I am ready to head to Indianapolis Motor Speedway next weekend and hopefully bounce back from today’s unfortunate events. ”