MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY POST RACE PRESS CONF TRANSCRIPT
JULY 7, 2019
JUSTIN HALEY, CAMARO ZL1 SCORE VICTORY AT DAYTONA
Staff Chevy ends 1-2-three-four
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla (July 7, 2019) – The driving force doesn’t overlook his first huge win, and at this time 20-year-previous Justin Haley was finally the winner whose story tells . Haley and his 77s British Eagles Camaron ZL1 workforce handed the monitor, pit-street chaos and mother-cave to crown the Daytona Worldwide Speedway Coke Zero Sugar 400. 19659002] “Congratulations to Justin Hale, Peter Sospenzo, TJ Puchyr and the whole Eagles Camaro ZL1 Spire Motorsports Team No. 77 won the NASCAR Cup Daytona International Speedway,” stated Jim Campbell, Chevrolet US Director, Performance and Motor Sports activities.
”The staff managed to steer on the right time they usually gained! I’m additionally so pleased with all the Chevrolet drivers, miehistönpäälliköistä, spotter and the leaders of the competitors, who will work together to maximize the stage for factors, wins the competition and the driving force factors. “
After several stops and starting with lightning and rain, the Monster Power NASCAR Cup (MENCS) competitors was declared an official when solely 33 rounds have been left and Haley sat in No. 1 position. Right now was only the third begin of the MENCS profession for Haley. The complete-time competitor of the NASCAR Xfinity Collection is freshly on his second last finish on Friday night time at Circle Okay Firecracker 250 in Dayton Powered by Coke-Cola Xfinity Collection Daytona.
Chevrolet right now asked for the 4 greatest groups in the MENCS competition, the official mid-2019 season. William Byron, No. 24 Axalta The patriotic Camaro ZL1 was second to Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 by Ally Camaro ZL1 and Ty Dillon, No. 13 by Geico Camaro ZL1. Kurt Busch completed 10th in 1 International Poker Camaro ZL1, which gave Group Cheve five of the highest ten. In addition, Austin Dillon met stage 2 of his competition in his third American Ethanol Camaro ZL1.
Ryan Newman (Ford) was fifth to round out the top five.
The Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection season continues subsequent weekend with Kentucky Speedway on Quaker State 400 on Saturday July 13 at 19.30 ET. Reside protection is obtainable from NBC Sports activities, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR.
POST RACE PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT:
Winners of the competition: Justin Haley, Peter Sospenzo and T.J. Puchyr
MODERATOR: At present we’ve a member of the group of the profitable workforce of the Coke Zero Sugar 400 competition, the 77-year-previous brotherhood of Spire Motorsports Eagles Chevrolet led by Justin Haley. We are associated with the group owner T.J. Puchyr and Chief of Employees Peter Sospenzo.
Q. T.J., this is your unusual movement once you make the agency take ownership of the staff. Now you’re the winner of the competitors, you have got gained greater than Stewart Haas Racing, which your companion stated to me. How do you are feeling? How do you get thus far? And I do know that profitable competitions have been unlikely to be an instantaneous aim.
T.J. PUCHYR: How do I feel? I in all probability couldn't clarify – I feel you in all probability want to go residence after this weekend.
But it’s surreal. It is clear that it is a large and massive moment to win the highest of Daytona sport. This is it, proper? This is the World Middle of Racing. It says it on the wall. Thanks for the cue card.
It's just that it's an enormous deal for us. We just needed to regulate our own future, and we’ve got invested some huge cash in a number of automobiles in this storage, and there are a lot of people doing this in money because the charter system works and, frankly, it's not true.
Jeff Dickerson and I stated that we consider in sports activities, we consider within the platform offered by NASCAR. That is an American dream. I have come right here to take a seat on the grass, once I was a 10-year-previous, saying in the future we are going to do that.
Is this a pc right here? How does it work? Like f — it, we did it, proper? It wasn't lovely. I've lost a justifiable share of races. We have now managed the races. I grew up working with Todd Braun. It was my first massive job. However I've been all his life. My father was the ship's Speedy Roman Corridor-of-Famer Richie Evans.
So this is not new to us. We’ve been doing this for a long time, and we try to build one thing, but the best way this dropped in November final yr, 5 hours was our buyer, Furnishings Row was our customer, so that is bitter. I really like Barney Visser, I really like Visser's family. Joe Garone is sitting somewhere. I hope he's enjoying this in his boat, however it's onerous. These have been – who are our household, have you learnt?
So, this implies rather a lot. It's a terrific discussion board. However that is – we did it early, and, behold, it has not disappeared to me that happiness was on our aspect immediately.
But I'm not going to feel dangerous about it in any respect. I like it. We’ll continue to be a small engine that would and will build this factor as well as attainable and go right here.
Q. Peter, the state of affairs the place NASCAR had invited him to go and also you have been left behind, Kurt went down, what was that thought course of there? Did you’ve a shadow that the climate might play good, or simply needed to trace the monitor and see how it played if another fall occurred? What was the considering process there?
PETER SOSPENZO: Nicely, the considering process was, even if we had 4 flat rings, we didn't go to the pit. We’re going to drive it out and hope we get one thing for our good. It was extra of a flash than it was in the rain at the time, but I know you get 30 minutes each time you get a flash inside seven, eight kilometers, no matter what it’s. It was the one probability to attempt to steal the profit in the event you needed to name it, however there was no method we might come. I used to be actually stunned to have a few pals in entrance of us forwards and backwards.
However my thoughts was executed – I feel it was really born once we went back to the wire and found that the rain was coming, and I advised myself if we acquired into the position, I wouldn't go to the pit, I don't care what happens. And it simply worked this manner.
And it was apparently ready for a long time. I don't understand how lengthy the rain was. Was it like two hours? Yeah, it appeared like 20 days.
And it's been scorching here. It's been a tough week for everybody. Everyone working, pit crew, guys engaged on automobiles have been scorching and rainy, preventing within the struggle, preventing, and we just needed to return here as we speak and be positive, we’ve got no problems, and simply cease the place we couldn't catch any wreck. You recognize, and it's simply working. It doesn't happen so typically.
Q. T, J .: for, your views on sports activities and the issues that you simply really feel could be from followers or business, do not understand the process to date and what do you see this workforce in half a decade?
T.J. PUCHYR: We need to compete with massive canine. That's why we're here, proper? French household communication, I feel, I have no idea the final 18 months is sweet. They are making an attempt to rebuild this factor. They’ve tons of hits, but I'm additionally sensible sufficient to know that this is their sandbox and we need to play in it.
However we made this selection. Jeff Dickerson and I aren’t rich individuals. I went and obtained a $ 6 million loan from the financial institution so you would have carried out that too, okay.
You possibly can sit right here and say that I don't understand it, I don't know what these guys are doing, you right here, and it's like – You already know, that is NASCAR, proper? Many of us grew up here. To complete first, you should full your first subject.
I mean, on the day we have been youngsters, all of us, how many – all these guys grew up in sports activities – Ross Chastain – it's like, we're all making an attempt to struggle and nail every single day and do it. But it is our ardour, and we like it. You recognize, simply making an attempt to build something right here, what we now have is that we will compete with sports lions, Hendricks and Ganasses, Penskes, Stewart-Haase.
however for at present I can take you to a thousand issues. Destiny, I don't know if Loeffler was enjoying with me all day, proper; he drove me seven years with Todd Braun. I don't know if she might wait till she thought I had a heart attack and she or he opened the sky. Clauson, many guys who’ve been round us and what we've achieved, are usually not new to us. This step and this victory are new to us, but this sport and this garage, the person, we rise up and we breathe it daily, and we struggle.
That's what we're going to do tomorrow. I'm going to take pleasure in this a bit, however tomorrow is Monday; we have now to get to work, you recognize.
Did I reply to you all proper?
Q. Absolutely. And will the sports activities authority be part of a group that’s at its highest in automotive races
T.J. PUCHYR: Fenway isn’t it? Fenway Roush? Have they got an company, Fenway Sports activities Group? Inform you me. I ask you. I imply –
Q. I don't know if they're included with NASCAR drivers.
T.J. PUCHYR: What drivers we're involved with – I mean, I feel you must spend some time and get to know us a bit of more, but that's okay. It's a new world. Social media, I get it. However sure, we will speak about what you want.
T.J. PUCHYR: Likewise.
Q. T.J., you got here 100 points out of 30. I feel you possibly can win within the playoffs, despite the fact that Justin is the Xfinity driver. Is there anything you are feeling like you’ll be able to hit 30 to get to the owner's championship? Is there any approach you will get this money to buy gear that may get you there?
T.J. PUCHYR: I feel there's a method. I feel we’ve stuff. It's obvious that you simply do this if you achieve management over Monday after Homestead, you recognize there's a variety of work to try to get to Dayton, and Peter and these guys thrown day by day, these guys are doing less. They don't get the credit score they deserve.
This can be a huge shot in the arm, however I feel we've obtained some issues at work that individuals are pleased with. I want to say extra. I still can't. We shouldn’t have all the agreements made, and we don’t have every thing. But we're going to attempt to get higher right here each day. However concurrently I referred to the final query with Weaver, we now have no deep pockets to exit and simply empty it all, dropping all of it, dropping all of it in. it's sluggish, and when we’ve the money, we're going to place the money in and once we don't, I hate it. We hate it, however we are going to do what we’ve got to do to point out and battle.
You have got achieved this for a very long time. Peter – to see him and us to be in Tallad and to be on the pack and watch J.J. Haley fought for that stage as we sit subsequent to each other. It was simply such a commerce. It's an underdog story.
But yes, we're going to try to get better. Clearly, this can change issues on some levels, however I'd be mendacity if I stated, although I know what meaning.
Q. It has been a very long time since you have got returned to Victory Lane, and what was the considering process throughout this delay of rain? And have been you in contact with Justin during that time?
PETER SOSPENZO: Properly, we have been. He was in the automotive, in the pit box for a while. We talked somewhat. But finally I gained the race at Hendrick Motorsports with Joe Nemechek in Richmond and we didn't even get to Victory Lane. We had to go to the Victory Lane garage. I hoped we might do this right here in Victory Lane at Daytona. However it didn't work, however we gained the competition. This is all about.
I've been doing it since 1979. Elmore Lang was my first job on this business. I've recognized you for a very long time.
And it's virtually surreal right now that we even gained the competition, truthfully. It's often because we're working now whenever you're at work. You must do 10, 15 jobs because we don't have individuals. We have now no assets. But through the yr, there are a number of alternatives that we might have, maybe, to do that here.
Really feel good, and all my associates, it doesn't even go sink into them subsequent week once we come to the races and all the opposite guys from different teams congratulate everybody. Then you’ll perceive that you’ve achieved one thing very particular.
T. J., Justin, I'm glad this man here, because he deserves it. She was overdue. And now he is the winner of the Monster Power Cup. No matter what the record is now, 200 – I don't know how many years, however he's on this listing. He is a shorter listing as an alternative of a larger listing for positive, non-winners, so I'm actually joyful for him.
MODERATOR: As we simply know, the winner of the competition, Justin Haley, has joined us. Simply a few enjoyable information about this victory at this time. Justin is the 20th driver to win the primary Monster Power competition here in Dayton, tenth to succeed in in July. Justin can also be the second youngest winner of the Monster Power collection in Dayton and the youngest wins in July.
We’ll proceed our questions right here.
Q. The choice to maneuver to August is now that you simply assume the wet day helped you in July, would you want them to be a practice in July, or do you agree with the transfer?
PETER SOSPENZO: I'm talking about it. Nobody can ever take this victory. We’re the one one who can do that. So we made historical past at present. Last race 4th of July weekend
JUSTIN HALEY: Summary of it.
PETER SOSPENZO: It's not so widespread that you simply make history, and we made history at present, the final of July's 4th Dayton. I didn't even consider it before you mentioned it. It's fairly massive, really.
Q. Justin, whenever you played in Xfinity last July after which played yesterday, do you even think of at the moment's considering that you’ve the chance or are just making an attempt to work on the automotive? How are you going to assume you're just making an attempt to deal with the automotive now when you might have the prospect to win it?
JUSTIN HALEY: Nicely, it's onerous. Apparently Spire Motorsports is a brand new group, they usually don't have a lot in there, so that is considered one of their solely automobiles, and I junked a Talladega automotive that Peter was quite indignant with me but I hope I obtained it
PETER SOSPENZO: Oh, no , little question.
JUSTIN HALEY: However it's exhausting because it’s a must to keep shut sufficient to the nature to remain in the sketch. You’ll be able to't lose it since you go down many turns, however you must keep far sufficient in order that if an enormous blow happens, you possibly can keep away from what we did completely in that last warning. It’s undoubtedly like a chess that holds a enough hole however doesn't lose it.
So strategically at this time I was driving, and I might have been very happy with the lead end. This is just my third Cup ever beginning, so no revenue was anticipated. I had no concept in my thoughts
I used to be really targeted on Xfinity. Once I obtained second to Ross, it was wild however completely satisfied for all Kaulig Racing. However to return right here at Spire Motorsports and do something very special with the new staff is certainly unimaginable.
Q. Justin, Do you assume that if this competitors was re-launched, you possibly can nonetheless win it? And two, I don't know, have been you spiritual, however did you literally pray for the rain?
JUSTIN HALEY: Sure, I prayed for the rain. But no, in all probability not. In all probability we might have been capable of eat fairly quick again at startup. We don't have our personal engine, so we're not in the wind tunnel. There’s nothing. The boys constructed the automotive and rolled the engine that they had been operating all yr spherical and it was in all probability refreshed a couple of races then. It's not like we’ve any technical alliances or huge Cup engines. I imply, it was just – as I stated – simply making an attempt to keep the fenders on it. It was an all-day objective to only stop the competitors without scratches.
In all probability not. If we had received back inexperienced – it was really up and down as a result of we acquired again within the automotive and the sky was fairly clear, and I was like a man, as it was, it was our probability. Peter was an incredible strategy to go away me when Kurt and Landon have been expelled as a result of I noticed a flash of three and 4 windshields, good, and I played, I used to be like a man, there’s undoubtedly a flash.
And then simply that – the automotive was distant and we have been fortunate that they blushed it back down and took us to the patio, and as I stated, it was up and down as a result of we have been back within the automotive and able to shoot them again and the rain came. And the remaining are history.
Q. Do you assume there was any benefit in operating the Xfinity after which the Cup competition? There weren’t too many drivers, and you’re one of many few. Did you make it extra snug there? Did you are feeling better in the present day?
JUSTIN HALEY: No, I'm pretty snug Superspeedway racing. It has all the time been quite excessive in my talent record. In the event you say – I've all the time had a reasonably good ending for superspeedways is what I'm making an attempt to say.
These Cup automobiles, man, they have been a handful of drives. You’d assume in Dayton that you’d only be open, but we raised every little thing out of the fuel in the midst of the corners to maintain them down. They have been tremendous, very wild to drive. Scary at some points, and particularly whenever you're three vast, it's undoubtedly robust.
It is much simpler to drive Xfinity automobiles, and I feel it in all probability took a hand on how scorching it was at present, and it really wasn't like a track that you simply don't consider in Dayton, but they're sliding round like loopy and it was positive handful.
Did it help? In all probability not, however I all the time love competitors. Each competition I can provide you with is a plus for me.
PETER SOSPENZO: We didn't even get into the draft. We made three one automobiles in apply. That was it. He is an excellent Speedway competitor who has no experience as a lot as he has. However he runs in front of you in every one among them who was great right now.
And he – we made it to a green flag stop, he received into the pit on the street fast, acquired out of a busy street, and we have been capable of get Fortunate Dog so all the things was with him so that it might make us make a call.
Q. Have you learnt the place you have been on the time of the catastrophe? Where have been you going, what place?
JUSTIN HALEY: Sufficient back that I might depart it, but far enough that I used to be nonetheless within the draft. I don't know, I'd in all probability have 5 automotive lengths —
JUSTIN HALEY: But that doesn't mean something, right? I imply, they have been three vast in entrance of me, so I know I might hardly decelerate, and the most important thing once they rejected you that there are a number of individuals behind you so they can drive behind you doesn't just have to fret about yourself, you must look in your mirror, try to keep away from the wreckage in entrance of you and ensure the guy behind you does not run into you, which was the key.
Keith Barnrow, my competitor, did a superb job and managed me by way of, and I don't comprehend it was pretty cool.
Q. Justin, I talked to your mom, and he informed me I feel for the first time – a few tales, for the primary time in the automotive, he stated it was a day on your grandmother's funeral, after your uncle was it and also you see the automotive on the barn wall and needed to get into it. Do you keep in mind that day? And again I know you’re a racing household that’s in all probability just another nature, but why did you need to be in that automotive that day?
JUSTIN HALEY: I'm unsure. I didn't realize it was my grandmother after the funeral, however it's fun. I knew that the first time I obtained it, I consider it was my cousin Quarter Midget at the moment and it was on the wall, and he drove around, he let me drive it.
However I’ve not likely been my household, however I actually haven't grown up like a race monitor. I don't assume I'd actually be on a race monitor. I noticed Jason Loeffler a number of occasions in the ORP. We made some journeys with my Indy grandfather, however I really feel like I have the will to drive to turn out to be a racing automotive driver. I assured my mom to offer me a Quarter Midget. At first, he stated, so long as you’ll be able to persuade his wife to do it, you’ll be able to have fun and it was not too troublesome to persuade as a result of he’s the gearbox himself. Without them two, my dad and my mother, in fact this may not have been attainable, and all others in my household consider in me and have given me faith.
But yes, I don't know, it's fairly surreal. 19659002] Q. And he stated he stated you have been about 10 years previous and shifting quicker to Quarter Midget, and he reminded you if you did it and you have been actually nervous and he stated he had a dialog with you, hey, is this fun , we're just gonna do this fun action, or are we gonna be critical about what we're going to do, and he talked about your nervousness with a fast automotive, but you convey it again and that's what I need to do. Keep in mind this experience?
JUSTIN HALEY: I feel everyone's life has a spot the place you must decide. For those who play high school soccer, if you’ll play school ball or in case you are competing, you’ll take it critically.
And there was a time once I had to get educated at residence and take it significantly as a result of I used to be on the street so much and I couldn't take it critically if my family didn't help me by means of the whole lot. They gave up lots. After a number of years, my household moved to North Carolina to help me chase my dream once I started with Okay&N East with Harry Scott and Justin Marks, in order that they took the trip with me, and as I stated, without them, this wouldn't be the case.
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