Tyler Reddick – No. 8 3CHI Chevrolet – WINNER: Second win of the year for this race team and a win at Indianapolis. I’ve got to know your thoughts when you saw the 1 (Ross Chastain); he went through the access road. Were you as shocked as everyone else to see him all of a sudden passing you for the lead?
“I was like, uh-oh. But that was a scenario that had been talked about. If you get bottled up, what do you do? Take the access road.
“I couldn’t believe he got ahead of me. I was kind of waiting to see if he was going to have a penalty because I didn’t want to move him out of the way and make his race worse than what it was. Yeah, I was really surprised by that; but hey, we made it work. Hats off to Ross (Chastain) for trying to do that, but really glad it didn’t end up working out because I’d have been pretty pissed off.”
You made the announcement you’re moving from RCR. How did this team rally to get back to this point where you could come together and win races again?
“Well, we just know what we’re capable of, and we did that at Road America. Certainly, it was a little bump in the road, but we went out and won a race fair and square a couple of weeks ago. And if we change nothing, we keep working really, really hard, we find a way back to Victory Lane.
“Just really glad to be able to do it here in Indianapolis. This is one really special place to race, and really excited to kiss the bricks here in a little bit and really excited we got 3CHI their win in their hometown.”
Austin Cindric -No. 2 Discount Tire Ford Mustang – Finished Second: How did you survive that last restart?
“That was nuts. Oh my gosh. I hope the race fans enjoyed that. Obviously, those green-white-checkereds, it’s just caution out the window and everyone has fenders and bumpers to use, I guess. A lot to take in, a lot to shop. I’m glad we survived it all. It’s probably not the day I wanted with the Discount Tire Ford Mustang, but to come away with a good finish we’ll take it.”
Could anything prepare you for that last restart?
“Well. Maybe playing a little football. That’s about it.”
What were you seeing there? Did you think you could make a push to win?
“Yeah, I was hoping that Ross would get under the 8 and put him in a vulnerable position to where I could kind of put them both in a bad spot, but they just raced clean enough. I was really hoping that he’d kind of drive him out wide or maybe one of them to drop a wheel because I knew there was a chance the 1 could get DQ’d, but, wow.”
Good to finish second, but I’m sure hungry for a win.
“Yeah, this isn’t Indy Car. They don’t give out trophies for second.”
Top finishing rookie with the other two right behind you. All in all a good day.
“You’ve just got to hang in there and position yourself away from the carnage.
Harrison Burton – No. 21 DEX Imaging Ford Mustang – Finished Third – best career finish: Talk about surviving this race.
“That’s what it was, really. I mean, we honestly had a bad execution day to start the race. We tried to stay out for stage points and more people stayed out than we thought and got buried there, and then I made a mistake and got into Custer. I was spun out at one point. I was all over the place. It was a tough day for me and then got some new tires there before the last caution and started picking guys off and just got in a good place for those restarts. That was the big thing was being on the inside for those restarts and kind of plugging the middle and missing the chaos.”
You finished top five, but the third highest-finishing rookie.
“I know. I thought we might get some distance on at least the 38, but wherever he goes I go with him or vice versa. Every race we’re on each other’s bumper, so hopefully, we both just start running top five every week and we’ll be running up there together.”
Todd Gilliland – No. 38 Ruedebusch Development & Construction Ford Mustang – Finished Fourth: “It’s just really exciting. This rookie season has been really tough. The Cup Series is hard. I’ve learned that. It’s easy to give up and that’s one thing, too. You have confidence when you come to the Cup Series, but you get beat down quickly. Even just having a ninth-place qualifying effort and just to run up in front of the first stage.
“We stayed out and got stage points and kind of had to come from the back again, but that’s what me and my crew chief was talking about. That’s really our best weekend start to finish by far, so hopefully that’s just something to build on . For me, that’s a lot of confidence. Road course racing is tough, too. I’ve always loved it, but it hasn’t really loved me so much this year, especially the first time here at Indianapolis. That’s really cool. “
How crazy was it going through Turn One today?
“It definitely was. I would drive in and try to get to the guy in front of me and then I would just get pounded from the back, hit the guy in front of me, bounce off both guys to my sides. You have tunnel vision. Guys are getting spun right in front of you. You’re facing somebody and then you’re past them, off in the grass and then you’re just trying to merge out and get single-file as quickly as possible. Even right there, I was side-by-side with the 23. Thanks to him for racing me clean. It could have been a wreck for both of us, but, overall, I’m super happy to have survived those last few restarts and then obviously to put myself in position to capitalize on those restarts.”
Cole Custer – No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang – Finished Ninth — best finish of season: “You just hope for the best pretty much every time on a restart going through turn one. We were able to have it worked out pretty well the last couple of times, but we just had a long run car. Honestly, we were one of the best cars on the track when it was a long run, but we just couldn’t fire off good. It’s good to come up with a solid run and hopefully get ourselves a little bit better points-wise and keep chipping away at it, but move on to the next one.”
Erik Jones – No. 43 FOCUSfactor Chevrolet – Finished 15th: “We struggled today with our FOCUSfactor Chevy. Road courses have definitely been an area where we need to work and we thought we’d be a little better this weekend. Just didn’t qualify well, started at the back and fought the handling most of the race. The guys stayed after it, we used the car up and salvaged a 15th-place finish. We’ll take it and move on to Michigan. I think we’ll have a good race next weekend and I’m looking forward to going home and racing in front of family and friends.”
Chase Briscoe – No. 14 HighPoint.com Ford Mustang – Finished 23rd: “It was a situation where we had to try to get that first stage win and just kind of buried us after that. We got back there and struggled to get back up there. A couple of times we thought we were gonna be OK and then I just made a mistake. There at the end that restart was just chaos and tore us up. Obviously, I wish we would have finished a lot better than where we ended up. I don’t think we had anything for the 8 car, but us and the 2 were pretty close and he ended up second. That was kind of the strategy we had to kind of play today and for our points and playoff situation. Obviously, the playoffs are more important than trying to win here. It’s unfortunate we had to be in that situation, but overall we were able to get a playoff point, which will be big come playoff time.”
Did the course put on a better show?
“Yeah, I think this year definitely things were a lot more put together, just with last year all the stuff we had with the track coming up. I feel like we’re in a good place now. I feel like today was really good at least from the race track. I would just leave it like it is for next year and see if we can find anything else to tear up.”
Ryan Blaney – No. 12 Menards/Moen Ford Mustang – Finished 26th: Was it just a case of being on old tires at the end?
“No, it’s a case of just getting wrecked. That’s all people do at the end of these things, just dive in there and wreck you. I don’t know who shoved who and I don’t care, but tires didn’t matter at the end. We restarted top three both times and tires don’t really matter. It’s just a matter of getting through on the restart, but, apparently, that’s a hard thing to ask. People just run over each other.”
You had strong restarts today. Did you feel those were your opportunities to get what you could get?
“Yeah, probably. It’s the easiest one. I got up through the middle one time and the middle never really opened one of the last couple restarts. I was protecting right and I guess whoever it was behind me didn’t care. I don’t know. They jumped over the curb and just wiped you out. I just didn’t even have a shot at it. I didn’t have a shot to get to the 8 to try to put the bumper to him or anything like that, just got wiped out. I don’t know. I’m pissed off about it and I have every damn right to be.”
Turn one was a mess today. Did you figure something stupid was going to happen?
Ross Chastain – No. 1 Worldwide Express Chevrolet – Finished 27th: You were looking for a spot there at the end. What were you thinking, taking the access road and getting off course there?
“Just trying not to be in the corners there in Turn 1. I thought we were four wide, and couldn’t go any farther right, and decided to take the NASCAR access lane out there.”
Was that something you and the team had talked about earlier, like that’s a great option and it may not cost us anything?
“No, no, just pure reaction there for our Worldwide Express Chevy. I took it in practice on exit, overshooting Turn 1. You know where they’re at and in 12 you have to go around the loop there, and there is around the pole. Just wanted to not get hit and merged back on where I merged.”
Ty Dillon – No. 42 Ferris Chevrolet – Finished 34th: You got majorly surprised it looked like. What did you feel?
“All I saw was a blue flash and that’s about the hardest I’ve been hit by anything. First, I’m just grateful to God that I’m OK and these cars are safe enough to take a shot like that.
“We were having a good run with our No. 42 Ferris Camaro ZL1 and I was just blindsided, really. I’m all good. It’s been a tough year, but I’m never going to quit. We’re going to keep getting better. We’ve been running well, just things are happening. You’ll have days like that, you’ll have times like that. You just never give up and go onto the next one.”
Aric Almirola – No. 10 Mobil 1/GEARWRENCH Ford Mustang – Finished 38th: “We broke the left-front suspension I got into turn one and locked up the rear tires and it just kind of took off on me and I got into the 5th. I hate it for those guys. You hate it for our guys. Man, this was just a frustrating weekend. I felt like the guys did a great job of bringing me a car that was pretty good and thought we were gonna have a good day. Just not the day we were hoping for. I made a mistake or I’m not sure what happened, but I locked up the tires getting into one and killed our day and tore up the 5 car at the same time.”