Ford Performance NASCAR: Daytona 500 Qualifying

Ford Performance NSCS Notes and Quotes
NSCS: Sprint Unlimited (Post Race Notes & Quotes)
Sunday, February 14, 2016

5th Ricky Stenhouse jr.
7th Ryan Blaney
12th Joey Logano
19th Brad Keselowski
20th Aric Almirola
22nd Greg Biffle
24th Brian Scott
30th Chris Buescher
32nd Bobby Labonte
34th Trevor Bayne
37th Landon Cassill
40th David Gilliland

RYAN BLANEY, No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion
Qualified 7th
“It is nice to be locked into the race. The biggest relief for us is to know you are locked in and are good to be able to race in the 500. That kind of lets us go race on Thursday a little bit more than we would have instead of playing it conservative if we weren’t locked in. It is nice to have such a fast car and be locked into the race. It is a load off our shoulders for sure. I think anytime you can make it to the last round you feel good about the speed of your race car. I think our speed is pretty good. We definitely aren’t the fastest but we have good speed and I think we will dial it in and be good for the 500.”

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RICKY STENHOUSE JR., No. 17 Fastenal Ford Fusion
Qualified 5th
“The Fastenal Ford Fusion has been good all weekend. I knew we would have a decent shot today but there are still some things the guys are writing notes down for things to work on for when we go to Talladega. Hopefully this is a sign to come for everything this year. You always want to start off with a fast race car. Everyone at Roush Yates engine shop, Doug Yates and everyone did a great job with our horsepower and everyone at the Roush body shop that gave us a good body on this thing. I am really proud of their effort.”

JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford Fusion
Qualified 12th
“That is about where I felt we were going to be. We barely made it into that top-12 there in the first round. I don’t know. It doesn’t really matter because if you aren’t in the top-two it doesn’t matter where you are at. We have decent speed and are close to the top-10 in speed but Blaney is a little faster than us. Our cars are capable of doing it so we will just go race our way into a good spot Thursday and have a good time and hopefully be celebrating next Sunday.”

ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 43 Smithfield Ford Fusion
Qualified 20th
“I didn’t think that would be nearly enough but it is still a good run for us. Trent Owens and the guys must have had some tricks up their sleeves or something because that is a half second faster than we were yesterday. I didn’t really know where we stacked up yesterday because some guys in practices were running three or four laps and I couldn’t understand why because all we get to do today is run one lap. That is what we focused on yesterday. I am proud of everyone on this Smithfield Ford Fusion team and we will just go race on Thursday and see where we end up and get ready for the Great American Race.”

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