Austin Dillon Strong in Early Segments of Sprint Showdown But Slowed by Right Front Tire Issue
"We started off strong today in the Dow Chevrolet but we were definitely challenged with handling issues. It was fun to race for the lead in the first segment and lead laps in the second segment but we were too loose to stay up front. These Sprint Showdown segments are so short it doesn't give teams a lot of time to adjust on handling issues. Still, it's fun racing and it reminds me of my dirt track roots. You just get in the car and go. Unfortunately, we had a right-front tire going down and that's what really derailed our day. I'm excited for the Coca-Cola 600 next weekend."
- Austin Dillon
Paul Menard and the No. 27 Knauf/Menards Chevy Team Take Advantage of Sprint Showdown to Prepare for Next Week's Coca-Cola 600
"We knew today's Showdown would be interesting without having any practice time on track prior to the race. We paid attention to how the cars handled during the All-Star Race practice session this morning, which gave us a little insight into how our cars would handle for the race. Being that it's such a short race, there isn't much time to be patient, so you've just got to go for it but remain aware at the same time. Our Knauf/Menards Chevy went back and forth from being tight- to loose-handling. Our biggest issue was lack of grip, something we will think about and make note of for the Coke 600. We'll make the best of this race and use our notes to prepare for next week."
- Paul Menard