FRM Post-Race Report: All-Star Open

Michael McDowell
No. 34 Dockside Logistics Ford Mustang
Started: 2nd | Finished: 10th
That was a tough one for us tonight. Our No. 34 Dockside Logistics Ford Mustang fired off really strong on Friday. We showed a lot of speed in both practice and qualifying and it looked as if we were going to have a pretty decent chance of making it into the All-Star Race, but the car was crazy tight, which caused me to have to lift in the corners and ultimately lose a considerable amount of ground on the leaders. The good news is that we’ll be back here next weekend and have a shot at redeeming ourselves.”
Matt Tifft
No. 36 Surface Sunscreen/Tunity TV Ford Mustang
Started: 13th | Finished: 11th
We had our ups and downs this weekend through practice and qualifying. We had a lot of potential for a good run in the All-Star Open tonight and tried to set ourselves up to advance to the All-Star Race by staying out during a couple of cautions, but didn’t have the best restarts – especially in traffic – and ultimately came home P11. I’m proud that we were able to support the Niner Nation Unites campaign on our No. 36 Surface Sunscreen/Tunity Ford this weekend and I’m looking forward to coming back to Charlotte Motor Speedway again next weekend.
David Ragan
No. 38 MDS Trucking Ford Mustang
Started: 9th | Finished: 8th
“We were there in the top three or four at times, but you really needed to be that first or second car. I felt like there were five or six guys that could have won every one of those stages and it was all about track position and restarts, getting the right runs at the right time and having somewhere to take the runs. We made up a couple of spots on restarts and then we lost a few spots the very next one, but we learned a few things for the direction of our mile-and-a-half cars and maybe a few things to transfer to the 600. It was a fun Open. I wish we could have advanced, but we’ll work hard to do better next time.