RCR NXS Race Recap: Texas Motor Speedway

Jesse Love and the No. 2 Whelen Chevrolet Team Continue Top-10 Streak with Ninth-Place Effort at Texas Motor Speedway




“Our race today at Texas Motor Speedway played out differently than we expected. I felt like conditions at the start of the race were different than what we had prepared for. I asked for too many adjustments after slipping back, and the Whelen Chevrolet didn’t take to those adjustments well. At the end of Stage 2, we realized that we had adjusted too far, and Danny (Stockman) went back on some changes. Starting at the beginning of the final stage, our No. 2 Camaro handled much better, but by that time, it was just an uphill fight to the checkered. We will go back to the shop, look over the data, and figure out what caused the handling issues we fought. My Richard Childress Racing team never gave up and we were still able to get another top-10 finish with stage points.”

-Jesse Love

Austin Hill and the No. 21 Global Industrial/Bennett Transportation & Logistics Chevrolet Team Overcome Handling Issues to Claim Sixth-Place Finish at Texas Motor Speedway




“Our Global Industrial/Bennett Transportation & Logistics Chevrolet was pretty good to start the race, but we just lost the handle on it. We fired off tight in Stage 1, but it came to us pretty well in that early run. After each pit stop though, I’m not sure what happened – if the adjustments weren’t working correctly or what may have been the issue – but we ended up getting extremely tight. Rubber was getting laid down, which I’m sure had something to do with it. All in all, I didn’t think we had a sixth-place car, so I’ll take finishing sixth with the day we had going. The strategy ended up working out with staying out as long as we could during the final stage and only taking right side tires. The caution came out quickly after our green flag stop and we were able to take our left side tires to set up the final run to the end. On the restarts, the car was extremely tight, and I couldn’t turn the steering wheel without the front tires sliding. We have some work to do, that’s for sure. But everyone at Richard Childress Racing will keep digging to make it better the next time.”

-Austin Hill