Relive the sights and sounds from the Federated Auto Parts 400 that saw Kyle Larson take the checkered flag in the final race of the regular season.
“We ain’t going home without a fight tonight,” Mike Bugarewicz, Clint Bowyer‘s crew chief.
“Hey Joey, let’s have a good one tonight, let’s bring her home,” team owner Roger Penske. To which Joey Logano replied, “10-4. Tonight’s the night. We’ll make it happen. We know what we’ve gotta do.”
“That would be a guaranteed caution on Lap 1,” Todd Gordon, Joey Logano’s crew chief, about how cars were four-wide on the parade lap, but didn’t take the chance of starting the race that way.
“Right here, this place needs to be a dirt track,” Austin Dillon said. “I’m putting it in for a vote. If y’all are listening, NASCAR, Richmond needs dirt on it.”
On the caution called for Matt Kenseth braking hard that resulted in smoke from his tires: “Dumbest caution ever,” said Jimmie Johnson‘s crew chief, Chad Knaus. Added Kyle Busch, “Really, you had a guy in the fence last week and you keep it green? Hah!”
“You’re about to get your feelings hurt pretty bad, but just let her go,” Knaus telling Johnson after he was passed by Danica Patrick.
And perhaps the best line of the night, courtesy of Clint Bowyer after he was caught in an accordion wreck on the entrance to pit road due to a wayward ambulance that stopped right at the commitment line:
“That stupid (expletive). We got (expletive) damage. NASCAR is a (expletive). An ambulance is in the damn pit. What the (expletive). This is ridiculous.”