Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 10/13/14

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 12: Team owner Jack Roush walks in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 12, 2010 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
TRAVIS PASTRANA – No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang WHAT HAPPENED? “We were hooked up. We were great. I practiced with the 43 car and we had a strategy and that was to stay in the back after we can try to lead a lap. I don’t know what happened, but we were up there in the front and got tangled up in somebody else’s mess. We’ve got the two fastest cars on the track and for me to be out already is just stupid on my part. I just want to thank Jack Roush and all the team for giving me a great weapon out there and I think we definitely could have put it on top if we just kind of had a little more patience. I’ve just got to swallow my ego next time and stop being up front. We could run a half-lap down and I think we still could have charged to the end, but now that’s over.” HOW DO YOU HANDLE THE HIGH OF LEADING YOUR FIRST GREEN FLAG LAP AND THEN THIS INCIDENT TAKING YOU OUT? “Honestly, it’s just stupid. I just feel like a complete idiot because the race is still going on. I’ve got to watch the rest of this thing and Trevor has a great car, but it would have awesome to put our two cars together. I hope he wins for Roush and for my Monday morning conversation that we’re gonna have to have with Jack and explain to him why I crashed the car when all we had to be doing was sitting back.” WHERE DOES THE IMPACT OF THIS CRASH RANK WITH SOME OF THE OTHER ACCIDENTS YOU’VE BEEN IN? “Yeah, it was a hard lick for sure, but I think the pride is what hurts more right now. Like I said, Jack Roush gave us such a great car. As I was going to the wall I’m like, ‘This is gonna hurt, but I’m not even worried about the hurt.’ I just can’t believe we’re not racing right now.” AREN’T YOU BEING TOO HARD ON YOURSELF? YOU HAD NOWHERE TO GO WHEN THE WRECK STARTED. “Nowhere to go when the crash happened, but we shouldn’t have been there. There’s no reason for us to have been there and that’s entirely my fault. I knew Trevor was gonna be running up front, but we can be sitting a half-lap back and we still would have had a chance to go for the win. We had a great car and could have met up with him later, but I didn’t stick to the strategy and that’s why I’m being hard on myself. Much thanks to the crew. Everybody worked really hard. I learned a lot about drafting. I learned a lot about racing these restrictor plate races. I’m just bummed out.” DOES THIS TAKE AWAY FROM YESTERDAY AND WHAT A BIG DEAL THAT WAS FOR YOU? “You’re only as good as your last performance and definitely we put this one into the back of a sideways 43 car. I’ll always have the fact that I led the crew to the green, but you don’t get great cars every race. You’re lucky to get the two best cars on the track on your team at any event for the year and to have that at this event and to be watching the race is just devastating.” JOEY LOGANO – No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang HOW DID THE RACE PLAY OUT FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE? “First and foremost, I’m super-proud of my guys. Working with this 22 team for the first time with Discount Tire on the car and to lead a lot of laps and almost come home with a win, I’m super-proud of that. I was working with a different spotter than what I normally work with. My normal spotter works with Sam every week, so working with Joey Meyers, who is Brad’s spotter, and trying to get that chemistry was something interesting for me and I learned a lot from that. That last restart you don’t have time to fool around and get in the right guy. Alex Bowman was behind me. I haven’t worked with him all day and he did a tremendous job. I’m super-proud of the way he was able to push me and stay behind me. We were going down the back straightaway and we had a big run on those guys and I thought, ‘We’ve got ‘em here,’ and I wanted to pull them apart, so I decided to side draft them super-aggressively and got myself loose, which shook Alex off the back of me and we lost our run. From there, I was trying to maintain what I had and I knew the caution came out, so I was just trying to stop everybody from going around me and, unfortunately, one got by.” WHAT DID YOU SEE IN THE FIRST BIG CRASH WITH HORNISH? “I think I was the last car before they all started crashing, so I just saw in my mirror cars going everywhere, so that’s about all I saw.” WILL WE SEE THE SAME THING TOMORROW? “A completely different race is what you’ll see, probably just as exciting of a finish, but these Nationwide cars do that tandem all day, which I think is awesome. I think it puts on a great race, but the Cup race is definitely a different race, but you’ll still see some great racing out there, but I think the dynamic of the race and what you’ll see is gonna be completely different than that. I think what you saw today, I was expecting at least, I figured we were gonna be pushing each other, so it’ll be different but still good.” REED SORENSON – No. 43 Pilot Travel Centers Ford Mustang WHAT HAPPENED IN YOUR BIG WRECK? “We were working with the 2 car and you know you’ve got to get out to the right side to get a little bit of air to your radiator and I think he just got a little too far out and when he came to tuck it back in he just hooked us in the right rear and sent us into the fence and spinning around where we got hit by a couple cars. I’m just really proud of the 43 Pilot team. The car was really fast. I believe we led a lap at one point, which is good and the car was good. It was fast and had a lot of speed. We spent most of the time in the top six or eight, so I’m just real proud of all the guys, but it’s too bad we couldn’t be there at the end to try and get the victory.” SAM HORNISH JR. – No. 12 Wurth Ford Mustang ON HIS RACE: “We got shuffled back a little bit on the restart and was working on getting our way back up there. We got hooked up with the 6, which was really good because we talked about working together towards the end. We came up to a couple of cars that were not hooked up with anybody and there was a full car width in between the 14 and the 70 and I started to fill that hole and as soon as I got committed to filling that hole, the 70 decided – whether it was air or not knowing I was down there – came down six inches to a foot, which was just enough to turn me down in front of the 14. It was unfortunate and obviously frustrating, but, at the end of the day, it’s hard to see over there for the spotters, so I don’t know if the spotter didn’t say that I was there, but it hasn’t been super-good luck for me to be around there lately this year.” THOUGHTS ON THE DAY. “The toughest part for us was we got separated from a couple of our drafting partners there towards the end. We had a plan on how to get hooked up and somebody didn’t get going on the outside and that kind of screwed up how Joey and I had planned to get going, but that’s how it goes. You’ve got to have multiple people that you can work with – the 7, the 5, the 22, the 43, the 6 – we were able to push all of those guys to the front and get pushed up. I don’t think we led a lap, but it’s tough for it to end like that because we had such a strong race car. If you’re gonna block, at least do it soon enough to where I’m not already committed.”

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