Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 8/31/14
Photo- Getty Images TREVOR BAYNE, No. 6 Cargill Ford Mustang – YOU GOT YOUR FIRST NATIONWIDE WIN A COUPLE YEARS AGO, BUT THIS MUST RANK PRETTY HIGH UP THERE FOR YOU. “This does. We are back. I get to drive a championship contending car with a team that doesn’t give up. We have been through some trials this season but the Lord just made us stronger and we have come back and fought hard the last couple weeks and now we get a win. I didn’t know that it would come this soon but I knew coming to Iowa we would have a good shot at it. Mike over here skipped out on my wedding so he could build me a race winning car. I will let it slide this time. I can’t thank these guys enough for standing beside me. No matter what happens each weekend I know I can walk in the shop and have a team that is standing by me. Mike is such a good leader, he doesn’t let our guys get down. This race today, we weren’t great on the short run but the long run we could really go after them. I knew we had to keep that lead to a minimum while he was fast on those restarts, that way we could catch him at the end of the run. Lap traffic worked out perfect and our Ford EcoBoost Mustang was so quick after 30 laps that we were able to catch him and battle pretty hard, a little harder than I wanted to. We were able to pull it off and get the win and I couldn’t be more excited for Ford for their 200th win and for Iowa Speedway to get this race in. The rain was not what we wanted to see but it paid off staying around this time.” MIKE KELLEY, crew chief, No. 6 Ford Mustang – “When we unloaded we weren’t that good and Trevor did a really good job of telling us where we were wrong and what we needed to work on our car. That is probably what hurt us the most in the fall race here last year. The tire changed and when we got here with Ricky we had won the previous three races and really dominated this race last year. We were a little hesitant to change what we had and when we got here with Trevor we needed to change what we had. In the middle of practice we were probably one of the worst cars on the race track. Nobody gave up and we wholesale changed that thing and there were actually teams around us that were surprised there was anything left on the race car halfway through. We did a really good job and Trevor stayed focused. We have a really new engineer this year and he stayed focused on helping us get the simulation changes. By the end of practice we had a car that wasn’t the fastest car here, the 3 was incredibly fast in practice and the early part of the run but Trevor told us he thought he had a car he could win the race with. The last couple of weeks we have changed a lot of things we are doing on the 6 car and Trevor stepped up to be a leader on the team and he has been telling us what the car is doing and making changes to what Trevor says, not what Ricky was doing last year. One of the big things that kind of helped us was about four weeks ago we sat down and looked at some simulation, the first time on track all year long, that I could compare anything with Ricky and Trevor was the Texas Cup race. I could go home and take the Cup data and run through simulation and find the differences of what Ricky and Trevor had in the same car on the same track on the same day. I started applying that to our Nationwide setups from Ricky before. I don’t want to say it was like a light switch, but it started answering a lot of questions and his feedback has been spot on. We hadn’t won until today but at Charlotte and then Dover last week we knew we were there. I don’t care who has driven the 6 car the last few years, Dover has been a real pain in our side and that was a great run last week there. We still have a long way to go in the points. We quit looking at points a few weeks ago and we know our trailer is getting closer to the front where it is used to being parked. That is our goal right now, to keep this thing going in the right direction.” HOW DO YOU AS A CREW CHIEF KEEP YOUR TEAM FOCUSED AND IN THE RACE MODE WHEN YOU HAVE A RAIN BREAK LIKE TODAY? “A lot of you don’t know but this year on the 6 car we have been through more adversity away from the race track. My car chief this week, Brett Ragan, he is going through something where his dad has been ill all year. He hasn’t been in the shop all year. He has come to as many races as he can and we are borrowing people to replace him as I can. I had an engineer for six years, Seth Barber, who a lot of our success has been attributed to things Seth Barber has done. He went on to be a crew chief for that third Nationwide team. I got sick in Texas and we had some crazy races but I think days like today are becoming more easy for us because of a lot of things we’ve had to go through all year long. We’ve had people in and out and crazy things happen on the race track that we have never seen before. We have to go back and rebound. We go back to the shop these last three or four weeks and we are taking cars back that aren’t wrecked, we are learning more and our heads are clear. If you have a really bad weekend, like Bristol, it really shocked us. Trevor has been really good at Bristol and Ricky was really good at Bristol and we went there and we sucked. That takes two weeks out of your season trying to figure out why. I have always said, when a team is struggling you work way harder than a team that is running smooth. When you are running smooth you don’t try to figure out what is wrong with the program or the people. I think things are getting smoother and we are spending more time getting ready for these races.” TREVOR BAYNE CONTINUED – MARRIED ON TUESDAY, WIN ON SUNDAY. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT HOW MUCH MORE SPECIAL IT IS TO GET A VICTORY IN THE WEEK OF YOUR WEDDING. “Man, just getting the victory would be awesome but to do it like this on such a special week for me. I was teared up on the altar on Tuesday and I about teared up in victory lane on Sunday. It is such a great week and to have her here supporting me, not many women would be willing to get married on a Tuesday and come to Iowa as part of their honeymoon. Ashtyn has been such a support for me through the good times and bad times. We have been together for like three years now and we have been through a lot of times but this is the first time she has been in victory lane with me. To be married and have this ring on my finger that I can’t get used to, it is such a good feeling to know we have a lot of years left racing and forever to be married. It is cool. By the way, we are trying to talk Kelley into moving his wedding up now. It is supposed to happen in the off-season but we are thinking it should maybe happen next week now.” WITH THE WEATHER CONDITIONS TODAY, HOW MUCH DID YOU HAVE TO CHANGE THROUGH THE COURSE OF TODAY? “I feel like our car changed dramatically when the clouds were out or when the sun was out. I would pick up two-tenths versus the competition as soon as the clouds would come out. That was part of the reason we caught Austin at the end of that run. The clouds came out and we were able to run him down. The sun started peeping again and it started to worry me. I feel like after it rained it washed the track off and we restarted like we did at the beginning of the race. All the rubber was washed off and our car was free on entry all day. I had more front brake on the car than I have ever had anywhere I could think of. After that red-flag caution I went two more turns of the front brake to help it on entry and the more rubber the track took the stronger we got. I kind of wish this would have been a night race because I think we would have been stronger under the lights in a cool condition. But now we have learned for day races here. If we have this situation again, we know what we need. We need to start tighter, work on our entry more, and if we have a night race we will be really stout.” MIKE KELLEY CONTINUED – “These races are won long before today. Great drivers do a great job in the race but engineers, we sit back and look at history of the last few races back here and that was the thing. We were guessing on when we were going to race. There was one point we thought that if we got 75 laps in last night, what would our balance be? We left a lot of adjustability in our car and a lot of spring rubbers. A lot of things that, because we didn’t know when we would race – it changed when the cloud would come out the car would react one way and when the sun came out another way. We would have a long run and then the rain and then we sat there in between the rain delay and talked about it. We knew we would be starting over with a green race track. We knew the key was to try to hold Austin’s lead and keep it as short as we could. We had seen all day long that he would fire off and we would run him down about three-seconds. If it went from that restart to the end, we couldn’t let that lead get over three seconds. It got to 2.6 at one time and I was getting nervous. Then it slowly started coming back to us. If it would have been two short runs, we wouldn’t have had anything for the 3. Those guys had a tremendously fast race car.” TREVOR BAYNE CONTINUED – “We talked about that after practice too for that 3 car. There is a lot of times you see speed like that – the 54 at Richmond for example was dominant in practice and it is seldom you see that transfer to the race. We weren’t sure how he would stack up but he held that speed and was able to get those short runs. He had four tires at the end versus our two tires which is a little advantage on the short run but we just had to keep him in sight. There were times he would get where I couldn’t see him and then the next lap I could see him again and it gave me hope that I could catch him again.”  -Ford Racing PR

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